OK. I think you’ve waited long enough. My family has enjoyed these brownies not once, not twice, but three times since I discovered this recipe. That’s how good they are.
I haven’t been holding out on you on purpose, but I’ve been busy with a bunch of other things. One of those things has been working on material for my new column on Honest Cooking. Wheee! So. Freakin’. Excited.
Sadly, as some of you may know, I’ve also been mourning the loss of my father. Although most of the time I don’t feel like doing anything at all, one of the last things he told us to do was “carry on”. So here I am. He LOVED chocolate and I think he would have enjoyed these (unless I told him the recipe).
Rich, chocolaty goodness and black beans, that is. I promise no one would ever suspect that these are bean brownies. Even my most ficklest of fickle children went bonkers over these. She still requested subsequent batches after I told her there was a secret ingredient. She said “please don’t tell me what it is, mom. These are too good for me not to like them anymore.”
The texture is a bit… off. Not off in a bad way, just not exactly what you would get out of a boxed-mix brownie. They are rich and dense, however, and not at all like cake. Cakey brownies, in my humble opinion, are just wrong. The texture also gets better after they cool making this only baked good for which I am able to practice enough restraint to let them rest before digging in. The black beans add protein and fiber, too! So they’re, um, good for you. Yeah.
- 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 large eggs
- 2 egg whites
- ¼ cup melted butter
- ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ⅔ cup sugar
- ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Grease or spray an 8-inch baking pan.
- Process all ingredients EXCEPT chocolate chips in a food processor until well blended.
- Transfer mixture to the prepared pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
- Bake the brownies for 30 to 35 minutes, or until just set in the center.
- Cool before cutting into squares.
Adapted from Whole Foods.