I realized last week that I had a bag of home-cooked black beans that needed to be used up before they went bad. I had bookmarked the recipe on have cake, will travel, which involved making brownies with black beans as a base, so I figured that it was time to finally give it a try. Here is the result:
On their own, the brownies were a little bland and had a healthy taste to them. I don't think my roommate liked them very much, but I didn't think that they were too bad with raspberries (frozen ones nuked in the microwave) or melted extra chocolate on top. The healthiness made me not feel as guilty when I ate them once (or twice) a day. Plus, the all the fiber in the beans and oatmeal has other healthy digestion benefits.
I ended up tweaking the recipe Celine posted and making it a hybrid of the two found on her site. If I make this again sometime soon, I'll probably work on the recipe a little bit more. Here is what I did:
2 tbsp canola oil
1/4 cup coca powder
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup oats
1/4 cup applesauce
2 tbsp peanut butter
I used the food processor to grind up the oats, beans, and then mix everything else together. After putting the batter in a 9x9 baking dish, it was baked at 350 F for 30 minutes. I think that I may have added a few chocolate chips to the batter, now that I think about it. The fact that I almost forgot probably means that I didn't add near enough.