Black Bean Brownies
Black Bean Brownies

Black bean brownies have been all the rage for quite some time. There are recipes all over the Internet for these rich, flavourful treats. That’s for good reason… they are a fantastic chocolate fix.

They also have some added bonuses:

  • They are more filling than regular brownies. A little piece goes a long way.
  • They are a wonderful gluten free option
Black Bean Brownies
1 Egg vs 2 Eggs

This basic recipe allows great opportunities for customizations:

  • Add a pinch of cayenne pepper for an added spicy kick
  • Add grated orange rind to the batter for more orange/chocolate flavour
  • Add chopped walnuts for extra texture and crunch
  • Adding an extra egg will make the brownies less dense and chewy, and more “cake-like”
  • Instead of sprinkling chocolate on top, sprinkle peanut butter chips

There are so many options to choose from.

I use a food processor to make my brownies. It really helps to grind up the beans until they are smooth. You can opt to use a blender, but it needs to be fairly high powered. I would recommend blending the beans before adding the other ingredients if you are using a blender.


Black Bean Brownies Recipe

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Servings Prep Time Cook Time
16 5 minutes 50 minutes

Recipe Notes

  • Measurement Note: 9 oz of drained, rinsed beans is about 1 can (14 oz). It is also about 1 1/2 Cups or 250 g.
  • This recipe can use either Natural or Dutch Process Cocoa. Use what you have on hand. If you use Dutch Process, the brownies will be darker.
  • The salt sprinkled on top is ground coarse sea salt. It add a salty flavour when you bite into the brownie. If you are restricted for salt intake, simply leave this salt out.
  • These brownies need to be stored in the fridge because of the black beans.


  • oz Drained and Rinse Black Beans
  • 100 grams (1/2 Cup) White Granulated Sugar
  • 30 grams (4 Tablespoons) Natural or Dutch Process Cocoa Powder
  • Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • Tablespoons Orange Juice
  • Large Lightly Beaten Egg
  • Pinch Salt
  • 50 grams (1/2 Cup) Chopped Dark Chocolate
  • Sea Salt


Preheat oven to 350 °F (180 °C).


Black Bean Brownies
Lightly grease an 8×8 baking pan.


Black Bean Brownies
Gather your ingredients.


Black Bean Brownies
Add black beans, sugar, cocoa, and vanilla to the bowl of the food processor.


Black Bean Brownies
Add baking powder, orange juice, egg and salt. Process 1 minute. Scrape the sides of the bowl and process for 1 minute more.


Black Bean Brownies
When the batter is smooth, pour it into the lightly greased pan. Sprinkle chopped chocolate on top. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.


Black Bean Brownies
Remove pan from oven and use a spatula to smooth out the melted chocolate. Grind a small amount of salt onto the top of the melted chocolate.
Black Bean Brownies
Allow the brownies to cool before cutting. Once cooled and cut, place in a covered container (or wrap in plastic wrap) and store in the fridge.
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