When I saw this recipe from the Roasted Root on Pinterest all I could think was I’d better not tell anyone what is in them until they try them. Most people will look at the ingredient list and be disgusted. Black beans, coffee grounds and balsamic vinegar. Definitely high “eewww!” potential.
I’ve made a chocolate breakfast cookie with black beans in it that was fabulous so I knew the recipe had potential. I made the brownies and had a bite. Is it possible to fall in love with a recipe? Oh my goodness! And I do mean goodness.
Just look at all of the good:
- gluten and casein free (assuming your chocolate chips and cocoa are)
- ovo-vegetarian (vegan if you use an egg substitute)
- loaded with fiber and nutrition thanks to those black beans
- low glycemic thanks to the coconut sugar
- dump ingredients into blender, whir, pour in pan
- fudgey moist delicious taste that you would swear came from “bad for you ingredients”.
Seriously, if you didn’t know better you wouldn’t know these are healthy. You do not taste any black beans, ever. This is not a “comes pretty close to tasting the same” healthy recipe. They taste awesome. PERIOD. The only thing missing is the crunchy top you get with regular flour brownies, which she acknowledges in the comment section. Hence you want to add the coconut or something else on top. Mine was actually shredded fresh coconut which is why it looks a bit funny in the picture.
The only substitutions I made were instant espresso powder for the coffee grounds (yes, she uses real coffee grounds!), regular sugar instead of the coconut sugar and semi-sweet chips for the dark chocolate because it was what I had in the pantry. So mine weren’t as healthy as they could be. Next time they will be. Try to buy low-sodium black beans (or make your own from dried beans without salt) to make this low sodium too!
If I have one complaint it would be that these were almost too moist. Of course, I made them on a hot day and probably should have stuck them in the fridge too cool a bit more before cutting. But, I have always believed if the brownie breaks all of the calories leak out. :).
She cut them into nine squares, I went a bit smaller and got 16. Your choice.
If it were not 104 degrees outside I would bake another batch right now. Instead I think I will make some ice cream.
Until next time, happy eating!