**yields 12 brownies**
1 can (15 oz.) of organic black beans
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup baking stevia
2 tablespoons agave (or more depending on your sweet tooth!)
pinch of salt (omit if the beans are not low-sodium)
1/4 cup walnuts chopped (optional)
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)
1. preheat the oven to 350
My baking assistant!
2. Drain the black beans and rinse them well. Pat them dry with a paper towel so you don't add too much extra moisture to the batter. I wasn't able to find reduced sodium black beans at Trader Joe's so mine were made with sea salt so I left out the salt because I didn't want to make them too salty.
Someone else came running to help once he heard me in the kitchen!
3. In a blender, combine the beans, eggs, vanilla, applesauce, cocoa powder, stevia, and agave.
4. Melt the coconut oil. Allow it to cool for a few seconds and add it to the blender, too.
5. Blend all the ingredients together. Make sure that everything is incorporated and there are no chunks of beans. This is also where you should check the sweetness of the batter. For me, I only used 2 tablespoons of agave but I would recommend possibly adding one more tablespoon since some of the sweetness of the batter didn't carry over once the brownies were baked. If you're adding the chocolate chips, though, be careful that you don't add too much extra sweetener! It's all about your sweet tooth :)
6. Grease an 8x8 baking dish and pour the batter in the pan.
7. Sprinkle in the chopped walnuts. If you don't like walnuts or have allergies, then I would suggest adding dark chocolate chips! I would've done this but since it was Lent, I couldn't have the chips. You better believe that when I make this again I won't leave out the dark chocolate! Some other fillers that I think would be good are pecans, macadamia nuts, white chocolate chips or even a peanut butter swirl!
8. Bake for about 30 minutes. Use the toothpick method to make sure they're done.
9. Allow them to cool for 10-15 minutes before cutting them into squares. Slice 'em up and enjoy :)
Nutritional information-- this is with the walnuts included! It should be around 75 cal. without the walnuts
95 calories, 5g fat, 3g sugar, 2g fiber, and 3g protein
***note: I'm a big fan of brownies with icing but I was pressed for time before the party so I wasn't able to experiment with a healthy icing without any sugar. I'll keep you posted with a good icing recipe for these brownies!