When the United Nations declared 2016 as the International Year of the Pulses (IYP), it was very easy to add this farm fare to our diets. The challenge is to make these nutritional powerhouses appealing to children. A great way to serve pulses that will appeal to fussy young humans is as a dessert.

Beans can easily be incorporated into many desserts, as they have a mild flavour and can add richness and moistness to baked goods. Cooked black beans can also replace eggs in many chocolate cake and brownie recipes—kids will never know the difference. Try this delicious recipe for black bean brownies:

Eggs are replaced by pulses making it a vegan option too.

Black bean brownies


1½ cups black beans

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

½ cup oats

⅓cup maple syrup / honey

¼ cup coconut oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

½ cup chocolate chips


  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C.
  2. Blend all ingredients – except the chocolate chips – until smooth.
  3. Stir in the chocolate chips and pour into a greased pan.
  4. Cook the brownies for 15-18 minutes and let cool before cutting them. – AGT press release

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