Recipe: Double Chocolate Brownies

Recipes | Eating Right | September 16, 2019
Stack of brownies made with black beans
You'll never believe the secret ingredient in this recipe.

If you're trying to get more fiber in your diet, this brownie recipe has a secret ingredient that might help--black beans.

While the beans pump up the fiber and protein levels in this treat, they don't affect the taste or texture.

With relatively few ingredients, you can whip together a batch to please adults and kids alike. (Just don't tell them what's in them until after they've taken a bite.)

Ingredients

  • 1 15-ounce can of low sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • Optional: a pinch of salt
  • ½ cup semi-sweetened mini chocolate chips
  • Optional: chopped nuts (¼ to ½ cup)

Directions

Heat oven to 350 F. Coat an 8x8 pan with non-stick cooking spray. Place black beans in food processor and process until smooth. Add eggs, oil, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla and baking powder. Process until well combined. Hand mix in ¼ cup of mini chocolate chips and nuts if desired until they are incorporated. Pour batter into baking dish. Smooth the top with a spatula. Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips on top. Bake for 30-35 minutes.

Yields: 16 servings

Nutrition information:  120 calories, 5g total fat (1.5g saturated fat), 50mg sodium, 16g carbs, 3g fiber, 3g protein

Recipe from Cecilia JacobsonRegistered Dietitian for the Oregon Heart and Vascular Institute at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend.