Recipe by Liz Weiss, MS, RD and Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RD
Our flourless fudgy brownies are gluten free, and we’ve never met a child yet who didn’t love them. No one has to know they are made with black beans, though if you choose to reveal your secret, they’ll still disappear the second you serve them. Our kids are especially fond of these brownies after school with a tall glass of low-fat milk.
One 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
3 large eggs
3 tablespoons canola oil
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract, optional
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly oil or coat an 8 X 8-inch baking pan or dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
2. Place the black beans in the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth and creamy. Add the eggs, oil, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, peppermint extract as desired, baking powder, and salt and process until smooth. Add ¼ cup of the chips and pulse a few times until the chips are incorporated.
3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smooth the top with a rubber spatula, and sprinkle with the remaining ¼ cup chocolate chips.
4. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until the edges start to pull away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan before slicing into 2-inch squares.
Yield: 16 Servings
Serving Size: One brownie (2” by 2”)
Nutrient Information per Serving: 120 calories, 5g fat (1.5g saturated, 0.3g omega-3), 95mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 3g protein