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Black Bean Brownies

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  • 1 1/2 cups black beans (1 15-oz can, drained and rinsed very well) (250g after draining)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 tsp salt (optional)
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup, honey or agave
  • 2 tbsp sugar (or omit and increase maple syrup to 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup coconut or vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup chocolate chips
  • optional: more chips, for presentation


  1. Prheat over to 350˚.
  2. Combine all ingredients (except chips) in a food processor, and blend until completely smooth. Blend well. (A blender can work if you absolutely must, but the texture—and even the taste—will be much better in a food processor.)
  3. Stir in the chips, then pour into a greased 8×8 pan.
  4. Optional: sprinkle extra chocolate chips over the top. 
  5. Cook the black bean brownies 15-18 minutes, then let cool at least 10 minutes before trying to cut. Makes 9-12 brownies.