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Photograph of a batch of brownies stacked on top of eachother on a white surface cut into squares and dusted with powdered sugar

Easy Black Bean Brownies

  • Author: Lauren Grant of Zestful Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 16 brownies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Ameican


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

Keywords: Healthy dessert, brownies, healthy brownies

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