Black Bean Brownie

18 Nov 2014

Black Bean Brownie

Are you dreaming about a butter slathered, meat abundant, sugar loaded Thanksgiving?

Am I also dreaming of it even though I am living in America's hat? Well I don't see why I can't have another Thanksgiving when I am seeing so many fantastic recipes that make me want to eat the world.

(That is not what he said..)

Black Bean Brownies. Butterless, flourless, eggless and healthy

But can we not have things both ways? Can we not feel like we are indulging in something completely sinful while still being somewhat healthy?

Well my friends, that is where this recipe comes in.

Now as anyone who knows me, or my blog might guess, I am not one to skimp on the dessert. I will put all the butter, sugar and oreos into most things I bake. But these brownies? They have it all without having it all, if you know what I mean. Without all the butter, or sugar, or..oreos that I am so used to throwing into my baking.

But now that I think of it...oreos sound pretty good in brownies...

Black Bean Brownies. Butterless, flourless, eggless and healthy

Even though this is my first black bean baking recipe on my blog, it is not the first black bean baking recipe that I have made. I made a black bean cake years ago in my old home for my dad and sister. I didn't tell them what was in it, but my sister thought it was one of the best cakes I have ever made.

If you are weirded out about black beans in a brownie, I am telling you. DON'T BE! No one will know the secret ingredient. They will only know how delicious it is when they take their first bite. Trust me. I taste tested this recipe on my boyfriend, who might be the pickiest person on the planet, and he really liked it. He thought it kind of tasted like a rum ball, but better. Which is why it was gone within a day.

Black Bean Brownies. Butterless, flourless, eggless and healthy

I mean it's all about balance. Have your butter and turkey, and finish it off with some delicious black bean brownies.

And the best part about this recipe is that it's so easy. Plop ingredients into food processor, mix in chocolate chips, pour into pan, bake in oven... boom. Done. The most effort that you'll need to make this is getting the ingredients from your cupboards.

It's a treat that keeps on giving.

Black Bean Brownies. Butterless, flourless, eggless and healthy

Black Bean Brownies
printable recipe

What you'll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups black beans (or 1 15-oz can, drained and rinsed very well)
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder 
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips 
  • optional: more chips, for presentation


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Lightly grease an 8x8 baking pan and set aside.
  2. Combine all ingredients except the chocolate chips in a food processor, and blend until completely smooth.  
  3. Stir in the chocolate chips, then pour into the prepared baking pan. Optional: sprinkle extra chocolate chips over the top. 
  4. Bake the brownies in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes, then let cool at least 10 minutes before cutting into squares. 

Adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie

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  1. Interesting, curious how it tastes with the black beans

  2. Cathleen, this is very, very interesting! I can't imagine using black beans in a brownie but I would really like to try it. Got to get those black beans first!

  3. Mmmmm this looks fantastic!
    I remember making black bean brownies for the first time a couple of years back as well, I think it was kind of becoming a thing then, aye? Mine turned out a lot more crumblier back then, as I didn't process it as finely, but it was still unbelievably tasty :D Yours look a hell of a lot better in front of the camera though, mmmmm and the mentioning of rumball - I want this! x

  4. Love that these are a bit healthier but still ridiculously delicious!

  5. I'm so addicted to black beans I must try this.

  6. These look amazing - you've convinced me! Black bean could be the next 'in' thing in my house ;)

  7. I have to tell you that I made black bean brownies. And I have to tell you that I did not read the can ingredients. Though the front of the can said black beans, it was not until I made them into brownies that I looked at the label. Yes, it says they contained spices of garlic and cumin, both of which I like; EXCEPT in brownies. Not sure I could get them past hubby again! However, these look great!

  8. Ok, so to tell the truth, it is possible I am one of those people scared of black bean brownies. Although you may have just convinced me I definitely need to try them out! These sound amazing!

  9. Never made black bean brownie. In fact never knew it can be done. But here I see the beauties. Yum to each piece.

  10. I love black bean brownies! They are delicious and healthy at the same time.

  11. Hi Cathleen,

    This is an interesting brownies! Love the fact that they are the healthier version :D

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  12. Black Bean brownie looks delicious Cathleen Lovely

  13. Not sure what happened to my comment yesterday :( I am so intrigued by using black beans in baking. This is something I have not seen before :)

  14. These brownies look delicious, and healthy to the boot! Black bean is an amazing ingredient :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  15. Those look wonderful! Love how healthy they are, such a bonus :)

  16. What an interesting cake! I haven't used black bean in baking before, but these look delicious and so moist, I need to try this. I'll let you know how it goes!

  17. These look so delicious! I have heard of bean brownies but never got a chance to try them. I bet they are so scrumptious too. In Asian culture we eat red bean bao cakes which are sooooo good! So I know how sweet and delicious bean paste can be! ^_^

    Thank you for sharing, Cathleen! Have a happy holiday.


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