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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 12
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 146.3
  • Total Fat: 3.0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 202.0 mg
  • Total Carbs: 32.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 9.2 g
  • Protein: 6.1 g

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High Fiber Brownies

Submitted by: STEPFANIER
High Fiber Brownies

Introduction

These brownies have a few secret ingredients that boost the nutrition, while the dark cocoa powder and mini chocolate chips keep the rich flavor that you crave in a brownie. These brownies have a few secret ingredients that boost the nutrition, while the dark cocoa powder and mini chocolate chips keep the rich flavor that you crave in a brownie.
Number of Servings: 12

Ingredients

    1 (15.5-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed (or 1 1/2 cups cooked dried beans)
    2 cups water
    1/2 cup prunes
    1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/3 cup dark cocoa powder

    1/2 cup oats
    1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
    1/2 t salt
    1 1/2 t baking powder
    1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Tips

I prefer the richer flavor of dark brown sugar, but you can use light if that's all you have.
Swap vanilla extract for almond or peppermint extract to alter the flavor. (If you use almond extract, mix in 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or almonds to the batter. For minty brownies, add a couple of chopped candy canes.)
These have 6 g fiber and protein each--and just 3 g fat. This is a treat you can feel good about eating. The result is a thick, fudge-like brownie that's rich and delicious.


Directions

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Place the prunes in the bowl of a food processor and pulse a few times to start to break them down.

Add the black beans and process until smooth, adding a cup of the water in a steady stream to thin the mixture. The beans and prunes will be smooth with a few chunks.

Add the brown sugar and vanilla extract and pulse a few times to combine.

Add the oats, flour, salt and baking powder to the food processor and pulse until combined.

Add the remaining cup of water in a stream until a thick but smooth batter has formed. (You might not need all the water.)

Add the chocolate chips and pulse a few times to mix in.

Coat a 9x13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray, then pour in the brownie batter.

Bake 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool before slicing into 12 brownies.

Note: For a party, slice into 24 brownies.






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  • Incredible!
    46 of 46 people found this review helpful
    This certainely is not your everyday brownie and I thought it was going to have a bit of black bean flavor but it does not. Though not your usual chocolatey brownie; it is very satisfying. Try it I think you'll like it. - 4/11/10

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  • Very Good
    33 of 34 people found this review helpful
    I used a jar of prune baby food instead of doing prunes in the food processor and it worked great. Not your typical brownie but a good alternate when wanting something chocolatey. - 2/9/11

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  • 32 of 33 people found this review helpful
    I am going to try this recipe today.. a couple questions... first, is "t" teaspoon or tablespoon? (for salt and baking soda) Also, in the ingredient list it says baking soda; however, in the directions it says baking powder. As someone very new to cooking, I don't know which to use :) Help, please! - 3/17/10

    Reply from STEPFANIER (3/17/10)
    t always means teaspoon; T is tablespoon
    I clarified the recipe; it should be baking powder.


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  • 31 of 31 people found this review helpful
    Thanks for the recipe. Adzuki beans would work really well also if you are finding you don't like the texture with the black beans. Adzuki beans are the beans they use in red bean paste in asian cooking and they are very high in fiber as well. - 2/9/11

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  • O.K.
    26 of 28 people found this review helpful
    REALLY unappetizing, and I was so excited and love black beans: it just wasn't a brownie! :( Re-made substituting 3-4 bananas for the black beans and adding 1/4 cup regular sugar: much more of a treat! I'd rather have a smaller piece of something really yum than lots of something unsatisfying :) - 5/10/10

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  • Bad
    21 of 25 people found this review helpful
    We did not like these at all. They were thick and dry and sort of pasty. I've yet to find a black bean brownie recipe that I LOVE (some are okay), but this was one was the worst I've had. Sorry. :o( - 6/12/10

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  • Bad
    20 of 23 people found this review helpful
    Sorry for bad rating BUT even after reading other's comments and trying to doctor these a bit, they were horrible! Nasty texture and weird flavor... Wasted ingredients... :o( - 3/14/11

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  • Very Good
    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
    Turned out Yummy! When I was making them I was worried because the batter tasted bitter, so added 1c. of chocolate chips instead of 1/2c. They are bitter sweet and great for people who find regular brownies too sweet. Directions leave out where to add dark cocoa powder - make sure you put it in. - 2/16/11

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  • O.K.
    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
    These looked nice and smelled nice and even tasted ok . . . however, I had an issue with the texture. - 10/25/10

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  • Incredible!
    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
    Thanks for this great high fiber recipe. I am always looking for them. I left out the chocolate chips. I wish I had kept them in will make again with chips. Good recipe for a special treat. Nice size so smaller 24 pcs will suffice, now I must freeze them to stop the urge to try again.Pat in Maine - 3/21/10

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  • 10 of 10 people found this review helpful
    This is a recipe that I definately will never make again. They are brown in color and that is the only thing that makes them even resemble a brownie. My husband who loves brownies says that he will never eat another one of them. I even added some walnuts to the batter, hoping they would be better - 2/11/11

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
    YUM! I am a person who thinks normal brownies are too sweet so this was PERFECT! But my whole family hated them. I loved the consistency. They were bitter sweet and wonderful. Do not be fooled, there is still some bean taste but oh do you get the chocolate taste. Not for everyone but give it a try! - 7/29/12

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  • 7 of 8 people found this review helpful
    These are not like normal brownies which was good because they were not too sweet but I dont think I cooked them long enough. They tasted a bit raw. I have eaten one each day and I am getting more used to the flavour and they do make my chocolate cravings go away. noone else liked them though. - 3/13/12

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  • 5 of 8 people found this review helpful
    I have been making Dr. Fuhrman's black bean brownies (adding 1/4 to 1/2 c of avocado for added creaminess and a dash of esspresso powder) but this recipe looks really good and maybe more "authentic" - looking forward to trying it. If you think too dry, try adding some avocado, should make great!
    - 3/19/12

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    What a yummy treat treat!! Thank you so much for the recipe. Such a health alternative with this recipe. The only thing I did different is process a banana, and some applesauce for added moisture and sweetness. I have a lactose and diabetic in the family so I am getting good at vegan recipes. Thanks - 1/24/12

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
    These are interesting! You don't need a whole bunch to be satisfied like your normal sweet. I would call them a sweet that doesn't make you feel guilty or bad. Very satisfying, with the little sugar in them, it curbs the sweet toothe. Great recipe! Reminds me more of good bread then a brownie. - 1/14/12

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Excellent recipe, low glycemic load in these puppies! Easily makes 24- I found 12 to be too huge. I have made these three times now- every time a winner! - 11/4/11

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  • 5 of 10 people found this review helpful
    Weight Watchers - 2 points - 1/23/11

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Wow! I am thoroughly impressed with the moist texture of this brownie. I added my own measure of cocoa powder (2 tsp) since the recipe was lacking and it turned out amazing! i love the extra fiber, super food black beans and ZERO oil, butter or eggs. Delicious!! - 4/10/12

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    These are so easy to make in the food processor! - 2/9/11

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  • Very Good
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I went in thinking this would taste like 'healthy'........but incredibly it is so much more....melts in your mouth yummy and who can resist the combination of yummy and healthy for you as well. - 6/13/13

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Very good! Maybe can add some carrot, so it becomes more wet. - 2/2/13

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Great! I cut the brownies in half because they were nice and big. Note that the recipe doesn't include instructions for adding the cocoa powder, so I added it with the dry ingredients.

    These aren't too sweet, which is perfect. - 5/6/12

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  • Very Good
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    These are so good, bet ya can't eat just one! LOL - 2/9/11

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 21 people found this review helpful
    I cant wait to try this it looks amazing. My time of the month is coming and i will need the chocolate badly what a great way to get the chocolate and not feel bad. - 3/12/10

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  • Bad
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    All I taste is black beans....ugh such a waste of ingredients :( - 8/11/13

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  • O.K.
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    When should the cocoa go in? I added it with the flour. They taste better after they cool. It is an odd texture for a brownie. I might try it again with white flour next time. - 7/9/12

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    where/when to put the dark cocoa powder? I dont find it in the directions. - 6/21/12

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Cocoa powder is listed in the ingredients but is not mentioned in the directions. - 5/18/12

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I read the comments & got worried. Then I ate one & loved it! It looked pretty dry so I sifted powdered sugar over the top. DH liked it ok til I shared the secret ingredient (black beans; he knew about the prunes!). My food processor has a small bowl so I used the blender. I had to finish in a bowl. - 5/5/12

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  • Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I found these benefited from time "aging" in the refrigerator, wrapped tightly. I think maybe adding some instant coffee would be interesting. Husband didn't like them at all, but I found them a good chocolate "fix." - 3/23/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    i put it in my cookbook, thanks! - 2/9/11

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    We likes these very much and Grandson ate two!!! Very Goooood!!!! - 3/21/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Yummy! - 3/20/10

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  • It's not a bad taste, and the mouth feel is good, substantial feel. You will probably eat more than one, nevertheless, even though it says 12 servings, the people at work each took two of them. - 12/1/14

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  • Ingredient list has cocoa powder but directions don't mention it. Could be why some gave it a low rating. - 9/25/14

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  • Intersting - 7/14/14

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  • The photo with the recipe is deceiving, not a true representation. Not really a fan of these. - 3/2/14

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  • Sounds like fiber overload to me, will not be trying them
    - 2/26/14

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  • Will try these. Read all the review and am a bit hesitant, but will swap the prunes for applesauce (I hate prunes) and give it a go! - 1/11/14

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  • We are big brownie fans around here. This version is significantly healthier than any we've made before. - 1/10/14

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  • Not too excited about these. They didn't really taste like a brownie and were very spongy. Not horrible, but not something I would make again. - 11/27/13

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  • Good brownies even replacing the whole wheat flour with almond flour. - 11/17/13

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  • This sounds insanely good! I'll have to try it! - 9/4/13

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  • My spouse is upset that I stuck a good bag of chocolate chips into prune cocoa puree. She said if she wanted a "La Brea Chocolate Cherry Pie Bar" she would have drove to the store and purchased it because that's exactly what it tastes like. - 8/21/13

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  • For me, this recipe was worth making for the nutritional boost alone. Not much can replace the taste of a traditional brownie but I can forego that a bit if the substitute has other merits (i.e. less fat/more fiber). I added 1/2 c. walnuts and I'll double the sugar next time. - 8/11/13

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  • Not for me. One bite was enough. They're brown, but not really brownies. I'd rather have a smaller portion of a real brownie. My husband says they're okay, so he can have the rest of the pan! - 7/29/13

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  • These brownies are not very sweet. I like them, the rest of the family likes a sweeter taste. Great fiber! - 7/28/13

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  • Edible, but disappointing. Next time I shall add fruit or vegetable puree, yogurt instead of water, more sugar, or, better, molasses, probably an egg, maybe some oil. More calorific, but tastier. Also the quantities were too big for my food processor. Next time I shall make it in 2 instalments - 7/27/13

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  • I wasn't sure about this, but the texture is great and it does supply a great hit of sugar and chocolate - 7/7/13

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  • The worst! I followed the recipe to the letter and these brownies were totally inedible! - 6/19/13

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  • Did not like the taste or smell of the brownies. All went in the
    wastebasket. - 6/14/13

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  • Excited to try something different but tasted like chocolate flavored beans. - 6/14/13

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  • I've always used a store bought FF Brownie mix and added a can of black beans, only after I used a blender to get rid of the gritty feeling.. you do not want the beans to be gritty. :) - 6/13/13

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I was too afraid to try them after the comments. If you are looking for a good low calorie brownie, try Vitalicious brownie mix--they are delicious! I buy the mix from Amazon, but the company also sells the mix. - 6/13/13

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    2 words...nas & ty!!! - 6/13/13

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  • What a fantastic recipe! Healthy brownies!

    Definitely this goes into my Recipe folder. - 6/13/13

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  • Not for me. Didn't like them at all. - 6/13/13

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I am going to try this one out. I use sucanat instead of processed sugar and I will have to buy some prunes but I have a really bad craving for sweets and it has messed me up calorie wise so many times, maybe these will be the answer! - 5/16/13

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  • I suggest soaking the beans and the prunes (separately), preferably overnight. For those who cannot eat refined/added sugars, soak dates in a bowl overnight and that will give you about the same flavor. I like this recipe, but as I am not vegan and on the elimination diet, honey is just fine for me! - 4/25/13

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  • You know, buying baby food prunes works just like regular prunes without all the work. They come contained in 1/2 cup servings! - 3/18/13

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I would like to point out that these brownies are VEGAN and could probably also be made GLUTEN FREE very easily. Not a small accomplishment. - 3/12/13

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  • Tastey, so long as you don't think of them as brownies. A healthy, chocolatey chewy treat! - 2/4/13

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  • I really did not like the texture or taste of this brownie. My husband suggested that I add a thick layer of icing to smarten them up. I will not be making this recipe again. - 1/19/13

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I certanly going to try these brownie after I buy the ingredient. They look too good to be true. I'm very curious :-) - 11/19/12

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  • I took a bite and threw the rest out. The texture was awful (almost like rubber, but somehow pasty at the same time) and the flavor was extremely disappointing. I'm not a picky eater, but these were bad. - 11/2/12

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  • I prefer a lighter texture and sweeter brownie. Recommend adding additional sweetner of your choice. With that said I will eat them as a healthy afternoon snack. - 10/22/12

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  • O.K.
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I made this today doubling the sugar, upping the cocoa to 1/2 cup, swapping in milk for a cup of the water bc I'm not vegan, and 3/4 C of sweetened applesauce for another 1/2 C. of the water. I omitted the choc. chips, and that was probably a mistake, because it's not really got much flavor to it. - 10/13/12

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  • O.K.
    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Sounds a little too rich for my tastes. Prunes, brown sugar... Enjoy on your own. - 10/8/12

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  • Sorry, I did not like these. They looked and smelled good, but the taste and texture was bad. Everyone in my family agreed. We ended up throwing away 20 of these. I am glad I tried it though. - 10/6/12

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  • Love the sweet, fruity moist taste of these brownies. Will definitely make them again. - 9/20/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Probably a dumb question but... where do I get prunes from? Just a regular grocery store? And are the prunes you used fresh? Or were they canned? Thanks!! I'd really like to try this recipe! - 9/19/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I don't have a food processor. Does anyone know if the blender would work?? I would really like to try this recipe. - 9/6/12

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  • Sorry. I tried these and was really unimpressed. There was a bitterness to it and unappetizing mouth feel. My SO took one bite and told me "never buy that brand again" thinking they came from a box (I never tell him when I remake recipes like this). Sorry. - 8/22/12

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  • I tried this recipe, was a bit dissapointed. The flavour was OK but the texture was pasty. - 8/20/12

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  • I made it, it's delicious I think :) - 8/10/12

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  • I can't believe how good these are. I can tell that they are low fat, but they are sweet enough and a big portion!
    To answer your question LINZW3 a small t= teaspoon and large T= tablespoon - 8/7/12

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  • KICKED MY CHOCOLATE CRAVING IN THE PANTS! - 8/7/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This sounds so yum. I'm going to have to try it soon. - 8/6/12

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Hope it is ad good as it sounds. My family are picky eaters. - 8/3/12

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  • These were BAD. My hubby will eat anything and wont eat these. I used extra chocolate and it didn't help. - 7/26/12

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  • Revolting. Sorry, I would rather eat the prunes and black beans in their natural form. If you want a brownie you are better off making a batch, keeping one piece, and taking the rest to the neighbors. - 7/25/12

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  • I think this recipe can be tweeked-- less black beans and oats more prunes, perhaps. Perhaps try using semi-sweet chocolate instead of cocoa. Thanks for the basic idea! - 6/1/12

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  • Like others say, not your typical brownie. The texture was nice and dense, and I love the nutritious ingredients, but I really needed a little more sweet flavor. Maybe spreading the melted chocolate chips on top or add apple sauce instead of water would help. A little calorie dense, too. - 6/1/12

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  • t is for teaspoon
    T is for Tablespoon - 5/31/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This is just the recipe for today since I am preparing some blackbeans right now! It looks power packed with good nutrients too! Thankyou for sharing it! - 5/16/12

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  • Question; Do you have to use a food prosessor? Can a blender be used instead of the prosessor? Not everyone has one. - 5/15/12

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  • I'm sorry but I would much rather eat the real thing if I want a treat. The taste of these are not "bad," but they certainly did not satisfy the brownie craving. - 4/26/12

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  • they arent horrible, but they certainly DO NOT come out like the picture. They are very dense. Probably better with an egg in them. - 4/24/12

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  • I was so excited to try this recipe but was disappointed with the results. The texture & look was nothing like a brownie. The taste was OK. We found that if we squirted some chocolate syrup on them, they were much better. Tomorrow I'll try 'em with some Nutella on top! - 4/23/12

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  • Bad
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Horrible! Very nasty! - 4/20/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    In reading the review below, I am looking forward to making these as well, but I am not seeing where to add the Coco powder as well, just the chocolate chips, as EIRASXERO11 indicated in her review. Where did everyone else add it, with the chocolate chips or with the dry ingrediants? - 4/20/12

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  • FYI, the calorie calculation is incorrect. you have .3 tbsp. in ingredient calculation, and the receipe calls for 1/4 cup, not a teaspoon. - 4/3/12

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  • Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    For fewer calories and more fiber these ring my chocolate chimes! - 3/30/12

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  • This is a great recipe. I think the word "brownie" we automatically associate with the rich, chocolaty, completely unhealthy actual brownie... so when you try this, maybe call it a "slice" ... because this is actually healthy and it tastes it, it's lovely though, my whole family loved it! - 3/15/12

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  • Not much taste. Pretty bland. The recipe tells you to have cocoa powder but never tells you to add it. If you don't have a food processor don't attempt this recipe. Needs some major adjustment for flavor. I wouldn't really call these brownies. - 3/10/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Sounds yummy! - 2/18/12

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  • The texture and moisture were great but I didn't love the taste. My husband did and my son did eat one but with lots of cool whip. I added more sugar to suit my taste which kind of defeated the purpose of being a healthier brownie. - 2/14/12

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  • Not a big fan of sweets, but I do like a little chocolate every now and again. These were perfect for that. Chocolate-y, but not overly sweet, like so many brownies are. Really good with mixed berries. - 2/4/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Read all the comments, and i've decided to try these asap!
    thanks for offering brownies that can be healthier! i'd made some box ones this week, and ended up giving them all away bcs i wasn't willing to consume the unhealthy ingredients!
    now, Those!! were wasted ingredients, lol ! - 1/25/12

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