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Fudgy Black Bean Brownies

These black bean brownies are fudgy, rich, and so satisfying! The perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping things lighter: no refined sugar, grain-free, and 125 calories per brownie!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Vegetarian
Servings: 12
Calories: 126kcal


  • 1 ½ cups black beans drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup maple syrup honey also works
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • cup cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs large
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil melted; see note 1
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips


  • Prepare- Prepare an 8x8 inch baking dish by lining with parchment. Spray the bottom of the pan to help the paper stick, then clip it to the dish with binder clips (remove before baking).
    8 x 8 inch baking pan lined with parchment paper and clipped in place
  • Blend ingredients- in a large blender, combine the black beans, maple syrup, vanilla, cocoa powder, eggs, espresso powder and melted coconut oil. Blend until smooth and no lumps of cocoa powder remain.
    overhead view of ingredients for black bean brownies in a blender (before blending)
  • Add batter- Spread the batter out into the pan, using a spatula to get it all out of the blender. Scatter the top of the batter with chocolate chips.
    overhead view of black bean brownies in parchment-lined baking pan before baking
  • Bake- Remove the binder clips, and bake in a 350°F degree oven for 20 minutes, or until the center no longer jiggles.
    overhead view of black bean brownies in baking pan after baking through
  • Cool- Cool for 20 minutes in the pan, then carefully transfer to a cutting board and cut into 12 bars
    overhead view of cut up black bean brownies



1- I recommend refined coconut oil as unrefined can have a strong coconut flavor
Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  • swap chocolate chips for peanut butter chips
  • add a sprinkling of flaky sea salt to the tops
  • add chopped nuts to tops for added crunch (walnuts or pecans would be great)
  • add ¼ teaspoon of peppermint extract
  • add ¼ to ½ teaspoon of cinnamon


Serving: 1brownie | Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 161mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg