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Skillet Black Bean S’mores Brownies

Decadent treats are a holiday staple. Nothing makes you feel more at home during the holidays than enjoying a delicious treat you know you really shouldn’t be eating with family. But never feat, there are actually ways to sneak in a few healthy ingredients to cut the guilt a bit, even for the most decadent of desserts.

This holiday, where we may not be able to celebrate in the exact manner and closeness with family as we usually do and would prefer, we wanted to evoke some wonderful memories, like sitting around the campfire eating s’mores on a family camping trip. It’s getting a little cold for a campfire, so we decided to bring those memories to life in the kitchen.

These black bean s’mores brownies are decadent, delicious, deliver a taste that makes us think of the best of times, and are actually much less unhealthy than you might expect.

Now, are they ideal for your waistline? Hardly, but what worthwhile dessert is? However, the addition of black beans are such a versatile addition for brownies that can help eliminate some of the inherent guilt of enjoying a brownie. Their density when they are blended makes for an ideal batter substitute, so these brownies don’t need flour! Not to mention the extra protein they pack into the final bake, there is actually a nice healthy boost in this recipe compared to similar, non-bean brownies.

Black beans also don’t have a very intense flavor, so even the most suspicious kids and picky eaters won’t be able to tell the difference!

But, just like any other brownies, what you put in them helps take them to another level, and the level we want to go to definitely has s’more in it! Add in gooey marshmallows, chocolate chips, and topped with graham crackers and these s’mores brownies are packed with the wonderfulness of that campfire favorite in every single bite. We even prepared them skillet-style for extra campfire flair!

Whether you are going home for the holidays or social distancing, everyone can enjoy a little taste of home this holiday season. Share this recipe with your distancing family and friends, make a batch of these s’mores brownies, and enjoy them together on a video call! Even when we are apart, there are ways to come together.

Happy Holidays!

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Ingredients

  • 1 15.4 oz jar Randall black beans rinsed and drained 
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 Tbsp flavor
  • 1 tsp vanilla 
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ⅔ cup sugar 
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup marshmallow creme 
  • Graham cracker for topping

Instructions

You’ll need two bowls, one for wet ingredients and the other for dry (trust us, no one wants a mouthful of baking powder). 

    1. Wet ingredients: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C). Puree black beans in a food processor with oil until it forms a paste. 
    2. In a large bowl, mix together the bean puree, eggs, and vanilla.
    3. Dry ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
    4. Add the dry ingredients to the wets slowly. Making sure all dry ingredients have been mixed in well, then stir in chocolate chips.
    5. Bake: Grease an 8×8 cast iron skillet, then pour in batter. 
    6. Top with dollops of marshmallow creme and push down into batter. 
    7. Bake for 10 minutes, and using a toothpick, swirl melted marshmallow topping into batter for a pattern. 
    8. Bake for an additional 15 – 20 minutes, or until center of brownie has set (slightly gooey is fine) or until the edges are visibly cooked and the center doesn’t jiggle much when you shake the skillet.
    9. Top with crumbled graham crackers. 
    10. Allow brownies to cool before cutting.

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