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The BEST {Black Bean} Brownies

I wish I could go on to tell you all about how productive my day was. Id tell you how I caught up on all the laundry and dishes, paid the bills, went on a long walk with Riley and Aiden, made a healthy dinner, showered (yes, that’s very productive these days), and attempted to cross off a few items on my to-do list. But today is not that day. And honestly, neither was yesterday or any day for the last couple weeks. The truth is all I can say I did today (apart from caring for my one-month old baby) is make brownies.

Ooey gooey delicious fudgy brownies. Yes, they taste like ‘real brownies’. Yes, they are made with only clean ingredients. Yes, there are actually some significant health benefits to eating them. And yes, if you give them to your husband or kids they will have no idea the main ingredient is BEANS.

Another confession: I made these same brownies last week. I ate the whole pan within two days. By myself. Talk about gassy.

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Not only do I love this recipe for the extremely ooey gooey texture and extremely satisfying taste, but also it only has 8 ingredients! I am missing my ¼ Cup measuring cup, so the measuring cups pictured above are not accurate for each ingredient. See the recipe below for the real deal!

Start by greasing a glass pan. I like my brownies thick and gooey, so I used a 9 X 5 inch pan. I used coconut oil as grease. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

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Throw all the ingredients (except for the chocolate chips) into a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth. Taste. Good, right? Transfer to a mixing bowl.

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Incorporate the chocolate chips, leaving a small handful to sprinkle on top. I used a total of a tad over ½ C of chocolate chips and found it to be well enough. It’s your choice if you want to add extra chocolate chips or honey for even sweeter brownies.

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Taste again. Even better. After transferring the batter to the prepared dish, bake for 30-35 minutes. My oven cooked the brownies for 35 minutes and they still were incredibly gooey. Ovens vary, but I’d check at 30 minutes so you don’t over-cook them.

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The longest 35 minutes of my life. The whole time waiting was spent thinking about how I was going to burn them off. Maybe next week Ill finally get back to the gym. After all, it will be 6 weeks post-delivery. But then again, who am I kidding…Im lucky if I get to walk around a few blocks. Maybe I will focus on eating really well. After I devour these brownies.

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I gave some to the guys to try, reassuring them that they were ‘real’ brownies, the kind they like, and not made with my ‘weird healthy ingredients’. They devoured them before I revealed to them the real ingredients.

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Yes, the pan size is small for many reasons. 1. I honestly didn’t know how well they would turn out. 2. They are quite rich, so you can be satisfied after one brownie (ignore the fact I ate a whole pan last week). 3. In the case everyone else didn’t like them and I would be [stuck] eating the whole pan again.

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The texture was right on! Honestly I cant stop raving about these!

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Another reason I love these brownies is the fact that they’re absolutely delicious and fudgy right out of the oven AND delicious and fudgy after being in the fridge for the night. I love both ways.

You know what would be good? These brownies, warm, served with a scoop of homemade banana ice cream, drizzled with some peanut butter on top. Mouth. Watering. I’m starting to think I can live with the few extra baby weight pounds…

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Guess I’m living with them for at least today. Gym. Tomorrow.

There you have it! The BEST [black bean] brownies that are healthy & OUT OF THIS WORLD. For your own sake- make them. For everyone else’s sake- share them.

The BEST [Black Bean] Brownies

Print Recipe
Serves: 8 Cooking Time: 35 min

Ingredients

  • 1 15oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 Cup Honey (we love local honey!)
  • 1/3 Cup Extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1/3 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 to 2/3 Cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips

Instructions

1

Heat oven to 350º and grease a pan (I used 9X5) with coconut oil.

2

Throw all ingredients, except for the chocolate chips, into a blender or food processor. Process until nice and smooth. Transfer to a mixing bowl.

3

Remember, the brownies will be sweeter once the chocolate chips are added.

4

Saving a small handful for later, incorporate those chocolate chips to the batter.

5

Pour the batter into your prepared baking dish. Top with the remaining chocolate chips.

6

Bake for 30-35 minutes.

7

Let cool for 15 minutes. Devour. If by chance there are leftovers, cover and store in the fridge. They wont last there for long.

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