Every now and then, it’s good to have a special treat like delicious fudge brownies with ooegy-gooey chocolate centers! Of course, I can’t have this all the time, and when I do indulge, I feel pretty yucky afterwards. So I did some digging to find the recipe for a more “natural” fudge brownie treat with more well-rounded, wholesome, less-processed ingredients that won’t send my stomach in knots from all the refined sugar.
Then, I stumbled upon a beautiful recipe on the amazing blog ChocolateCoveredKatie, and I fell in love at first sight. This particular fudge brownie recipe is low maintenance, easy to prepare, and takes less than 20 minutes to bake….OH, and another thing…there are no eggs or flour used in this recipe……and, the main ingredient is something I never expected….black beans!
Yup, black beans is the main ingredient in these fudge brownies, and I was a bit skeptical. How can black bean fudge brownies be delicious??!! I mean, Katie seems like she is all about them, and these brownies were deemed to be super popular amongst her peers. But, I decided to trust the process.
So, I put on my big girl apron, took out my trusty food processor, and started getting to work, hoping against hope I can make something that will both titillate my taste buds and make my tummy happy.
…and I am happy to say, I was definitely not disappointed, and I COULD NOT tell the difference between these black bean fudge brownies and any regular store-bought brownie mixes. In fact, I will go as far to say that these brownies are more moist and chocolatey in taste than any other brownie I have ever had….and the awesome part of it all, I didn’t feel extremely gross or get a thin sugar film on my tongue post eats. In fact, I felt good.
So here is the recipe:
- Serving Size 10-12
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 12 minutes
- 1 1/2 cups black beans (1 15-oz can, drained and rinsed very well)
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup quick oats (40g)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or agave (or honey, but not for strict vegans.)
- pinch uncut stevia OR 2 tbsp sugar (or omit and increase maple syrup to 1/2 cup)
- 1/4 cup coconut or vegetable oil
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup bitter-sweet dark chocolate chips (highly recommend this!)
- optional: more chips, for presentation
- Preheat oven to 350degrees Fahrenheit and oil a 9×9 pan (I used coconut oil to grease the pan)
- Combine all ingredients except for the chocolate chips into the food processor and blend. Now, think SMOOTH when you are blending all this together. I would recommend blending with intervals of spatula stirring to make sure all the ingredients are well-mixed and blended smoothly.
- Now add in chocolate chips with spatula, folding into the mixture.
- Pour mixture into greased pan and place on middle rack of the oven, and let bake for 12 minutes.
- Take out your fudge brownies and let cool for 10 minutes. If you feel your brownies are not as firm as you like, just cover brownies (once cooled!), and place overnight in the refrigerator; This will help firm up the brownies!
- Cut up the brownies and serve to your eager audience!
I love love love these fudge brownies. I even made the bold move to cook this recipe for the first time and bring it to a party for my friends to try.
Of course, you can always trust your friends to give you their honest opinion right? Luckily enough, my friends enjoyed the brownies and did not have one iota of a clue that it was primarily made from black beans! I had them fooled for sure! :-p
Do you guys have a healthy brownie alternative recipe? Please comment and share!