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Black beans? In brownies? You’ve got to be kidding.
Our editor told us about a friend who claimed that you can take a box of brownie mix, add nothing but a can of black beans and—voilà!—delicious, fudgy brownies. So I tried it.
It wasn’t exactly that simple, but pretty close. The beans (a 15-oz. can) have to be drained and rinsed. Then you put them back in the can and add enough water to fill it back up. Pour the contents into a blender and process until smooth. Mix the puréed beans into the dry brownie mix (a 19.5-oz. box) and pour into a greased baking dish. (I added walnuts to my batter.) Bake according to package directions.