If you’re baking for the holidays, brownies might be on your dessert menu alongside some apple pie. Who could blame you? There’s something just perfect about indulging in a fudgy chocolate brownie, maybe even with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! But whether you’re making your brownies from scratch or from a boxed mix, recipes often called for refined vegetable oils that are actually pretty nasty for your heart. Luckily, however, you can sub in a super nutritious ingredient that will make your brownies healthier and even taste better — black beans.
You may be more familiar with black beans in your burritos, but they actually make a great addition to baked goods, too! Not only do they add the perfect texture for a fudgy, melt-in-your-mouth brownie, but they also add some impressive health benefits.
Black beans are loaded with fiber, containing a whopping 15 grams per cup! According to the Mayo Clinic, a high-fiber diet has the remarkable ability to help with weight loss, normalize bowel movements, improve overall digestive health, help control blood sugar, lower cholesterol, and even help you live longer!
That’s right, you never have to feel guilty about indulging in chocolatey brownies again. We promise that after you try this hack, you’ll never want to go back to your old recipe. The best part? No one will even know that the black beans are there!
The trick with this hack is to replace your egg and oil with pureed black beans, and that goes if you’re using a boxed brownie mix or you’re replacing them in your own recipe. The pureed black beans will add texture to your brownies without all that added fat! To do, drain and rinse one 15-ounce can of black beans. Throw them in a blender with a half cup of water and blend until smooth. Then, add the blended beans to your brownie recipe when mixing and bake as usual. That’s it!