Yesterday I made something pretty special. Sweet and special. Special brownies…


Special because they’re made with black beans! Hehe. I’ve made bean based sweets before, so I had an idea that they would turn out good. And for bean brownies, they were yummy! After my taste testing 🙂 I found the recipe on Rebekah’s blog Food, Family and Fun, my secret blog for the secret recipe club this month! I loved looking through her blog and always have such a hard time picking which recipe to make… then I typically end up
with something sweet. What can I say, I like my treats. 🙂


I’m a big fan of her philosophy “If the ingredient list includes items my third-grader can’t read or pronounce, we don’t need to be eating it Amen! I can read all the ingredients in this recipe… thus I ate it. 🙂


Straight out of the oven sampling.


Black Bean Brownies recipe from Family, Food and Fun


  • 1 (15 oz) can black
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup flour *
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbsp oil (I used coconut)
  • 2 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp instant coffee granules
  • 1/2
    tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate
    chips/chunks **


  1. Preheat
    oven to 350°.
  2. Drain beans in a colander and
    rinse very well. Put beans in a blender with all other ingredients
    except chocolate chips and puree until completely
  3. Pour into a greased 8 or 9″ square
    baking pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out
    nearly clean.

* The original recipe did not call for flour, but there was a note that adding 1/3 cup flour would give the brownies a more typical brownie texture. I may try it without this the next time.

**Next time I would definitely mix in the chocolate chips throughout the batter, and also use mini chocolate chips so that they’re distributed all the way through. I enjoyed the bites the most when it had chocolate chip on top.

Have you ever tried black bean brownies or any other bean based sweet?


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0 thoughts on “black bean brownies”

  1. I’ve always been a bit skeptical about the bean in desserts things.. Can you taste the beans? Is the texture like that of a normal brownie? I think I’m scarred for life ever since I made that chickpea cookie dough… It tasted like hummus with chocolate- blech!

    1. You really can’t taste the beans in here at all! But, like I said, it’s good for a bean brownie. I wouldn’t say it’s exactly like a regular brownie… but that hasn’t stopped me from eating half the pan in a day… and wanting more 🙂

  2. Nom, nom… I am drooling over my screen! I really love the big chocolate chunks adorning the top of your brownies. …and no one has to know there are black beans and good extra fiber in there.

    1. I think they deserve another try! I would try them with the mini chocolate chips mixed throughout and without the flour or just less flour to keep them more moist (although I think the flour helped with the texture). Let me know if they change your mind about them 🙂

  3. I’ve heard “yum” and “yuck” when it comes to bean brownies but I guess I’ll never know until I try them myself. Do you think instant coffee is necessary? I’m not a coffee drinker so I don’t have any in my house.

  4. Thanks for the recipe… yours is the best black bean recipe I have tried! I make these about few times a month. 🙂

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