Fudgy Black Bean Brownies

Black bean brownies are an indulgent and delicious fudgy experience that requires no flour and tastes just as good as a regular brownie. Made with just 9 ingredients and in 30 minutes these grain-free healthy chocolate brownies are a perfect treat that everyone can enjoy. 

Black Bean Brownies

If you’re looking for a new way to enjoy your favorite dessert then look no further than this black bean dessert.

Making healthy black bean brownies is easier than you may think and the prep only takes a few minutes.

The results are gluten-free black bean brownies that are made without flour and are packed with a rich chocolate taste in every fudgy slice. This is a foolproof recipe that everyone can enjoy. 

Black beans are a great source of antioxidants, fiber, protein and have about half of the calories as a cup of actual flour, making them a perfect choice for any recipe.

But, the thing we like most is how seamlessly they can blend into these brownies. No one will ever be able to tell that you made these brownies with beans (unless you tell them first).

Simple Black Bean Brownies

This recipe doesn’t get any simpler. All you have to do is blend this and that in your food processor before baking to perfection. Of course, adding chocolate chips is also a great way to make these brownies even more indulgent and delicious. You can eat them as-is, with a dusting of powdered sugar, or spread on some delicious homemade Peanut Butter Frosting for an even richer dessert.

Black Bean Brownies ingredients

Ingredients you’ll need for Black Bean Brownies:

  • Canned black beans
  • Lightly packed brown sugar
  • Cocoa powder
  • Melted coconut oil
  • Large eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Chocolate chips

For the exact amounts needed, please see the recipe card below.

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How to Make Black Bean Brownies

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line the inside of a 9×9 baking dish with parchment paper before setting it aside for later.

Puree the black beans in a food processor or blender until smooth.

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Add in the brown sugar, cocoa powder, coconut oil, eggs, vanilla extract, baking powder, and salt. Pulse together until the mixture is fully combined.

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Stir in the chocolate chips (if using). 

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Pour brownie batter into the baking dish. You can garnish the top of the brownies with some additional chocolate chips if desired.

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Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick can be inserted and come out clean.

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Allow the brownies to cool completely before carefully removing them from the pan.

Slice into squares and serve.


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Recipe Tips

When making this black bean brownie recipe, make sure that you puree the beans really well. This means that you may have to scrape down the insides of the food processor a few times, but the end results are worth it because you’ll get a creamier texture in your batter so your brownies aren’t chunky.

Do NOT overmix these black bean chocolate brownies or they just won’t turn out right after baking. You need to just pulse the ingredients together until they are blended/mixed. If desired you can transfer the bean paste to a mixing bowl and stir the remaining ingredients in by hand.

If you do not have a food processor, you can make these fudgy black bean brownies using a blender instead. Just make sure that the blender that you are using is a high powdered one so that it can hold up to the thickness of the brownie paste without breaking.

Do NOT overbake these brownies. You want them to be set and no longer glossy on top when they are finished baking but if you over bake them they will turn out dry and crumbly in texture.

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Can I use a different sweetener for these brownies?

You cannot change the brown sugar into a liquid sugar like honey or maple syrup because unfortunately, the brownies will not set up properly if you use a liquid sweetener. I have not tested any other dry sweeteners but I don’t see why they wouldn’t work out well for this recipe.

What else goes with black bean brownies?

We like to add chocolate chips in our fudgy brownies but you can easily omit the chocolate or add in some chopped nuts for a healthier approach. Use dark chocolate, vegan chocolate, or any nuts like chopped walnuts, pecans, pralines, or almonds depending on what you want to do.

How do I remove baked brownies without them breaking?

Making sure to line the baking sheet with parchment paper is an excellent way to ensure that your brownies are easily removable without fail because the paper will keep the brownies from sticking to the pan. Grease the pans really well and lightly dust them with cocoa powder if you do not have parchment paper available. Parchment paper cannot be substituted for wax paper.

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Black Bean Brownies

Yield: 9 brownies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Rich, fudgy, and super chocolate-ey these black bean brownies are grain-free and have the added benefit of a whole can of black beans hidden inside. Tastes just as good as a regular brownie - and foolproof to make!


  • One can black beans, rinsed and drained ( 2 cups)
  • ¾ cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup chocolate chips (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F, line a 9x9 baking dish with parchment paper; set aside
  2. In a food processor or blender, puree the beans until smooth
  3. Add the brown sugar, cocoa powder, coconut oil, eggs, vanilla extract, baking powder, and salt and pulse until completely combined
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips, then pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish (you can add a few extra chocolate chips on top to decorate)
  5. Bake in preheated oven 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean
  6. Allow to cool completely before carefully removing from the pan and slicing


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Author: Nicole V L Durham

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