Black Bean Brownies

I made these a few weeks ago and my daughter l-o-v-e-d them. Literally walking-around-the-house-muttering-I-love-black-bean-brownies LOVED them. I thought they were a very nice treat as well, although they are missing the chewy crusty texture I love in brownies. These are ooey-gooey good.

I started with a recipe from and jazzed it up. One change I made was to change from vegetable oil to grapeseed oil.  After reading more about omega-6s I won’t be using grapeseed oil anymore. We SURE don’t need any more omega-6  in this house and grapeseed oil is chock full of it. I’ll use light olive oil or canola next time.

If you happen to mess around with sweetener (type or amount), please return and post. I’d love to cut some of that sugar.


1 15.5 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
3 eggs
3 Tbs grapeseed oil
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 pinch salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup white sugar
2 tsp instant coffee (optional – in nutritional data)
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips (optional – NOT in nutritional data)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease an 8×8 square baking dish.

2. Combine the black beans, eggs, oil, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla extract, sugar, and instant coffee in a blender; blend until smooth; pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top of the mixture.

3. Bake in the preheated oven until the top is dry and the edges start to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 30 minutes.

Servings: 16
Yield: 8×8 inch pan

Cooking Times
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/16 of a recipe (1.6 ounces).
Percent daily values based on the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients.

Amount Per Serving
Calories 105.78
Calories From Fat (32%) 34
% Daily Value
Total Fat 3.84g 6%
Saturated Fat 0.71g 4%
Cholesterol 39.66mg 13%
Sodium 81.44mg 3%
Potassium 119.2mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 15.5g 5%
Fiber 2.42g 10%
Sugar 9.54g
Protein 3.4g 7%


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Chris on October 25, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Wow, these were yummy. I used canola oil, no coffee, and chocolate chips. The only thing “odd” is the bean skins, but other than that they taste like regular brownies. I wonder if you could get away with subbing in applesauce for some or all of the sugar and oil. I might try it. If my kids are willing to eat them — one flat out refused and the other is a little iffy on it.


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