Black Bean Brownies


Okay everyone I know I know, if you want a ‘real’ brownie you should just eat a real brownie! But I needed to reel myself in stop indulging in everything in site! Well, not everything because these babies taste indulgent! As it’s the start of the new year and everyone is still fresh on their new year resolution I figured I’d give you a recipe to help beat that sweet tooth with out destroying the goals you have set!

Trust me, in college when we took experimental foods, black bean brownies made me raise my eye brow too..but they were good!! I took it to my kitchen on a super snowy day this weekend to make my own and guess what!!! Hubby liked them-he ate three!!!

Fudgey, gooey, chocolaty, delicious, packed with protein and fiber and half the fat and calories!

okay okayy so here is what you’ll need:



  • 1 (15oz) can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup –can substitute for honey or agave but maple works best
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted–can substitute for canola oil
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla bean paste (see what I use below) regular vanilla extract will work well too
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips + 2 tbsp or so to add to the top, I used mini, use whatever you have on hand!

img_6353This stuff is great! beautiful specks of vanilla beans, great flavor and matches vanilla extract measurements. We’ve ordered it from amazon and have picked it up at our walmart in the cake decorating/party section!

How to make it

  1. Pre heat to 350 degrees F
  2. Combine all ingredients in the food processor, **if you don’t have a food processor see the recommendations below
  3. Process on low until all combined and it looks like a thick chocolate paste-quite smooth.
  4. Pour into a 8 x 8 pan sprayed with cooking spray
  5. Cook for 18 minutes
  6. Let cool!!!!
  7. Refrigerate for 1/2 hour-hour for best fudgey taste!** If you do not have a food processor**
    Mash beans really well, mix with all wet ingredients, in a separate bowl combined all of the dry ingredients. Add dry to wet in increments, stir really well. You could also try a blender if you have a good one too.


If you’re making these for someone else DO NOT tell them the *secret* ingredient (black beans) until they try them!


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