Rich, fudgy, chocolatey brownies that you can feel good about?!
These are a much-requested favourite around the Nicholson household, and, to the surprise of everyone who has tried them (and eaten one more, and asked for the recipe...), they are the best brownies ever! Our kids yell, "BLACK BEAN BROWNIESSSS!" when I pull them out. My husband even prefers them over conventional brownies, which is saying a lot!
The texture of these brownies is so fudgy and chewy, not at all like the way some brownies can disappoint you with their dry, cakey crumb.
And the secret holding them all together? Sneaky black beans!
Best Black Bean Brownies
- One 19-oz can of black beans (drained and rinsed)
- 2 TBSP cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup of quick oats *(see below for grain-free option)
- pinch of sea salt
- 3/4 cup to 1 cup of pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup of real butter **(see below for dairy-free option)
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup of chopped extra dark chocolate, plus some for the top
*I have substituted almonds for the oats, with good results, but the brownies didn't hold together quite as well.
**can use coconut oil in place of real, yummy butter...but why would you?!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8x8 inch pan with butter. Process all ingredients except for chocolate chunks in a food processor, until the batter is very smooth. If you use a good food processor, this will only take a couple of minutes to achieve...you want it really blended smooth!
Add the chocolate chunks, stir to combine, and pour brownie batter into prepared pan. I usually sprinkle extra chocolate chunks over the top at this point...because more chocolate is always a good idea.
Bake in the preheated oven for about 18 minutes. Let the brownies cool and then place them in the refrigerator for a few hours (I usually leave them overnight, if I can) and they will firm up and have a perfect fudgy texture! You can eat them without chilling, but they will be gooey and pretty soft. I prefer them to have a firmer, but moist texture.
Makes a whole bunch of yummy brownies. Don't eat them all in one sitting! Seriously, don't do that.