Shock & Awe Brownie Baking

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Ok, Whynotters, I am one of the first folks to say that if you are going to make desert to eat, then MAKE DESSERT, don’t tinker with recipes to make it all ‘healthy’ or whatever, let it be desert. But I just had to try this recipe for healthier brownies and… SHOCK & AWE, they are really, really good. So don’t balk too badly at the ingredients, just give it a try. Why Not?!?!


1 (14 oz) canned low-sodium black beans, rinsed and drained (I know, I know, roll with this – I promise, they taste goooooood!)

2 large eggs

1/2 cup cocoa powder (I did 1/4 cup regular cocoa powder and 1/4 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder)

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon oil

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk (or dairy, or soy)

1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground coffee or instant coffee

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips plus a handful or two, divided (Hershey’s)

Optional: Peanut Butter Chips

What to do:

~ Preheat the oven to 350° F.

~ Grease a nonstick 9 x 9-inch square baking pan with baking spray and then line with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang sticking up on all sides.

~ Throw ALL the ingredients excel the chocolate/PB chips into a blender! Blend the heck out of it – really let it get nice and liquified (no one wants to find an identifiable bean in their food).

~ Toss in some of the cup chocolate chips (and PB chips, if you so choose) and stir them in. (You could pour the mixture into a bowl first but I just stirred in the blender thing, less to wash!)

~ Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips (and PB chips, if you like) evenly over the top of the brownies.

Bake the brownies until a toothpick comes out clean, about 30 to 32 minutes.

Allow the brownies to cool completely before slicing them into squares.

Bit into them and experience much Shock & Awe!!!

Good, right?? Surprisingly, actually good!

Note: this recipe was adapted from this deliciously inspiring site. I cannot wait to hear what you think of these and what additions/changes/improvements you make on the recipe!

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