Black Bean Brownies

I can feel you rolling your eyes at this recipe…but let me explain.  A while back, my personal trainer buddy, Jamie, was raving about a brownie she’d tried that was made with black beans.  Jamie likes to talk about food when I train with her — especially while I’m doing evil burpees or chin ups.  She calls it “motivation.”  I was intrigued by the possibility of a brownie that might be relatively healthy, and thus make me feel less guilty about eating the entire pan.  I started experimenting, and I’ve come up with a black bean brownie recipe that is delicious AND nutritious.  And if I haven’t sold you on this idea yet, further proof of their deliciousness is that my kids love these brownies (and I will NEVER tell them that they’re made with black beans.)


  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed (one 398 ml can, drained)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup oats, ground to a fine powder  (you can use a blender for this)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chips plus more for sprinkling


  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 9×9 baking pan with non stick spray.
  2. Using a food processor, combine all ingredients except chocolate chips.  Blend until completely smooth.  This may take a few minutes.
  3. Using a wooden spoon, stir chocolate chips into batter.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan and sprinkle a few chocolate chips on top.
  5. Bake for 15-18 minutes.  Let brownies cool completely before slicing.

*Yield: 9-12 brownies

8 Comments Add yours

  1. mistimaan says:

    Looks yummy

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Cindy says:

    Hi Sara! Thanks for the recipe. It looks perfect as a lower carb option for my little type 1 diabetic & chocoholic girl. I’m going to try them for sure!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Fantastic! Let me know how you like them. They’re def kid approved. Just don’t mention the black bean part 😉


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  4. Maryam says:

    Let me start off by saying I am the ultimate brownie critic. I knew these would be good because Sara created them… but I didn’t know they would be THIS good. Everyone needs to try out this recipe because let me tell you, they are amazing!! Not to mention, the black beans are untraceable. Sara said it perfectly, “delicious and nutritious.”

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Awww…Thank you so much, Maryam. And the fact that you are related to me should, I’m no way, affect the credibility of your comment. 😂💓


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