When the kids came home, Alex and Elisa wanted brownies so they each got a piece and neither one of them complained. I asked how they liked it and Alex said it was pretty good and Elisa said it was just okay. I asked them to guess the secret ingredient. They both seemed worried. Secret ingredient? Alex said, “Onions? No, beans.” I asked him how he knew and he said that he felt the bean skin in his mouth, but didn’t know what it was. They didn’t want more after they found out.
The next day, we had a big portion of the brownies left over so I told the kids they could take the rest to school and share it with their friends to see what they thought. Alex didn’t want to, but Elisa took the rest of them. She shared with a bunch of friends who liked it. When they found out there were beans in them, they couldn’t believe it, but she said that no one complained about bean skin.
While it was a fun experiment, I won’t be making them again. I don’t know if I had a food processor if it would have chopped up the skins enough to not be a problem (I used my tiny mini-processor and tried to pulse it to death), but it wasn’t really good enough for me to bother with it again. Maybe one of you will like it though. Anyone brave enough to try? (After my not-raving review)
Low-Fat Brownies with Black Beans
1 c. flour
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1/3 c. cocoa powder
2/3 c. brown sugar
2/3 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. semi sweet chocolate chips (can omit for even less fat)
1/2 c. toasted, chopped walnuts (can omit for even less fat)
3 eggs or 3/4 c. Egg Beaters
1 t. vanilla Almost
Almost 2/3 c. bean puree (directions below)
Combine dry ingredients in medium size bowl. Whisk eggs and vanilla in small bowl. Add it to dry ingredients and mix together.
Put 2 tablespoons canola oil in liquid measuring cup, to it add black bean puree to equal 2/3 cup the wet ingredients into the dry until combined. Spread batter in a 9x13 baking dish lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray. Bake in 350 degree oven for about 22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean. Cool brownies on wire rack until completely cool. Remove from pan using foil edges and cut to desired sizes.
*Black Bean Puree: Take 1 can of black beans, including the liquid and puree in food processor or blender until smooth and creamy. (I rinsed and drained the beans and added just enough fresh water to blend because I don't like the liquid in the bean cans.)