High Fiber Brownies

High Fiber Brownies

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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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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!
    58 of 58 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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  • 45 of 46 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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  • 45 of 47 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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  • Very Good
    44 of 45 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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  • O.K.
    38 of 43 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
    24 of 28 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
    22 of 25 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
    19 of 21 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.
    16 of 16 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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  • 12 of 12 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!
    9 of 10 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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  • 8 of 9 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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  • Incredible!
    7 of 7 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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  • Incredible!
    6 of 6 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!
    6 of 8 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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  • 6 of 11 people found this review helpful
    Weight Watchers - 2 points - 1/23/11

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  • Very Good
    5 of 5 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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  • 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 6 people found this review helpful
    These are so easy to make in the food processor! - 2/9/11

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  • Very Good
    4 of 5 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!
    3 of 3 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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  • 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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  • 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
    After making these several times, and experimenting I switched baking soda and a pinch of cream of tartar for the baking powder and they raise lots better. Also some stevia and additional vanilla. Now I can pass them off as just fudgy brownies. - 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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  • If I am going to eat a brownie, I want a brownie, not a pale substitute. - 3/12/20

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  • One could try increasing the fiber by adding some psyllium husk, but if we eat enough of these we'll obtain 35g in the day no problemo. hahaha - 1/22/20

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  • Incredible!
    Thanks - 11/2/19

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  • Incredible!
    I liked it. also liked and used the baby food prunes - 10/25/19

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  • Incredible!
    I am going to make these within 3 days - 10/2/19

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  • Incredible!
    Yummmmmmm! These are great! - 7/31/19

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  • great taste - 7/16/19

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  • NICE - 7/15/19

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  • I have tried black bean brownies, but have not made them myself. - 7/14/19

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  • So yummy!!!!! - 7/8/19

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  • didn't care for - 6/26/19

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  • Incredible!
    yum - 6/2/19

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  • TASTY - 6/2/19

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  • Incredible!
    The family loves this recipe but no prunes use chopped raisins instead! - 5/15/19

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  • Incredible!
    Great brownies - 5/13/19

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  • Great - 5/3/19

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  • The only change I made was I used applesauce instead of prunes and really enjoyed the treat! - 4/20/19

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  • Good
    tasty - 4/10/19

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  • Good
    dry looking in the picture. not so though. - 3/23/19

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  • very good - 3/17/19

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  • Interesting - 3/12/19

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  • Very good subsitute for the standard brownies. Very tasty! - 3/10/19

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  • unusual - 3/5/19

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  • I want to make these! - 12/10/18

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  • Incredible!
    Delicious................ - 11/22/18

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  • What could go wrong with chocolate? Yum. - 11/15/18

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  • Great.....a grandkids loved em too - 11/9/18

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  • yummy.... - 11/2/18

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  • Oh I am soooo trying these!! - 10/24/18

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  • Interesting, I wonder if the flavor changes - 10/11/18

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  • This recipe looks interesting to me. I saved it to try. - 10/2/18

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  • Very Good
    Dang tasty! - 9/18/18

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  • Very Good
    Delicious! - 7/16/18

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  • Very Good
    Thanks for sharing - 7/8/18

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  • Great - 6/17/18

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  • Incredible!
    NICE! - 6/13/18

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  • Perfect brownies high in fiber and enjoyable to eat, yummy! - 6/12/18

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  • Bad
    it was okay not my favorite - 6/12/18

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  • 7y6 - 6/8/18

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  • yum - 5/20/18

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  • Good
    Good. - 5/14/18

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  • O.K.
    These are awful - 5/13/18

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  • I am going to try this recipe today - 5/4/18

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  • I might give this a try. - 3/23/18

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  • it is ok but I am not a big fan of chocolate - 3/16/18

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  • yummy, yummy, yummy - 3/15/18

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  • Incredible!
    This is a great treat! - 3/12/18

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  • Very Good
    It is tasty!! - 3/12/18

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  • must make some - 2/23/18

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  • Wish I had one here to eat. - 2/18/18

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  • Cocoa and fiber! What a combination! - 2/14/18

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  • I'll have to try this. - 2/11/18

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  • Bad
    This recipe came out rubbery. The best part of the "brownies" were the chocolate chips and walnuts. They had a raw flour taste. Won't make this recipe again. I really wanted to like them. Very disappointing! - 2/11/18

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  • Good
    Easy to make in the food processor. Very chocolaty & not too sweet. Mine turned out on the heavy side--not sure why. - 1/9/18

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  • Good
    they take getting used to - 1/1/18

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  • thanks - 12/2/17

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  • Good
    Good and may make it again - 11/30/17

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  • great - 11/24/17

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  • Yummy - 11/9/17

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  • So good! - 10/31/17

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  • looking good - 10/13/17

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  • Yummy - 10/11/17

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  • Very Good
    t is for teaspoon----see previous comment - 8/31/17

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  • I will have to try this recipe! I never thought of putting dates in them. Great idea! - 8/31/17

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  • Nice to see a brownie recipe. Carbs a little high for me. - 8/8/17

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  • Yummy - 8/8/17

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