A couple of years ago, my mom enrolled us in a Mexican themed cooking class. The menu included: chicken quesadillas, guacamole, baked tortilla chips, and brownies. I remember thinking, “Brownies are a Mexican food?” It wasn’t until our instructor told us that the brownie recipe was actually made with black beans instead of flour.
I decided to tweak the recipe this morning by adding in a few more chocolate chips. I must say, these brownies will melt right in your mouth. Here is the recipe I used:
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
½ cup semisweet chocolate chips, divided
3 tablespoons canola oil (I used vegetable oil, still turned out fine)
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
- Combine beans, chocolate chips and oil in a food processor (I used a Vitamix blender). Process until blended.
- Add eggs, brown sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, baking powder, and salt. Process until smooth.
- Transfer to a parchment paper-lined 8 inches. square baking pan.
- Sprinkle ¼ cup chocolate chips on top of the mixture (optional)
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares. Enjoy!
P.s. This recipe pairs nicely with a tall glass of milk…just sayin’ 😉