Black Bean Brownies

I'm not much of a "gadgety" type of person but this brownie pan was a must-have. Everyone knows the best part of brownies are the corner and edge pieces! Well, at least that's my favorite part, so this was a great gift for moi.

So I'm guessing you're probably wondering what in the world these brownies are all about. Black beans...brownie...say what?! First, I must make a disclaimer: this is not your average brownie and you shouldn't try to trick anyone by telling them it's a regular brownie because they'll think your baking skills absolutely suck. The texture gives the brownie away and some people may not like it. But, if you're like me and enjoy glutinous desserts but also love trying new things, give this one a try. These brownies are a healthy spin to your standard fattening, delicious, high caloric brownie and would be a great gift to give someone who is watching their weight. I'm not guaranteeing they'll taste anything like those brownies we all know and love, but they're a nice healthy alternative. I would designate these more of a "chick's" brownie - meaning probably only women will like them. I fed one to lobster and he was not a fan. Well...his first bite he said, "mmmm" which turned into a "...hmmmmm??" (damn, the bean taste must have kicked in) Then his "hmmm" turned into a funny face and a...."eh, not so much." I tried them out on the rest of the family and the sister-in-law and "G" White Man weren't jumpin' for joy either - but the rug-rats (niece and nephew) loved them, so this would be a great treat for kids. They get chocolate AND vegetables all in one bite - what parent wouldn't love that?!

So if you end up giving this recipe a try, just know that the texture of the brownie actually improves the longer it sits and tasted better the next day. But if you really open your mind and embrace the brownie for its "beany-ness" (don't think that's a word) they are a healthy tasty treat. But, if you really want to hide the taste even more, eat this with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and it'll make it all better. Be brave...try it and let me know whatcha think.

Black Bean Brownies
9 servings = 164 calories per slice
Adapted from here

• 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
• 3 eggs
• 3 tablespoons oil (I substituted half the amount with unsweetened apple sauce)
• 4 tablespoons cocoa powder (Hershey's unsweetened cocoa)
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 3/4 cup sugar
• a pinch salt

Preheat oven to 350F.
Pour drained beans into a blender, set on puree and blend until smooth. Add in the rest of the ingredients and continue blending until evenly mixed.
Pour bean mixture into a greased 8 by 8 pan. Bake in oven for 30 minutes, or until toothpick placed in the center comes out clean.
Let them cool and enjoy.

**I baked mine in the brownie maze pan and they only took 15 minutes.