Black Bean Brownies
- 3 egg large
- 3 tbsp olive oil canola, sunflower, or avocado
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 15 oz can black beans drained and rinsed very well
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder unsweetened
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8x8 baking pan and line with parchment paper.
- Mix eggs, oil, and vanilla in a bowl. Add these ingredients to the food processor along with black beans. Process until smooth and black beans are incorporated well.
- In a separate bowl, combine the cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Add the wet ingredients from food processor to the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
- Fold in chocolate chips and pour into the greased baking dish.
- Place on the middle rack in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean, and the brownies do not jiggle when you shake it.
- Allow the brownies to cool before cutting. Enjoy!
As a rule, we do no recommend “sneaking” healthy food into recipes and pretending that beans were not added to the recipe. However, I do think that these brownies need a big announcement that they include black beans. Maybe just serve the Black Bean Brownies and see what people, especially kids think. Then, of course you can let them know about the “secret” ingredient.
For instance, a child who is a selective eater (often referred to as a “picky eater”) might enjoy these brownies, but it is important to make sure that the child does not feel tricked that you are hiding ingredients in food. It would be best to work with a dietitian to help you address the best practices to help your child accept a wider range of foods. For more tips for parents of a picky eater, take a look at our blog.
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Nutrition info is approximate and may contain errors.
As a certified LEAP therapist, Dietitian Kathleen can help you solve your digestive difficulties with cutting edge research and state of the art protocols. Co-author of Cooking with Food Sensitivities Survival Guide.