Vegan Black Bean Fudge Brownies

Vegan Black Bean Fudge Brownies

My first reaction when one of my followers on Instagram told me about black bean brownies was something along the lines of: what? You can put beans in a brownie?? Once I let that thought kind of sink in, I was intrigued. I searched around a bit online and sure enough, black bean brownies was a thing. Seemed legit enough, so I got straight to it and started cooking up some black beans.

After that I just mixed some dates for sweetness, vanilla essence, cacao powder and a few tablespoons of peanut butter before popped it in the oven. I tried not to get my hopes up since I had a creeping suspicion that you would be able to taste the beans. I mean, it does seem a little bit too good to be true that you can make delicious fudge brownies that is also perfectly nutritionally balanced. One bite was all it took to win me over. In order to be completely sure that the beans were unnoticeable, I served it to my family as if they were just the regular brownies I usually make. I let them devour the entire thing before asking them whether they could guess the secret ingredient or not. My little sister asked if it was potatoes or rice (those ideas were certainly… umh, out of the box!). My parents were clueless. I dramatically revealed that it was in fact black beans. The response? “shut. the. front. door.”

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked black beans (or drained and rinsed canned beans)
  • 2-3 cups dates, pitted *
  • 1/2 cup high-quality unsweetened cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp all-natural peanut butter (or almond butter if you dislike peanuts)
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/2 tsp maldon salt
  • Raspberries or other berries, for garnish
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