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Black Bean Brownies – No Flour Required!

Black Bean Brownies – the ultra fudgy and decadent chocolate treat.

The famous chocolate fudge black bean brownies recipe from @choccoveredkt... (500k + repins) https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/09/06/no-flour-black-bean-brownies/

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Above – Watch how to make black bean brownies.

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I know what you’re thinking.

“Why would I want to eat a healthy brownie when I could be eating a deep, dark, rich, fudgy, and chocolatey brownie instead?”

But what if the deep, dark, rich, chocolate brownie is the healthy brownie?

No, not in a dream world. These black bean brownies are healthy brownies that DO NOT taste healthy, and I can say that with assurance, as they’ve been tested on three different groups of people used to “normal” desserts.

For the ultimate test, my roommate brought two pans of the vegan black bean brownies into work and set them down on the table without revealing the secret or saying they were healthy.

She came home with no brownies left… but with five requests for the healthy black bean brownie recipe!

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Easy Black Bean Brownies

I know some of you have been disappointed by mediocre bean-based brownies you’ve tried in the past, which is why it’s taken me so long to come up with my own recipe:

I’ve tried some awful black bean brownie recipes in the past, too. For example? Don’t think you’ll get brownies by adding cocoa powder to my Chickpea Cookie Dough Dip and baking it.

Trust me. You’ll get cardboard.

I wanted a recipe that would not let people down; a recipe that could stand up to a regular sugar-and-flour brownie in a competition.

And these really do!

The Best Black Bean Brownies Recipe

Also, huge thanks to everyone who’s been sharing these on Instagram!

If you try the brownies, be sure to rate the recipe here, or tag @ChocolateCoveredKatie on Instagram so I can see and like your pictures!

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Black Bean Brownies

These super healthy black bean brownies are the ultra fudgy and decadent chocolate treat.
4.93/5 (1,492)
Total Time 15 minutes
Yield 9 - 12 brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups black beans (1 15-oz can, drained and rinsed very well) (250g after draining)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder (10g)
  • 1/2 cup quick oats 40g (See nutrition link below for substitutions)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup, honey, or agave (75g)
  • pinch uncut stevia OR 2 tbsp sugar (or omit and increase maple syrup to 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup coconut or vegetable oil 40g (See nutrition link for substitution notes)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup chocolate chips (115-140g) (Not optional. Omit at your own risk)
  • optional: more chips, for presentation

Instructions

  • Black Bean Brownies Recipe: Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine all ingredients except chips in a good food processor, and blend until completely smooth. Really blend well. (A blender can work if you absolutely must, but the texture—and even the taste—will be much better in a food processor. I use this food processor.) Stir in the chips, then pour into a greased 8x8 pan. Optional: sprinkle extra chocolate chips over the top. Cook the black bean brownies 15-18 minutes, then let cool at least 10 minutes before trying to cut. If they still look a bit undercooked, you can place them in the fridge overnight and they will magically firm up! Makes 9-12 brownies. If you make this recipe, don't forget to leave a review! The trick with these: serve them first, and then reveal the secret ingredient. In all the times I’ve served bean desserts, not one single person who didn’t know beforehand has ever guessed!
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Published on September 6, 2012

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  1. Jen Buss says

    These are absolutely delicious! You’d never guess they were made from black beans! Thanks so much for sharing x
    The only thing I would like to know is how long they keep fresh in the fresh. Thanks x

  2. Judith says

    I bake mine in muffin tins. They freeze great individually, then I can go from freezer to microwave and they are rich, gooey and warm!

  3. Helena Geers says

    These are good. The reviews had me thinking they’d be mind blowing so I was slightly disappointed but they’re definitely worth making and good for what they are (sugar fee, oil free (I used applesauce), flour free black bean brownies). I served them to my non vegan family including a carnivorous grandpa and cousin and they both liked them. But considering the fact that these are basically a health food, I’m so impressed. Also I added a third tablespoon of cacao powder because I wasn’t convinced by the batter but either way in baking the bean taste was totally gone.

  4. Katie K says

    I haven’t made these yet, but I’m curious to know the calorie content in each brownie (Say the recipe yields 9). Anyone calculate this?

  5. Katie K says

    Just made and— DELISH! I subbed applesauce for the oil. These are so yum and so little guilt! Thanks for this!

    • Jan says

      @Katie K:
      What amount of applesauce did you use? Were they firm enough?
      These brownies are outrageously expensive to buy from the health food stores.

  6. Nika says

    I have made these so many times and getting to see the reactions of people who enjoyed them is so rewarding, every time. The last batch I made was goofed up and ended up being the best to date. The goof up? Mexican seasoned black beans. I rinsed them and prepared the batter with a sense of humor. They tasted great even “messed up”.

  7. Kirsten says

    These are delicious! Thank you so much. I’m curious if the nutrition is for 1/9 of the recipe or 1/12. Thanks!

  8. Jennie says

    Hi. The brownies were a big hit even with my 2 year old. She needs more fiber so those were perfect. Is there a way to make this black bean recipe as chocolate cupcakes?

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