Thursday, June 7, 2012

Beano Brownies

Brownie recipes using black beans are all over the Internet, however, I first saw this idea on a Food Network show a while ago.

I have been dying to try one out, but for some reason never got around to it until now.  Given that neither of my children will knowingly go near a legume, I was eager to see if they would go for them.

I sifted through a ton of recipes, found one I liked most, and then adapted it to my liking.

I think they turned out great, and the girls loved them too.  Adam, on the other hand said, "You can tell something [healthy] has been hidden in them".  Oh well, the point was to make them for the girls so I'm satisfied.  They may not instantly win over folks used to sugar, butter, white flour products, but I think they are really tasty, and they are sugar-free, gluten-free, and high in protein.  A perfect midday snack.

Beano Brownies (adapted from this one)

1 14oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
4 egg whites
2 tbls coconut oil, softened
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup powdered stevia baking blend
2 tsp instant espresso powder
1 tsp vanilla extract (or peppermint)
Pinch of salt

Puree everything in a food processor until smooth.  Scrape into a greased 8x8 pan.  Bake at 350F for 25 minutes.  Let cool and then cut into squares.  Makes 16 brownies.

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