I have heard about black bean brownies for several years. I’ve never had any interest in them at all. I’m not all that fond of chocolate and black beans … well truly, aren’t they meant to be eaten with a plateful of Mexican food? Yes, my black beans shall be served with Chicken Enchilada Casserole … until Meagan of Scarletta Bakes posted this picture:
I love this picture and as I read through her blog post I started getting a little more serious about black beans and brownies all wrapped up in the same bite. Dense, rich, luscious. Then one day I was rummaging through my bottles of extracts and I came across this cute little bottle, actually I have two of them, gifted to me some time ago by my Florida-friend, Kathy. GODIVA Liqueur.
Hmmm, I wonder what black bean brownies would taste like with a bit of GODIVA liqueur? My first thought is that I can’t tell the Chief or my Sous-chef-dish-washing mom that the brownies are made with black beans. That little nugget of information needed to remain a secret I researched other recipes for Black Bean Brownies and ended up using a combination of several.
The beans went into a strainer and were rinsed. Eggs, beans and melted butter were poured into a blender. At this point I am quite skeptical because I have never really had luck mixing batter in a blender.
Okay,so it worked well. Surprise. The rest of ingredients went into the blender. I dissolved the coffee granules in a little water and added to the blender. Although the Godiva liqueur is optional, I highly recommend it or your favorite chocolate liqueur. It adds an outstanding richness to the brownies. I poured the batter into a 9″ x 13″ greased baking dish. The brownies were baked for about 40 minutes. These brownies are very dense and can easily be cut with a cookie cutter. Once they were cool I started “playing” around with my cookie cutters.
The brownies are equally good sprinkled with powdered sugar or frosted with a favorite frosting. In the end why bother making brownies with black beans? For one thing, black beans add a touch of fiber — that’s always good, right? Plus, what a conversation piece your brownies will be.
It will go something like this:
Chief: What did you make? It smells great in here!
Me: Just a little chocolate for my sweetheart and mum.
Mum: Those look so cute.
Me: Thanks (nervous sigh).
Me: Who wants dessert?
Chief: Definitely. Is this a new recipe?
Mum: Delicious, really rich. Have you made these before?
Me: No, I haven’t made them before. Yes, a new recipe…. I made them with … black beans.
Me: Who wants another piece?
The family: sure … count me in … just another little bite …
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Happy Cooking! ~ Catherine
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