Easy Black Bean Brownies. YES. Moist, chocolately, and fudgy. Made with a whole can of black beans, these brownies are low in fat and carbs and feature more protein and fiber than most. Plus, these can easily be made gluten-free!
I'm so excited to share this recipe with you for a few reasons.
One, and most obvious, it’s delicious.
Two, these black bean brownies are easy to make.
And three, you guys seemed SO excited for the recipe when I shared a little sneak peek on Instagram a few weeks ago. And rightly so! These babies are magical, if I do say so myself.
So black bean brownies? Why?
I get it, why mess with something so pure, so good. And I totally agree, there’s nothing wrong with indulging in a classic, fudgy, chocolatey brownie. But what if I told you that you could have all that while also lightening the overall load and adding some nutrients.
Why not, right? Or is it just me?
These brownies are incredibly simple to make and satisfy your craving with absolutely no hint of bean in sight. I find them magical. So, I guess to answer your question, black bean brownies are the key if you want to indulge in the classic dessert without all the fat (and lack of nutrients).
Do black bean brownies actually taste good?
Oh my gosh, I'm telling you, these brownies have NO beany flavor in sight. I offered G a piece, with no preface at all, and he loved them.
As a point of reference, the first recipe test was a bit dry, G thought I had made a classic chocolate cake recipe. Fast forward to test three and he had no idea there was a WHOLE can of black beans in the batter. And G is picky when it comes to sweets, so that’s saying something.
If that isn’t convincing, I don’t know what is.
How to make black bean brownies:
Even easier than making regular brownies, the batter for these easy black bean brownies is made in a blender—yes—a blender. Here’s what you’ll do:
- Melt the chocolate and coconut oil until smooth (in a double boiler or microwave).
- Blend black beans, eggs, sugar, espresso powder, and vanilla in a blender until smooth.
- Add melted chocolate mixture and blend.
- Add flour, baking powder and baking soda; blend just until combined.
- Pour batter into a parchment-lined baking pan and bake.
Are black bean brownies healthy?
Yes! Oh my gosh, the black beans replace a lot of the oil that would be added in a classic brownie, which means these easy black bean brownies are pretty low in fat.
They’re also made with less flour than most brownies which also helps tp decrease the overall carbs.
All in all, compared to classic brownies, these black bean brownies are higher in protein and fiber and lower in carbs, calories, and yes, even sugar.
These brownies have 12 grams of sugar per serving, so they aren't low in sugar, but they do have much less sugar than most brownie recipes. If you're watching your added sugar, go ahead and drop the sugar down to ½ cup.
Make gluten-free black bean brownies
Need to make these gluten-free? No problem! For starters, this recipe only uses ¼ cup flour. So it's an easy swap, especially if you use a 1:1 baking flour like Bob's Red Mill (which I highly recommend).
You can use whatever gluten-free flour blend you prefer, just make sure it has some xanthan gum in it!
How do I store black bean brownies?
Since these brownies are made with black beans, I highly recommend storing them in the refrigerator, at least a few days after baking. Otherwise they’ll start to mold faster than regular non-bean brownies. And no one wants that.
More healthy baking recipes you may like...
- Healthy Banana Bread
- Gluten-Free Oreos
- Chewy Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Healthy-Ish Cinnamon Rolls
- Healthy Lemon Blueberry Muffins
- Healthy Skillet Cornbread
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Tender and fudgy, these black bean brownies are healthier than the classic dessert and just as delicious—if not more.
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
- 1 can low-sodium black beans (15 ounces) drained and rinsed
- 2 eggs
- ⅔ cup sugar
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour or 1:1 gluten-free flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips (optional)
- Confectioners’ sugar (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease an 8-inch baking pan with nonstick spray and line with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang.
Melt coconut oil and chocolate together in a double boiler (or microwave) until smooth; let cool 5 minutes.
Blend beans, eggs, sugar, cocoa, espresso powder, and vanilla in a high-powered blender until completely smooth. Add chocolate mixture and blend until smooth.
Add flour, baking powder, and baking soda and blend just until combined.
Pour batter into prepared pan, smooth top, and sprinkle with chocolate chips (if using). Bake brownies until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 25 minutes.
Let brownies cool in pan 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar, if desired.
GLUTEN FREE: make these brownies gluten-free by using a 1:1 gluten-free flour such as Bob's Red Mill.
- Serving Size: 1 brownie
- Calories: 124
- Sugar: 12g
- Sodium: 40mg
- Fat: 5g
- Saturated Fat: 3g
- Carbohydrates: 20g
- Fiber: 2g
- Protein: 3g
- Cholesterol: 22ng
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