Walnut Chocolate Chip Bean Brownie Cake

So I fell so absolutely, head over heels in love with these healthy cookie dough balls, that I have since baked them three times, and would happily eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Hey, the main ingredients are like, chickpeas and peanuts, so they are like, a healthy protein snack, right? Never mind all the chocolate that’s in there, it gets cancelled out by all the chickpeas.

Anyway, so I was inspired to bake some other things with pulses in them. And healthify them a little. Protein them up a little. Reduce my guilt a little. Or really, just give myself an excuse to eat more baked goods.

So I baked black bean brownies. Except I didn’t have black beans, so I used berlotti beans, and they worked out just fine.

They are super easy to make, you just throw all the ingredients in a food processor, process until smooth and then pour the batter into your pan. I’m not sure it even counts as baking, really. It’s more like blending.

And the bean brownie cake turned out really great! It tastes just like chocolate. The texture is a little different to a typical brownie though, it is quite dense and moist, but somehow light and fluffy at the same time.

Does that even make sense?

You can’t tell that there’s beans in there either. Trust me. I gave a few slices to my dad and my brother. They are pretty picky, particularly my dad, but they both licked their plates clean and swore it was delicious.

Until I told them there were beans inside and they both yelled that that’s disgusting and they are never eating anything I bake again. Haha!

Adapted from Wholefoods.

1 can berlotti or black beans, drained and rinsed (400g, 15oz)
3 eggs
70g unsalted butter, melted (1/3 cup)
1/4 cup cocoa
1/8 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup walnuts, roasted and finely chopped

Preheat the oven to 180 C (350 F) and line a skillet, 8 inch spring form tin or an 8 x 8 inch pan with baking paper.

Process the beans, eggs, melted butter, cocoa, salt, vanilla and sugar in a food processor until well combined and very smooth.

Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Spread into the prepared pan.

Bake until the center is set. The original recipe said 30-35 minutes but mine only took 20. Makes about 16 brownies.

21 Thoughts on “Walnut Chocolate Chip Bean Brownie Cake

  1. this looks amazing, im going to definitely give them a go! x

  2. How unusual! Mind you, no more unusual than putting courgette or parsnip in a cake I suppose :-) Looks tasty though..

  3. There has been a lot of bakers out there including beans into their products! I must try them too!:D

  4. I’ve been seeing black bean brownies all over the web, but I’ve always been a skeptic. If you say they are delicious, I better try them :)

  5. When you do things like put beans in brownies you CANNOT tell any pick eaters; it just has to be your little secret! I was completely fooled by the pictures, though, and didn’t realize until I started reading that their were beans involved. Looks delicious though. I wouldn’t be scared to try!

    • Haha that’s why I told them after they ate the brownies! Yeah they don’t do anything to the flavour at all, just give them a different texture, and its such a great alternative! Hope you try 😀

  6. Hmm. I don’t know about the beans in baked goods things. I’ve tried them in a cookie pie, cupcakes and pizza. Thrown them all away although they were “reliable” recipes. Maybe if someone made me this cake, didn’t tell me what was in it, then maybe I would like it. Maybe my brain just doesn’t accept beans in baked goods. It looks like a normal cake, though. That’s always a good thing. :)

    • Hahaha ERIN! Beans in PIZZA?! Sounds gross! I really liked them in these brownies. More than I liked them in a cookie pie I made recently. You wouldn’t know there were beans in there unless I told you :-)

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  9. Whitney M on November 3, 2012 at 8:38 am said:

    So I just made these, and the texture is perfect! I used mainly dark chocolate cocoa, and they have a nice fudgy chocolate taste. I can notice the beans, but I like black beans, so I’m not complaining. Now the boyfriend might be a different story, but that’s okay, more for me!

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