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Secret Ingredient Brownies

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I’m always looking for ways to make desserts and treats a little healthier, so when I heard about this idea I had to give it a try.  A couple of weeks ago Steve and I were selling concessions at Alex’s play and one of the other moms who was helping told me how she makes brownies with black beans.  I thought that was such an interesting idea and it really couldn’t be easier.  All you do is puree a can of black beans and mix it with your favorite brownie mix.  By doing that you reduce the fat and calories and add protein and fiber.

Sounds like a great idea, but how does it taste?  Well….it pretty much tastes like a brownie, you’d really never know there were black beans in it.  The one thing I will say, though, is make sure they are pureed completely smooth so that you don’t have any texture issues.  Mine turned out gooey and fudgy, just like I like them!

Secret Ingredient Brownies

  • 1 box of you favorite brownie mix (one that makes an 8×8 size pan)
  • 1 can black beans (with no salt added)

Puree beans in a blender or food processor, do not drain.  I blended them for a good five minutes to make sure they were completely smooth.

Combine pureed beans and brownie mix in a mixing bowl.

Pour batter into a 8×8 baking dish that’s been coated with cooking spray.

Bake brownies according to package instructions.

Cool slightly before cutting and don’t tell anyone our secret!


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Jelaya F.

Tuesday 18th of June 2013

What a neat idea! I was wondering, have you tried this using a 13x9 box of brownie mix? How much black beans would you recommend?


Tuesday 18th of June 2013

Jelaya - I haven't tried this with a 9x13 box, but I'm thinking maybe a 1 1/2 cans would be the right amount.


Friday 14th of December 2012

does this really taste good?


Friday 14th of December 2012

I was skeptical, too, Rachel, but they taste just like regular brownies. You honestly cannot taste the black beans and if you make sure you puree them completely smooth there will be no difference in the texture.

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Wednesday 12th of December 2012

these look sooo good!


Wednesday 12th of December 2012

Thank you! :)