The best fudgy, flourless black bean brownies!! No one will be able to tell that they’re made with beans and natural maple syrup.
WATCH HOW TO MAKE BLACK BEAN BROWNIES
Today’s black bean brownie recipe was actually inspired by one of Isaac’s students. When we got married back in 2013 his class made us a cookbook as a gift. Each student submitted a favorite recipe to include in the book so it’s filled with taste-tested recipes, many of which are hand written and include adorable pictures.
It was such a sweet gift and we’ve made several of the recipes over the past year and half. When we received the cookbook I bookmarked these flourless black bean brownies almost immediately. The “really yummy” and “makes a healthy treat” notes are what caught my eye. 😉
I’ve made the brownies a couple times. The first time I followed the recipe exactly to get an idea of how they should turn out and then I made a batch with some EBF-friendly changes. My version uses maple syrup instead of sugar, coconut oil instead of butter and raw cacao powder.
The biggest change is the maple syrup. I love using maple syrup (especially in baked goods) so we always have a big jug of it in the fridge. Because maple syrup isn’t processed, it contains higher levels of potentially beneficial minerals, including calcium, potassium, sodium and copper, making it a great sugar alternative. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of maple syrup or how to use it as a substitute for sugar or other sweeteners, here’s a great infographic.
Making Brownies with Black Beans
I know it sounds kind of crazy, but yes these brownies are made with black beans! But don’t worry because no one will see or taste the beans. They get blended up in your food processor(affiliate link) and they’re completely undetectable.
The black beans are used instead of flour so there’s no gluten in these brownies and they have a little extra fiber and protein. Not only is this awesome for dietary purposes but it also means that you can blend the batter right in your food processor or blender!
The brownies are a breeze to whip up and come out tasting moist, flavorful and plenty sweet. I love the fudgy consistency of brownies and the little bits of texture from the chopped walnuts. I’ve tried other black bean brownie recipes before and none have turned out as good as this recipe. I think you’re going to LOVE them just as much as we do!
If you make these black bean brownies please leave me a comment and star rating below letting me know how they turn out. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and other readers!
These are the BEST flourless black bean brownies!! No one will be able to tell that they’re made with beans and natural maple syrup.
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
3 large eggs
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted (or butter)
1/4 cup raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (gluten-free)
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup gluten-free/dairy-free chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life)
1/3 cup chopped raw walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Grease an 8×8-inch baking pan.
Place beans, eggs, coconut oil, cacao powder, salt, vanilla and maple syrup in the bowl of a food processor(affiliate link) or blender and blend until smooth. Remove the blade and gently stir in your chocolate chips and walnuts, if using. (Another option is to sprinkle the walnuts on top of the brownie batter once you pour it into the pan.)
Transfer mixture to the prepared pan.
Bake for 35 minutes, or until brownies are set in the center and a toothpicks comes out clean. Cool completely, cut into squares and enjoy!