Really, I shouldn't have even put healthy in the name. Not that they aren't, but people head for the hills when they see that because it means one of two things...
1. It'll be disgusting.
2. There'll be so many ingredients to make it, it's not worth the hassle or price.
Well, ladies and gents I'm here to show you the light.
BLACK BEAN BROWNIES.
This isn't breaking news as I'm sure you've seen a pinterest recipe for them before. But I've tried several tweaks and found the perfect way of making the best, FUDGY (yes, I said fudgy) black bean brownies!
Step 1: Dig out a can of black beans I'm sure you have kickin' around your cabinets. Procure a box of your favorite brownie mix while you're at it.
But wait! Here's the secret to the fudge: DARK chocolate brownie mix. Here I have regular Duncan Hines but if you really wanna go for it, the best I've used is Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix. What happens is the rich dark cocoa better masks the protein-y flavor of the black beans and tends to make a fudgier brownie.
Step 2: Open the can and drain and rinse your beans. REALLY WELL. Then, fill that can of beans to the top with water.
3: Put the bean/water mixture into your blender (or just pulverize by hand if you need some stress relief) and blend for about a minute until nice and smooth - no chunks of beans.
4. Dump your boxed mix into a bowl and add the bean purée. That's all you add! No butter, eggs, oil, etc. Just protein and water!
5. Stir to combine and pour into a greased baking pan. Cook brownies based on the directions right on your brownie mix box.
So, I don't have a picture of the finished product because the whole pan was literally devoured upon escaping the oven. They're that good. I've given these to people without telling them what was in them and they've never questioned me. They love them! Some don't to be honest, as there is a different taste compared to sugary, oily brownies but it isn't a bad thing. The best part is, they're a source of fiber and protein and come in at around 160 calories per brownie! If you really wanna kick it up a notch, stir in a cup of your favorite chocolate chips/baking chips to amp up the flavor and indulgence! For the holidays, I'm thinking of adding some caramel filled Hershey's Kisses to the party!
Oh, and here's something frightening to consider.
FORTY. THREE. DAYS. UNTIL. CHRISTMAS.