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I made some black bean brownies the other day...sounds nasty but they are actually pretty good. :] I cheated and added some chocolate frosting on top..but otherwise these are pretty high protein!


The Healthy Brownie


1 15-ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed
4 large eggs
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup granular sugar substitute (splenda)
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp natural low-sugar peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8x8 pan with extra-virgin olive oil spray and set aside. In a large food processor puree rinsed black beans. Add in eggs, oil, vanilla, sugar substitute, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and peanut butter. Process ingredients till combined and smooth. Spoon batter into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick entered in center of pan comes out clean. Cool brownies completely on wire rack, then cut into 36 squares. 


by on Dec. 1, 2012 at 1:41 PM
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heather4511
by Gold Member on Dec. 5, 2012 at 10:30 AM
That sounds like a really good idea! So you use the beans instead of adding oil and eggs?

Quoting beenthere3:

 I make black bean brownies often.  However, rather than doing it from scratch with the the eggs/oil etc, I puree the can of beans, add it to a box of Gheradelli brownie mix and bake.  They're really moist!



Just a quicker, less fattening alternative....

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heather4511
by Gold Member on Dec. 5, 2012 at 10:33 AM
Did you make some yet?

Quoting flowerfunleah:

I have a lot of black beans, I'm going to try this today!

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beenthere3
by Member on Dec. 6, 2012 at 7:08 AM

 I've used this one when I'm trying to tweak a recipe I find to a more healthy alternative.  I usually just add all the ingredients and divide the totals by how many servings or pieces I split the whole meal into. I had the ratios broken down for that black bean recipe somewhere but couldn't find it!

http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calculator.asp 

Quoting Janet:

 Wonder how you would figure out the carb ratio? I have a 9 year old that has type 1 diabetes.

Quoting beenthere3:

 I make black bean brownies often.  However, rather than doing it from scratch with the the eggs/oil etc, I puree the can of beans, add it to a box of Gheradelli brownie mix and bake.  They're really moist!

Just a quicker, less fattening alternative....

 

 

beenthere3
by Member on Dec. 6, 2012 at 7:09 AM

 Yes! No oil, no eggs, no water....

nothing but the beans (pureed) and the brownie mix. 

Quoting heather4511:

That sounds like a really good idea! So you use the beans instead of adding oil and eggs?

Quoting beenthere3:

 I make black bean brownies often.  However, rather than doing it from scratch with the the eggs/oil etc, I puree the can of beans, add it to a box of Gheradelli brownie mix and bake.  They're really moist!



Just a quicker, less fattening alternative....

 

Janet
by Bronze Member on Dec. 6, 2012 at 9:56 AM

 Thank you!

Quoting beenthere3:

 I've used this one when I'm trying to tweak a recipe I find to a more healthy alternative.  I usually just add all the ingredients and divide the totals by how many servings or pieces I split the whole meal into. I had the ratios broken down for that black bean recipe somewhere but couldn't find it!

http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calculator.asp 

Quoting Janet:

 Wonder how you would figure out the carb ratio? I have a 9 year old that has type 1 diabetes.

Quoting beenthere3:

 I make black bean brownies often.  However, rather than doing it from scratch with the the eggs/oil etc, I puree the can of beans, add it to a box of Gheradelli brownie mix and bake.  They're really moist!

Just a quicker, less fattening alternative....

 

 

 

Mrs.Andrews
by on Dec. 6, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Very interesting.

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