Black Bean Brownies

Delicious, moist, chocolate fudgy brownies… healthy? Sign me up! These brownies made with black beans are a clever way to sneak in some healthy fiber and plant based protein all while providing a delicious dessert! Consider keeping the “secret” ingredient hidden to see if your friends or family notice!


1 cup canned black beans, rinsed
1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
2 eggs
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, divided
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
powdered sugar for dusting, optional

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8×8 inch square baking pan with spray oil.
2. In a blender or food processor, puree the black beans with the oil, about 2 minutes or until there are no large chunks and it is relatively smooth.
3. Add in the eggs, cocoa, sugar, and vanilla. Melt half of the chocolate chips in the microwave and add to the blender. Process until smooth.
4. In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to the mixture and pulse until just incorporated (do not over mix!). Stir in the remaining whole chocolate chips.
5. Pour into the prepared pan and bake until the surface looks somewhat matte around the edges and a bit shiny in the middle, about 20 minutes. Let cool at least 15 minutes before cutting and removing from the pan. Dust with powdered sugar if desired.

IMG_3797 Step 2 – blending black beans & oil

IMG_3798 Step 3 – blending in eggs, cocoa, sugar, and vanilla

Estimated nutrition information: (Yield 12) 211 calories, 12 g total fat, 25 g carbohydrate, 3 g protein, 2 g fiber, 18 g sugar

Adapted from a recipe by Melissa d’Arabian from the Food Network

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