On my quest to get healthier, I have been adding alot more complex carbs to our diet..more whole grains, beans and quinoa, etc. I started searching for good ways to continue my sweet tooth and still lose weight. Black bean brownies are one of those guilty pleasures that I feel good about having for dessert. Alot of recipes passed through my kitchen before I took the best from several recipes and made them healthier as well. I hope you enjoy them as much as my aqua exercise pals did. I took 60 of them and there were only 15 of us there. The trays were empty 30 minutes before I left. LOL
1 - 15.5 oz
can of black beans, drained and rinsed
egg whites or egg beater quivilent
natural unsweetened applesauce
stevia in the raw (agave syrup can substitute)
granulated fruitose (agave, raw or white sugar can substitute)
expresso powder (instant coffee pdr can substitute)
mini chocolate chips
GLAZE: OPTIONAL, ADDS 15 CALORIES
each of vanilla & expresso powder
1Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray mini muffin pans with cooking spray. Drain and rinse the black beans thoroughly. Let drain while measuring out ingredients. Place beans in the food processor bowl with chopping blade. Add the apple sauce, egg whites, vanilla, & coconut oil. Puree together for a few minutes until mixture is emulsified, scraping down a few times. Add Stevia, fruitose, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Process until completely smooth. Add chocolate chips and pulse a few times to distribute them.. Scrape batter into a 4 cup measuring cup and scoop into muffin pans with cookie scoop. Bake for 12-14 minutes (they are better a little underdone) These can also be baked in an 8"x8" pan for 25-30 minutes.
2To Make Glaze: Beat together with wire whisk until smooth. Drizzle cooled brownies with a flork dipped in glaze or use a decorating bag to drizzle on glaze. Sprinkle with a few mini chocolate chips or toasted almonds if desired. Or to make them more diabetic friendly, lightly dust with powdered sugar or serve them plain. This glaze adds 15 calories and a dusting of powdered sugar add 5 calories to each brownie bite. Enjoy!
3Note: I have tried using muffin liners in the pans and have found the lower fat brownies always stick. I even tried spraying the liners with cooking spray, and they promtly spread out from the moisture on them, making them hard to fill with batter. The ideal thing would be the foil liners(sprayed), but I have never seen them in mini sized ones. So I bake them in the pans and put them in a muffin liner after before I dust with powered sugar or glaze them.