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Flourless Black Bean Brownies Recipe

These fudgy, gluten-free brownies are not only delicious but healthier for you than traditional brownies! That's because they contain a secret-ingredient-black beans!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 98kcal
Author: Natalie


  • 1 15 oz. can black beans drained and rinsed well
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp hot water you can add 1/4 tsp. of espresso powder to this and let it dissolve
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder use a quality cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp kosher sea salt
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 325. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or foil. Lightly grease with baking spray, set aside.
  • In a blender or food processor, add the beans, oil, vanilla, and water. Blend or puree until smooth. Add the eggs and blend or puree for 15 seconds.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Pour the wet ingredients over top, and gently fold until well combined. Add all but two teaspoons of the chocolate chips, mix until combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Spread into an even layer and sprinkle with remaining 2 teaspoons of mini chocolate chips. Gently press them into the batter.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 25-28 minutes, or until set. The top should be shiny and firm.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool for 30 minutes. Transfer to the refrigerator to chill for an additional 30 minutes before slicing and serving.


Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 114mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 241IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg