There’s nothing better than a moist, chewy, chocolaty brownie. Pair that with a tall glass of cold milk and dreams really can come true. While delicious, brownies aren’t always considered the healthiest. Using black beans from S&W Beans, we’ve found a way to make brownies healthier without sacrificing great taste!
I know what you’re thinking. Black beans in brownies? Why can’t we just leave dessert food alone. I know because I thought the same thing a while ago. It just sounded….strange. However, I realized after a lot of recipe reading and experimentation, that this idea is quite brilliant.
Honestly, why not increase the fiber and potassium by adding delicious black beans, in this case from S&W. Did you know that eating 4 servings of beans a week equals a 14% lower risk of heart disease? Eating beans can significantly lower your blood pressure and improve brain function in older adults. If that’s not enough, canned beans are one of the least expensive forms of protein!
I wouldn’t share these with you if they actually tasted like beans – because you came here for brownies right? Not that we don’t looooooove black beans (honestly it’s my favorite type of bean), because you know we could just eat these straight out of the can and enjoy them thoroughly. Honestly when I was experimenting with this recipe, I was certain that they would taste “healthy”, but they taste just as decadent as regular brownies. I can’t get over the end result and just how simple these are to make.
Everything goes into the food processor, then you just add the chocolate chips and transfer the batter to the baking pan. You don’t even have to make a mess measuring flour because there IS NO flour! You heard that right. The base of this brownie is just black beans and unsweetened cocoa powder. With the magic of some honey, eggs and other baking ingredients, the batter transforms into a delicious baked good.
Just wait until you try them, you will be amazed that they are grain and gluten free! Now let me point out that these should still count as dessert- they are not sugar free, but do have less fat because of the fact that they aren’t made with a stick of butter like most traditional brownie recipes. Thanks to the beans!
When you stock your pantry with canned black beans from S&W, remember that this amazing food is more versatile than you think. Not only are canned black beans perfect for salads, tacos, nachos, soups, slow cooker dishes like chili, but the beans add a dense, moist texture to these chocolaty fudgey brownies.
Not only that, but you will love having a delicious brownie recipe that is a great alternative dessert for gluten free, grain free friends or family.
I asked my family to guess the secret ingredient and here was their answers: hummus (because I have 4 giant containers of hummus in my refrigerator right now), coconut (no they taste nothing like coconut, but my son knows I put it in everything), soy beans (I don’t know where that guess came from) and their last guess was that there is NO secret ingredient.
I ended up telling the kids there was no secret ingredient, they laughed and didn’t question it. Why would they? These taste like the real deal. If you can’t get past the idea of beans in your brownies, just hope that someone secretively makes them for you and doesn’t tell you until you’ve eaten them. I promise you’ll never know!
Incorporating healthy foods such as beans, into otherwise not as healthy foods is fun. Give it a try and let us know what you think!