So, Yeah, I know. Brownies. BUT, there is a redeeming quality to these brownies. Well, two actually. And neither of them you would think belong in brownies, but they totally make these brownies amazing.
Black Beans and Spinach. Yup. It sounds utterly crazy, I know. But trust me, it works. And its sooo fudgy and delicious (especially when topped with a dollup of whipped cream). I dare you to make them. And I dare you to not eat the whole pan
Black Bean Brownies (with hidden spinach!)
by The Gingered Whisk
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Keywords: dessert beans chocolate spinach bar
Ingredients (8×8 pan)
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup fresh spinach (or a bit more, whatever you feel)
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 TBSP vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
1 tsp ground coffee
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350F and grease an 8×8 baking dish.
Using a blender or food processor, pulse the beans to break them up a bit.
Add the oil and spinach and blend until smooth (you will need to pulse, scrape, pulse…it takes a while).
Add in the cocoa powder, vanilla, sugar, coffee and salt and pulse until smooth.
Add in the eggs and blend until combined.
Pour the batter (it will be super runny) into the prepared pan and sprinkle the chocolate chips on top.
Bake for 45 minutes
Cool completely before serving (Really. These aren’t really that great when warm, but are delicious when cool and awesome when served straight from the fridge!)
Jenni lives in Des Moines, Iowa with her amazing husband, two girls, two dogs who think they are children, and a feisty cat. She is the creator of The Gingered Whisk, a recipe blog dedicated to finding easy, healthy-ish, and tasty weeknight meals that kids and adults alike will love. She is super passionate about helping every member of a family learn to love great food. When not cooking, eating, or thinking about food, she is often hiking around area parks, creating intricate legos castles with her girls, watching nerdy tv with her husband, or curled up in a corner somewhere reading a good book.