“Fooled Ya” Brownies!

fooled ya brownies

Isn’t fooling people FUN? I mean, it’s obviously never fun to BE fooled, but it’s a freaking HOOT to fool someone else, right?!

While there are oodles of pranks out there for you April Fools Day devotees (or just you everyday pranksters) I’ve got an incredible way to trick some tastebuds.

This brownie recipe fools the ‘buds into thinking that it’s super a unhealthy, naughty, diet-ruining, guilt-provoking dessert. But really, it’s an uber healthy, not-so-naughty, diet-friendly, smile-provoking treat! (That can triple as a snack, dessert and even post-workout necessity.) 

{The trick: they’re made of BLACK BEANS.}

Even more, this is a prank that’ll actually PLEASE the prank-ee. (So you’ll come off as less of a bad prank-loving person.) Though I can’t necessarily promise a reaction that’ll quite match the level of Rachel’s...

Have I hooked ya? I sure hope so. Here’s how you’re going to carry through YOUR prank:

Step 1: Bake these brownies. (See instructions below.)

Step 2: Serve prank-ee (let’s call him Steve), the brownies.

Step 3: Allow Steve to devoir them like they’re the best thing he’s ever eaten (which makes sense; because they are).

Step 4: Just as Steve pops another (probably 4th or 5th) brownie into his mouth, and he says, with his mouth full “OMG what are IN THESE?!!” tell him:“black beans.”

Step 5: Watch as Steve tries to hide his freak-out, which will be hard since he’ll be trying to balance his pride (that he just showed how much he loves them) with his uncomfortablilty (because he thought these were loaded with 12 sticks of butter, a dozen eggs, a barrel of flour and 3 lbs of sugar).

Step 6: Repeat on Brian, Sarah, Kelly and your dad.
fooled ya, sucker

So without further ado, here are my “Fooled Ya!” Brownies that I’ve been using to prank people for years (and not just on April Fools Day – these brownies own Thanksgiving pranks, Super Bowl pranks, Birthday pranks…every day’s a prank with these sneaky healthy chocolate devils!).

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The perfect dessert whenever you wanna fool your friends, waistline or tastebuds to think you're eating something unhealthy...
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, grain-free
Serves: 1 tray or 20ish bites
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • ⅔ cup almond or peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp cocoa or cacao powder
  • ½ cup coconut sugar (raw cane sugar works, too)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ - 1 cup of chocolate chips or chunks
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  2. Throw the rinsed beans, nut butter, chocolate powder (cocoa or cacao), "healthy" sugar and baking powder into a food processor and process that baby UP. You'll want to stop after 30 seconds to 1 minute to take the lid off and scrape down the sides and then reprocess that baby up AGAIN.
  3. Remove the ooey gooey mixture from the food processor and throw it into a bowl.
  4. Add the chocolate chips or chunks (or chipchunks). And mix them in so they're evenly distributed (unless you want to keep them in one section and eat that section alone).
  5. Add to a 8x8 pan, that you sprayed with a tad bit of coconut oil spray or that you covered with parchment paper.
  6. WARNING:These guys will be OOEY and they'll be GOOEY. If that's going to be a delicious pain in the ass for you to serve to guests, (ie. if you're concerned about presentation or want a grab-and-go dessert at a potluck or party) roll these brownies into BABY BROWNIE BITES and spread them out onto a baking sheet/cookie sheet and bake them like you would cookies.
  7. Bake in the oven for 20 - 25 minutes, checking (and tasting - aw shucks) for the texture you want.
  8. Serve, but don't forget to hide the mystery ingredient until everyone's devoured them and is asking "OMG what are IN these?!?!" mwahahaha


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    1. I’m so glad you both love them! Nothing like some quality mother-daughter bonding over some quality brownies 🙂
      Funny enough, I made a batch of them last night and totally ate loads of batter too!!