Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

“Healthy” Brownies made in the Blender in Minutes!

4 WWPP Posted by 3 years ago 26 Comments

I feel like I’ve talked these up so much on social media that everyone is now going to be disappointed but seriously, these things came out AMAZING!

Don’t get me wrong, they aren’t traditional brownies but look…

Thus Husband Thumbs Up

I’ve never gotten a reaction out of The Husband like that before. Really, it NEVER happens. He’s just not into nontraditional desserts like I am so you KNOW these are something special.

There were no kids home when I made them but later that night the 3-year-old and I sat down to dessert.

He tried to give me a thumbs up.

Toddler eating blender  brownie

But that darn thumb wouldn’t cooperate!

Toddler eating blender  brownie 2

Got it! LOLToddler eating blender  brownie 3

The 8-year-old is also a big fan. He actually helped me brainstorm the recipe and we came up with the idea of the chocolate chips after our first batch was a little dry. It reminded me of a devil dog without the cream. Good, but there was something missing. Apparently that something was a nice thin layer of chocolate!

I was inspired by Snack Girl on this one. She recently posted blender cake and that’s when I started experimenting. I was shocked how good my first attempt came out, so I fiddled a bit more and decided on the recipe below.

Blender BrowniesI made them with both whole wheat flour and oat flour with success. I also used butter beans and northern beans. I think the northern came out better but the really, any white canned beans that totals around 250g once drained and rinsed should be fine.

OK, let me share the details because I’m REALLY excited about this one…

  • 1 15.5-ounce can of northern beans, drained and rinsed (white kidney, butter or cannelloni would also work)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (60g) (can also use 60g of oats, ground up)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (20g)
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips (60g)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Put all the ingredients in the blender except the chocolate chips.

Blender Brownie Ingredients

Blend until smooth.

Blender Brownie Batter

Pour half the batter into the square cake pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Bang it to get the batter to cover the bottom, then evenly distribute the chocolate chips to create a layer.

Blender Brownies -  Layer 1

Drizzle on the remaining batter and shake the pan again to distribute it evenly throughout the pan.

Blender Brownies -  Layer 2

Bake for 25 minutes.

Blender Brownies -  Done!

Wait as long as you possible can before cutting in. For me it was literally 30 seconds.

Blender Brownies - Cut

I’m joking of course because what’s better than warm brownies? You HAVE to cut in while they are still hot!

1 Blender Brownie

The layer of chocolate chips will be nice and gooey and some will have soaked into the batter helping to make that brownie experience and texture.

Blender Brownies in pan

I’m not messing around with serving sizes when it comes to brownies. There’s no way I’d be satisfied with cutting that batch into 16 squares so I took a more realistic 4-cut approach yielding 9 perfectly sized brownies and the nutritional information is STILL impressive. Only 165 calories!

Want bake them with me? I recored a video yesterday!

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Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
9 1 brownie
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
165 3g 4g old: 3 new: 4
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
19g 2g 31g 5g

See other recipes using: beans, chocolate chips, oatmeal, sugar, whole wheat flour

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    Yum Yucky

    March 26, 2014

    I'm going into convulsions over here. Need those brownies in my stomachs. Oooo-weeee!


    March 26, 2014

    Wonder if i could make these with a hand blender? my big blender sucks!


      March 26, 2014

      Hmm as long as you can make it smooth, I don't see why not. A bullet should work too!


    March 26, 2014

    Could you use black beans instead?


      March 26, 2014

      I don't see why not. I used butter beans with good results! If you try let us know!


    March 27, 2014

    Hi Roni, loved the video, they look great! I can't wait to try them. I liked how you explained the nutrition factor, I just wish I could pass them off on my grown kids, that's a whole other story, they don't like anything with the word diiet or good for you in a sentence. Glad to see Mr. Ninja is still working for you, I will do mine in my new toy the Vitamix. I watched a infomercial on Ninja today and I like making " ic ecream" in the VM wondered if you have made any in your blender. The whole key is frozen fruit. I like frozen bananas, touch chocolate and peanut butter. It will more than pay for it's self come summer! Take care, thanks for a fun video, enjoyed seeing the kids at the end.


    March 27, 2014

    When my oldest was 4 or 5 or something, she learned how to do "peace signs". Of course, they didn't know they were peace signs. She's come up to us, doing a piece sign, and say "Two means you're cool". Your 3 year old's attempt at thumbs up made me think of that. And we WILL be making these as soon as Lent is over. Gave up sweets and I think this counts. :(

    Mary Ann

    March 27, 2014

    Those look so good! I'm definitely going to try them. The three attempts at a thumbs up gave me a HUGE smile.


    March 27, 2014

    I can't wait to try these. I have tried a different recipe with black beans and no flour. It got mixed results with my family so I'm happy to try another one. Thanks Roni!


    March 28, 2014

    I made these last night and they were yum! I may even have just had a couple for my breakfast too. :/ I used butter beans and wholewheat flour but I'm definitely going to try oat flour the next time. Just wondering what size your tin is as mine was obviously too big as they turned out more like brownie cookies than proper brownies but they were still good! My other half approved too and he can be picky like yours! My stubborn 3 yr old refused to try one. It seems she has a different image in her head of what brownies should look like!!! 3 yr olds eh.


      March 28, 2014

      LOL she'll come around! Glad you liked them though! I'm pretty sure my cake pan is an 8x8x2 Hope that helps!


    March 28, 2014

    I made these immediately yesterday after seeing your post--these are incredible! So easy, and so delicious! Thank you, thank you for yet another awesome recipe Roni :) I definitely felt better about eating one of these for dessert last night instead of the cheesecake everyone else around me was having.


      March 28, 2014

      I'm so glad you liked them!!! -Roni


    March 28, 2014

    Thoughts about how to make these without eggs?


      March 30, 2014

      There is egg replacer that is used by vegans , bananas mashed up, soy yogurt, applesauce to name a few. You can always google too.


      March 31, 2014

      there's also the flaxseed water trick, no?


    March 28, 2014

    Made these last night for a Friday night dessert treat. I absolutely loved them - husband had a few bites and raised his eyebrows in a "oh, not as bad as I thought they'd be" kind of way, but didn't go back for more. The almost 4-year-old and almost 2-year-old weren't convinced, but they're not really fans of chocolate cake etc anyway. I served them warm alongside banana and raspberry 'soft serve' which was, however, absolutely demolished by the kids. I know who'll (gladly) be polishing off the rest of the brownie batch! Thanks for a great recipe


    March 30, 2014

    I will have to try these. They look so yummy and anyone who knows what a devil dog is, knows good chocolate treats. Since I have to eat gluten free, I will try using a different flour, but I am sure it will be fantastic.

    Allison Galassie

    March 30, 2014

    Made these tonight and they are so good! I may have eaten more than one, but I feel less guilty about it, since they are healthier than my usual brownies. I'm taking the rest into work and seeing if anyone notices!


    April 2, 2014

    I am a failure for not reading the directions all the way through. You said to put all ingredients in blender, so I did, including my chocolate chips. Doh. They still turned out delicious! I used black beans as that was all I had on hand. I would agree they taste slightly healthy, but still kill the brownie craving. Now I just need to keep from eating the whole pan!


      April 3, 2014

      Thanks for pointing that out to me! Glad you liked them!


    April 7, 2014

    Thanks very much for posting this recipe! I made them tonight using 1c black beans. SUPER good.


    April 16, 2014

    I stumbled across this recipe on Pinterest and made this brownies before work this a.m.! They were so quick and easy to make and delicious. You can't tell they are healthy. I can't wait to try some of your other recipes!


    May 6, 2014

    I made these on Sunday, used ground up oats and regular sugar instead of brown (only because I didn't have any brown sugar.) They turned out great, my calorie count was lower (yay) I'm assuming because of the change in sugar? I cut mine into 12 and calculated 89 calories per square. They were awesome, my husband liked them too, but felt pairing it with Ice Cream was the way to go.


    May 11, 2014

    Hi Roni! I was sending beautiful vibes your way tonight as I ate one of these blender brownies tonight after dinner- I feel like these are life changing! So delicious and I love that they are real food and nothing fake. I try to keep them in the fridge at all times and warm them in the microwave for a few seconds before enjoying. Delicious. Thank you for coming up with this great recipe! Just a quick note- I blend the beans, egg and vanilla extract in my magic bullet and the dry ingredients in a bowl, then combine the two. They didn't get blended properly in either my full size blender or the bullet. This seems to work just fine and the beans get nice and smooth this way. Thanks again and Happy Mother's Day!


    May 16, 2014

    Hi Roni! Today I have baked this brownie cake... And it's absolutely Delicious!!! So easy, quickly, healthy and low calories. It's that I searched for long time for this cake. Normally, I am not fun of chocolate cakes, but my hubby adore them . So I prepared it for him, and he absolutely loved it, he said that it was the best yummy brownie what he had tasted in his life. And I also felt in love in chocolate brownie. thank you very very much for yours ideas and recipes. You have to write a book of healthy desserts!!) ))) you have the good ideas and a talent !! Thanks again p.s I cooked the brownie also with raisins instead of chocolate chips and it is also very yummy !!