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Chocolate Black Bean Brownie Bites

Fudgy Vegan Chocolate Black Bean Brownie Bites – NO Flour Required!

Super Healthy Chocolate Brownie Bites

Want to quickly become the most popular person at your Fourth of July party?

Just make a batch of these gooey chocolate brownie bites… and watch how fast the entire tray disappears!

They absolutely hold their own against any traditional flour-and-sugar brownies.

Guests can never believe the secret ingredient!

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While there are definitely some healthy dessert recipes on my blog that do taste healthy—for example, no one would confuse the Banana Ice Cream with Ben & Jerry’s or proclaim the Chia Pudding to be the most decadent dessert they’ve ever tasted in their life—these chocolate brownie bites are not one of those desserts.

They are 100% just as rich, fudgy, moist, chocolatey, and decadent as traditional homemade brownies or the store-bought brownie bites from places like Costco, Sam’s Club, Target, or even the famous Little Bites Fudge Brownies from Entenmann’s.

If anything, these are even more rich, moist, chocolatey, and decadent than store-bought, because while traditional brownie bites with flour can often be dry and crumbly, the black beans in this version keep them ultra moist and soft – NO crumbling.

The recipe was inspired by my black bean brownies and this Deep Dish Chocolate Brownie Pie, two other bean-based desserts that are huge crowd-pleasers even with people who have no interest whatsoever in vegan or healthy eating.

So don’t be afraid to try these out at your next party; you might be surprised at the reception they receive!

Chocolate Black Bean Brownie Bites

Brownie Bite Flavors:

This recipe is versatile, so feel free to add anything you normally like in your brownies, such as a handful of shredded coconut, some chopped walnuts or pecans, or a pinch of cinnamon.

They are also really good with a 1/2 tsp of instant coffee stirred into the batter before baking. (I use this brand of instant coffee.)

If you don’t have a mini muffin pan, you can bake the recipe in either a regular-sized muffin pan or use an 8×8 and cut into mini or regular-sized squares.

And if you prefer a blondie version, try these Chocolate Chip Two Bite Blondies.

Finally, if you’re reallllllllly lazy, you can always just eat the batter with a spoon and call it a day!

Two Bite Brownies

I know some people will be skeptical of the idea of beans in desserts.

But did you know Entenmann’s brownie bites contain beans too??

It’s true – they have soybean oil an locust bean gum. Not to mention their other ingredients: Sugar, Eggs, Bleached Wheat Flour, Water, Corn Syrup, Chocolate Liquor, Palm Oil, Cocoa (Processed With Alkali), Fructose, Whey, Salt, Artificial Flavor, Whey Protein Concentrate, Propylene Glycol Esters Of Fatty Acids, Mono And Diglycerides, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Xanthan Gum, and Cellulose Gum.

In contrast, the fudgy homemade brownie bites have just nine ingredients, no artificial flavors, gums, corn syrup, or flour, and they can be gluten free, egg free, dairy free, vegan, and refined sugar free.

But MOST importantly, they taste so intensely fudgy and delicious that no one even notices those other ingredients are gone!

Flourless Chocolate Black Bean Brownie Bites

Chocolate Black Bean Brownie Bites

Adapted from the famous Black Bean Brownies

Chocolate Black Bean Brownie Bites

Total Time: 7m
Yield: 20-24 brownie bites
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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp dutch cocoa powder, or additional regular
  • 1/3 cup oats, or 1/2 cup almond flour (for keto, try these Keto Brownie Bombs)
  • 1 can black beans, or 1 1/2 cup cooked
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup, honey, or agave
  • 1/4 cup oil OR almond or peanut butter
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, or more for garnish

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a mini muffin pan. (A regular muffin pan also works, or you can smooth the batter into an 8×8 pan.) Process all ingredients except chips in a high-quality food processor until smooth. Stir in chips. (Omit chips at own risk – I only vouch for the final taste if they’re included!) Portion into the pan, press a few more chips into the tops if desired, and bake on the center rack 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, and let cool at least 10 additional minutes before going around the sides with a knife and popping out.

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Published on June 24, 2019

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    • Jason Sanford says

      Any time options are listed in a recipe, it means we’ve tested them to ensure they work. In this case, either will work. It just depends on what flavor you are after. For peanut butter brownie bites, use peanut butter. If a more neutral flavor is desired, use something more neutral such as almond butter or oil 🙂
      Jason (media relations)

  1. Lisa Laforet-Favilla says

    Hi Jasson,

    I only have dutch processed cocoa at home. I noticed that this recipe calls for both dutch process cocoa powder as well as non-Dutch process. I looked at Amazon and saw several cocoa powders. Can you recommend a non-Dutch process cocoa powder to use in this recipe?
    Thank you.
    Lisa

  2. Sue says

    I would love to try this recipe but I do not use honey, maple syrup or agave. How would I have to revise the recipe in order to use stevia?
    Thanks

  3. Michelle says

    Are you supposed to rinse the beans first? I made a black bean brownie recipe once that said not to rinse them and it was pretty gross, so I’m hesitant to try again. These look good though, so maybe I’ll be brave!

  4. Kathryn says

    Goodness, I got kicked out of ketosis just reading this post and looking at the pictures! Lol, these look amazing! I love your other bean brownies, so I know these will be delicious.

    • Jason Sanford says

      We haven’t tried so can’t know for sure, but it sounds like a great experiment. Be sure to report back for other readers (and us too!) if you experiment.
      Jason (media relations)

    • Mary says

      I made these last night, and used 3 Tablespoons of regular (unsweetened) cocoa powder. Turned out great. I also used white beans instead of black, coconut oil, almond flour, and honey.

    • Kathryn says

      A food processor will yield best results. The blender might leave little beany bits in it. I’ve done other bean recipes in my blender and they were fine for my family to eat, but I wouldn’t take them to a party and try to pass off as a ‘normal’ dessert.

      • Eliz Staeheli says

        You can try it using the almond or peanut butter rather than the oil. I think that’s your best bet. Otherwise the “bulk” of the recipe will be off. Sweeten to taste. Or, on the alternative, you could use a sugar-like sweetener with stevia (one that has bulk to it). It you try it, let us know how it turns out.

  5. Alyssa says

    Yum! I used half coconut oil and half almond butter along with the almond flour version. I also only used 1/4 cup maple syrup and the chocolate chips on top were more than enough sweetness for me. I did add a splash of soymilk to compensate for the reduced syrup, but the baking time remained the same. Thanks again for another reliable recipe that I am able to eat without overdoing the sugar!

  6. Debra G. says

    The brownies cane out way too moist; way beyond fudgy brownie. Only the edges were the correct consistency and I followed the recipe exactly using agave and almond flour. I did rinse and drain the beans, but perhaps letting them sit in a colander or patting dry would help. Otherwise I wouldn’t make them again. Good concept but needs work as written.

    • Jason Sanford says

      Hi Debra, I’m guessing you made these into brownies in an 8×8 pan instead of the bites? If so, just refrigerate overnight and they magically firm up overnight while still retaining their fudginess! 🙂
      Jason

      • Jessica says

        Hello! I just made these and they are super fudgey, almost like they didn’t cook all the way. The only thing that I did differently was use regular choc chips bc I didn’t have minis. I’m going to try putting them in the fridge overnight to see if they will firm up. I love all of CKK’s dessert recipes bc they are quick and easy and usually are made with ingredients that I already have in the house. They are perfect for making a quick dessert with the kids – my kids love to bake – and is a huge plus that many are secretly healthy!

        • Jason Sanford says

          Could just be a difference in oven temps, is yours calibrated? Did they firm up overnight? They should, so hopefully yours did!
          Jason

  7. Michelle says

    So I made these today..WOAH!! How do these taste sooooo delicious?? You can’t tell there are black beans in them AT ALL! I made sure to rinse my black beans and these are seriously dangerously yummy. Thank you!!!!

  8. Victoria Salvucci says

    I really wanted to like these. I really didn’t. Be warned, if you don’t have chocolate chips, don’t make them as the chocolate chips are the only sweetness in them.
    I thought every bite without chocolate chips tasted unpleasantly salty and very very dry.
    I could not get them out of the pans. I had to refrigerate them in the muffin pans until the next morning.

    • Jason Sanford says

      Unfortunately, as it says in the recipe, the chocolate chips are not optional. The difference is night and day. That’s why the recipe does specifically give the warning.
      Jason

  9. ginxaz says

    I made these today, exactly as written and they came out almost WET. I hope they will dry and become more solid before taking them to work tomorrow. 🙁 Taste good, though.

  10. Chris says

    I wanted to try these to use up half a ton of black beans so gave it a shot halving the ingredients. This could well be why they were still almost liquidy but tasted amazing (I had to make myself put the spoon away before I ate the whole lot!) After a night in the fridge they can now be picked up although are still very soft, but again they taste AMAZING! It’s just as well I only made a half batch as they are dangerously good ?

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  12. Abbey says

    OH MY GOD!
    I just made these and they are so fudgy and delicious! I will never make boxed brownies again!!
    Also I used avocado oil and worked perfectly ❤️

  13. Cheryl says

    These are delicious. Had to leave them longer than 10 minutes after taking out of the oven. They did eventually firm up. I apologize if this is somewhere in the post but I didn’t see it…how do you store leftovers? I know…hard to believe…

  14. Lisa says

    How big is the can of black beans? How many ml or oz? Just wondering as I have some regular can and then some larger cans of beans. Thanks!

  15. Amanda says

    I made these today and they were yummy!!! My kids loved them too! They didn’t look quite like the picture though. They were more smooth on top and looked less like a brownie. Maybe I mixed it too long??

  16. Maria says

    Tried with almond flour and they tasted awesome! Just a little challenging to get out of the pan. Tonight I tried using oats. However, the batter was a little thick.
    Do you measure the oats and then grind them to make an oat flour or do you measure 1/3 from oat flour? Asking because I made them with 1/3 already ground it’s and am wondering if that’s why they were so thick.

  17. Sabrina says

    The recipe doesn’t say hoe long it had to bake in the oven when using regular sized muffinpans or 8×8 inch bakingpan. Seems to mee baking time must increase

  18. Ashley Miner says

    Thanks for this recipe. These are great!! I did tweak it a little. I am sugar free so I used Date honey in place of the sweetener.
    I also used natural peanut butter instead of the oil. Because I used a 8×8 pan, they did need to cook longer. About 25 minutes total.
    They turned out great!!!

  19. Laurakd says

    I am not even kidding these were seriously so good! I never comment on stuff and have tried every “healthy” dessert out there and this is by far my favorite! I have made chickpea cookie dough before and I’ll be honest… it isn’t great and you can taste the chickpeas, but I am telling you that you absolutely cannot taste the black beans! You would never know they were in there! If you let them sit out for a bit they firm up. I store them in the fridge and either eat them cold, or the best thing ever is to heat one up in the microwave for 15 seconds and put some halo top over it! Best recipe ever, thank you!!!

  20. Jean says

    I made these tonight and I think they tasted delicious, even though they don’t look like the picture above.

    I had cooked beans from the night before so I didn’t use canned beans, and I found it tasted great. I used regular cocoa powder for both options, quick oats, added some walnuts, natural peanut butter, chocolate chips and kept the recipe the same otherwise. I tried using a blender, and like the others mentioned in the comments, the beans just got stuck. Then I used a hand blender, and got it to mix pretty well, except my brownie dough turned out clumpy- not smooth like the recipe called for. I eventually used my hands to “knead” it to make sure everything mixed well. To put them in the muffin tin, I rolled the dough into balls and pressed them into the muffin tin, so they’d stick together better. Baked it for 10 minutes and let it cool for 10 minutes. Again, doesn’t look like the pictures but I still enjoyed the taste! Yummy healthy bean brownies. :):):)

  21. Belle says

    I made these for my family and they turned out incredible!!!!!! I can’t stop grabbing one as I walk by the fridge! My family LOVES them (and I didn’t share the secret ingredient!). I used all Dutch process cocoa powder because that was all I had, and it works really well! I swear it tastes exactly like the brownie bites from the store. I’m SO impressed!

  22. Emma says

    I have made these twice – the first time I used peanut butter and the 1/2 cup sweetener in the recipe (I used honey). I didn’t like them a ton, but I suspected it was because of the PB and it was also a little too sweet. The second time I made them I used coconut oil and cut the honey to 1/3 cup. Delicious!!! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

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