16 February, 2016


I've been wanting to try black bean brownies for a while after hearing such great things about them. These contain pretty basic ingredients-- all kitchen staples or things you can easily get. They're a great guiltless way to satisfy a chocolate sweet tooth-- and you'd never guess they're made with beans! 



1 1/2 cups (250g after draining) black beans (drained & rinsed very well)
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 (40g) cup oats1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup maple syrup or real honey
1/4 cup coconut oil or melted butter
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup chocolate chips
optional: hazelnuts, extra chocolate chips


 Preheat oven to 350ºF/175ºC. Grease an 8x8 pan (or whatever you like. We used a tart pan! Just be sure to adjust baking time).

 Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips in food processor. Blend until completely smooth. This really should be done in a food processor; not even a blender will do. Add hazelnuts if using. Pulse a few seconds, until nuts are coarse.

 Stir in chocolate chips using spatula. Pour into greased pan, and sprinkle top with extra chocolate chips or hazelnuts, if desired.

 Bake 10-12 minutes then allow to cool 10 minutes before cutting.

Recipe adapted from here.


  1. Looks yummy! I've wanted to try Black bean brownies for a while but most recipes call for an artificial sweetener and I'm not comfortable using those. This recipe looks great! :-) But I'm really curious what the texture was like?


    1. they're very soft, but more fudge-like than cake-like. Let me know if you try them!

  2. Thank you! I'm eager to try this! Pregnancy has me skipping the sugar high and going straight for the crash, but I still want some chocolate.

    1. I hope you like them! We all definitely did.