Black Bean Brownies Recipe

Black Bean Brownies

Don’t be scared – I promise that these delicious, fudgy brownies taste nothing like black beans. Just chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!

Black Bean Brownies Recipe

  • Makes about 12 brownies.


– 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
– 3 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
– 1 Cup Chocolate Chips
– 3 Eggs
– 3/4 Cup Sugar
– 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
– 1 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla
– 2 Cups Canned Black Beans, Drained & Rinsed Well
– Pinch of Salt


1. Preheat oven to 350˚F and spray a 8×8 inch baking dish with cooking spray.

2. Process black beans in a food processor until smooth. Add eggs, oil, cocoa, sugar, salt, vanilla and baking powder. Process again until very smooth. Add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and pulse just a few times.

3. Pour batter into the baking dish and top with remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips.

4. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

5. Cool completely, and then cut and serve (vanilla ice cream is a brownie’s best friend).

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  1. Jackie McKenzie says:

    Any idea how well or poorly they would freeze? Without icing I wondered if it would have a better chance. Thanks!

  2. Abbie says:

    These are truly fantastic. You can also use black beans with a brownie mix in place of the egg and the oil. You still need to use the amount of water is calls for though.

  3. kaidee says:

    these are great eaten frozen! 🙂 kaidee

  4. Christa says:

    is it baking powder or soda? in the ingredients it says baking powder but in the instructions it says soda

  5. Cassie says:

    Jackie McKenzie: I’ve never put them in the freezer before, but I imagine they would do alright (without frosting).

    Christa: Thanks for pointing that out! It is baking POWDER.

  6. Pam says:

    I only have 1Cup of black beans…do you think I could only use that with the rest of the ingredients? I think it would hard to half the recipe.

  7. Cassie says:

    Pam: I would recommend waiting until you have 2 cups available.

  8. jane street jane says:

    this is so neat! thanks for sharing!

  9. Christa says:

    I made these today and they were really good. of course couldn’t wait till they were totally cooled so the chocolate chips were nice and gooey. and of course had ice cream.

  10. Cassie says:

    Christa: So glad you liked them!

  11. Heather R says:

    I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious these were! My family seriously ate half of the brownies within an hour. Thank you so much Cassie for a very healthy take on a brownie recipe. With the added nutrition, protein and fiber, this is a treat I am pleased to give my family.

  12. Jacquie says:

    I thought my friends Cheddar Cheese Soup brownies took the ‘cake’ as far as weird ingredients go! Love this recipe ’cause it looks gluten free & I have a friend with celiac disease.

  13. Nacho says:

    A more healthier version is black beans, agave nectar (i just use sweetener), vanilla, who wheat baking flour (only 3 table spoons), and egg whites, cocoa powder, and possibly baking powder (I can’t remember). That’s all. All the rest is unnecessary.

  14. Nacho says:

    oh, and it may possibly call for water. I have to check my recipe. Ironically, I made these last week.

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