Black Bean Banana Brownies

Violet and I both love chocolate, but I’m starting to get concerned about her constant cravings, asking for a bowl of chocolate chips after having just eaten a bowl of chocolate ice cream. Richard and I do our best to stick to one ‘special surprise’ per evening, so it really helps to have that special something be satisfying for more than just a few minutes.

Lately, we’ve found that something – Black Bean Banana Brownies! I found them on Twitter from the Happy Herbivore who has TONS of great recipes. Hers are vegan and delicious, and I whole-heartedly recommend them to everyone. Click on that Happy Herbivore link to get her healthier version.

My recipe below has one major adjustment in the form of one certain non-vegan ingredient…okay it’s chocolate.

Black Bean Banana Brownies

1 15-oz can of black beans, drained

2 bananas

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 agave syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/3 rolled oats

1/4 cup chocolate chips

1/4 cup chopped walnuts or cashews

Put everything into a food processor except the oats, chocolate chips and nuts. Blend like the wind. Pour the batter into a bowl and stir in the oats, chocolate chips and nuts.

Pour into an 8 x 8 baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Let cool before you eat. Don’t cut them immediately and burn your finger on the melted chocolate.



  1. Tracey HG May 3, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I am sooo making these. Well, after I finish eating my PC Decadent Chocolate Chips. Yup. It’s so sad.


  2. Tracey HG May 5, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Further to previous… cravings… there is no real useful amount of cocoa in chocolate ice cream. I totally get Violet’s need for more. If I do indulge in fro-yo, I sprinkle a LOT of cocoa on top. A plethora of cocoa. It helps tremendously. The bitterness kills the oversweet of the frozen yogurt. Mmmmmm.

    And lots of iron too.

    Ok, this may explain why I have about 30 pounds to lose.

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