There are so many miracles in life which just cannot be explained. How can an early morning sunrise be that beautiful? Why do the precious toes and fingers of newborn babies always leave parents speechless? How can brownies made with black beans really taste delicious?
Yes, you heard me correctly! I was a skeptic, but now I believe that brownies made with black beans can be so good that they qualify as one of life’s many miracles. I clearly recall watching Dr. Fuhrman on the Dr. Oz show some time ago talking about his Fudgy Black Bean Brownie recipe. I chose to ignore the segment because the thought of brownies made with black beans was simply gross. However, my longtime friend, Helen, recently e-mailed me the recipe saying that she made Dr. Fuhrman’s brownies and they were “unbelievable.” Helen’s word is the only one in the world I would trust concerning a recipe that sounded so unlikely to taste good.
So at the suggestion of my trustworthy pal, I took a leap of faith and made Dr. Fuhrman’s Fudgy Black Bean Brownies. The result was “wow!” Only a few simple ingredients, a high powered blender and 1 1/2 hours to bake were required for this guilt-free superfood treat. You can choose to make them with or without the frosting, although the frosting recipe is also provided below.
DR. FUHRMAN’S FUDGY BLACK BEAN BROWNIES
2 cups cooked or canned no-salt added or low-sodium black beans, drained
10 pitted medjool dates or 1 1/4 cups domestic dates
2 tablespoons raw almond butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup natural, non-alkalized cocoa powder
1 tablespoon ground chia seed
Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
Combine the black beans, dates, almond butter and vanilla in a food processor or high-powered blender. Blend until smooth.
Add the cocoa powder and chia seeds, and blend again.
Spread evenly into a very lightly oiled (I used coconut oil) 8×8 inch baking pan. Bake for 1 1/2 hours. Cool completely and apply frosting if desired. Cut into small squares.
Store in covered container in the refrigerator up to one week.
*Note: I had a bit of trouble blending the ingredients in my high-powered blender, so I added small amounts of water (a little at a time) to get the batter going.
If you wish to make the optional frosting, you will only need a few simple ingredients and a high-powered blender.
1 ripe avocado
1/2 cup of water
4 tablespoons natural, non-alkalized unsweetened cocoa powder
5 medjool dates
Splash vanilla extract
Blend ingredients in high-powered blender and spread evenly on top of the brownies.