Black Bean Brownies Recipe

Black Bean Brownies Recipe

When we moved to a new house over the summer, I decided that I was going to take advantage of the spacious kitchen and start cooking healthy foods for my kids. Much to their chagrin, that included healthy treats. I’d heard several times that Black Bean Brownies were a tasty way to get more veggies into kids’ diets but it took me a while to be brave enough to attempt putting beans into one of my favorite treats.

When we were in the Florida Key’s vacationing, we stopped at a eatery that had vegan  gluten free Black Bean Brownies!  They were to die for so I knew after tasting them that if I could find a recipe, it would be fabulous!

Black Bean Brownies Recipe:

1- 15.5oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
3/4 cup applesauce
3T vegetable oil
1/3 cup cocoa powder
pinch salt
1t vanilla extract
3/4 cup white sugar
1t instant coffee
1/2 cup chocolate chips  ( Enjoy Life )

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8×8 baking pan
2. Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips in a blender and blend until smooth
3. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish and top with chocolate chips
4. Bake for 30 minutes. You will know your brownies are done with the top is dry and the edges start to pull away from the sides of the pan.

I made these for these Black Bean Brownies for the first time on a day when I knew I would have plenty of guinea pigs. My daughter had a friend over for the day and her friend’s mom was coming out for dinner. My roommate, who is my partner in crime in the kitchen, was the only person who knew the truth about the brownies. No one knew! I wound up having to make an extra batch because I didn’t get to try one from the first pan.

For those who haven’t made substitutions in recipes before, the applesauce is a substitute for eggs. Applesauce has a natural binding agent and adds moisture to dishes. We also use it as a substitute for oil in recipes. Black beans are the substitute for flour, making this a gluten free treat!

Heather is a blogger who loves everything from DIY recipes and fun aprons to helping parents find awesome deals on kids footed pajamas  and even deals on travel.  Thanks to Heather for this great recipe of Black Bean Brownies!



  1. Leslie Montoya says

    I have read a few recipes using black beans… but this hands down looks too amazing not to try. Ive failed miserably at making the weight watchers brownies using canned pumpkin…. but this this looks and sounds amazing, and I think my hubby would eat it and hes not a sweets fan! Thanks for sharing!♥

  2. Dorothy Boucher says

    i have to say I would never have thought about putting black beans into desert, WOW what a wonderful idea and i’m sure by the look of them They seem delicious!!. will be checking in to see more goodies you have :) @tisonlyme143

    • says

      Hi Torey, hmmmm I know the altitude affects how things set up. And so does humidity.
      Not saying you have either.
      But the main thing is it didn’t set up for you. I would use less liquid next time. I’d probably cut back on both the applesauce and oil…but I’d probably use only 1/4 cup applesauce and 2 Tbsp oil and see if that helps.

  3. Torey C says

    So I made the recipe to a T and they had to cook for almost an hour. Any suggestions to what I did wrong. They jut would set up and get done. They just looked gooey. Don’t get me wrong I like gooey, but they look nothing like the picture. Help!

  4. Diana Rios says

    I made these and they are wonderful. I can’t believe they are made with beans. I shared with my sister and she couldn’t guess it was beans. She loved them so did her kids.

  5. terri tillman says

    i have been a vegetarian for several years now but i am working on becoming a vegan. this recipe will make it a lot easier. thank you.

  6. Crystal16 says

    I gave this recipe to my friend…she tried them and said they were unique but delicious! She makes them all the time now. thanks! =)

  7. hallie p says

    I make desserts for the restaurant I work at and the bartender was telling me about some brownies a friend made her that used beans as a main ingredient. I am intrigued and interested!

  8. elizabeth anderson says

    i keep seeing this and people saying how good it is, but still have not tried it, i really REALLY should. much healthier, and if my nieces like it, they would be eating healthier. so why am i holding off?!?!

  9. Carla Bonesteel says

    I just can’t do it…My mom made these, and I couldn’t bring myself to try them. Chocolate is chocolate, and though I get the reason, I just can’t mess with it! LOL

  10. Julie Wood says

    These look healthy and delicious! I like brownies that are not so loaded with sugar, and these look so good! I want to make these exceptional brownies!

  11. Dianna Thomas says

    Well here I am again checking of something new again today–this is interesting and soooo chocolaty– this will be a must to try

  12. Rosie says

    I love beans, and this is a sneaky & great way to get some beans into the diet, what could better than by brownies? I MUST try this!!!

  13. says

    I have been wanting to try a recipe similar to this one. My youngest adores brownies, and I am on a mission [very difficult one in this house] to be healthier. Thank you!

  14. Marce Morel says

    I have to try this. It just looks yummy. I have been trying to eat more healthy and my one vice is sweets.
    It will make me feel better to know that I am eating sweet but that is also made with things that are good to eat (healthy)
    Thanks for sharing

    • says

      Your welcome! I’m going to adding lots more….I have not been baking being on my low carb diet but come February I am giving myself a break and bake more …… which means more recipes for everyone here!

  15. Julie B says

    These brownies look delicious! I have never eaten anything like this before, but would like to try the recipe .

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