It's hard to buy presents for my father, especially for Father's Day. Up until yesterday, stores were filled with grilling tools and football paraphernalia and commercial after commercial urged me to buy my dad a gift card to Home Depot or Target or wherever they sell tools. My dad doesn't want a part of any of these things.
You see, he doesn't know how to use a grill (that must be where I get it from). He doesn't watch football. Or baseball or basketball or Foosball, for that matter (again, that must be where I get it from). He's not into hockey or mowing the lawn or building things on his workbench. In fact, he doesn't have a workbench. He's not into cars. He just likes them to be reliable. He doesn't drink beer. It's just never really been his thing.
The other day, I had the brilliant idea to make him black bean brownies. And then I thought I would make them even more dietetic and make them sugar free. A quick google search also made me realize that they're super easy to make. This was something I could feel good about giving my dad -- especially because he might not eat them at all.
Wait, what? Black bean brownies? I wanted to give him something he wouldn't want to eat? In retrospect, I should have just given him one really, really delicious, chocolatey-buttery-sugary brownie -- but in a very small serving. Oh well.
If you're curious, here's how to make them:
1 16 oz. can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 box of brownie mix
Heat your oven according to the instructions on the brownie mix box. Fill the can your black beans came in with water to the brim, and then put all of it in a blender and blend until it's completely smooth. Line an 8 x 8 baking sheet with tinfoil and spray it liberally with cooking spray. Pour in your batter and make it according to the instructions on the brownie mix box. Once they're done, let them cool completely before cutting. Enjoy. Or don't! I thought they tasted pretty good.