Bush’s Black Bean Brownies with Home-Canned Cherries and Applesauce

Last month our family was on vacation together, and you could just see my kid’s eyes light up when I pulled out the homemade canned applesauce and Bing cherries.

There is nothing like home canned fruits, in my mind. Possibly because I grew up with canned fruit like peaches, pears, applesauce, cherries, and apricots from the Ball canning jars my mother and grandmother put up. Canning has really become a lost art, one that I love to talk about here on RE, and to encourage others to possibly consider learning more about. :)

This time I tried a very healthy recipe that included applesauce, but I did a little something different and also added in home-canned cherries. DELISH!

Bush’s Beans Black Bean Whole Wheat Brownies
1 can Bush’s black beans
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans
(I mixed in 1/2 cup of my home-canned cherries, drained.)

Rinse black beans and measure out 1 cups of beans. Place beans in food processor or blender to mash.

Add flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and brown sugar to the mashed beans in the food processor, and blend.

Add applesauce, yogurt and vanilla and blend.

Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts and drained cherries.

Spray an 8 inch square baking pan with non-stick spray, and turn the brownie mixture into the prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 25-30 minutes.

Cool completely and cut into squares.

Applesauce and the cherries added natural sweetness, so you don’t need to add as much sugar as in most brownie recipes.

Have you ever made brownies with black beans?

And, if you’re a canner, are you looking forward to this year’s canning season?

(I work with Bush’s Beans, but they did not ask me to write this post today. I also wanted to say that although this recipe was delish, it caused our family a tiny bit of gas – gasp!)

19 comments on “Bush’s Black Bean Brownies with Home-Canned Cherries and Applesauce”

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  2. I’ve never tried black bean brownies, but since I canned black beans this year and I’m diabetic, it sounds like something to try! I stumbled across this while looking for recipes for canning cherries. I have already made some half pint jars of cherry jam and some pint jars of whole, pitted cherries in extra light syrup. I got into canning over the last year and got a pressure canner at Christmas. The most interesting thing I’ve canned so far is chicken. (Used some in a broccoli rice casserole and it was really good! Thanks for the brownie recipe!

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  5. I might have to try these Sandy. You are very creative and inspirational; you have been a huge positive influence in my life—thank you.

  6. Sandy, I have made the Black Bean Brownie recipe before. It was delish and I loved that it is HEALTHY!! Thanks for sharing!!

  7. Hi Sandy, I tried your recipe for the black bean brownies, but instead of whole wheat I used spelt flour. I turned out great!!!! delicious!! thank so much for the great recipe!!! Canned fruits and vegetables always remind me of my grandmother’s cooking. She used to bake amazing pies out of canned fruits! Makes me wanna try it myself.
    Thanks so much for your lovely post!

  8. Question, WHY black beans in the brownies? Nutrition? Flavor? Texture?

  9. I’m so looking forward to learning how to can after we move into our new home. I have fond memories of my mom canning during the summers, and my grandma still sends me home with jars of home-canned pickles every time I see her!

  10. I am so intrigued…I just got a new Kitchen Aid mixer and have not given it a try…time to make black bean brownies!

  11. We haven’t used canned beans in so long, ever since we discovered how easy (and incredibly cheap) it is to cook them from dried using a pressure cooker! In fact, we just finished a burrito dinner with refried beans made from heirloom rio zape beans (hints of chocolate and coffee). You wouldn’t believe how much better heirloom beans can be, until you’ve tried them. I bet there is just the perfect one to go into these brownies!

  12. Every time I’ve tried brownies with black beans they did not turn out…I’m anxious to give these a try, they sound good!

  13. In my family my Aunt Lil’s canned green beans were a prized possession. I am thankful to have friends with large gardens who give me any overflow they can’t handle. This year I’m looking forward to canning tomatoes, pepper jelly and onion/pepper relish.

  14. I have used black beans in brownies and they were really good. I’ve also used sweet potatoes..yummy..I blogged about those (under from my kitchen…Yummy Rich Brownies)

    I’m not a huge cherry fan (canned or maraschino) I pretty much like them right off the tree, but I would def use the applesauce and beans.

  15. I’ve used red beans and beets in chocolate squares, and they were great! http://mischief-making.blogspot.com/2011/04/red-velvet-chocolate-squares.html

    Black beans are my next foray into unexpected sweets ingredients.

  16. I have wanted to make black bean brownies for a long time, but never found anyone who had actually HAD them. So, they are good???? I will definitely give them a try now.
    My Dad is a diabetic and LOVES brownies, and I had heard this is the best type to make for a diabetic.

  17. Lots of memories of carrying canned fruit and veggies to the fruit cellar! I use applesauce in brownies as an egg replacement due one of my guys food allergies. Will have to try adding the cheeries too!

  18. I have never made brownies with black beans in them though I hear you can’t even tell that they are in there. And I am so wanting to learn to can. Especially now that our new home as a peach tree and our garden is doing so well.
    I blogged about some of this weeks bounty.http://homesteadersheart.blogspot.com/2011/04/garden-bounty.html
    Have a fabulous day!

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