Yes, you are reading the ingredients list correctly: there are black beans in these brownies. You really have to taste the brownies to believe them. The beans add moisture and texture -- not to mention fiber and protein. These brownies have such a great fudgy texture because the cocoa powder, and just a little espresso powder, are the only dry ingredients (besides a bit of Truvia). For an extra jolt of chocolate flavor and about 15 more calories, stir 1/4 cup dark chocolate-covered cacao nibs (such as Kopali Organics) into the batter just before pouring it into the pan. These brownies are even better the next day.<br/> <br/> Recipe courtesy of <a href=""><em>Now Eat This!: 150 of America's Favorite Comfort Foods, All Under 350 Calories</em></a> by Rocco DiSpirito/Ballantine Books, 2010.


vanilla extract, packets (84 g) Truvia or 8 tablespoons granulated Splenda, unsalted butter, melted, reduced-fat sour cream, such as Breakstone’s, low-calorie sugar-free chocolate syrup, such as Walden Farms, egg substitute, espresso powder, unsweetened cocoa powder, canned black beans, rinsed and drained, Nonstick cooking spray,


Calories per serving:

121 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Sodium Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 4g 5%
  • Carbs 25g 8%
  • Saturated 2g 11%
  • Fiber 3g 11%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 3g
  • Monounsaturated 1g
  • Polyunsaturated 0g
  • Protein 2g 4%
  • Cholesterol 6mg 2%
  • Sodium 30mg 1%
  • Calcium 417mg 42%
  • Magnesium 42mg 11%
  • Potassium 136mg 4%
  • Iron 1mg 6%
  • Zinc 1mg 4%
  • Phosphorus 65mg 9%
  • Vitamin A 21µg 2%
  • Vitamin C 0mg 0%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 1%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 2%
  • Niacin (B3) 0mg 2%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 0%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 3µg 1%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 0mg 0%
  • Vitamin K 0µg 1%
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