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Black Bean Brownies – Gluten Free

Oh my goodness! Did I say “black beans” and “brownies” in the same sentence????????????? YUP

I came across an article the other day of healthy substitution to use in recipes. I knew you could substitute applesauce for vegetable oils and mashed bananas for butter but you could imagine my surprise that a healthy substitution for flour was black beans. I love black beans but I never imagined it in my other favorite dessert: Brownies. Well, I was wary but I really wanted to try it but I was worried that if I didn’t like it, it would all go to waste. It was fortunate that one of my friends was having a BBQ. My first thought: Taste Testers!

So, I made a batch and brought it to the party. I asked my friends to be brutally honest about the taste. I mentioned there was a special ingredient (not pot of course) and to try and tell me what that ingredient was. Well, no one could guess it. The best comment I had that evening was that it was the best brownie she had ever had. Yea!!!

My own personal review. I LOVED the taste. It was very light but had a rich fudge flavor. I didn’t taste the black beans one bit! It will probably be my go to recipe for brownies. Next time I experiment, I will be substituting the vegetable oil with applesauce (and reducing the sugar).


1 (15.5 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

3 eggs

1 teaspoon baking powder

(Make sure the baking powderis gluten free-made with cornstarch, no wheat starch)

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1 pinch salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon instant coffee

1/2 cup milk chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Lightly grease an 8×8 square baking dish.
  3. Combine the black beans, eggs, oil, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla extract, sugar, and instant coffee in a blender; blend until smooth
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  5. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top of the mixture.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until the top is dry and the edges start to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 30 minutes.

Pour yourself a glass of ice-cold milk and enjoy! Let me know what you think!

For those who are interested. Nutritional breakdown as per Recipe Calculator: I divided the brownies into 16 pieces (servings)

Nutrition Facts
User Entered Recipe
  16 Servings
Amount Per Serving
  Calories 110.0
  Total Fat 5.4 g
  Saturated Fat 1.5 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat 1.0 g
  Monounsaturated Fat 2.5 g
  Cholesterol 34.7 mg
  Sodium 54.2 mg
  Potassium 75.7 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 15.0 g
  Dietary Fiber 1.3 g
  Sugars 12.3 g
  Protein 2.2 g
  Vitamin A 1.1 %
  Vitamin B-12 1.5 %
  Vitamin B-6 1.1 %
  Vitamin C 0.0 %
  Vitamin D 1.9 %
  Vitamin E 3.1 %
  Calcium 2.6 %
  Copper 5.1 %
  Folate 3.6 %
  Iron 3.6 %
  Magnesium 4.3 %
  Manganese 6.1 %
  Niacin 0.4 %
  Pantothenic Acid     0.2 %
  Phosphorus     5.1 %
  Riboflavin 2.7 %
  Selenium 0.8 %
  Thiamin 1.3 %
  Zinc 2.4 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.



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