Black Bean Brownies

  15    oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
    3    eggs
    3    T. canola oil
   ¼    cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    1    pinch salt
    1    tsp. vanilla extract
   ¾    cup white sugar
   ½    cup semi-sweet or mini chocolate chips
    1    tsp. instant coffee (optional)
         Chocolate syrup for drizzle (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8x8-inch baking dish. Blend together all ingredients except chocolate chips. Spread the mixture in baking dish. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until top is dry and sides start to pull away from dish, or until toothpick comes out clean. Drizzle with chocolate syrup, if desired.


NUTRITION NUGGET: Beans are classified as a vegetable, but are also considered a protein source. Beans are an inexpensive source of protein and provide a variety of vitamins and minerals, including folate, fiber, potassium, iron and magnesium.