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Black Bean Brownies – They Can’t All be Winners

Black bean brownies are all of the rage, so I really thought I’d like them, but I didn’t. 

Black Bean Brownies Recipe // PassTheSushi.comThey can’t all be winners, right? As far as recipes go, this one was a failure for me.

And frankly, it would be unrealistic to assume everything that comes out of my kitchen is covered in awesomesauce. Truth be told, it’s not. I spend time picking apart even the dishes I get the most compliments on. Jotting down my thoughts and notes in cookbooks, on scraps of paper or here on the computer on how to better the recipe the next time around. I burn chicken, experiment with foods that Handsome pushes around his plate trying to make disappear, and have on more than on occasion, watched all day for a dough never to rise. It’s all about learning though – and that’s why I keep coming back for more. I probably wouldn’t have such a hard time consuming an expensive hobby if I didn’t.

I spotted these black bean brownies on the food porn sites and penciled them into my list of things I wanted to try.

Black beans are a favorite of mine, and I love even more the idea of sneaking something somewhat healthy into a snack that Handsome may not even notice. Shh, don’t tell him. Problem was, once these came out and cooled, I hated them. They weren’t brownie-like in texture or taste. All I could taste was sodium. And not that, ‘I just walked up and ran my tongue along a salt lick’ kind of sodium. More like something that crept up on the back of your throat and just hung out there. I took another bite hoping I was just being too critical, but no. These were gross.

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So, why post them then? Well, I figured what the hell, maybe someone has some tips or suggestions regarding this recipe that they could post. I’ll try anything twice. 😉 The hostess of the blog that the recipe comes from loved them, and so did her family, so maybe I’m just weird.

Black Bean Brownies Recipe //


Ok, now please tell me where I went wrong. Nothing breaks a girls heart like throwing away an entire tray of brownies.



Monday 6th of February 2012

The best black bean brownie recipe is at:

I have made it four times. Hubby didn't know about the beans for the first 2 batches. By the 3rd batch, he loved 'em so much he didn't care!

Tori @ The Shiksa in the Kitchen

Monday 18th of July 2011

Love the honesty of this post. Hey, it happens. Nobody is immune to an occasional kitchen disaster!

Amy @ Elephant Eats

Monday 18th of July 2011

Haha, I made black bean brownies with the same results! They tasted like...well, beans. They were dry and disgusting and after forcing myself to eat 2 so that I didn't feel like I had just wasted all of the ingredients that went into it, I couldn't bare another bite. I hope the trash can wasn't insulted when I tossed them in.

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

Thursday 14th of July 2011

I had high hopes for these. I have heard of black bean brownies before, and I wanted them to be good! Maybe some trial and error and you can come up with a winner recipe!


Wednesday 13th of July 2011

Aww I'm so sorry for your failure! But they sure do LOOK good :)