If you think these Avocado Black Bean Brownies taste like avocado (acts as butter) or black beans (acts as flour), you're wrong! This gluten free recipe tastes like an extremely soft brownie that has zero resemblance of anything healthy in it. You can eat as many as you want without the guilt! These also cut like a dream, which really impressed me. They also turn out to be very dark in color. This black bean recipe makes an 8x8 baking dish.
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Main ingredients for black bean avocado brownies recipe:
- Black beans - traditional canned black beans
- Avocado - haas small, you can use large ones as well, however, I do not feel that they keep as long so I tend not to buy them. You would probably only need ⅓ of the avocado as well if going with the large route.
- Eggs - from my chickens, any eggs would work though
- Brown sugar - provides sweetness
- Cocoa powder - adds chocolate
- Baking powder - helps them rise
- Chocolate chips - Nestle or Hershey's
How to make excellent avocado black bean brownies:
- Grind black beans - this is a vital step to the beans becoming smooth enough in the brownie that you won't be able to taste them. I grind mine in a food processor.
- Add remaining ingredients to the food processor, except chocolate chips-it is important to use the food processor to combine the ingredients. This ensures that the avocado and black beans get ground enough together with the flour and other ingredients so that they do not taste like their original form.
- Stir in ½ of the chocolate chips - I put half my chocolate chips in the batter and the other half on top for decoration
- Pour batter into a sprayed 8x8 baking dish. Top with chocolate chips. Bake!
Tips for Healthy Brownies with Avocado:
- Regular beans - make sure to use beans that are not made for savory dishes like chili beans.
- Rinse beans well - make sure to rinse the beans before adding to food processor. If you are not used to using beans, you might not know this. The beans must be rinsed before adding.
- Rripe avocado - nothing is worse than trying to make an unripe avocado work. Make sure the avocado is ripe before adding to food processor.
- Do not store at room temp - because these gluten free brownies with black beans also have avocado, it is best to keep them in the fridge because of the fruit.
- Let cool before cutting - if you cut the brownies prematurely, they will not set as nice as cutting when fully cool.
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- Chocolate chips in only batter - if you do not want to save ½ cup chocolate chips for the topping, you can opt to just put them in the batter instead.
- Reduce chocolate chips - if you are trying to cut down on sugar content, you could take out ½ cup of chocolate chips in the batter or just omit them entirely.
- 9 x 13 baking dish - instead of an 8 x 8 baking dish, you could use a bigger one. You would just have to double the recipe if doing so.
How to store homemade brownies:
- Fridge - I like to store my brownies in the fridge for about a week or until all gone, which ever comes first.
- Freezer - I have not tried freezing this homemade brownies recipe. I do not know how the texture of the brownie would hold up in the freezer. If you want to try it, let me know how it goes.
Tips for making avocado black bean brownies
- Rinse beans - rinse black beans thoroughly before blending. We do not want the black liquid!
- Plain black beans - make sure the black beans are not seasoned for Mexican food or anything or else we will have spicy brownies!
- Good quality avocado - a good quality avocado is hard to come by here in the Midwest, but make sure your avocado is ripe and not hard, brown, or stringy!
- Cook for 30, rest for 30 - the resting 30 minutes after baking is necessary for the brownies to hold shape!
Check out my other brownie recipes here:
Flourless Avocado Black Bean Brownies
- 1 16 oz can black beans drained and rinsed
- ¼ cup canola oil
- ½ avocado
- 2 eggs
- ⅔ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- dash of salt and vanilla
- 1 cup chocolate chips split in half
- In a blender or food processor, begin by adding black beans and blending until smooth. Slowly add other ingredients (besides chocolate chips), one at a time, pulsing in-between. Remove from blender and place mixture into a medium sized bowl. Gently, fold in a ½ cup of the chocolate chips.
- Spray an 8x8 baking pan and pour batter in. Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for a half hour before serving these Avocado Black Bean Brownies.
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