Black Bean Brownies


Here’s your healthy eating tip for today.

Brownies with a Twist

Sometimes I see a recipe with odd ingredients and think “Yeah, right. That’ll taste good?” Well, when a recipe for one of my favorite foods, especially one containing chocolate, comes across my desk or email, I take a second look.

Give it a try, and let me know what you think!

Fudgy Black Bean Brownies
Makes 16 Servings


  • One 15 ½-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed very well
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, divided


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray an 8 X 8-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

  2. Place the black beans in the bowl of a food processor; process until smooth and creamy. Add the eggs, oil, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, baking powder, and salt and process until smooth. Add ¼ cup of the chips and pulse a few times until the chips are broken up a bit.

  3. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and sprinkle the top with the remaining ¼ cup chocolate chips.

  4. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until the edges start to pull away from the sides and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan before slicing.

Nutrition Information per Serving: 120 calories, 5g fat (1.5g saturated, 0.3g omega-3), 95mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 3g protein


  • A recent University of Tennessee study found that draining and rinsing canned beans washes away 41% of the sodium. A good thing to do whenever you use canned beans.
  • If you like nuts, you could add half a cup of walnuts or pecans, chopped.

lol looks delicious

Sound delicious, but I guess 2 servings would send some of us over their carb intake for the day.

Did you try to substitute the sugar for sweetener? Maybe you could also change canola to coconut oil and find an alternative to the chocolate chips, like grated dark chocolate.

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Disclaimer: Individual results may vary.