In my Food Science class, our first assignment was to read an article discussing a study that replaced the fat in brownies with cannellini beans.  I have only ever made bean brownies with black beans before, so I searched for a recipe to try! The recipe that I found turned out great and definitely did not disappoint.

Cannellini Bean Brownies

The original recipe can be found here. Below, I am listing exactly what I used, as this recipe gives you options for certain ingredients.

  • One 15.5 oz. can cannellini beans, rinsed very well
  • 2 Tbsp. dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • chopped walnuts, for sprinkling on top
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray 8×8 glass pan with cooking spray.
  2. Place all ingredients, except walnuts, in a food processor and blend until completely smooth.
  3. Pour batter into glass pan and sprinkle top with walnuts.
  4. Bake for 18 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting.

Secretly Healthy Brownies

I was really happy with how these turned out! Very moist and fudge-like. YUM!

Have you ever used beans in a recipe to cut back on the fat?


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