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Gooey Flourless Brownies

Gooey Flourless Brownies

Hello everyone! I hope you’re enjoying a nice weekend. Ours has been a busy one, but a fun one with friends and family.

Originally, today’s post was going to focus on exercise ideas and tips, but I made a new recipe and I could not wait another day to share it with you. I had to post this immediately. (My next post will focus on exercise…I promise).

I had to make this recipe for 2 reasons:

1. I LOVE brownies!
2. I didn’t believe that these could possibly taste as great as the recipe claimed, so I had to give them a try.

This recipe is adapted from my Whole Foods ipad app. This recipe is a healthier spin on your regular brownie, but it has a secret ingredient…..black beans!!!
The recipe claimed that “no one will ever know that you used black beans”. (This is the part that I couldn’t believe). All I have to say is yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! They were right! You would never know that this ooey, gooey, deliciously moist brownie is made with black beans instead of flour.

Here’s what you’ll need for 12 brownies:
15 oz. black beans
3 eggs
1/3 cup of melted butter
¼ cup of unsweetened cocoa
¼ cup of semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup of maple syrup (you can use more if you like them really sweet)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/8 tsp. salt

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and spray an 8-inch dish with a non-stick spray.

First, melt the butter and rinse the black beans.

Next, combine the black beans, eggs, melted butter, cocoa, vanilla extract, maple syrup and salt into a food processor.

Blend until smooth. (The lumps are bubbles in this picture.)

Pour into dish and bake for 30 minutes (or until knife comes out clean when placing in the center).


Nutrition information: Each brownie has 245 calories, 6.3 grams of fiber, and 9 grams of protein!!!

If you love brownies, you have to try this recipe. You might not want to broadcast that they are made with black beans some people (like my husband) might dismiss them without trying them. (My husband tried them and loved them and then I told him they were made with black beans)  🙂

Do you like trying new foods even when you are unsure of the ingredients?

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  1. I can’t wait to try this recipe! Look at all that protein! I think I’ll try to substitute a few more healthy ingredients for the eggs and maple syrup. How many grams of fat and sugar are in this? Thanks!

    • admin

      February 22, 2011 at 5:40 pm

      Hi C! Thanks for stopping by Operation Nutrition. These have 8 grams of fat and 11 grams of sugar. Both of these are pretty high, but I was aiming for a brownie that wasn’t all “empty” calories (a more nutritious form). If you make these, please keep me posted on what you substitute for the eggs and maple syrup. I am always looking for new ideas. Thank you again!

  2. Operation get-in-my-belly! Black beans? Who knew… I’d definitely would need to hide that from the hubby. He acts like a 2 yr old anytime anything has beans in it. Lol.

  3. How many servings are in this? Same here I will have to hide the beans Jeff would never go for it. I will let you know when I make these 🙂

  4. Never mind I just read it again and saw it at the top 🙂 ooppps

  5. Are they really good? Really? Can you send me one and I will try it before I make them…

    • admin

      March 1, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      Hi Franklin! They really are good (I promise). If you’re serious, I would be happy to ship you some. Let me know if you’d like me to:)

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