When I first heard about black bean brownies I thought that maybe the gluten free people had gone too far. While I understand the reasons it works, a brownie that swaps flour for beans sounded like it would end in tears. However, I’m happy to say that these are delicious, moist, rich and chocolatey brownies that are downright dangerous. Dangerous to the point that they prompted these tweets:

Fair warning: after making this I recommend you immediately take them into work or offer them to a crowd of friends as a means of self defence. Another thing to note is that they’re really fun to make, because all you need is a blender & a brownie pan!

Black Bean Brownies

Adapted from: All Recipes


1 19oz (540ml) can black beans
3 large eggs
3 tbsp vegetable or canola oil
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup flour (Optional: remove to make gluten free)
2/3 cup white sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips


1. Rinse and drain the can of beans.

2. Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips into the blender. If adding flour, mix in by hand after.

3. Blend until very smooth & pour into a 9 x 9 or 8 x 8 brownie pan that’s been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and bake at 350 for 30-32 minutes in an 8 x 8 pan or 25 – 30 minutes in a 9 x 9 pan.

and then try to exercise a little more self restraint than I did! :)

I hope you try these out- they’re addictive and much better for you than most brownie recipes are. Enjoy!

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