Healthier, Richer Brownies


Runner’s World published some ideas for healthier foods this month, one of which was to replace half the called-for butter in your favorite brownie recipe with puréed black beans.

“Gross”, I thought.

“Give it a try!”, said I.

So I did. And it’s pretty good! 🙂

Here’s the recipe, adapted from Thomas Keller’s Bouchons recipe.

Beanie Bouchons

1c + 2Tbsp sugar
3/4c flour (wheat or other wise works well)
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
3 large eggs, room temp

3/4c cooked, drained black beans
1tsp salt
2tsp vanilla extract
1c high quality cocoa powder

2Tbsp apple sauce
1tsp Butter olive oil from Green Gate Olive Oils

2c chocolate chips

1) heat oven to 350F. Prepare a muffin tin however you’d like. (spray, cups, whatever)
2) In a food processor with a small bowl, process the beans, applesauce, butter, and olive oil until completely smooth.

make really really really really doubley sure that your bean/butter/applesauce/olive oil mixture is super super super super super smooth. this will take a hot minute in your food processor but you’ll be really extra for sure glad you took the time to do this.

3) using the bowl of a large mixer, mix together (med/high speed) the eggs and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the vanilla.
4) in a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and cocoa powder.
5) using the paddle attachment of your mixer, mix in 1/3 of the flour/cocoa mixture to the egg/sugar mixture. Then add 1/3 of the bean/butter mixture. Alternate adding the mixtures until complete.

6) fold in chocolate chips
7) fill baking molds about 3/4 full and bake 15-20 minutes or until set. Let cool completely in the molds.


These brownies are very dense and I strongly encourage you to use a high-quality, dark cocoa powder. These things are for when you are seriously craving some dark chocolate; they go great with hot coffee and an episode of Sherlock.

PS: each of the kids had one of these brownies and they loved them. After they finished their treat, I told them the brownies were chocka-bok full of beans. The kids looked at me with a mixture of distrust and horror. The youngest called me a liar. They’ve all asked for second helpings, so score one for the Mom-inator!


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