Black Bean Brownies
I wish I could take credit for this amazing recipe, but I found it on Heidi Swanson’s wonderful food blog 101cookbooks. Heidi got this recipe from Ania Catalano, and so I pass it on to all of you. Black beans in brownies? It’s just crazy enough to work… ~ Paula
yields about 40 (2″ sq) brownies
- 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 2 cups soft-cooked black beans, drained well (canned is also fine)
- 1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup instant coffee
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 4 large eggs
- 1½ cups light agave nectar
- Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line an 11- by 18-inch (rimmed) baking pan (hs note: or jellyroll pan) with parchment paper and lightly oil with canola oil spray.
- Melt the chocolate and butter in a glass bowl in the microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes on high. Stir with a spoon to melt the chocolate completely. Place the beans, 1/2 cup of the walnuts, the vanilla extract, and a couple of spoonfuls of the melted chocolate mixture into the bowl of a food processor. Blend about 2 minutes, or until smooth. The batter should be thick and the beans smooth. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix together the remaining 1/2 cup walnuts, remaining melted chocolate mixture, coffee substitute, and salt. Mix well and set aside.
- In a separate bowl, with an electric mixer beat the eggs until light and creamy, about 1 minute. Add the agave nectar and beat well. Set aside.
- Add the bean/chocolate mixture to the coffee/chocolate mixture. Stir until blended well.
- Add the egg mixture, reserving about 1/2 cup. Mix well. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Using an electric mixer, beat the remaining 1/2 cup egg mixture until light and fluffy. Drizzle over the brownie batter. Use a wooden toothpick to pull the egg mixture through the batter, creating a marbled effect. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until the brownies are set. Let cool in the pan completely before cutting into squares. (They will be soft until refrigerated.)