Now, don’t you all go rolling your eyes at me.
I used to be a teacher and I still have eyes in the back of my head.
I can see you.
Before you make all those gaggy sounds and scrunch up your face (you know who I’m talking to!), I implore you to TRY these very tasty and UBER healthy brownies.
Well, not all that healthy ‘cos of the sugar and chocy chips, but cocoa beans grow on a tree, so that makes them a plant — therefore sort of a veggie or a fruit. So, healthy, right?
Don’t be all judge-y and shake your head.
TRY them for me, OK?
Black Bean + Beet Brownies
- 1 can or 3/4 cup cooked black beans (unsalted or rinse well)
- 2 tablespoons – 1/4 cup unsalted cooked beets or finely shredded raw beets (Yes, BEETS!)
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil, or olive oil(I always use a bit less)
- 2 eggs *see below for vegan substitution*
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2/3 cup sugar ( I’ve tried brown sugar and I’ve tried agave, not sure what’s better, kind of a personal taste thing)
- 1 teaspoon instant coffee or espresso or leftover cold coffee
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, divided
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Top with Best Baking Hack Ever frosting (click for recipe)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 by 9-inch square baking pan. In a blender or food processor, puree the beans and beets with the oil. Add the eggs, cocoa, sugar, coffee, and vanilla. Melt half the chocolate chips and add to the blender. Blend on medium-high until smooth. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to the blender and pulse until just incorporated. Stir in the remaining chocolate. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake until the surface looks somewhat matte around the edges and still a bit shiny in the middle, about 20 minutes. Let cool at least fifteen minutes before eating. My family thinks they taste better the longer they sit in order for any “beany” texture to dissipate.
Wanna go vegan?
- 1 Tbsp. Chia Seeds
- 3 Tbsp. Water
With food processor, spice grinder, or old school mortar and pestle, grind the chia seeds into a meal. Mix the water and ground chia seed meal in a small bowl. Allow to sit for 5 minutes or so, or until it takes on a gloppy texture similar to raw egg yolk.