Black Bean Brownies

I have been craving sweets this week but I haven't had time to make anything. This is top of my to list this weekend, along with visiting the Green Market at Piedmont Park Saturday morning.

This will be my second time attempting black bean brownies. The first time I made a few ill conceived substitutions - this time I'm going to stick to the script.

½ cup cocoa powder
2 t. vanilla
1 t. baking soda
1 (15 oz.) can of black beans (rinsed and drained)
1 T. ground flaxseed
1 ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
2 cups chopped dates
¾ cup whole wheat flour
1 cup walnuts
1 teaspoon instant coffee (optional)

Blend the first six ingredients in a food processor. Add the flour and dates incrementally.  Stir in the nuts. Spread into a 13” x 9” pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.


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