Turning Canning Mishaps into Culinary Adventures: Black Bean Brownies
Black Bean Brownies

Have you ever had a canning mishap that turned out to be a blessing in disguise? Well, I certainly did this week when two of my seals failed on the black beans I had just canned. While it may sound like a problem, especially for those new to canning, it actually provided me with an opportunity to experiment in the kitchen and embark on a culinary adventure.

This was my first time canning dried beans, and I wanted to ensure that the texture was just right before relying on them for future meals. So, when I discovered the failed seals, I saw it as a chance to test out the beans and get a feel for how they would perform in various dishes.

One dish immediately came to mind – Black Bean Brownies. Andy had been craving them for weeks, and what better way to put these beans to the test than by whipping up a batch of these delicious treats?

Here's the recipe I used:

Black Bean Brownies:

  • 1 Can Black Beans’
    • OR 1 Pint Home Canned Black Beans 
  • 3/4 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
    • divided - 1/2 C - 1/4 C
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 2/3 C Packed Brown Sugar
  • OR 2/3 C Sugar 2 tsp Molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9x9 inch baking pan or line it with parchment paper.
  2. Place the beans, 1/2 C chocolate chips, and oil into a food processor (here's the one I use). Process until well blended and smooth.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients, except the remainder of chocolate chips. Process until smooth.
  4. Transfer to a parchment-lined 8 inch square baking pan.
  5. Top of remainder of chocolate chips
  6. Bake at 350 F for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 
  7. Cool on a wire rack.
  8. Cut into squares
These black bean brownies turned out even better than expected! The beans added a rich, fudgy texture to the brownies, while also providing a boost of protein and fiber. Plus, they're a great way to sneak some extra nutrients into a sweet treat.
So, the next time you encounter a canning mishap, don't worry about it! Embrace it as an opportunity to get creative in the kitchen and discover new culinary delights. Who knows, you might just stumble upon your new favorite recipe!


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