Healthier Brownies: She's a Genius, I Tell You

Have I ever ranted before about how much I love Martha Stewart?  Sure, I know she doesn't come up with all of the stuff in her magazines.  I realize that it is in fact quite likely that she comes up with none of it.

However, she does make it possible.  For that I respect her.  Even if she has served time.
Delicious food and adorable crafts can overshadow a multitude of sins.

Enough about Martha.  Let's get down to the point.

And that point is that it is possible to make brownies (from scratch) that do not completely demolish your waistline.

I know, you're probably thinking that I'm just a huge liar.

"It's too good to be true," you say.

I respectfully ask you to shut up and believe.  It is indeed possible.  Not that these are exactly healthy, but they aren't exactly horrible.

That's where Martha Stewart comes in.  She made me believe in low-calorie, absolutely delightful brownies.

Any guesses as to what makes the brownies low-cal?

Going once...

The secret ingredient is pureed black beans!

Crazy, right?  Can't even taste 'em.  Plus, they bring a little fiber to the party.

Recipe (adapted from Everyday Foods)

-1/4 cup unsalted butter
-1/4 cup pureed black beans (rinsed, too much sodium otherwise)
-3 ounces semisweet chocolate
-2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
-1 1/4 sups sugar
-2 eggs, plus 1 egg white
-1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
-1 cup flour
-1/4 cup cocoa powder
-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
-1/4 teaspoon salt

-Preheat your oven to 350 (F) and grease a 9x9 baking pan.
Melt chocolates, butter and bean puree together over double boiler or in microwave.
When melted, whisk in sugar.  When the mixture has cooled a bit, whisk in eggs and vanilla.

-In a separate bowl whisk together dry ingredients.  Stir them into the wet mixture and pour into prepared pan.
Bake for about 25 minutes or until the top is set and a few moist crumbs stick to a tooth pick inserted in the center.  Let cool completely before cutting.

Enjoy your 155 calorie brownie! I know I did.  Four times.

Straws courtesy of My Little Otter

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