Now I know you might be a little skeptical about a brownie made from beans….but hear me out!
These brownies are super fudgy and chocolately with ooey gooey chocolate chips and crunchy walnuts throughout. Rumour has it – you won’t even know that these are made from black beans!
Why black beans?
Black beans provide a ton of nutrients to every bite you take, compared to a regular brownie! These little powerhouses are a great source of the vitamins and minerals manganese, magnesium, thiamin and folate. They are packed with protein and fibre to keep you feeling full and avoid that nasty sugar crash you get from normal brownie treats. Black beans also contain resistance starch that stays intact as it travels through the digestive system. Resistance starch is important for gut health because it acts as a source of food for the good bacteria that live there, fuelling their growth and activity!
What You’ll Need
Of course you will first need to begin with black beans, canned ones will work perfectly for this recipe but you could also go the extra step and cook up your own. If you are using canned; make sure to drain and rinse the beans very well under cold water until you no longer see any bubbling.
Dark Chocolate 70-80% Cocoa: Dark chocolate is a must for these brownies to make them extra chocolatey and fudgy. Dark chocolate actually contains more nutrients and less sugar than milk chocolate, so the darker the chocolate the better! It also is one of the richest sources of antioxidants that help to protect our body from free radical damage.
Oats: We add oats into the mix as a thickener as well as for some extra fibre goodness! They can be rolled, large flake, quick oats, whatever you have around- just not steel cut because that might make them a bit too gritty.
Raw Cacao powder: Cacao powder is one of my favourite ‘superfoods’ to use. I pretty much use it on the daily in smoothies, baking, etc. It is made from the cacao bean and is the most minimally processed form of the bean. This makes it very nutritionally dense! Cacao powder contains tons of minerals like iron, magnesium and potassium, as well as fibre and antioxidants. You can learn more here about the difference between cocoa and cacao powder.
Coconut oil: Coconut oil is amazing in baked goods, it provides so much moisture while not adding too much additional flavour. I love coconut oil because it contains tons of healthy saturated fatty acids.
Sweeteners: For sweeteners I like to stick to refined-sugar free options like coconut sugar and maple syrup, like I used in this recipe. These are great options because they don’t raise your blood sugar levels as high as something like granulated sugar. They also both contain other nutrients that are not available in regular white or brown sugar.
Walnuts: Raw walnuts add such a nice little crunch to these brownies and it doesn’t hurt that they are a super awesome source of omega-3’s!
Now time for the fun part, the recipe!! If you do end up making these- let me know what you think 🙂
Black Bean Brownies
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, prepare a brownie pan with parchment paper or grease the pan with coconut oil (I used a muffin tray for mine this time)
2. In a double boiler, add the coconut oil and dark chocolate bar. Heat until fully melted.
3. Add all ingredients except chocolate chips and walnuts to a food processor or high powered blender that has a tamper and blend until fully combined. Making sure it is a smooth consistency
4. Add in the chocolate chips and walnuts and stir until evenly incorporated
5. Now you can add the batter to your brownie pan or muffin tin and set in the oven
6. Bake for 18-20 minutes