The Legendary Black Bean Brownie

From the kitchen of Halifax,Nova Scotia food blogger Heather Nolan (MMM... is for Mommy)

Heather Nolan"For years I have heard about the amazing Black Bean Brownie.  The parents of picky eaters rave about it, folks on Weight Watchers are fans, the G-Free people have jumped on board... well who am I not to give them a whirl (pun intended, read on...)?

These turned out to be a winner for us.  I wouldn't make them for a special occasion, but for an everyday sweet treat which is also full of fibre and some protein, absolutely!  Nothing I love seeing more than my little one with beans all over her face screaming YUM!

These brownies are prepped in the blender (whirl, get it?), so you can easily whip up a batch of these in 45 minutes, including prep, baking and clean-up.  These are extremely moist, and get even more so with time it seems.  Personally, I think they taste best the same day, but after they are fully cooled." HN

1 19oz (540ml) can black beans, well rinsed and drained
3 large eggs
3 tbsp vegetable or canola oil
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2/3 cup white sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp instant espresso
1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

Rinse and drain the black beans well.

Add all ingredients except for chocolate chips in blender.

Blend until very smooth, pour into an 8 inch square baking pan which has been sprayed with non-stick spray

Sprinkle with chocolate chips and bake at 350 for 30-32 minutes.

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  1. I had heard tell of these brownies, but could they live up to their legendary status? I wanted to know. Well friends, they do - they are awesome. What I hadn't heard was how easy they were.

    Throw the ingredients in the blender and presto your beans and stuff are transformed into a goey, chocolately batter that anyone would want to lick off the spoon. (Obligatory warning about raw eggs here, yada yada).

    They bake up into what are the nicest brownies I've ever had that could still be called healthy. (Okay, maybe they aren't worthy of the Barefoot Contessa with her 2 bags of choclate chips and a whole pound of butter!) But, if you want to live to enjoy these into an old age, go with this recipe. You won't be sorry.

    No, No, No, they don't taste like beans! And, yes you should add the espresso powder, if you don't have it try instant coffee powder or an ounce of strong coffee, it really sets the chocolately flavour off.

    When you've got this recipe in your reportoire - you've always got a quick and easy dessert that will even impress the mother-in-law. (You don't have to tell anyone about the beans, they are just bonus)

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