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Delicious dessert: Peanut Butter Black Bean Brownies


636Beans in brownies? Yes, really. And it’s good! Not just good for adults, either. This recipe, developed by the Festival Foods team of registered dietitians, even won approval from my 7-year-old son who didn’t just eat it, he also wanted to know when we would be getting more. That’s right, a kid who liked eating a bean-based dessert.


Peanut Butter Black Bean Brownies


¾ cup dark chocolate chips, melted

15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 egg

¼ cup canola oil

¼ cup maple syrup + 1 tsp. stevia or sugar

½ cup old fashioned oats (or gluten free oats for gluten free)

2 Tbsp. cocoa powder

½ tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. salt

2 Tbsp. whole dark chocolate chips to sprinkle in

3 Tbsp. peanut butter, microwaved for 30-45 seconds until soft


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Combine melted chocolate, black beans, eggs, canola oil, maple syrup/sweetener, oats, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt to a food processor.  Process until really smooth, scraping the sides with a spatula as needed.
  3. Pour brownie batter into a greased 8×8 pan and spread evenly with spatula.  Sprinkle chocolate chips in to the batter and swirl in soft peanut butter with a knife.
  4. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until toothpick comes out pretty clean. {If you want them really gooey, try not to cook them until a toothpick comes out completely clean; there should be a little bit of batter on the toothpick when you pull it out.


Yield: 16 servings

*Per Serving: Calories 130, Total Fat 8g (Saturated 2g, Trans 0g), Cholesterol 10mg, Sodium 70mg, Total Carbohydrate 14g (Dietary Fiber 2g, Sugars 5g), Protein 3g, Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 2%, Iron 2%   *Nutritional values are an approximation. Actual nutritional values may vary due to preparation techniques, variations related to suppliers, regional and seasonal differences, or rounding.

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