When we moved to a new house over the summer, I decided that I was going to take advantage of the spacious kitchen and start cooking healthy foods for my kids. Much to their chagrin, that included healthy treats. I’d heard several times that Black Bean Brownies were a tasty way to get more veggies into kids’ diets but it took me a while to be brave enough to attempt putting beans into one of my favorite treats.
When we were in the Florida Key’s vacationing, we stopped at a eatery that had vegan gluten free Black Bean Brownies! They were to die for so I knew after tasting them that if I could find a recipe, it would be fabulous!
Black Bean Brownies Recipe:
1- 15.5oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
3/4 cup applesauce
3T vegetable oil
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1t vanilla extract
3/4 cup white sugar
1t instant coffee
1/2 cup chocolate chips ( Enjoy Life )
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8×8 baking pan
2. Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips in a blender and blend until smooth
3. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish and top with chocolate chips
4. Bake for 30 minutes. You will know your brownies are done with the top is dry and the edges start to pull away from the sides of the pan.
I made these for these Black Bean Brownies for the first time on a day when I knew I would have plenty of guinea pigs. My daughter had a friend over for the day and her friend’s mom was coming out for dinner. My roommate, who is my partner in crime in the kitchen, was the only person who knew the truth about the brownies. No one knew! I wound up having to make an extra batch because I didn’t get to try one from the first pan.
For those who haven’t made substitutions in recipes before, the applesauce is a substitute for eggs. Applesauce has a natural binding agent and adds moisture to dishes. We also use it as a substitute for oil in recipes. Black beans are the substitute for flour, making this a gluten free treat!
Heather is a blogger who loves everything from DIY recipes and fun aprons to helping parents find awesome deals on kids footed pajamas and even deals on travel. Thanks to Heather for this great recipe of Black Bean Brownies!