Chocolate Fix: Black Bean Brownies

I’m a little excited. It’s time for another Chocolate Foray, and I looooove chocolate. (In case you hadn’t figured that out yet.)

Black Bean Brownies.

I know, I know, they sound weird and suspiciously healthy. I can’t really vouch for the “health” quality except that there is chocolate in them and chocolate is the other food group. Beans are good for you. There is also applesauce. The original recipe didn’t call for it, but the original also turned out very, very dry. Eww. Applesauce makes these kind of gooey and fudgey. And there’s chocolate, of course.

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Black Bean Brownies

1 15oz can black beans, well rinsed and drained
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
3 large eggs
3 tbsp vegetable or canola oil (Or be brave and use coconut. Yum!)
¼ cup cocoa powder
⅔ cup white sugar
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp instant coffee (or your favorite coffee substitute) — optional
½ cup semisweet chocolate chips

Put all ingredients except chocolate chips in blender.

Blend until very smooth. Stir in half the chocolate chips. Pour into greased 8-inch square baking pan and sprinkle with the remaining chocolate chips. Bake at 350°F for 30-35 minutes.

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