Recipe – Brownies with black beans

I found this recipe today for brownies.  Looks very interesting and I will post an update after I try it. Skinny brownie with black beans from – It claims to be 3 ingredient, but one of the ingredients is brownie mix (so way more than 3 ingredients).  However, if it tastes good, seems like a nice alternative to standard brownies.


The recipe:
Skinny Brownie Recipe
Author: The Frugal Girls
Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 21 mins Total time: 26 mins
Serves: 20

1 box Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie Mix {18.3 oz.}
½ cup Black Beans, rinsed and drained
½ cup Water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Add water and beans to blender, and blend well until pureed.
In medium mixing bowl, stir together powdered Brownie Mix and Water/Bean puree until well combined.
Spray bottom and sides of 9×13 nonstick baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Transfer brownie mixture into 9×13 dish and spread out evenly.
Bake for approx. 21 minutes, or until done.
Allow brownies to cool, then cut with a plastic knife. ENJOY!


I will post an update soon.



I have tried the recipe, and here are my thoughts.

I used the Ghirardelli Triple Fudge brownie mix for this.  I didn’t add all of the extra chocolate packets that come with it though.


The brownies actually turned out delicious.  You couldn’t tell there were black beans in it at all.  However, I don’t think making the brownies with black beans instead of oil saves very many calories.  These brownies are still pretty high calorie, so calling them “skinny brownies” is misleading.  Adding the black beans does add a little bit more protein, but it is only 1/2 cup of black beans, so it really is only a little bit.  A 1/2 cup isn’t even a whole can of beans.

If you’re going to make brownies anyway, I think this is a good alternative to the normal brownie mix ingredients.  Just don’t get carried away and eat a whole bunch of them thinking that they are healthy.  They still have lots of sugar and are NOT low calorie.  So enjoy them… sparingly.

Lily DC



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