Monday, June 27, 2011

Healthy Black Bean Brownies

I'm back! We had some drama last week after a bad storm in the Chicago area. We got hit pretty hard on Tuesday and then the power went out on Wednesday. And Thursday. And Friday. And Saturday. Let's just say it wasn't a very fun experience to live in a house with no power or technology for that long. Seriously, there's nothing to do besides play with my cat who loses interest after 4 minutes! The power is back up now and I'm happy to be back to normal life again!

Anyway, I'm a little sneaky : )

I was dying to make these and then see who would notice that they weren't "normal" brownies. So I made a batch for someone's birthday at work and put them out with all the other treats. In a meeting later in the day, someone mentioned that they liked the brownies and then everyone else chimed in on how good they were. All I said was that there was a special ingredient and no one ever knew what it was! So if you're grossed out by this, I promise they still taste fabulous! I ate half the batch on my own!

Recipe from Local Fun for Kids

• 1 box of Duncan Hines Milk Chocolate Family Size Brownie Mix
• 15.5 oz. can of black beans
• water

Empty the can of black beans into a colander and rinse with water.

Pour the black beans back into their original can and fill it with water.

Use a blender to puree the beans and the water.

In a bowl, mix the black bean & water mixture with the package of brownie mix.

Pour mixture in a greased pan and bake according to the directions on the box.

*Optional: top with powdered sugar when cooled for a little extra sweetness.

Fabulous and guilt-free!


  1. This looks awesome! I am gonna bookmark this and make it soon. I made black bean brownies from scratch a while back but they turned out way too moist, almost like fudge but super soft. So this looks much better :) Thanks!

  2. Can't believe there were beans in them and no one could tell!! I've got to try these!!

  3. i think i'll just take your word for it...although i guess if i didn't know, i'd just dive right in.

    so glad your power is back, i'm sure that was NOT comfortable!

  4. Wow, I would have never thought to put black beans in brownies before. If they taste as good as they look, I'm sold.

  5. i have never heard of this or would have thought to try it.... but im so curious im gonna have to try!
    thanks so much for sharing :)

  6. Glad to hear your power is back on - 3 days without is no fun!

    Interesting idea with the brownies- I'd be curious to taste!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  7. Oh my gosh! I am so excited to try these out! I've heard so much about these brownies! I am your newest follower! I would love you to follow me back! Thanks!

  8. NEVER would have thought of black beans in brownies. They look delish and I'll have to try this out sometime!

  9. I saw these on the Weight Watcher Site and have them saved to make. I'm glad to hear that you liked them. I've been a little worried to make them :)

  10. Definitely need to try these...thanks for sharing!

  11. wow, nice! I'm always looks for ways to make food healthier! come on over and share at my food party!

  12. Wow, thank you for sharing. I really have to try this recipe. We love sweets in the house and to have a healthy sweet is great.
    New follower from What's cooking Wednesday.
    Hope you follow back.

  13. What a fun recipe. I'd love to try this out and see how it tastes.
    Ps- Glad to hear your power is back. We've had that happen and it is no fun!

  14. Wasn't that storm brutal? These look AMAZING, Lisa!

  15. Hi! Thanks for linking up this week to Tasty Tuesday! Hope to see you back next week!

  16. YEA!!!! I cannot wait to try this, Lisa!!! I'm so excited! Thanks for posting it.

  17. The Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop has grown for the better because of your participation. Thanks for linking up this great post!

  18. seriously! that is wild... what is the consistency? this might be a great way for me to get my kids to eat beans! happy 4th of july to you!!!

  19. Totally intrigued...Love it. I will be trying it this weekend!

  20. Okay, that is soooo cool! What a great way to sneak some protein in to your child's dessert! Love it!

    I'm glad to read that the storm has passed. Sounds like it was a doozy!

    Thank you so much for linking up to last week's "A Little Birdie Told Me...". My apologies for the belated vist -- with July 4 falling on a Monday, it threw my whole schedule off, and I'm just now making the rounds to visit the party-goers from that week. Best, Jenn

  21. I would love it if you would join me in linking up at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop:

    I hope you can make it!
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick


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