Fudgy Black Bean Brownies | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Fudgy Black Bean Brownies

Can you make brownies from black beans? 

Yes you can! These Fudgy Black Bean Brownies are rich and fudgy and just a bit more healthy for you than regular brownies! You won't believe how good this recipe is until you try it! And, they are gluten free!

Fudgy Black Bean Brownies on a plate

When I first started Weight Watchers, several years ago, one of the first "Weight Watchers" recipes I tried was one for black bean brownies.  Let me say, they weren't anything special.  They were dry and sort of spongy.  I never made them again after that first attempt.

The other day I stumbled across a recipe for black bean brownies on Chocolate Covered Katie.  They were getting rave reviews and the blogger said she had perfected the recipe.  I knew I wanted to give black bean brownies another go because honestly, I'm all about making treats better for you.  Katie doesn't use flour in her recipe...making it suitable for someone on a gluten free diet as well.  (Not that I am riding the gluten free train, but if the recipe produces a great healthier, lower calorie brownie, I'm in! Just be sure that your oats and baking soda are gluten free  They are also egg free for anyone who has allergies to eggs.)

Fudgy Black Bean Brownies on a white plate

These brownies did not disappoint!  Super fudgy (OK...I might have not followed directions and added another TBS of cocoa powder to the batter!) and not dry at all.  They aren't EXACTLY like a regular brownie...but the flavor is awesome and the texture is very acceptable.

The best part about these brownies is that the entire recipe is made in the food processor, making it so easy to whip up a batch just about anytime.  I used Hershey's Special Dark chips in this recipe,  I loved the deep dark chocolate punch they added, and rewrote the recipe to include the extra TBS of cocoa powder I used.

Yield: 12 servings

Fudgy Black Bean Brownies

Fudgy Black Bean Brownies are rich and delicious brownies made from black beans that are secretly healthy!
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 18 MINStotal time: 28 mins


  • 1- 15 oz. can of black beans, rinsed and drained well
  • 3 TBS cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup quick oats (or regular oats pulsed in food processor for a few minutes)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar (light) or honey
  • 2 TBS granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, reserve a few for the top, if desired


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8"x8" baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large capacity food processor (mine is 7 cups) combine the beans, cocoa powder, quick oats, salt, agave, sugar, canola oil, vanilla extract, and baking powder. Process until very well combined. (I did mine about 3 minutes or so) Stir in most of the chips and save about a TBS to sprinkle on top, if desired.
  3. Bake for 15-18 minutes. ( I baked mine for 18 minutes, until they looked dry on top and are set)
  4. Remove from oven and allow to cool at least 30-40 minutes before cutting. Cut into 12 pieces. Store any leftovers in refrigerator.
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  1. I, like you, have made black bean brownies in the past....ick...These look so good...I may have to give them another go! Thanks for sharing :)

    1. They are definitely better than any I have made in the past. Worth a try!!

  2. There are so many versions of this recipe and some are SO good! This looks to be one of them :)

  3. I got 239 calories per serving...how did you get 115?

    1. Hmmm...I didn't calculate out the stats on this recipe...I used the stats calculated by Chocolate Covered Katie. I will recalculate and see what I come up with myself too. thanks!

    2. ok...my calculations give me these numbers...still not what you are getting. 12 servings made in an 8" x 8" pan = calories - 155.2, Total fat - 8.1g, carbs - 21.8g, protein - 2.4g, fiber - 2.9g P+ - 4p+

  4. I can't wait to try these! Don't care about the calories! Look at that protein!! you don't get that in brownies everyday!!

  5. Oh my I love the comment from Life Tastes Good----yep look a the protein. Now that never entered my head, but I like it for an excuse to eat brownies. Now I was moved at how REALLY fudgy and chocolatey looking they were. Lol


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