Fudgy Black Bean Brownies

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These are the best black bean brownies!! They’re so fudgy and delicious. No one will be able to tell that they’re flourless and made with beans!

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.

I’ve made the brownies a couple times. The first time I followed the original 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.

Stack of flourless back bean brownies, topped with chocolate chips and walnuts.

Using Maple Syrup Instead of Sugar

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 natural sweetener and sugar alternative.

Hand holding a healthy and fudgey black bean brownie topped with chocolate chips and walnuts.

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 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!

Ingreditents for black bean brownies in a food processor. Eggs, cocoa powder, black beans, and vanilla.

Ingredients & Substitutions

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!

Here’s what you need to make these black bean brownies:

  • black beans – I used canned black beans (drained and rinsed), but you can always use dry black beans instead. I haven’t tried this, but someone else used 154g of dry black beans and the brownies turned out well.
  • eggs – To make this recipe vegan you could use flax eggs (1 Tablespoon flaxseed + 3 Tablespoons water). I have tested these brownies with flax eggs and the brownies turned out, they just didn’t rise as well.
  • coconut oil – butter works too.
  • raw cacao powder – raw cacao powder is a natural superfood high in antioxidants and nutrients such as iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc. It is known to promote healthy digestion and reduce inflammation, among many other health benefits. That said, if you don’t have raw cacao powder on hand, cocoa powder works as well!
  • sea salt – a baking essential!
  • pure vanilla extract – for some added flavor.
  • pure maple syrup – another liquid sweetener like honey or agave would also work.
  • chocolate chips – I love Lily’s chocolate chips for a low-sugar option and Enjoy Life chocolate chips for a dairy-free/soy-free option.
  • raw walnuts – I love the added crunch the walnuts add, but you can totally skip these or use another nut instead.
Batter for black bean brownies in a food processor and chocolate chips.

How to Store These Brownies

These brownies never last long in our house, but my recommendation is to store leftover brownies in the fridge for up to one week. I haven’t tried freezing them, but I’m sure they would be okay to freeze in an airtight container for up to three months.

Spatula holding a black bean brownie topped with chocolate chips and walnuts.

More Dessert Recipes with Beans to Try

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Black Bean Brownies

5 from 135 votes
These are the best black bean brownies!! They’re so fudgy and delicious. No one will be able to tell that they’re flourless and made with beans!
Stack of flourless back bean brownies, topped with chocolate chips and walnuts.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 16 brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free/dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup chopped raw walnuts, optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven: Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Prepare baking pan: Grease an 8×8-inch baking pan.
  • Combine ingredients: Place beans, eggs, coconut oil, cacao powder, salt, vanilla and maple syrup in the bowl of a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
  • Add chocolate chips and nuts: 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.)
  • Bake: 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!
  • Store: Store brownies in the fridge for 3-5 days.

Video

Notes

  • Eggs: To make this recipe vegan you could use flax eggs (1 Tablespoon flaxseed + 3 Tablespoons water). I have tested these brownies with flax eggs and the brownies turned out, they just didn’t rise as well.
  • Coconut oil: Butter works too.
  • Cacao powder: You can use cocoa powder instead.
  • Maple syrup: Another liquid sweetener like honey or agave would also work.
  • Chocolate chips: I love Lily’s chocolate chips for a low-sugar option and Enjoy Life chocolate chips for a dairy-free/soy-free option.
  • Walnuts: You can totally skip these or use another nut instead.

Nutrition

Serving: 1brownie Calories: 206kcal Carbohydrates: 27g Protein: 8g Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 36mg Sodium: 36mg Fiber: 5g Sugar: 7g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: black bean brownies

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    276 comments
    1. Kellie
      August 30, 2022 AT 1:19 pm

      How much butter in place of the coconut oil? I have to adjust practically every recipe due to food allergies. So, when I have to do that, I need measurements, not just the “what” to substitute, but also how much of that ingredient to use. Thanks! Looking forward to trying these! 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 31, 2022 AT 1:46 am

        Hey Kellie – It would be the same amount of melted butter as the coconut oil, so 1/3 cup.

    2. Andrea
      July 20, 2022 AT 11:32 am

      5 stars
      Made these so many times! We LOVE them! I always sub coconut sugar for maple syrup, and they still blend very nicely with the Vitamix. One of our favorite recipes for sure.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 20, 2022 AT 6:34 pm

        YAY! I am so happy that you enjoy this recipe, Andrea. Thank you for coming back and leaving a review and star rating, I really appreciate it!

    3. Jan
      June 28, 2022 AT 9:53 pm

      5 stars
      I am always looking for “healthy” goodies since we love snacking and do too much of it! These really hit the spot. A great chocolate punch, nuts, delightful texture. Thanks!

    4. Chelsea
      June 20, 2022 AT 7:43 pm

      5 stars
      This recipe is soo delicious. I put the walnuts on top and ours were done 10 minutes earlier than the recipe time says so definitely would be checking it with a toothpick before timer. Huge hit even with all the picky eaters. Will definitely be making again.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 20, 2022 AT 11:11 pm

        That’s awesome, Chelsea! So glad this worked out for you. Thank you for sharing your comment and leaving me a review!

    5. Susan
      May 24, 2022 AT 1:25 pm

      2 stars
      These brownies were ok and I couldn’t taste the black beans. They do not have the stability of regular brownies and I could taste the coconut oil too much. They definitely do not have the mouth feel or firmness I expected. Just far too soft or mushy-like for me. I did follow the instructions except I put the chocolate chips on top of the hot brownies and spread them like frosting. It worked well. These are just not for me.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 24, 2022 AT 10:14 pm

        Hi, Susan! I’m sorry these brownies didn’t work out for you. I appreciate you sharing your review!

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