Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Healthy (and Delicious) Brownies

I've been hearing a lot about these so-called "healthy brownies" lately and wondered what the fuss was all about. After doing a bit of research online, I have to admit that I was pretty turned off. After reading all of the reviews about how delicious they are, I decided to give it a whirl. I admit, I was VERY skeptical . . . and a bit grossed out.

You see, it is suggested that instead of eggs and oil, you add a can of black beans . . . yes, black beans to your store bought brownie mix. Bean Brownies really didn't really seem like something that I could get excited about, but I gave it a shot. The thought of biting into a brownie and finding a bean really grossed me out, so I decided to rinse the beans (that slimy goop in beans is pretty gross), put the beans back in the can and fill the can with water. Then, I pureed the beans and water in my food processor. Still worried that I would find a bean skin in my brownie, I ran the puree through a sieve. Then, I added the bean mixture to the brownie mix and blended everything together.

I popped them in the oven for a good 45 minutes and the house filled with a wonderful chocolate aroma. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't smell the beans. As soon as they were cooled, I gave one a try. I was pleasantly surprised! No bean taste at all! In fact, I couldn't even tell that they were made differently that any other brownie I had ever had. Since I had made the brownies while Joe was out of the house, I decided not to tell him about the black beans. (I knew he wouldn't try them if he was privy to the bean info). Surprise! He liked them. He had no clue that there was anything different about them. So, I took them to my office the next day and everyone there liked them as well. Nobody could tell that they were nothing but brownie mix and black beans.

So, now I know that I can make a healthier brownie. Anybody else have any great "healthy" dessert recipes or tricks? Oh, and by the way . . . Joe still doesn't know about the black beans, but I guess he's about to find out.


  1. Black beans huh?!? Interesting...Have you tried using pumpkin instead of oil and eggs??? It's soooo good! I can not stand the taste of pumpkin. But, when I mixed them with the brownie mix, OH - My - Goodness, they came out so good!

  2. Jen- I am a true brownie fan and wonder if I should try this. Nobody could tell, wow!

    I've always made the Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate mix with the egg water and olive oil as the oil, then added 2 tablespoons of wheat germ and two Tablespoons of ground walnuts or almonds.