Posted on 6 March, 2014

Chocolate Chunk Black Bean Brownies + Announcement!


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Wow! I can’t believe I haven’t posted a new recipe in almost a month. Sorry about that folks but hopefully these Chocolate Chunk Black Bean Recipes will make up for the time lost. Before I dive into these delicious brownies, I have an announcement.  My novel “Love of a Rockstar” hit eBook shelves everywhere February 11th, which is partially the reason for my absence. It has been an exciting journey to see my dream come true yet a relentless one.  When I am not at my day job, I am writing till my fingers fall off.  This blog has been my number one priory for the past year but it’s gonna have to take a backseat, at least until I figure how to manage my time better. I don’t know what that means schedule wise for Young, Broke and Hungry. I may post one, twice or not at all some weeks. Just remember, I’ll always come back! Also, if second chance romances interest you, it would mean the world to me if you checked out, “Love of a Rockstar.” I posted the synopsis below along with purchase links. OK! Enough business talk. BROWNIES.

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These Chocolate Chunk Brownies have a scant ¼ cup black beans. You can hardly taste them in the finished product. What you can taste though is a rich fudgy brownie with chocolate chunks scattered throughout.  I strongly recommend you under-bake these brownies because will they continue to cook as they cool.  Nobody likes dry brownies, am I right? Enjoy!

Chocolate Chunk Black Bean Brownies
Yields 9
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
  1. 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  2. 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate, chopped
  3. 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  4. 1/4 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
  5. 1 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  6. 2 large eggs plus 1 large egg white
  7. 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  8. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  9. 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  10. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  11. 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  12. 1/2 cup chocolate chunks
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with foil, set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mash the black beans with a potato masher until creamy.
  3. In a microwave safe bowl, heat butter, semisweet chocolate and unsweetened chocolate together in 30 second burst until melted. Allow to cool.
  4. Whisk in the eggs and white, one at a time, until mixture is glossy. Beat in sugar, bean puree and vanilla extract.
  5. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and sea salt in a small bowl. Add the dry ingredients, all at once, to the chocolate mixture. Fold in chocolate chunks. Once thoroughly combined, pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  6. Bake brownies for 25 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out with just a few chocolate crumbs on it.
Adapted from Joy The Baker
Adapted from Joy The Baker
Young, Broke and Hungry


SYNOPSIS FOR LOVE OF A ROCKSTAR: Marlene Parker thought she met her soul mate at eighteen but when he left her pregnant and alone to pursue a life of rock n roll, she vowed to never love again. Now four years later, she is being offered the dream of a lifetime. Moving to France with her daughter to start anew. There is only one problem. Marlene’s formative ex is back in town, and his pull is strong as ever.

Luke Anderson has everything a man could want. Fame, fortune and enough beautiful women to last him a lifetime. That is until a young runaway shows him what is truly important. Family. A word in which plagues Luke with regret. As a scared twenty two year old he ran away from the love of his life and their unborn child. Now ready to reverse his biggest regret with only three days to do it, Luke’s fate hangs in the balance. The question is, will he be able to convince Marlene their love story deserves a second chance?




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  • Reply Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic 6 March, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Congratulations on your book! That is so awesome. I’ve heard plenty of good things about using black beans in brownies, and your recipe is making me want to try it soon!
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  • Reply Erin | The Law Student's Wife 6 March, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    AH CONGRATS!!!!!! I hope you do something special to celebrate. Or at least eat 12 of these brownies :)
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  • Reply Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes 6 March, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Congrats on your book!!! That’s so exciting! It sounds like a great read. We have sure missed you but understand your absence!!

  • Reply Kayle (The Cooking Actress) 7 March, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Ok first of all: these brownies look PERFECT and chocolatey and amazing

    secondly: CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!! Your book sounds like something I would totally read! How amazing!!!
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  • Reply Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies 10 March, 2014 at 5:02 am

    Congrats on the book! These brownies look like the perfect way to celebrate :)
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  • Reply Joanne 11 March, 2014 at 4:20 am

    SO exciting about your eBook! And a worthy reason to have stayed away from blogging. :)

    These brownies look crazy fudgy! I can’t believe they have black beans in them!
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  • Reply Consuelo @ Honey & Figs 12 March, 2014 at 10:14 am

    I didn’t know you were writing a novel but oh wow, that’s so exciting!! Congrats Nicole – I’m super happy for you!
    These brownies look ultra delicious. They definitely make up for the fact that you didn’t post any of your delicious recipes for so long ;–) (I had been missing you!)
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  • Reply Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen 15 March, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Congratulations!!! What an amazing accomplishment for you!! :) And heck no to dry brownies !!!!!!!
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  • Reply Amy @ Elephant Eats 2 April, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Congratulations on the eBook!!! That’s seriously amazing. I’m in awe of creative writers since it’s a skill I definitely lack. Romances are TOTALLY my thing so I’ll be checking it out for sure! Can’t wait :) Oh, and these brownies look like the perfect treat.

  • Reply laurasmess 21 April, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Oh my gosh, congratulations Nicole! Wow! I just wanted to check in as I hadn’t heard from you in a while… and this is momentous news. Love these celebratory brownies. Definitely a worthy occasion for a (healthy) chocolate hit. Cannot wait to have a look at your eBook! x
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  • Reply Laura | Pass the Knife 28 April, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Congratulations! That’s huge!!!
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  • Reply Peter 25 October, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Wow , interesting story , I am going to buy it if it’s available on soft cover book. Can you please answer me back and let me know. Also on the recipe Nicole I am lil confused. Do you mean black beans as the beans we use to make soups or chili or whatever else or black beans as the coffee beans , lol . Please clarify this for me because I love brownies and I so want to make this the way you did :) Perhaps if it’s not the coffee beans maybe you can try to make one brownie with the coffee beans , that would be tasty and interesting as well :)

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