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"Blackies" (Black Bean Brownies)

What you need: 

1 (15 1/2ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
3 egg replacers (I used 3/4 cup applesauce + 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder)
3 tablespoons vegetable oil (I used canola)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
pinch salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup vegan sugar
1 teaspoon instant coffee or mint extract, to taste, optional
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips, optional, but highly recommended
cayenne pepper, to taste, optional (don't use if using mint, but otherwise highly recommended)

What you do: 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 8x8" pan.
2. Blend everything together in your blender, and then pour into prepared pan.
3. Bake for 30 minutes or until the top is dry and the edges pull away from the side of the pan.
These are extremely gooey; keep this in mind! You can't taste the beans at all, and I practically ate the whole pan myself, they were so good. Try them; you'll be glad you did!

Preparation Time: 
40 minutes
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
8-16
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I also had a problem with these, and cooked them way longer than 40 mins (about an hour or longer) and it never set. I wish I knew what happened because I think they would taste good if they were not a pudding consistency!

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If you're looking for a mostly sugar-free version of these, I just made a batch with erythritol ("Z-Sweet"), and they are DELICIOUS.  I used dark chocolate chunks, which are just 4g of sugar (as opposed to 8g in semi-sweet). 

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I registered just so I could comment on this recipe. I made these with light red kidney beans because I wanted them now. And I had to change stuff because, I wanted them now. So this is what I did. I mixed flaxseed with hot coffee (1/4 cup flax seed to 3/4 cup coffee), and added 2tbsp of cornstarch to make the 3 egg replacer. I used a 50/50 mix of turbinado sugar and organic powdered sugar. I also added 2tsp of baking powder and 1 tsp of baking soda, and upped the salt to 1/4 tsp. Boy were these goods. I also mixed them with the balloon whisk on my stand mixer. (Was not in the mood to get out blender.) These came out just like light cake brownies. Exactly a cake texture. One would think there was flour in them. Thanks so much for the recipe. These were beyond delicious. And crazy healthy!!!!

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I can't believe it took me so long to try these! They were amazing! I used xylitol instead of sugar and didn't have any coffee or vanilla or chocolate chips. When I poured it out of the blender, i was afraid it was too watery but they turned out perfect! I took these to a family get together and my vegaphobic nephew loved them. Nobody believed they were made with black beans. Had to make copies of the recipe for my mom. Definitely will be making these again!

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I was excite for this recipe but somehow it totally bombed for me. It never set up after quite a long time in the oven (at least a few hours 45 mins at a time or so) and then mine tasted so much like black beans I couldn't eat it.... I followed the recipe exactly, don't know what happened.

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Made these with soaked and pureed dates instead of sugar.  I think that the sticky dates and some added "flax eggs" helped bind everything together a bit better.

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Just had to make these because of the strangeness factor, but everyone was VERY pleasantly surprised so far.  The carnivorous neighbors ate a whole batch in ten minutes flat. Now I am baking a second batch for my students, and I have a feeling a third batch for family this weekend.  I cannot believe how perfect these are--especially if you blend the beans completely, and no 'bean skin' can be detected. I used agave for the sweetness and applesauce plus baking powder for egg replacer. THANK YOU for this recipe!!!

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Ok I used some banana for the egg replacer, i guess that wasn't a good idea cause it tasted alot like banana, but also it was really runny and not good at all. These are definitely not for me  :-\

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I have made these several times, and they are so wonderful.  I made them for my family over Christmas and they were impressed by them as well.  I like alittle coffee grounds in them, but this time I didn't have any so I added a bit of cinnamon to them, that is great too.  I do add 2 tsp. of baking powder to them to get them more cakey.  I cannot eat wheat any more and also need to eat tons of protein to keep my weight up and I am a brownie addict, so when I found this recipe and it turned out so great I was the happiest girl in the world.  Thank you for posting it.

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If you like bean used in a sweet setting you may find this recipe to be okay, they really do taste strongly of the beans though.
I usually like beans used in sweets and even I didn't want to eat more than a few bites, I threw away the pan and  I wouldn't make these again.

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