Black Bean Brownies with Homemade Fudge Icing are high in protein and fiber. They are also so fudgy and decadent that you would never realize a healthy switch has been made!
My dear friend and college roommate Lori gave me this recipe. She is an expert in making good food that is lower in fat and calories. Adding black beans to these brownies not only cuts calories but adds protein and fiber.
Here’s a little #tbt for you! The two of us at my college graduation from UF.
AND the two of us at my wedding in Maui.
AND here is one of her brownies. Because they are too good to be true.
The brownies themselves are made with two ingredients. Only TWO!!! Sorry for yelling, but easy baking makes me a little excited.
(This picture is not an endorsement of these brands, just to prove it only takes TWO ingredients.)
All you do is open the can of black beans and rinse well.
You put the rinsed beans back in the can and fill the can the rest of the way with water.
Pour the water and beans in a blender or food processor and blend, blend, blend!
Combine the box brownies with the blended black beans and mix well. Pour in a pan and approximately 45 minutes later you have brownie perfection.
While the brownies are in the oven, you make the fudgy icing in a pan. It’s not quite as healthy, but light butter and almond milk do cut down on some of the fat.
When the brownies are done, you pour the icing on top. It will firm up and leave you with an unbelievable treat.
These seriously might be some of the best brownies you’ve ever tried. Aside from the sly chuckle I gave him when I handed the hubs one, he had no idea there were black beans in them. They are that good.
Black Bean Brownies with Homemade Fudge Icing
- 1 box your favorite brownie mix
- 1 15 oz can black beans
- For Icing
- 3 tablespoons butter or light butter
- 3 tablespoons almond milk
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven according to package instructions.
- Drain and rinse the black beans.
- Put the black beans back in the can and fill the rest of the can with water.
- Pour the black beans and water in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
- Combine black beans with contents of boxed brownie mix.
- Pour in a greased 8 x 8 glass pan and bake for 45-50 minutes
- Allow the brownies to cool slightly while you make the icing.
- Melt the butter in a sauce pan and add the almond milk and sugar to butter. Bring to a rapid boil and allow to cook for 30 seconds.
- Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla an chocolate chips until it is all blended.
- While the brownies are still warm pour homemade icing on top. It will firm up within minutes.
Do you have any tricks to cut calories?
Are you still friends with your college roommate?
I actually had two and I’m still friends with both of them!