black bean brownies

ok first off let me say these are a tad weird.. there had a been a rumor going around the food blog world that these were amazing, wonderful, as good if not better than the real thing..come on..nothing and i mean pretty much nothing is better than an ooiey gooey fudgy brownie.. i am a chocolate fanatic.. love love chocolate.. my dessert rule "used" to be if its not chocolate it's not worth eating.. (i have wavered on that a little bit in recent years but the basic premise still holds true.. chocolate is my favorite..) so i was skeptical when i saw these but what the heck.. jake came over and saw these on a platter on my counter and popped a big ole one in his mouth and well the reaction was priceless.. he gaged.. then he did the whole i think i am choking bit.. ran and i mean yes literally ran to to the fridge and grabbed the milk and chugged it (and this a a kid who hates hates milk) then he says what in the world was that.. i said its a brownie he said no its not what is it really.. shell hearing the commotion comes in the kitchen and she said their weird huh and he says umm yeah and shell says mom made them with black beans.. he looked at me like i had sprouted horns on my head.. he felt the texture was all wrong.. and he thought they were dry.. ( i did not) so all in all do i think i will make them again no.. but do i think if you are not a complete chocolate addict like me you might actually like them more than real brownies because they only have a hint of chocolate.. you be the judge.. if you make them drop me a note and let me know your families reaction..

black bean brownies

prep time: 10 minutes
cooking time: 30 minutes
servings: approx. 20


1 (15 oz) can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/3 cup melted butter
1/4 cup cocoa (i might have used more)
2 tsp. vanilla (pure extract not the imitation stuff)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional i did not do cause i don't like nuts in my brownies.. takes away from the star ingredient.. chocolate)
powdered sugar for dusting

drain and rinse beans thoroughly.. add beans and melted butter to your food processor bowl.. blend until smooth.. add sugar and eggs.. pulse a few times until incorporated.. add cocoa, vanilla and salt.. blend until everything is completely pureed.. then gently stir chips and nuts in then pour into an 8"x8" pan that you have sprayed with pam.  bake at 350 degrees (f) for 30 minutes.. sprinkle with powdered sugar.. cool completely before cutting..


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