Keeping with the theme of unusual desserts, I found this recipe last week on Allrecipes.com and couldn't believe it: chocolate brownies made with black beans! This surprise ingredient adds moisture, fiber, and nutrients like protein and iron; other pleasant surprises included 1) no flour needed 2) the entire batter mixes up in seconds in your blender, and 3) they smelled and looked like the real thing. I deviated from the recipe only by increasing the cocoa to 1/3 cup and adding an extra teaspoon of vanilla extract. This pic shows the nice shiny surface after they're baked.
It was by far one of the easiest brownie recipes I've ever made and was highly rated by more than 500 users on the Allrecipes website. The downside is that they just didn't taste like chocolate brownies, even as I tried my hardest to pretend that they did with each bite. They were moist but not chewy as I prefer them. The cocoa, coffee, and chocolate chips added a nice intensity but I couldn't ignore the hint of bean texture (reminded me of the pastiness of hummus).
The upside is that my husband who usually won't try any dessert categorized as "healthy" really liked them—this was the biggest surprise! Maybe because they weren't overly sweet. I'd like to try making these again but adding some flour, or a teaspoon of baking powder as suggested by a few Allrecipe testers, to produce a more cake-like texture. They're a gluten-free option and definitely worth testing once on the kids (without mentioning the secret ingredient!).