For most people, the thought of black beans in a brownie would be an instant deal-breaker, but consider this: One serving of black beans provides 42g of protein (that's 84% of your daily need!), as well as over 100% of your daily need for folate, thiamin, and manganese! Plus...they're super good.
With that in mind, I took a cue from a friend and added a pound of black beans to my usual go-to brownie recipe: a rich blend of dark cocoa powder and sweet chunky walnuts that makes a perfect combination of moist and fudgy but also soft and cakey brownies. When the black bean addition yielded rich, tasty results (seriously, you would have no idea those beans were in there!), I decided to take things one step further in an effort to intensify the heathful-ness of these chocolatey goodies.
Okay, so our other secret brownie ingredient is perhaps even more surprising than the first. *Hint* It's green, but it's probably not what you're thinking! ;) It's actually...are you ready for this? Zucchini! Sounds weird, right? It's actually not as strange as you might believe.
Think about zucchini bread. In theory, vegetables baked into bread doesn't sound super appetizing (well, to some of us health nuts it might sound pretty exciting), but once you taste it you realize it can add a surprisingly sweet quality. Same deal here. Not only that, but zucchini is an excellent source of many essential vitamins and minerals, most notably Potassium and Vitamins A and C, all important parts of a balanced diet.
So if you're in the mood for something rich (and cholesterol-free and vegan, might we add!), give our new cakey, fudgey, quarter-pound Beany Zucchini Brownies a try!
Until next time,