Wednesday, April 3, 2013


Last year I shared a recipe that my friend Carol had given me for Black Bean Brownies. (RECIPE)  Several friends were glad to see the recipe.  One friend even told me she just added black beans to her regular recipe.

Monday we met at Fran's house for farkle.  Her daughter Sheila made these Black Bean Brownies for her to serve.  Knowing that I would want to share the recipe on my blog, Fran had already made a copy of the recipe to give me.  

I wasn't going to eat one because there is instant coffee in it, but Janice said she couldn't taste any coffee so I decided to give it a try.  I couldn't taste the coffee either.  

These brownies also have frozen spinach and applesauce in them.  They are really moist tasting.  

The recipe came from Zorba Paster On Your Health which is a production of Wisconsin Public Radio, as a service of the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board and the University of Wisconsin - Extension.


1     cup black beans, rinsed and drained
2     tablespoons olive oil
1/2  cup frozen spinach, dry and thawed
1/4  cup applesauce
2     eggs
1     egg yolk
3/4  cup sugar (or sugar substitute)
3     tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1-1/2 tablespoons instant coffee (Instant Espresso powder preferred)
3     oz. bittersweet chocolate
2     tablespoons unsalted butter
2     teaspoons vanilla
1/2  teaspoon salt
1/2  cup four
1/4  cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
Combine the black beans, oil, spinach, applesauce, eggs, egg yolk, sugar, cocoa, and coffee powder in a food processor.  Pulse until smooth.  (about 1 minute)

Microwave the chocolate and butter until melted, stirring every 30 seconds.  Allow to cool for five minutes.  

Add chocolate mixture, vanilla, and salt to the food processor, blend.

Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir in the flour and chocolate chips.

Pour batter into pan.  Bake 25 - 30 minutes.

Cool for 15 minutes and serve! 

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