Black Bean Brownies

Confession (/humblebrag):

I once made a pumpkin pie out of tofu and served it up to my family at Thanksgiving.  They happily gobbled it down and were none the wiser.  “They’re totally eating tofu and they totally don’t know it,” I thought as I suppressed the maniacal laughter welling up inside of me.  (Sometimes there are a lot of ‘totallys’ in my vocabulary.)

This is a true story and to this day, my family still doesn’t know.  If any of you are reading this, sorry (not sorry).

Anyways, I’m back at it.  I’m putting beans in brownies and you’ll be none the wiser.


I used this recipe, which happens to be gluten-free and can be made vegan.  The only change I made was to add some chopped walnuts because I don’t think a brownie is a proper brownie without walnuts.

They were dense, fudgey, and chocolate-y enough to mask any hint of bean.  If you’ve ever had a chocolate brownie Clif Z Bar, that’s what these reminded me of.

There are not many better feelings in the world than sneaking something healthy into unaware loved ones.  It’s true.

Spinach in smoothies, tofu in pie, beans in brownies…

Do you have any secretly healthy recipes you love?  Tell me about them!

I think butternut squash mac and cheese will be my next endeavor.


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