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Rocco's Brownies

From Now Eat This! come completely guilt-free, diet-friendly brownies.

Per Serving: 53 Calories, 1.6g Fat, 4g Protein, 8g Carbohydrates, 4mg Cholesterol, 3g Fiber, 94mg Sodium
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Yield: Serves 12


Yes, you are reading the ingredients list correctly: there are black beans in these brownies. You really have to taste the brownies to believe them. The beans add moisture and texture—not to mention fiber and protein. These brownies have such a great fudgy texture because the cocoa powder, and just a little espresso powder, are the only dry ingredients (besides a bit of Truvia). For an extra jolt of chocolate flavor and about 15 more calories, stir ¼ cup dark chocolate–covered cacao nibs (such as Kopali Organics) into the batter just before pouring it into the pan. These brownies are even better the next day. - Rocco DiSpirito

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1½ cups canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon espresso powder
  • ¾ cup egg substitute
  • 2 tablespoons low-calorie sugar-free chocolate syrup, such as Walden Farms
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream, such as Breakstone’s
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 24 packets (84 g) Truvia or 8 tablespoons granulated Splenda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Spray an 8×8-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray.

  2. Combine the beans, cocoa powder, espresso powder, and egg substitute in the bowl of a food processor. Process until the mixture is smooth, about 2 minutes, scraping down the bowl halfway through.

  3. Add the chocolate syrup, sour cream, butter, Truvia, and vanilla. Process until all of the ingredients are combined, about 1 minute.

  4. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish, and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake for 28 to 30 minutes, turning the dish halfway through the baking time. A toothpick inserted in the center will come out with soft batter clinging to it.

  5. Let the brownies cool completely in the baking dish on a wire rack. Then cut into 12 squares and serve. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Source: NOW EAT THIS! a Ballantine Trade Paperback Original by Rocco DiSpirito (c) 2010 Spirit Media, LLC

Also from Now Eat This!, try Rocco's Flash-Fried Finger-Lickin' Chicken.

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Living in Canada I thought maybe cause i couldnt find the proper name brands, i used Truvia insteat of Stevia (same plant) and whole egg instead of substitute. lets just say these are the worst thing i have ever made (and im a great baker!) but i had to try the ideas out. I will def tweek it myself, even if i can get them under 90calories would make them better then the reg brownies i make. Too bad i got all excited and printed the reciepe insead of reading the reviews. And now I have all these extra ingredients...im gonna try again but make it my way without Sugar - maybe add apple sauce with the beans along with an extra egg. But dont try the above reciepe - its just all so wrong, most aweful taste i have ever had tried.

posted Apr 2nd, 2010 1:47 am



I was so excited to start cooking out of Rocco's new book. I saw the picture of these and decided we HAD to try them! Now we wish we hadn't! They are really bad. We even tried slathering them with frosting to hide the bean taste. My 6 year old won't eat them, my mom won't eat them and neither will my 90 year old grandmother! We were so dissapointed! Wish I had read these reviews before we wasted the time and ingredients. Hope the other recipies are edible!

posted Mar 31st, 2010 4:47 pm



I saw these on TV and HAD to try them...I was gratefull to find the recipe here and saw they were "better the next day", so I made them for our upcoming camping trip as a treat for the family,..well, Ewwwww! they were so bad! I ate a couple, and they made me very bloated too :( They tasted very "artificial" sweetened and the beans could be tasted as well. Not a fan...but wish 53 calorie brownies were not too good to be true :)

posted Mar 29th, 2010 6:02 pm



I have tried these twice and I'm with Lisa, i thought i missed something but I didn't. I'm really disappointed because everything else in the book has been a huge hit! These are the worst thing I've ever put in my mouth! The most disappointing thing is that I now assume the picture in the book is of real brownies not these...otherwise I've got it really wrong!!!!

posted Mar 29th, 2010 2:25 pm



I was really excited about these brownies because I am a type 1 diabetic... I thought there was a typo or I did something wrong also.. I didn't...this was an extreme disappointment

posted Mar 29th, 2010 12:00 pm



I have all of Rocco's books and my family and I are huge fans of his recipes. That said, these were the worst brownies ever. I figured I had to have missed something, but I didn't. Is there a typo? I even watched the ABC taping again to see something was different. I used Splenda instead of Truvia according to the book. The chicken and dumplings were great. We are so disappointed.

posted Mar 28th, 2010 8:34 pm

sherry williams


Awesome ! !

posted Mar 27th, 2010 4:35 am


Thank you for Rocco's brownie receipe as seen on The Doctors today!

posted Mar 25th, 2010 6:08 pm


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