Shhh, don't tell...
These brownies are flourless, grain-free and made with black beans… but no one would ever guess! They are moist, rich and chocolatey. Not a hint of beans (except with the added health benefits). Even after I told people, they asked “Are you sure?”
True story: the first person to taste-test these brownies was my refrigerator repairman. The refrigerator fan had broken and the service man had been in my kitchen the entire time I was baking them. The smell of warm chocolate was everywhere. When they were ready, I asked if he’d like to try one. I held my breath as he took a bite, then he smiled and said they were great. When I told him what they were made with he didn’t believe me!
When my youngest son came home, he devoured two brownies before I told him what they were made with. He paused… then asked if he could have another!
Seriously, these are one of the best brownies we’ve made and I’ll definitely be making them again.
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Black Bean Brownies
This recipe is from Gluten Free on a Shoestring. They are super quick and easy to make. By now you know they are made with black beans, but the rest is similar to a classic brownie recipe: eggs, vanilla, neutral oil (I used grapeseed), 2 tbsp of coffee (yes! I used decaf though), cocoa powder, baking soda, brown sugar and chocolate chips.
I followed the recipe exactly and we couldn’t taste the coffee or the black beans (trust me, my kids would tell me). As an aside, I have seen several black bean brownie recipes call for coffee so I believe it must help mask any bean flavor. Whatever the chemistry behind it, these brownies are some of the best we’ve made!