Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Brownies, yes please!

Marilyn is back on the blog today with a delicious recipe...remember we co- hosted the diaper cake gift certificate giveaway together?  I even entered the giveaway myself, unfortunately I didn't win , boo...anyway, onto BROWNIES! Who doesn't love brownies?!


Hi, I'm Marilyn and I'm super excited to be here today. I blog over at  4 You With Love where I share recipes, crafts, DIY, and many other projects.  Some of my most popular posts include:  How to Decoupage Terra Cotta Pots with FabricHomemade Powdered Laundry Detergent Without Borax,  and 3-1-2 Cake in a Mug.  However, the project that I am most proud of is my Woman Cave that includes my Paper Bag Floor.

Recently, I've seen a lot of recipes for Black Bean Brownies that are made from scratch.  This really intrigues me because it's a great way to increase the fiber and protein content of my favorite bar cookie.  What would happen if you started with a box mix instead of making them from scratch?   Let's find out!

I started with a brownie mix that is made for a 9 x 13 pan and one 15 oz can of black beans.  (Preheat your oven based on the directions on your box of brownie mix)

I dumped the entire contents of the can of beans (liquid included) into my food processor.  I blended it until it was smooth.  

I then added the dry brownie mix to the food processor and "pulsed" it just a few times to mix it.  

I then poured the batter into a greased 9 x 13 pan and cooked for the time indicated on the brownie mix instructions.

When the brownies were done, I pulled them out of the oven and allowed them to cool. Then I sliced them and look how they turned out!  Nice and fudgy!

They turned out great and I actually made them a few more times.  Here's some notes for you.


  • These brownies will be very fudgy and dense.  If you prefer a lighter brownie, add one egg.
  • I found that using the bean liquid can cause some people to become quite gassy.  I tried this again and drained and rinse the beans.  I then placed them back in the can and then filled the can with water (just replaced the bean liquid with water).  
  • Do not over mix your batter when you incorporate the dry mix into the bean mix.  Remember that most brownie recipes say to mix with 50 strokes.
Stephanie, thanks so much for allowing me to visit today!  It's been a blast and congrats on your new bundle of joy!

4 You
Marilyn



1 comment:

Anne @ Domesblissity said...

Oh yum Marilyn. I've heard of black beans in chocolate cake but not brownies. I'm going to try this. Excellent!