These fudgy and delicious brownies are made healthier with black beans and a naturally-colored green frosting.
Last week my mom made brownies when my girls were at her house. They LOVED them. I can’t remember the last time I made brownies – seriously it could be years ago. But I do like to make a good homemade treat for them every once in a while because they just love it so much. And these brownies in particular were a huge hit! We can’t detect either of the TWO secret ingredients in these brownies: beans or avocado.
How to Make Black Bean Brownies
To start your Black Bean Brownie Recipe, you will need one 15.5 oz can of black beans – rinsed thoroughly. You can actually remove a lot of the sodium by rinsing your beans. If you want to cook your own, then you will need about 2 cups of black beans.
Place all the beans, and the rest of your ingredients in a high powdered blender (see below for recipe). A couple of notes here. If you want a more fudge-like brownie, leave the baking powder out. If you like a more cake-like brownie, include the baking powder. If you are going to frost your brownie, then you can use the lower amount of sweetener. If you are going to eat your brownies plain, you may want to add the higher amount of sweetener. Make sense??
Once it is blended and smooth, pour into a sprayed 8×8 baking pan.
Bake at 350 for about 25-30 minutes. If you exclude the baking powder, you may need closer to the 30 minutes. I baked mine for 26 minutes and they were perfect.
Slice them up and you can enjoy some chocolaty, warm brownies. And did I mention they are gluten free? No flour! They can definitely stand alone. But if you like a little frosting with your brownie then read on.
Personally, I like my chocolate baked goods served with a tall glass of ice cold milk. We have a friend that will only eat his cake ‘Milk-cake’ style: he takes a bowl, puts his slice of cake in it, and then covers it in milk and waits a few minutes to eat it until the cake has soaked up the milk.
I just like my milk on the side 🙂
How to Make Dye-Free Green Frosting
To make the frosting, take a ripe avocado and beat it until it is very smooth. This could take a few minutes.
To that add your softened butter, vanilla and powdered sugar. Beat until smooth and creamy. If it seems to runny, you can add a bit more powdered sugar. Then frost your brownie (or cake, or cupcake) to your heart’s desire. I would say this frosting would go best with something chocolatey. I thought about adding a little peppermint to it and making a Mint Brownie. But it remained a thought. So if any of you get brave and try it, let me know.
Black Bean Brownie Recipe and Dye-free Green Frosting
- 15 ounce black beans, canned
- 3 large egg
- 3 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 medium avocado
- 1 tablespoon butter, unsalted
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 cup unsifted powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8×8 square baking dish with cooking spray.
- Combine the rinsed and drained black beans, eggs, oil, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla extract, baking powder, and sweetener (of your choice – honey, sugar, etc.), in a blender; blend until smooth.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
- Bake in the preheated oven until the top is dry and the edges start to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 25- 30 minutes.
- Using the whisk attachment for your mixer, beat avocado and butter until combined and no lumps remain.
- Beat in vanilla and salt.
- Add powdered sugar slowly and mix until combined. Add more powdered sugar to reach desired consistency.
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