Desserts,  Vegetarian

Black Bean & Banana Brownie

When you cook way too many beans, and you have to make something with them and also at the same time you crave something sweet – that’s how Black Bean & Banana Brownie was created!

I stopped buying canned beans a while ago now. Cooking beans can be a bit of a hassle, that’s why when I prepare them, I usually make the whole bag.

The first thing I do is to soak them in water overnight or for a couple of hours, depending on how much time I have. After that, I cook my beans in the Instant Pot. It’s such a time saver!

You can use canned beans if you prefer these or don’t have time to cook dry beans.

This Black Bean & Banana Brownie recipe is a perfect #shelfcooking dish. All you need are black beans and bananas, plus a few other essentials that you most likely have in your kitchen.

This Black Bean & Banana Brownie makes a perfect snack or dessert. It’s only 156kcal in one serving!

I usually add some cottage cheese and frozen mixed berries to make it a bit more filling and satisfying. This combo tastes delicious! If you don’t like cottage cheese too much, you can use yogurt instead.

To sweeten the brownie, I used a monk fruit sweetener, but you can use any other sweetener that you like. Monkfruit is a zero-calorie sweetener if you choose something different, you will need to adjust the nutritional value.

You can sprinkle to a brownie with any nuts that you have in your pantry. I have lots of hazelnuts that I bought a long time ago, and I need to use them up. Similarly to the sweetener, if you use different nuts and you care about the nutritional value, you will need to adjust that.

TIP:

Make sure your brownie is not too thick, otherwise it will take longer to bake it. It should be around a tip of the thumb thick, if it’s thicker you might need to adjust the baking time.

Yields10 Servings

 2 cups black beans - or 1 15oz can
 2 bananas
 2 tbsp monkfruit
 2 ½ tbsp cacao powder
 ¼ cup coconut flour
 20 hazelnuts
 3 tbsp coconut oil

1

Preheat the oven to 350°. Lightly grease an 8x8 pan (it can be oven-safe glassware)

2

Blend all ingredients (except the hazelnuts) in the food processor or blender, until smooth.

3

Pour into the pan, sprinkle with hazelnuts. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the top is dry. Let cool before cutting it up, because the insides will be gooey!

Nutrition Facts

Servings 10


Amount Per Serving
Calories 156
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7.3g12%
Saturated Fat 4.5g23%
Sodium 6.6mg1%
Total Carbohydrate 18.8g7%
Dietary Fiber 6.6g27%
Sugars 3.2g
Protein 5.7g12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Ingredients

 2 cups black beans - or 1 15oz can
 2 bananas
 2 tbsp monkfruit
 2 ½ tbsp cacao powder
 ¼ cup coconut flour
 20 hazelnuts
 3 tbsp coconut oil

Directions

1

Preheat the oven to 350°. Lightly grease an 8x8 pan (it can be oven-safe glassware)

2

Blend all ingredients (except the hazelnuts) in the food processor or blender, until smooth.

3

Pour into the pan, sprinkle with hazelnuts. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the top is dry. Let cool before cutting it up, because the insides will be gooey!

Black Bean & Banana Brownie

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2 Comments

  • Claire

    I baked these for 30 minutes and even after they cooled they were still very mushy and difficult to eat. I then baked them another 15 minutes and this helped. I would say the extra baking time made them go from almost inedible to okay. I don’t anticipate making these again. I’m usually pretty lenient with plant based alternatives and know it won’t taste exactly like what you are used to, but these really just don’t taste like brownies.

    • paya

      There are a few reasons why that happened:
      1/ If you use canned beans make sure you drain them before
      2/ Make sure you use a dish that is big enough, the thicker the brownie, the longer it needs in the oven
      I agree that those alternatives won’t taste the same, and how you like a dish it’s a personal preference. I love them but I understand not everyone will like them as much as I do 🙂

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