February 15, 2011

weird healthy brownies

I can't stop making brownies. What sets this one apart is its slightly weird ingredients.

weird healthy brownies

In a bowl, mix together
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt

and set aside.

In a blender or food processor, puree
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup cooked black beans
2-3 oz. ripe banana (about one half of a banana)
5 oz. okara
3 Tablespoons canola oil
2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup soymilk

weird healthy brownies

Scrape pureed cocoa-okara mixture into a saucepan and, over low heat, add
3/4 cup chocolate chips
and stir constantly until chocolate chips have melted into the mixture.

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Add the cocoa-okara-chocolate mixture to the bowl with flour. Mix until well incorporated. If desired, fold in
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

weird healthy brownies

Transfer batter to a lightly oiled 8"x8" pan and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes. Let cool.

Verdict: Not my favorite brownie recipe, but not my least favorite either. I like that it has the sweetness of banana without being overpowered by it. I'm also pretty sure that no one would ever suspect there were black beans in here, especially since I was able to liquefy them so utterly in my fancy blender.

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