Black Bean Brownies

I talked a little while ago about how I saw an idea for adding black beans to brownies. Well, I made it, and I was almost afraid to try it. If the kids hadn’t been in bed, I probably wouldn’t have tried it at all! It’s way easier to test recipes on my kids!

So, here’s the deal with the beans. I took one can of black beans and a half a can of water and I put them in the Vita-Mix. I don’t know if I would try this if you have a regular blender. You really want the beans to be smooth. You don’t want any trace of skin. Is it called skin on a bean? I don’t even know, but whatever it is, you don’t want to taste it in your brownie!
I didn’t want to commit too much to this idea, so I used a box mix of brownies and then added the bean mixture. That’s it. It’s a good idea for people with egg allergies, because the bean mixture replaces the eggs and oil.

On a separate note, I was watching Rachael Ray yesterday, and she had a suggestion that I’d never heard before: bake the brownies in a waffle iron. It sounded intriguing to me, so I tried it. My only complaint was that I could sort of smell the beans as the brownies were “baking.” When I tried them, I couldn’t taste the beans, but I could smell them when they were hot.

I think I’ll definitely try the waffle brownies again. It was great and quick. You just have to remember to grease the pan every time you add batter or else the brownies stick. I’m still trying to decide how committed I am to the whole healthy eating thing. Obviously I want my family to eat healthy, but I don’t know how I feel about being deceptively healthy. My kids will eat beans, so I’m not sure if there’s a huge value in me hiding them in brownies.

I’m on the fence. What do you think? If you can’t taste too much of a difference should you substitute for healthier ingredients?

I’m on a Vita-Mix kick right now. We had spinach smoothies and I made some broccoli soup. If I hadn’t eaten 4 Costco shortbread cookies, I’d be feeling pretty good right now!

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3 Comments

  1. I saw the picture and made a oh yummm sound out loud! Then read the title and wrinkled up my nose!! Hee Hee. To be truthful. I have tried this before, kidney beans in a brownie. It was a contest and I had to go head to head with another lady to guess the “secret ingerdient”. There was no extra taste and they were very moist. But there was “mashed bean” texture. Maybe the Waffle iron crisps that away? I did win by the way! And why be sneaky if they will eat them? A cookie is a cookie. And we all know the no cookies until you eat the beans rule right?

  2. ingrid

     /  January 25, 2012

    I love the idea of brownie waffles…I will have to try the beans at some point too since it makes it all dairy-free, egg-free and all. :)

  3. We got a Vitamix in August and we used it tons while the weather was warm … made smoothies every day. I’d love more cold-weather Vitamix ideas that are practical for a family. I don’t know if I’m up for bean brownies … for me, I’d rather eat my beans for dinner and then enjoy a “real” brownie for dessert. :) And as for the coconut crust … I did 4 T of melted butter for the whole bag (Or almost a whole bag) of sweetened coconut. I blended some of the coconut with the butter in my food processor and then left some coconut out of the blender and just mixed it with my hands. Then just press the coconut mixtures into the pie pan to make the shell. I baked my shell before filling it … don’t know how it would work if your filling still needs to be baked … like a cheesecake.

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