Score major points with black bean brownies

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) — Whether you’re avoiding sweets for Lent or want a healthy alternative, black bean brownies are your answer. Marisa Langton, trainer at Gainesville Health and Fitness, shows us the simple recipe for making these chocolatey, gooey treats.

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Ingredients: 1/2 cup quick cooking oats; 1/4 cup oil; 1/3 cup pure maple syrup; 2 tablespoons of sugar; 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, a pinch of salt; 1 can 15 oz unseasoned black beans; 1/2 cup chocolate chips; Grease/Pam to grease the pan


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

2. Add oats, oil, maple syrup, sugar, baking powder, vanilla, cocoa powder and salt to a mixing bowl. Put aside.

3. Rinse the black beans thoroughly to remove the juice and throw them in a food processor or blender. Purée 3 to 5 minutes until smooth. Add a little water to help even out the mixture.

4. Put the mashed beans in a bowl with the oats, oil, maple syrup, sugar, baking powder, vanilla, cocoa powder and salt. Mix together.

5. Sprinkle in some chocolate chips, leaving some for last. Add them to the mixture.

6. Grease an 8 x 8 pan, and low in batter. Even it out, then sprinkle the rest of the chocolate chips on top.

7. Place the brownies in the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes.

8. When done, take out and let cool for about 10 minutes.

9. Slice and enjoy!

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This segment is sponsored by Gainesville Health and Fitness.

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