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Black Bean Brownies Recipe

Black Bean Brownies Recipe

You’d never guess these rich, velvety chocolate treats contain a can of black beans. Who would have thought black bean brownies would be so amazing? —Kathy Hewitt, Cranston, Rhode Island
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD: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


  • 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 in center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 1 dozen.

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.

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Reviewed Apr. 4, 2018

"I LOVE these brownies! I got worried because I read the reviews after I made them, but they are amazing! They taste exactly like Little Debbie brownies! So rich and chocolatey! The texture is a little less dense than a little Debbie brownie, but very similar. I love the texture for a brownie. It's not dry at all. Very moist and fluffy. The best way I can describe the texture is like a cross between a moist cake and a fudge brownie, but better. I'm so happy with how they turned out and I know my husband and children will love these!!!! Not to mention they are so much more healthier than traditional brownies! Favorite brownie recipe! Will make again!"

Reviewed Jul. 28, 2017

"Delicious, deep chocolate taste...but, to me, it's cake not brownies. You would never, ever know that there are black beans in the mix. I will definitely make these again!

2nd post: I have made these brownies over 6 times now. I cut them into 2-bite sized portions and store them in the refrigerator. They are delicious cold ... with a small scoop of ice cream for a special dessert, but mainly just plain as a snack with iced coffee or milk!!!!"

Reviewed Jun. 30, 2017

"I cannot get past the fine grit of the cocoa in the finished product. In many cake recipes with cocoa, the cocoa is dissolved in boiling water. Now I know why. I used a premium cocoa, Bensdorf from King Arthur. It has preformed well in many recipes. Has any one else had the cocoa leave a fine gritty feeling on their tongue? I did process the heck out of it in the food processor."

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!"

Reviewed Jun. 2, 2016

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

Reviewed Feb. 23, 2016

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

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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