You read that right! I wanted to try these as soon as I heard of this recipe. And I giggled the whole time I was making them. I mean, black beans in brownies? Who came up with this idea?
Here’s the recipe:
Black Bean Brownies
- 1 box brownie mix
- 1 (16-oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup water
Puree beans with the water. Mix with brownie mix. Bake according to package directions.
My kids love to help me bake, but I purposely made these while they were watching a movie so they wouldn’t know about the secret ingredient. My four-year-old did come in as I was about to put the brownies in the oven and of course asked to taste the batter–his favorite part. I said sure, giggling to myself some more, and gave him the spatula which he licked clean and never noticed a difference. (I usually love brownie batter too, but the mental-block from the bean thing held me back from eating a spoonful.) The brownies smelled amazing while they baked. My husband came home while they were cooking and was excited that I was making dessert. I wasn’t planning to tell him, but I couldn’t keep the secret anymore! I wish I wouldn’t have though…I served the brownies with ice cream and caramel sauce, thinking it might help mask any funny bean taste. But honestly, we couldn’t taste the beans AT ALL! My kids devoured them, and Jared and I loved them. The only difference I noticed was that the beans seemed to make the brownies a little cakier rather than chewy. Isn’t this recipe fabulous? Since the beans replace the eggs and oil they are low-fat and packed with fiber! Seriously, who thought of this?
I found a “from scratch” recipe I want to try soon!
On side note: In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day I read the kids some books from my first-grade-teaching days to help explain who MLK was and why we have the holiday. Then while we were eating our dessert as a family, I asked them, does the white (vanilla) ice cream good? (yep!) Do the brown brownies taste good? (yep!) But they taste even better when they are together, don’t they? Then we talked about how people are good no matter their skin color, and how things work even better when we work together. It seemed the illustration helped the kids understand, at least enough for now. Ahhh, how I love when food can be used as an analogy!
Here are a few books I like (click for links):