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Easy Fudgy Black Bean Brownies

These fudgy black bean brownies are so simple and fun to make plus their gluten free . Beans are a part of a healthy meal plan and a good source of fiber, protein and essential vitamins and minerals. Plus these brownies are so nutritious and delicious no one will ever guess they're filled with naturally nutritious black beans. 

*This recipe was adapted from The Bean Institute.

Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 130 kcal
Author Jerlyn Jones


  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed (I used no salt added)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons applesauce or canola oil (I used applesauce)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil or coat an 8 x 8 inch baking pan or dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

    Ingredients for black bean brownies
  2. Plack the black beans in the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth and creamy. Add the eggs, applesauce, cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla, baking powder, and salt and process until smooth. Add 1/4 cup of the chocolate chips and pulse until the chocolate chips are blended into the batter.

  3. Pour the batter into the baking pan, smooth the top with a rubber spatula, and sprinkle with the reamining 1/4 cup chocolate chips. 

    Fudgy Black Bean Brownie Batter
  4. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until the edges start to pull away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let brownies cool in the pan before slicing into 2-inch squares. 

The Lifestyle Dietitian Notes

*One 2-inch brownie square is 130 calories. 

*Replacing the canola oil with applesauce lowers the fat content and increases the fiber.

*Add 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract for a burst of minty flavor. 

*If you're watching your carbohydrate intake one 2-inch brownie is 19 g carbohydrate (a snack serving size).