OK. I admit when I saw Melissa D’Arabian whipping these up on her show on Food Network Saturday morning I was a little skeptical. I could not believe what I saw her put in a blender and turn into a platter of yummy sweetness…..
BLACK BEAN BROWNIES!!
I love this particular legume…I mean I really love them. Not just because they are healthy but because of their versatility. Just when I thought I had made them every which way Mrs. D’Arabian throws me a curve ball
There was a week last summer when we had them in some form every night. Soup, “burgers”, dip, hummus…you name it I made it. I was transitioning us into a meatless phase (long story for another time) so I wanted my family to see that we could have a filling and satisfying dinner without meat. I think I may have taken the bean thing a little too far…if you know what I mean
Anyhow, off topic….AGAIN! Back to the brownies. I have made them twice this week. Once with canned black beans and once with the hard, soak them all night variety. I like the latter better but if you really rinse the canned ones and add NO SALT to the recipe those will work too. I really do prefer the taste and consistency (and price) of using dried beans here. Soak and cook them according to package directions. I used my brand of choice Hurst’s Beans.
You will not believe how easy these are. I made them entirely in the blender. I did not tell anyone I was making these because I wanted to see if they noticed at all. Guess what? They didn’t!
I also make a version of these using spinach but that is for another post. I hope you try these, you will be pleasantly surprised!