Black Bean Brownies with Oats and Hazlenuts

My blog is all about my experiences with food, health and even beauty. With that being said, most of my experiences with cooking are somewhat failures. I’m really not that great of a baker. But I hope you guys can learn from my failures. That’s why I like to share those experiences. I want to maintain the integrity of my blog and be as honest as possible.

For the past couple of days, I have been wanting to make black bean brownies. Our cabinet has 5 cans of black beans……FIVE…. I love black beans. I am always eating black beans and rice, it’s one of my favorite dishes. But I wanted to use these beans in a different way, so I decided to give these brownies a try.

I will explain exactly what I did that didn’t make the brownies quite right and hopefully you guys can recreate these brownies the right way!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (15 oz) of black beans, make sure they are rinsed out.
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 cup of honey (I used Orange blossom honey; you can use agave as well)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 of hazelnuts (chopped)
  • 2 eggs (or two bananas)
  • 1/3 cup of flour
  • ½ cup of sugar

The black beans for these brownies are supposed to replace the flour, but I used flour anyway because I just didn’t think they would come out like the brownies I wanted.

One mistake I made was that I forgot to add the sugar! I was so upset with myself when I tasted the brownies and they weren’t sweet, but I hate being wasteful, so I just fixed it up a bit.

So, I mixed all the ingredients together and it looked amazing. I popped it into the oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. I check the brownies by sticking a fork or knife in the center and if it comes out clean then you know it’s ready.

The brownies looked really good I was so giddy and couldn’t wait to try them. So, I popped a piece into my mouth, and I was so very disappointed, I knew immediately what I forgot. I remember thinking while I was mixing the ingredients “I have to get the sugar”, but I was excited and got sidetracked. Regardless of this I made it work! I decided to make a chocolate sauce to pour over the brownies.

Ingredients for the chocolate sauce:

  • 1 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa
  • 1 stick of vanilla

I placed these ingredients in a saucepan on medium heat mixing it every once in a while, so it does not burn. When it was done, I went back to my pan with the brownies and I shifted the brownies a little. I just took a fork and made sure the brownies weren’t stuck to each other nor the pan so that I could pour the sauce over the brownies and the sauce will be able to go into every nook and cranny of the brownies. After I poured about 1/3 of the sauce on the brownies and put the rest of the sauce in the fridge. The brownies went back into the oven for about 5 minutes, just enough for the sauce to get all warm and soak into the brownies.

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After all of this I cut a piece for myself and dusted a little powdered sugar on top and tried it out. Thankfully, it worked! They came out really good, my father even tried it and liked it, which is a surprise. I didn’t tell him what was in it and knowing me, he knew they weren’t just regular brownies. He said they weren’t bad so I’m pretty proud of myself.

If you want to try these brownies out I just have a few tips for you:

  1. Mash the black beans up so you don’t have the whole black beans in them.
  2. Use bananas instead of eggs, I didn’t use bananas because we didn’t have any, but I am going to recreate them with just bananas.
  3. Do not forget the sugar! Honestly, this wasn’t the worst thing that could happen. Just double check your ingredients.
  4. Even if you do mess up, like I did, don’t throw it out! You can still fix it.
  5. You don’t have to use hazelnuts; you can use any nuts or no nuts at all!
  6. Chocolate chips would be great in this!

I don’t really have a sweet tooth I just thought black bean brownies would be cool. If you guys do end up trying to make black bean brownies let me know how it goes and if you changed anything, I’d love to get feedback!


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