Black Bean Brownies

Are you ready to redefine the way you enjoy brownies? Prepare to be pleasantly surprised as we introduce you to a unique twist on a classic favorite – Black Bean Brownies. These little squares of decadence not only satisfy your sweet tooth but also bring a surprising element of nutrition to the table.

Imagine indulging in fudgy, chocolatey goodness while sneaking in the wholesome benefits of black beans. It’s a match made in dessert heaven that might just change the way you look at brownies forever.

For more brownie recipes, you might also like to try our chocolate walnut brownies, Milo brownies, Nutella brownies and chocolate raspberry brownies.

Ingredients and substitutions

  • Black beans – Use a can of black beans, which have been drained and rinsed.
  • Brown sugar – The brown sugar can be substituted for white sugar, or a combination of white sugar and brown sugar.
  • Cocoa powder – Use a good quality unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • Eggs – 3 large sized eggs are used in these brownies.
  • Oil – Use a mild flavoured oil, such as canola or vegetable oil, or substitute with melted butter.
  • Vanilla extract – The vanilla extract can be substituted with vanilla essence.
  • Baking powder
  • Salt – The salt amount can be increased or decreased to suit personal tastes.
  • Chocolate chips – Dark chocolate chips were used in these brownies, but any flavour of chocolate chips can be used.

Step by step instructions

Step 1.

Add all of the ingredients aside from chocolate chips to a food processor, and process until smooth.

Step 2.

Fold the chocolate chips through the brownie batter.

Step 3.

Transfer the brownie batter to a square baking tin, and sprinkle over the remaining chocolate chips.

Step 4.

Bake the brownies for 20 minutes. Allow to cool in tin before slicing.


Store these brownies in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

These brownies are suitable for freezing. Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Defrost in the fridge before enjoying.

Flay lay of black bean brownies, with one brownie turned on its side.

Black Bean Brownies

Yield: 16 brownies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

These black bean brownies are a delicious, sweet, fibre filled treat. You wouldn't even know they contain black beans by taste.


  • 400g can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips, divided


  1. Preheat the oven to 180c. Line a 20cm square baking tin with baking paper. set aside.
  2. Add all of the ingredients aside from the chocolate chips to a food processor. Process for 1 minute, or until the batter is smooth. You may need to scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula halfway through.
  3. Fold 3/4 of the chocolate chips through the brownie batter. Pour the batter into the prepared baking tin, and sprinkle over the remaining 1/4 cup chocoate chips.
  4. Bake the brownies for 20 minutes, or until just cooked through. Allow to cool in the tin before slicing.


  • Use any flavour of chocolate chips.
  • Store in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  • Suitable for freezing.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 178Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 199mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 3gSugar: 13gProtein: 4g

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