Black Bean Brownies Recipe
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Black Bean Brownies Recipe

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You’d never guess these rich, velvety chocolate treats contain a can of black beans. —Kathy Hewitt, Cranston, Rhode Island
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

1 brownie: 167 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 131mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.


  1. Place the beans, 1/4 cup chocolate chips and oil in a food processor; cover and process until blended. Add eggs, brown sugar, cocoa, vanilla, baking powder and salt; cover and process until smooth.
  2. Transfer to a parchment paper-lined 8-in. square baking pan. Sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 1 dozen.
Originally published as Black Bean Brownies in Healthy Cooking December/January 2013, p62

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sgronholz User ID: 1473861 253311
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2016

"I was rather intrigued by this recipe, so I just had to give it a try...and I must say, I was pleasantly surprised! The texture is more cake-like than that of a brownie, but it's definitely a fudgy treat that you can feel good about eating! I will certainly be making these again!"

vj221979 User ID: 5329286 248954
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2016

"Very good! No one guessed it was beans."

rags49684 User ID: 8780006 244338
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2016

"Love these!! Does anyone know what the sugar content per serving?"

Robin_ET User ID: 7810978 243569
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2016

"I made the recipe as written with no changes. It was delicious as a dessert, but it wasn't exactly the same texture as brownies. It reminded me of a soft and very delicious protein bar. I would probably refer to them as Black Bean Bars, so I don't expect the texture that flour gives to brownies. The texture was fine, but just not like a flour cake. The taste was perfect and chocolatey. Overall, it was very good, and I would make them again."

Maryrose90 User ID: 179832 242017
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2016

"Served these as an after dinner dessert with a scoop of low fat ice cream and everyone loved them! Couldn't believe they were made with black beans. I substituted coconut palm sugar for the brown sugar as suggested by a reviewer as my husband is diabetic. Winner!"

keverwann User ID: 1807985 241667
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2016

"These were dry, chaulky, cake like and tasted faintly of dark chocolate despite my using milk chocolate chips and regular baking cocoa. Tasted rather like the bean filling in Chinese dessert bean buns. Disappointed, but I didn't have high hopes for it. I won't be making these again and won't even recommend them to my gluten-free friends."

TheSavvyShopper User ID: 8587273 235633
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2015

"I feel healthy after eating these. Can't say they aren't chocolatey. But they don't taste much like brownies.

I feel like I could have a big square with a glass of milk and call it a dinner on nights I don't feel like cooking. I'd have all the protein and some vitamin E, which is desirable. But if I craved brownies, I'd have to get my fix elsewhere."

klutzy17 User ID: 8553490 234174
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2015

"Not bad considering my expectations but I wish they'd been fudgier and I think I just psyched myself out knowing there were black beans in them"

jujujane User ID: 8208113 217563
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2015

"Unbelievably delicious! Over the past year, I was using a black bean brownie recipe that was very good, but this one is even better! I have a 9 and 4 year old, and they love them. I only had two eggs, brownies were still fabulous. Also, I used organic coconut palm sugar instead of the brown sugar. This is a perfect substitution for diabetics due to the low glycemic index, but still has rich, caramel flavor, similar to brown sugar. Thanks so much for this great recipe!"

Potempa User ID: 1789758 137768
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2014

"I thought this brownie was very good! It was moist, fudgy and a great taste for a healthy brownie. I used egg substitute and only used a quarter of a cup of chocolate chips in the batter. All in all, this was a great brownie! I'm going to make a few copies and take it to my Weight Watchers meeting."

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