Black Bean Brownies

Black Bean Brownies

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 16
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 79.2
  • Total Fat: 3.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 53.1 mg
  • Sodium: 45.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 8.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.7 g
  • Protein: 4.1 g

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Introduction

Guiltless high-fiber, high-protein brownies. Guiltless high-fiber, high-protein brownies.
Number of Servings: 16

Ingredients

    15oz can black beans (drained & rinsed well)
    4 large eggs
    1/2 cup granulated Splenda
    3 tbsp cocoa powder
    2 tbsp strong coffee (or 1 tbsp instant coffee dissolved in 1 tbsp hot water)
    1 tsp baking powder
    2 tbsp canola or olive oil
    1 tsp vanilla

Directions

Preheat oven to 350*F.
Prepare an 8x8 baking pan by spraying it with cooking spray.
Mix all ingredients in a food processor or blender.
Add the beans last and make sure you blend VERY well.
Bake for 30 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool before slicing.
Brownies are approx. 2"x2" in size.


Number of Servings: 16

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user GENEVIVA.

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  • Incredible!
    55 of 57 people found this review helpful
    I have tried so many brownie alternatives . . . most dissapointing. This one, however has great texture and the flavor is very chocolatey. I added a dash of cinnamon to the mix. I was amazed that it makes 16 big squares with only 79 cal/each. Yes, I will definately make this recipe again. - 10/9/09

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  • Incredible!
    41 of 64 people found this review helpful
    I have a similar recipe that is a little easier. You take a regular brownie mix (9x13) size. Drain the black beans, then put them back in the can. Fill the can with water just to cover the black beans. Puree water & beans. Add to brownie mix and bake as directed. Do not add box ingred. - 4/28/10

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  • Incredible!
    40 of 47 people found this review helpful
    I made it last night, change it a little. I used 1 can of beans, 2 eggs, 1/4 C cocoa powder,1/4 C honey instead of sugar, vanilla. It's to die for. - 2/11/11

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  • Incredible!
    37 of 38 people found this review helpful
    Made these last night & had one with my coffee this morning - while the rest of the office snarfed down bagels & pastries : - ). They're excellent! I followed the recipe exactly & I'm thrilled with how they turned out. Will definitely satisfy my chocoate craving. - 6/26/09

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  • Good
    36 of 36 people found this review helpful
    I find that these are just good enough to satisfy cravings for baked goods without being so good I feel like eating the whole pan. They don't taste like beans but they don't taste like real brownies either.

    I'll probably make again as I can't trust myself with the real thing.
    - 8/8/08

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  • Incredible!
    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
    I baked these for breakfast and they were delicious! I've used white beans and I added some more tbsp of coffee to make them coffee brownies. I love the fact the recipe doesn't call for butter and any other extra fats. Thanks for sharing it. - 8/1/09

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  • Good
    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
    I was surprised at the moist texture. Couldn't taste the beans. I took it to a potluck. Most people were surprised. One gentleman just loved them. It didn't taste quite as chocolately as I expected. I will probably try it again, but maybe add some nuts, more cocoa and some mexican vanilla. - 1/5/08

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  • Incredible!
    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
    I used heaping spoonfuls of cocoa and I think that was the right way to go--I'm also going to try making them with sugar instead of Splenda next time. It will add a few calories but it's only half a cup anyway. I like the slight bean flavor but I don't think you'd notice if you didn't know. - 3/31/07

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  • Very Good
    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
    I thought these were GREAT! I only had to cook mine for 15 mins, not sure why? I added a 1 tbls more chocolate also which I think made a big difference. They did have a little bit of Splenda after taste to it. But overall it's a great alternative for those who can't have wheat. - 3/27/07

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  • Very Good
    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
    Enjoyed them. Changed recipe slightly, used some eggbeaters in place of half the eggs, Special Dark cocoa, and some cinnamon. This is low carb recipe, is it not? Why are some people changing it and using boxed brownie mix? Defeats the purpose. Same with subbing sugar for Splenda... - 5/29/10

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  • Very Good
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    i cant even believe how good these taste! I threw in a tbsp of agave nectar, a tbsp of hemp protien powder, and bit of extra coffee. I will definately be making these again! - 5/19/10

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  • Very Good
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I made them in a cupcake pan and added a few chocolate chips to them. They are very good! Cakey and that's the way I like my brownies. My daughter hated them ( she saw me make them) and my son said they were the best brownies ever ( and he didn't) Very healthy way to get fiber and protein! - 2/2/11

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  • Very Good
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I really liked this recipe! I used 2 tbs milled flax seed instead of the oil and added 4 tbs cocoa plus a little extra vanilla. They were really moist. One of my teens loved them, but one didn't like them. Great recipe! - 9/7/09

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  • 5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    SPLENDA is an aweful thing to use for a sweetner. Do some research on it. Seriously. Neurotoxin... and the manufacturer knows it. Use sugar and eat sparingly. Much better option. - 10/25/14

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Not bad at all! Super moist! I added 1/2 cup semi-sweet morsels and about 1/3 cup chopped walnuts. I also used sugar instead of artificial but reduced it by half. Perfect for my chocolate cravings! - 7/26/13

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I was part way through the recipe when I realized it called for a food processor. I just mashed the beans & used an electric mixer instead. I used organic, unrefined sugar in place of Splenda. Next time I think I'll try honey. I tried them w/ Greek vanilla yogurt.They satisfied my sweet tooth! - 2/25/11

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  • Bad
    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
    These were disgusting. I threw the whole batch out. TOO much coffee! If I was making again, more sweetener, more vanilla, more cocoa powder and some melted plain chocolate (which I did add but clearly not enough because they were horrible). - 6/15/10

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  • Bad
    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
    This was gross. No flavor, very bland. I made it exactly as the recipe said. Definitely needs something. - 3/15/09

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  • O.K.
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    If I made these again, I would add DaVinci sf syrup. These brownies were not sweet enough for my sweet tooth. - 7/13/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I love these! I make them with red kidney beans and use almond extract instead of vanilla. Plus, I agree with others about the extra cocoa, but I don't add the coffee either! Yummy!! <3 - 3/19/11

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  • Bad
    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
    This was a very unpleasant experience for my taste buds. I will never make this recipe again. - 1/26/09

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  • Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I thought they were "OK"... but DH (that didn't know they were made with black beans)... thought they were very good.. so I rated inbetween with a "good". Perhaps if i hadn't known those black beans were in there I would have liked them more. lol - 3/28/07

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Love these. Can eat them daily. I use an extra T cocoa powder and 1/3 cup regular sugar instead of Splenda. I also double the vanilla and omit the coffee. - 3/10/15

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    These are pretty good! The texture was a little off for me, but the flavor is definately good for chocolatte cravings! - 1/22/11

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  • Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I was hoping for more flavor, but they were light and very easy to make. I didn't taste beans at all. Instead of regular coffee, I used Kahlua liquor which gave it an essence of coffee. Perhaps next time, I'll add chocolate chips. - 3/6/10

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  • Bad
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Was hoping these would be good, but they just taste like beans with some cocoa on them. My 3 year old likes them but I wont be eating any. - 1/21/10

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  • Bad
    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
    These were very dry and bland... Not sure I will try it again - 1/15/10

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I need to add more protein to my diet, and my love for cho, these hit the spot. Next time I think I'll skip the iceing and swril some peanutbutter. Sugar free, of course - 1/14/10

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  • 2 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I didn't see anywhere on the recipe where it clamed to be vegan so don't know what Misstresskelly's response was all about. - 3/29/09

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  • Bad
    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Terrible! dont waste your time & $ - 5/11/07

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  • 2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This recipe had me excited about a low carb, high protein brownie but my family and I just did not like them. Not enough flavor and the texture was not what I like in a brownie. Too cakey and not gooey enough. - 4/1/07

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I made a few changes to the recipe like cut the number of eggs from 4 to 2 and substituted 1/2 cup applesauce, reduced the amount of coffee, used honey instead of Splenda and added cinnamon all of which turned out to be a great treat. Thanks for the simple recipe. - 6/4/17

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I made these this morning.. I did a similar thing to SALLY1127 and used honey insted of splenda and excluded the coffee.
    These definitely get rid of my cake and chocolate cravings. And because of the beans, they are really filling!
    Would recommend to any fellow cake lovers :)
    - 1/29/16

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  • O.K.
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    These turned out as light, cake-like brownies, not the heavy fudgy ones. That's OK if that's what you want. They turned out light on taste, too, for me. I used Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa but the flavor didn't really come through. Interesting experiment but not a repeat. - 3/2/15

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  • Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    My family found these to be very bland and not all that chocolatey. Very moist though! We're going to put in refrigerator and see if we like them better icy cold! First attempt at a black bean brownie. - 12/16/14

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  • Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    It was okay, it tasted different but I have also been cutting carbs so they did their job.*update* I put them in the fridge and let them get cold, they tasted loads better.
    - 11/22/14

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  • Very Good
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I followed the recipe exactly. Thought they were a great low carb alternative. Loved the flavor but they were a little on the spongy side. - 8/4/11

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  • 1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This sounds very interesting and I will have to try it. I won't tell my husband that there's bean in it and see if he notices. - 7/25/10

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Mmmm. Love beans and love coffee...that was probably a good start...Oh yes then there's the chocolate. These tasted really good to me...don't care for the really sweet stuff anyway. Some splenda taste, though..might do half splenda half sugar or the brown sugar baking blend next time. - 7/2/10

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  • Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I like the texture, but the flavor was a little less than I wanted. Might try to add more vanilla, cocoa, chocolate chunks or nuts. Was also thinking of using two egg whites and two eggs to see how it changes the recipe. Very good though! - 6/16/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Delicious! - 5/14/10

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I love this recipe very much and had to transform it a bit. I made an other batch using white beans and all sugar and discarged the chocolate and coffee but instead I use vanilla and almond extract. Baking time has to be increase of 5 - 7 more minutes - I decorated them with sugar flowers - - 4/10/10

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  • Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I tried to like them! I really did! Mine never seemed to set all the way and just tasted really off, even w/part splenda part sugar and extra cocoa powder. - 2/14/10

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  • Bad
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    i didn't care to much for them,my mother in law said they taste like something was missing. - 12/26/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
    great idea can't wait to try these - 12/22/09

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  • Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Served to a group of friends, and they enjoyed them! They didn't know that it was black beans, but they knew it wasn't a real brownie either.

    They were very moist. The initial taste (to me) was more like black beans, but there was a slight hint of chocolaty aftertaste. Took a few to get use to.
    - 11/9/09

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  • Bad
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This was terrible! I tried to make it better by following the others advice and increasing cocoa and splenda. Ugh. These taste like eggs at first and then they tasted like coffee. I never got the chocolate flavor. - 9/29/08

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  • Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Not bad. I added extra cocoa and used egg beaters. Next time I will use more splenda. I did top it w/ sf/ff ice cream. The pieces were small, but the calories were low enough I could "afford" 2. - 7/30/08

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  • Bad
    1 of 51 people found this review helpful
    This is NOT vegan!!! Eggs? Hello?!?! - 1/29/08

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  • Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Made them and got mixed reviews. I think I'll play around with the cocoa level and replacing some sugar with splenda. Anything i can mix entirely in my food processor is fine with me. - 3/31/07

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  • Bad
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I thought they were disgusting. I could definitely taste the beans. - 3/27/07

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  • Gross....I took one bite, got up, and threw it and the rest of the batch into the garbage. YUCK! I like black bean burgers so I thought I'd give these a try. What a waste of ingredients. - 5/25/19

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  • I followed the recipe exactly. These are delicious. I may try using 1/2 Splenda and 1/2 brown sugar next time to cut the artificial sweetener aftertaste. I worried about the loose batter, but they baked perfectly. Thanks for this great recipe! - 5/19/19

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  • thanks - 5/8/19

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  • just not the real taste. - 4/26/19

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  • good - 4/7/19

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  • delish!!! can't wait to serve. - 4/6/19

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  • Good - 4/6/19

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  • I want to try this recipe - 4/6/19

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  • These are fantastic! I use egg alternatives, either banana or apple sauce. Less fat. Enjoy! - 4/4/19

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  • black bean brownies? I have never heard of it. I am so going to try to bake some tomorrow. I love black beans anyway. - 3/25/19

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  • I am ready to try this, never used black beans in a dessert - 3/2/19

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  • I may have to try this one. the good reviews are helpful. - 2/13/19

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  • It's amazing how well black beans go with the recipe. It still doesn't taste like the ones from the bakery, but it's a healthy alternative to ward off cravings. - 2/8/19

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  • These are a definite MUST to make! - 1/2/19

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  • unique - 12/23/18

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  • Thanks - 12/13/18

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  • I wasn't sure if the coffee was supposed to be brewed or if it was supposed to be grounds. I used brewed though. And instead of just plain cocoa powder, I used special dark, since dark has more antioxidants. They're not bad. Maybe an acquired taste for some. Since not that sweet, I put a smear of ra - 11/18/18

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  • These were pretty good. Not fabulous, but wouldn't expect them to be. They were cakey, and I prefer chewy brownies. I followed the instructions except added an extra T of cocoa powder and an extra tsp of vanilla. The chocolate flavor was nice, not like beans at all. My guests were surprised. - 11/17/18

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  • tasty - 10/22/18

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  • Didn't know if I would like this even with the chocolate in it, but not bad. - 10/17/18

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  • I made this, even though I HATE black beans. Everyone loved them, but I tasted the black bean and could not eat them. they tasted horrible to me. - 7/1/18

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  • i didnt like them they were not sweet at all and were not a good texture
    - 6/24/18

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  • Nice recipe - 6/13/18

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  • I followed this exactly as written. Absolutely no taste. I'm not sure if using regular sugar would have helped. Pretty disappointing as I had high hopes. - 6/10/18

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  • I underbaked them just a little so they were fudgy... - 5/26/18

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  • I have tried these, okay but like traditional brownies better - 5/9/18

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  • have to play around more with this recipe - 5/2/18

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  • I was surprised that these were actually good. Would never guess that black beans were an ingredient. - 4/30/18

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  • Great idea - 4/24/18

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  • Trying this recipe today. Love brownies but the calories are a concern. This recipe looks like a great alternative. - 4/18/18

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  • I love this recipe! So tasty. I use baking Stevia instead of Splenda and it is awesome! - 4/16/18

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  • Fiber content is good. - 4/7/18

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  • What an interesting recipe. Not sure about this one but I may get brave and give it a try. - 4/6/18

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  • This is crazy good! - 4/6/18

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  • NICE - 4/6/18

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  • Great recipe Just like fatty brownies - 4/6/18

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  • looks good - 4/6/18

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  • I will make these again. They are just as good as 'real' brownies and at only 79 calories are a keeper. - 4/6/18

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  • Delicious - 4/6/18

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  • Thanks. - 4/6/18

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  • Good that they have gluetin free recipes - 4/6/18

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  • Not sure about black beans here... - 4/6/18

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  • I love this black bean brownie recipe! Yummy!!! - 4/6/18

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  • interesting - 4/6/18

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  • Yum - 4/6/18

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  • I left out the coffee ...I don't are for the taste of it.. - 4/6/18

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  • wow - 4/6/18

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  • This might be good. It surely must be better than it seems. It is difficult to imagine any circumstances under which I would make this. - 4/6/18

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  • These were great. i left out the coffee. - 4/6/18

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