Friday, January 11, 2013

Fudgy Black Bean Brownies

Fudgy Black Bean Brownies
I've had chocolate on my mind. It's a bad habit but there's no way I'm willing to give it up!
I've seen different versions of black bean cakes and brownies all over the internet but the two biggest problems I had with the recipes I came across was they either barely had any black beans or all black beans but the texture didn't look quite as appealing and most recipe's called for about 2/3 to 1 cup sugar more then what I had used! 
So last night in my brownie craving state I decided I was going to come up with a black bean brownie recipe with more beans but a traditional fudgy brownie texture and to try and reduce the sugar down. 
Let me tell you these are fabulously chocolaty and fudgy! Score!
I think the first bite I might have been able to taste a hint of the black beans but by the second I really couldn't tell.
Colt and the kids said these are some of the best brownies ever and when I told them I loaded them with black beans for protein and fiber Colt asked,"Are you pulling my leg?" He said he really couldn't tell so the black bean taste in the first bite might be all in my head. 
I am so very critical of the recipes I make and pass on to you because I know these are being fed to your husbands, wives, kids, families and friends. 
Now go makes some fabulously Fudgy Black Bean Brownies! 
They really are divine!

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Grease a 9"x 13" pan with butter. Dust with cocoa powder.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
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Your pan will look like this. Set aside.
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In a food processor or a powerful blender puree black beans until smooth.
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Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed to make sure all beans are smooth.
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Fit a large heat safe bowl over a pan of boiling water. Add pureed black beans, butter and chocolate chips. Stir with a whisk until butter and chocolate are melted and smooth. 
Be careful of the bowl since it will become hot!
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It will look like this. Remove from heat.
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Stir in brown sugar until smooth.
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Add vanilla.
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Add eggs 1 at a time. Mixing until fully combined until all 4 eggs have been added.
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In a large bowl add flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and sea salt. Mix until combined.
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Pour melted chocolate/black bean mixture into dry ingredients and stir just until combined.
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Add nuts and additional chocolate chips and pour into prepared pan.
I forgot to take a picture I guess so well will just pretend. Smooth the top of brownies using a spatula and bake for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool.
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Enjoy with a glass of milk!

Fudgy Black Bean Brownies

Recipe by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch

Fudgy Black Bean Brownies
Prep time: PT15M
Cook time: PT30M
Total time: PT45M
Yield: 16-24 Brownies dependent on how large they are cut.
  • 15 ounce Canned Black Beans, Rinsed And Drained Or 1 3/4 cup Cooked Black Beans
  • 1/2 cup Butter, Plus More For Greasing Pan
  • 1 1/2 cups Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 4 whole Eggs
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons Cocoa Powder, Plus Additional For Dusting Pan
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 cup Chopped Nuts (Optional)
  • 1/2 cup Semi Sweet Or Dark Chocolate Chips (Optional)
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9"x 13" pan with butter. Dust with cocoa powder.
  3. In a food processor or a powerful blender puree black beans until smooth, scraping the sides of bowl as needed.
  4. Fit a large heat safe bowl over a pan of boiling water. Add pureed black beans, butter and 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips. Stir with a whisk until butter and chocolate are melted and smooth. Be careful of the bowl since it will become hot! Remove from heat.
  5. Stir brown sugar and vanilla into chocolate mixture until smooth.
  6. Add eggs 1 at a time. Mixing thoroughly between additions until all 4 eggs have been added.
  7. In a large bowl combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and sea salt. Mix until combine.
  8. Add chocolate mixture into flour mixture and stir until just combined.
  9. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips if desired.
  10. Pour into prepared baking pan and smooth the top of brownies using a spatula.
  11. Bake brownies for 30 minutes. The might appear under done but will continue to bake in the pan after removed from oven.
  12. Allow to cool.


  1. I was looking at this recipe of black bean brownies for long time, never tried. You made me drooling sure I will try this.

  2. I've never heard of black beans in brownies. This is interesting and it does look very inviting.

  3. I wish we were related! I would always suggest holiday and birthday dinners to be at your home. :) Looks so yummy!

  4. My husband and I were just talking yesterday about trying to make good tasting black bean brownies. .. we'll be trying these soon!

  5. Did I miss calorie and fat info I'm on weight watchers and have to count points. Can you help with this thank you

  6. I could have *sworn* I commented on this! These look amazing and I'd love to give them a shot. Unfortunately the last 3 times I've gone to the grocery store to get black beans for anything they've been out (and I know, I know I should cook the beans from scratch but haven't had the time). Maybe everyone saw this post and that's why I can't find any? :P

  7. I just finished making these a few hours ago. I followed the recipe exactly. My kids and husband didn't like them at all. My four year old actually asked if he could just have the Fiber One brownies in the pantry. Ahhh! After all this work, I was surprised at their reaction. No one knew they had beans in them either. That was my little secret! The large amount of cocoa in the recipe and dusting the pan with cocoa makes them have a very bitter flavor. This flavor is very different from most brownie recipes which have a very rich, sweet chocolate flavor. I may try it with less cocoa and milk chocolate chips next time. I know milk chocolate isn't as healthy as semi-sweet or dark chocolate, but I think they'll taste better. Looks like I have nearly an entire pan to eat by myself!

    1. I am so sorry these didn't work out for you..

    2. It may not have worked if they used natural cocoa. This recipe calls for baking powder so you should use dutch-processed cocoa powder.

  8. Dear Serena,

    The batter smelled divine and they had a very good chocolate taste. But, mine turned out very dry. I wonder if i could add some oil or apple sauce to make them moist?

    1. I would try cooking them less. Every oven varies so much if they were dry my first thought is they were over done. Mine looked under cooked at the 30 min mark when I remove them from the oven.

  9. Ok, will try [cooking less time]. Although, tried them again this morning, after being in fridge in closed container. Pretty good now... like a torte, sort of. Very tasty chocolate flavor and intense! Great with my coffee

    1. I am so glad you were still able to enjoy your brownies and liked the flavor!

  10. I just made these and they were perfect! I followed the recipe exactly except I used regular sugar, instead of brown (I was out) and they still turned out great! My 3 and 5 year old boys loved them and so did the picky husband. :) Will be keeping this one for future use. Thanks!

    1. I am so thankful they turned out for you! Have a wonderful week!

  11. I've been baking these in some form for years. My go-to version is as follows. It's more health-conscious with no added fat; they're also about 1 step removed from being vegan which is helpful with several vegan friends who are pigs for these.

    3 cups pureed black beans (I filled up the blender to the 4 cup line and added a little water)
    2 cups sugar
    1 tsp vanilla
    1 tbsp expresso powder
    1/2 cup milk
    1 1/2 cup flour
    1/2 cup cocoa
    1 Tbsp baking powder
    1 tsp baking soda
    1 tsp salt
    1 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened) (and optional)
    2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

    Bake 38-42 minutes at 350 in a greased 9x13 pan.

    I'm trying this unhealthy version just for kicks. thanks~!

    1. Thanks for sharing your recipe I will have to try it! Sounds delicious! Have a great week!

  12. This is the recipe I've been using. Waaay less fat and sugar that your recipe, and still tasty and fudgy as all get out. I add frozen raspberries and they're even better.

    1 19oz (540ml) can black beans, well rinsed and drained
    3 large eggs
    3 tbsp vegetable or canola oil
    1/4 cup cocoa powder
    2/3 cup white sugar
    1 tsp baking powder
    1/4 tsp salt
    1 tsp pure vanilla extract
    1 tsp instant espresso
    1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

  13. These turned out very nice. Great, rich flavor. As I was *sampling* the batter :), I kept thinking these have such a rich flavor! Almost as though there someone snuck in a little coffee. Just tried one out of the oven. Really good! My oven tends to overbake a bit, so I cooked at 325 for about 26 minutes. Just right. Thanks for the recipe.

  14. We made these yesterday for a birthday party and for today's baby shower. The birthday party was with 11 & 12 year old girls and they were not so keen on the idea, especially since my daughter let the cat out of the bag a little too early. The baby shower, however, was a different story. Everyone complimented them and raved about them!

    I did read the comments beforehand and increased the amount of sugar (about 1-7/8 cups) and opted to not dust the pan with cocoa powder (and used just shy of the amount called for in the recipe). Our available pan was 9x9 and we baked it for 30 minutes at 350 degrees and then added 10 minutes and turned off the oven for 5 more minutes. That 10 minute segment should have been 5, but they were still quite tasty!

  15. Just served these up to my crew of boys.... without mentioning that they contained beans :) They are DEVOURING them, and requesting them as their birthday treat. Score!

    Mine did come out a teeny bit dry, but not enough to make me avoid making them again. I'll probably just reduce the time by a few minutes. Otherwise, they are pretty darn good ;)

    My only issue is that the beans were hard to get smooth, I ended up melting some of the butter and processing them together so they'd loosen up more.

  16. These are the best brownies ever! They are rich and fudgy and just delicious. Everyone is surprised that there are beans in them. Everyone asked me for the recipe. However, I make them dairy free. I use coconut oil instead of butter (and it does give it a bit of a coconut flavor). Also, I use dairy free semi-sweet chocolate chips. Thank you again for the recipe!

    1. Lori: any chance you would be willing to share your recipe!!?? I like that you use coconut oil instead!

    2. I simply substitute the coconut oil for the butter. I use around 1/3 - 1/2 cup coconut oil. Hope you enjoy!

  17. I made these tonight... They were so good! We had them as the brownie part of a brownie sundae for my son's 17th birthday! Thanks so much for the recipe! He's very picky and couldn't believe that they had beans in them!

  18. I just finished making these. Used your recipe as a template and tailored it to fit our lifestyle. The changes I made were....coconut oil instead of butter, only 1/2 bittersweet choco chips, 1 C oat flour for 2C AP flour, 2 whole eggs and 2 egg whites, and 2/3 raw honey for sugar. I didn't add any add't chips or nuts, and only baked for 20 min. My BF loved them! and he's a chocoholic!!


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