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A Better Brownie

A Better Brownie

If you want to indulge your chocolate craving without going overboard, try our Better Brownie. The secret ingredient: black beans, which add fiber and protein to this tasty dessert.


½ cup bakers cocoa
1 cup butter, softened
6 ¾ cups sugar
2 cups pureed black beans
6 eggs
½ cup flour
¼ teaspoon salt

¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ¼ teaspoons baking powder


Mix cocoa, butter, sugar, black bean puree and eggs until well blended.
Sift together dry ingredients and stir into wet mixture.
Spray a sheet size pan with cooking spray and pour batter into pan.
Bake at 325° F for 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Black beans are a great swap for flour to make a gluten-free treat. Other healthy swaps are applesauce for sugar or Greek yogurt for butter.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 3x3-inch square

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 171
Fat: 6g
Saturated Fat: 3.5g
Protein: 3g
Total Carbohydrates: 28g
Dietary Fiber: 0.5g
Cholesterol: 52mg
Sodium: 64.5mg
Compare to Starbucks double chocolate brownie: Calories per serving: 410; fat: 24g (saturated fat: 7g); total carbohydrates: 46g (dietary fiber: 3g); cholesterol: 95mg; sodium: 75mg.

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