Black bean brownie disaster!

Oh my. What happened in my kitchen last night can only be described as disastrous. I’m glad I have a good sense of humor about this sort of thing and am not afraid of trial and error, because this was definitely a big fat FAIL.

I am on a quest to find the perfect black bean brownie. Healthy and protein-filled, but still fudge-y and satisfying. I have tried two recipes that were good but not quite what I’m looking for: a little too healthy and not enough decadent. (Yes you can have both – think of Chocolate Covered Katie’s deep-dish cookie pie.) I found this Joy the Baker recipe that looked good, but isn’t vegan and didn’t really have a lot of black beans.

So I had the bright idea to kind of make my own version, combining what looked good from the recipes I’d tried. Keep in mind that while I do cook and bake quite a bit, I’m by no means an expert in the kitchen. I’m comfortable improvising while cooking, but baking? Not so much.

I knew I was in trouble when I looked into the oven about halfway through cooking time and it was still almost raw. I cooked it for about 45 minutes and it was still pretty liquid-y (like the time last year when I visited my bestie and her new baby in Florida and made her my sour cream chocolate chip coffee cake – and only put in half the flour. We ate the cooked crust while the new cake baked.).

I won’t bother sharing my recipe with you because it sucked, but I will share this photo of the finished product:


Mmmmm, brownie soup. Actually, warm with vegan vanilla ice cream it might have been good, sort of a warm chocolate pudding. And I must confess that I may or may not have eaten a small bowl. Tastes like chocolate… And failure.

So, my search continues. I found a new recipe that sounds promising, so I’ll test that out (no more of my experiments), and if it’s good I’ll share. In the meantime, at least my house smells delicious.

Do you like to experiment in the kitchen? Have you had any big hits… or total failures?

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6 Responses to Black bean brownie disaster!

  1. Bari says:

    IMO, some things are meant to be eaten with no concern for the consequences – brownies are one of those things. I have a good friend who is vegan – I’ll ask her if she has any good vegan brownie or black bean brownie recipes.

    • jte521 says:

      Oh I have some delicious vegan brownie recipes, just not to eat often. I like to have dessert almost every day and the discovery of the healthy cookie pie (it really is delicious and doesn’t taste “healthy”) inspired me to look for a similar brownie recipe, so I can eat them regularly, too. I’ll still make the super bad ones when I want an extra treat. But if your friend does have any good recipes, I’m always excited to try something new. :)

  2. How funny. That brownie actually looks good to me though the idea of black bean brownies made me grimace. I’ve never had black beans outside of a burrito or soup. I don’t spend enough time in the kitchen to experiment much but I have a friend who makes up recipes by combining the best of what she likes. It sometimes takes a lot of trial and error but she once won $500 to Williams Sonoma in a recipe contest. I bet if you keep experimenting you’ll create a brownie that tastes like success to you.

    • jte521 says:

      I admit, the idea of black beans in a brownie seemed odd to me at first, but I find sneaking in extra protein to be helpful as a vegetarian, so I was willing to try it. You really can’t taste it!

  3. Mandi @ Miles and Mascara says:

    I’m in agreement with Jill – the brownie looks delish! I’m all about a gooey not fully cooked brownie! But I can’t picture black beans outside of a soup or a mexican dish. That said, I’m not against trying it, I just can’t know what’s in it until after I eat (and enjoy) it. :)

    I hope you are feeling much better by now…

    • jte521 says:

      Oh I’m all about a gooey brownie, too, but this was too gooey even for me! My husband and I have a disagreement on this topic. He likes cake-like brownies, while I’m a fan of ooey, gooey, fudge-y brownies. Whoever bakes gets them however he/she wants! Of course he’s not likely to eat black bean brownies, so I can really make these however I want. :)

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