Black Bean Brownies – read that right…

Let me just start by saying today was mind blowing for me.  The thought of actually creating brownies from black beans was completely unbelievable to me.  In fact,  I hadn’t even heard of it until a Facebook friend mentioned it a couple weeks ago.  Then my amazing talented cousin posted she was making them last night.  That was it, my curiosity was peaked and I couldn’t forget about them.  There are several recipes out there!  I made 2 today-  both went well.

You CAN make brownies using black beans!  Make sure to rinse them very well and pay the, dry.  It’s cool if you mash them a little while drying them-you’re about to blend them anyway.  The recipe I used suggested raw sugar.  I made them and they were awesome- sweet and delicious.  I also made a batch using Truvia baking blend.  They were equally delicious.  It sounds absolutely disgusting but it is soooooo good!

The photos below are from my first batch- which were the raw sugar ones.

Here is an ingredient photo.  The recipe I will link to suggests using flax eggs, I used eggs in this one.  The flax eggs make this a vegan friendly option. Notice no flour!

This is a shot of everything in the blender.  Using a blender is best for this to mash up the beans.

This is what it looks like blended!  Looks like brownie mix…tastes like brownie mix….

Seriously…I did not sub brownie mix to play these up..these are legit made with black beans.

Post baking pic:

I was totally shocked at the result.  If you had asked me a couple months ago about this, I would have laughed you out of my house…for real.  My kids ate these and loved them. They had no idea they were made of black beans.  I will keep making them and just won’t tell people what is in them….he he he Surprise that brownie was only 78 calories (when using Truvia blend and flax eggs) I plugged everything into my fitness pal to see. 

Flax eggs were another anomaly that threw me for a loop…just sayin.

Biggest tip:  make sure to rinse and drain the beans really good.  Mine tasted nothing like beans at all…had I not been so diligent it could have been different.

Here is the recipe I used.  Legit Black Bean Brownies 

There are plenty out there you can try.  Again I subbed heaping 1/4 cup of Truvia baking blend for the sugar and they turned out great! 

I hope you enjoy these as much as we did!

Yours in Health,

Emily and Crew 


Kid tested, Healthy Carrot Cake Cookies

Before I share this amazing treat, let me just say my 7 year old despises all things carrots…except these cookies.  But the thing is I’m totally ok with her eating these because they are delicious and healthy!  I got this gem of a recipe from Amy’s Healthy Baking.  This woman has an amazing collection of healthier options for those of us with a wicked sweet tooth.  I first made these last week.  They went so fast I had to make another batch!

Here are your ingredients.  There is an egg in there too but it’s hiding behind the coconut oil.  Make sure your egg is at room temp, cold egg + melted coconut oil can result in clumpy making for an unhappy baking experience.

Amy’s recipe asked for quick oats and I almost cried a river at the sight of these old fashioned ones…until she said on her site that all I need to do was throw these bad boys in the food processor!  Whhhaaaat?!

I pulsed my ninja like 8 times and got

Quick Oats!  Below are some pics of the preparation process.  You are basically combining all wet ingredients

And all dry ingredients

And grate up a carrot to tossin there:

Then mixing them all together to get this:

Now is the important part!  You must refrigerate your mixture for 30 minutes.  Do not skip this step!  You have been warned…also resist the temptation to eat the mixture before baking.  It is amazing but results in a loss of freshly baked cookies.

I like to pat mine together in patties before baking, Amy suggests dropping them from a spoon. Whatever floats your boat!

Make sure to let them cool for at least 15 min before taking them off of the parchment paper.

Final product:

Here is a link to her recipe and site:  Amy’s Healthy Baking.

If you try these, make sure to leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!

Yours in Health,

Emily and Crew