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Black Bean Brownies

Updated: Feb 25, 2022

The Pinterest is a mystical, beautiful place where all things are possible! Its where I came across a pin from Chocolate Covered Katie that blew my mind---brownies with no sugar..and made with black beans!

These brownies were the bomb. I love a cakey (vs fudgy) brownie so I baked an extra 15 mins than her recipe instructed. I also added some hemp hearts for added texture and protein. Instead of chocolate chips, I broke up vegan dark chocolate squares.


1 1/2 cups black beans (1 15-oz can, drained and rinsed)

2 tbsp cocoa powder

1/2 cup quick oats (I used 2 prepacks of Maple Honey flavored oatmeal)

1/4 tsp salt

1/3 cup pure maple syrup, honey, or agave --- I used maple syrup

pinch uncut stevia OR 2 tbsp sugar (or omit and increase maple syrup to 1/2 cup) --- I increased/used maple syrup

1/4 cup coconut or vegetable oil ---I used vegetable oil

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup to 2/3 cup chocolate chips (Not optional aka omit at your own risk)

Makes 9-12 brownies


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Combine all ingredients except chips in a good food processor, and blend until completely smooth (a blender can work if you absolutely must, but the texture—and even the taste—will be much better in a food processor)

Stir in the chips, then pour into a greased 8x8 pan

Optional: sprinkle extra chocolate chips over the top. 

Bake the black bean brownies 15-18 minutes (for fudgy consistency, 25-28 mins for cakey brownies), then let cool at least 10 minutes

If they still look a bit undercooked, you can place them in the fridge overnight and they will magically firm up!

Enjoy! I ate them all in about 3 days😂

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