Thursday 1 September 2011

Surprise Brownies

Doesn't that look seriously yummy?
Can you guess what the main ingredient is?
Black beans.
Uh huh.

Last week, our little family spent a few days with Hubby's parents, and my mum-in-law baked up a batch of these brownies. I could hardly believe my taste buds...they were that yummy.
Of course I had to ask her for the recipe, and I whipped up a batch yesterday. That's when I decided you need to know too! If you have family or friends with gluten and/or dairy allergies, this is the recipe for you!
Between hubby's extended family and mine...there are so many with gluten and dairy believe you me, when I can get my sticky fingers on a recipe for a dessert that tastes good, accommodates the allergic AND is easy to make, not to mention with ingredients I usually always have around...believe me, it's a good day.
How bad was that grammar?? Sorry.

So without tormenting you any's the recipe:

19 oz. can drained and rinsed black beans
3 lg. eggs
1/4 cup cocoa
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. instant espresso
1/4 cup choc. chips.

Are ready for this? Throw everything in your food processor (or blender) except the choc. chips.
Blend it together until it's very smooth.
Add the chocolate chips (or in my case, I didn't have any, so I chopped up two Hershey bars and sprinkled over top).
Pour into a greased 8x8 pan and bake at 350 F for 30 - 32 minutes.

That's it.

Doncha just want to sink your teeth into some? Mmmm.
We ate them with whipped cream and fresh good you'll hardly believe you're not cheating (too much).

Thanks Mum-in-law for a gooder!!


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  1. I just made some chocolate brownie cookies with thyme and red pepper flakes,and the cookies were fantastic,now I'm going to do the beans next time,shucks It the recipe has chocolate in it I'll try 'em.
    Looks yummy!

  2. I have a girlfriend who is wheat and dairy intolerant and I'm always stashing recipes away for when we host dinner for her. Desserts are the toughest! I'm happy to be adding another to list. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Can you taste the beans at all?
    They look delicious, but I don't eat beans, except jelly beans! :)

  4. Kathleen - you can't taste the beans, believe it or not! My hubby despises beans too, but he loves these!
    Mindy - I know what you mean! Finding a recipe that actually tastes good and suits different allergies is pretty awesome! :)
    Jo - those cookies sound pretty interesting...I bet they're yummy!

  5. These pictures are fantastic!! Great job :) And thanks for the versatile blogger award!!

    I'm off to pin these now :) I have a friend who can't eat dairy and tries to avoid gluten-- she'll be so excited!

  6. Oh! Those look divine! I've been wanting to try black bean brownies for a while now!

    I'd like to invite you to link up at my Friday Favorites party!

  7. Thanks, I passed this on to a friend whose daughter was just diagnosed with Celiac's. -Lynda S.

  8. Wow that is really interesting! I'm still skeptical but I'll take your word for it! Following you back from {The Kurtz Corner} :)


  9. Lol - well I can't blame ya for being skeptical!
    Thanks for following! : )

  10. I've made these before, very tasty. You'll never know about the beans unless someone told you they were in the recipe.
    Lovely blog with some wonderful recipes. Thanks for sharing and caring.
    Jill McDowell

  11. Black Beans? Shut the front door! Wow. I am intrigued and want to go buy these ingredients right now. Thanks for sharing!!

  12. Amazing recipe! I have to try this recipe. Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

    Stop by and say Hi sometime!


  13. My son developed Gluten Ataxia after having a stroke when he had a heart transplant (and I never thought I'd type THAT sentence in this lifetime!). We're on the quest for yummy recipes and this one sure looks yummy !

    Ummmmm, TMI question, do the beans cause tummy issues, as beans sometimes can ?

    thanks for sharing !


  14. Hi Gena! Wow, I'm really sorry to hear about your son...I hope he has recovered and is doing well now? As for tummy issues :)...I haven't noticed anything different with them, but then I guess I haven't really paid attention either. If you make them and notice anything, I'd love it if you'd let me know!

  15. Hi! I'm also intrigued by this recipe and can't wait to try it! I've got three toddlers, and I figure this is one way to sneak a slightly healthier dessert into them so...why not! Your enthusiasm for this recipe is catching--I'll let you know what we think! :)

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  16. Stop.It. I'm all for hidden veggies in my baking. Gotta love it! Thanks for posting the recipe.

  17. I must try that. Looks so yummy!


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