I finally decided to try all of the black bean brownie recipes I've been seeing online for the last year or so! I HATE beans...like seriously hate. Any kind except chickpeas, and I don't really love those that much either. The thought of putting beans into brownies is freaky, but I keep seeing recipe after recipe and figured if so many people made it work, I should probably give it a try.
This recipe was sort of an enigma. I followed the directions, even though I thought it was strange that there was no sweetener in the recipe at all. I thought maybe between the chocolate chips and the cocoa powder it would be OK? I was wrong. I tried to salvage them and I did- some of them!
I poured the batter into the loaf pan and licked the spoon when I was done with it, just to see how it tasted. Um EW. Bitter! But definitely fudgey. So I went and grabbed the Truvia and kind of just dumped it into the batter, got a new spoon and tried to mix it in as best I could. I knew when I stuck them in the oven they probably weren't going to turn out that great.
So! Timer goes off and I pull them out. I cut a corner off and tried it and it was way too bitter for me. I was pretty irritated so I just dumped them on a plate to assess the damage...hence the horrible picture below.
However, I tried one of the middle brownies and aha! Deliciousness! Soft, gooey, chocolatey, and sweet! I guess the Truvia didn't get mixed in very well and mainly made it into the middle brownies.
My suggestions: DEFINITELY try this recipe. Delicious, healthy brownies are always a good thing. However, add some sort of sweetener. I plan on trying this recipe again this week. I'm going to add 1/4 cup Truvia and 1/4 cup agave nectar WHILE I'm making the batter, not after, and I think that should solve the issues!! The altered recipe is below. Happy baking :)