The secret to pleasing friends and family with these is just to not initially call them “black bean” brownies. Offer them a “dark, rich, fudgy, chocolate peanut butter brownie” and spare them the details until they ask what the secret it. Cheers to healthy deception!
I’ve been disappointed by mediocre black bean brownies recipes in the past so I was determined to create something that I could please friends, family and even the pickiest of eaters with. Well, I’m happy to report these are kid, boyfriend, and dietitian-approved!
I honestly couldn’t get over how decadent and fudgy these were. The blind eye would never assume they were actually a healthy dessert. I’m a huge sweets girl and I’ll usually opt for a couple bites of an unhealthy dessert over a whole serving of a healthy one. Sometimes the more nutritious option just doesn’t completely satisfy my sweet-tooth. These brownies, however, completely won me over after just one bite. Chocolate peanut butter heaven.
They’re also ridiculously simple to make. Just a handful of ingredients that you may already have on hand, a food processor (or blender) and pan for baking. Clean-up is a cinch and your reward is oh-so satisfying.
Enjoy these plain, topped with some vanilla ice-cream, slathered with a little extra peanut butter, or topped with fresh berries and Greek yogurt. As long as they make it to your mouth, you are winning at LIFE. Exaggeration totally warranted.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Black Bean Brownies
Makes 9 brownies
- 1 1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed very well
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder (I used Nestle Toll House)
- 1/2 cup Truvia baking blend (or sugar/sugar substitute of choice)
- 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/3 cup liquid egg whites
- 3 tbsp mini dark chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease a nonstick 8 x 8-inch square baking pan with baking spray and line with parchment paper
- Blend the black beans, egg whites, cocoa powder, Truvia, cocount oil, peanut butter, vanilla, salt and baking powder in a food processor or blender until very smooth. You’ll likely need to stop the blender and scrape down the sides a few times. Pour into a bowl. Fold in half the chocolate chips until combined.
- Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips evenly over the top of the brownies.
- Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool for at least 15-20 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts per Serving (1 brownie when cut into 9 squares)
Calories: 180; Total Fat: 9 gm; Saturated Fat: 4 gm; Cholesterol: <1 mg; Sodium: ~200 mg; Carbohydrates: 23 gm; Fiber: 4 gm; Sugar: 4 gm; Protein: 6 gm