When I told my husband I was going to make black bean brownies he was very skeptical. I had to convince him this was a real thing that people do! At least people on Weight Watchers who still want to eat brownies.
When I got ready to make these, I thought, "hmmm....maybe I should put some peanut butter powder in them? and make peanut butter brownies." so I rolled with the impulse. Why not? If you are not familiar with peanut butter powder, it's a low fat peanut butter that has the oil removed, such as PBFit or PB2.
I think this was a good edition and helps make the batter a little thicker and the brownies more cake-like since in recipes peanut butter powder acts sort of flour-like. I used regular peanut butter powder but you could also use the chocolate flavor and make it more chocolatey.
If you don't have an powdered peanut butter you can use protein powder, regular peanut butter (if
you're doing Weight Watchers this will add points) or skip it.
You will need a large food processor to make this recipe. You'll want to mash the black beans up thoroughly. I used an 8-cup Hamilton Beach food processor.
1 can of black beans
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
6 Tb powdered peanut butter
3 Tb unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
2 pinches of salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 10 inch square pan well with cooking spray. Drain and rinse black beans well in a small colander. Put black beans and all other ingredients in an 8-cup food processor and pulse for 3-4 minutes until the black beans are well-ground.
Pour batter into baking pan and back in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Cut into 16 servings the recipe is 1 point per serving. If they are not sweet enough for you, you can add another 1/4 cup of brown sugar, which raises the point count to 2 points per serving.
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