Black Bean Brownies

By J Kate

Prepare to be pleasantly surprised by these fudgy, satisfying brownies. Who would have thought that bean brownies could possibly taste like anything other than beans? However, you’ll find this twist on brownies to be delicious.

Black Bean Brownies
photographer: Nikki Sheriff
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 3 eggs (or 3/4 cup egg substitute)

  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 3/4 cup sugar substitute

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened chocolate (100% cacao)

  • 1 tsp instant coffee

  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 2 Tbsp sugar-free chocolate chips, chopped coarsely

  • Sugar-free chocolate chips and chopped nuts, optional garnish

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. while you pat the black beans dry using a paper towel.

  2. Blend the black beans in a food processor until they are smooth.

  3. Add the eggs, butter and vanilla extract to the black bean paste. Mix thoroughly.

  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the sugar substitute, unsweetened chocolate, instant coffee, baking powder, and salt.

  5. Fold in the sugar free chocolate chips.

  6. Pour the mixture into a greased 8”x8”cake pan.

  7. Top the brownies with additional chocolate chips and nuts if desired. (Additional chocolate chips and nuts not included in nutritional facts.) Bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of pan comes out almost clean. TURN OFF THE OVEN and allow the brownies to cool for 5-7 minutes in the oven with the door slightly open.

  8. Take the brownies out of the oven and place them on a rack until cooled. Cut the brownies into 2-inch squares. Refrigerate the brownies after they cool for up to 12 hours. This minimizes the bean taste and enhances the chocolate flavor.

  9. Store the brownies at room temperature in a sealed container. Serve the brownies at room temperature or slightly warm.

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size 1 piece
Calories 67
Total Fat 4 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 40 mg
Sodium 113 mg
Total Carbohydrate 5 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Sugar 0 g
Protein 3 g

dessert brownies low carb

32 replies

gepe53 2014-12-25 04:25:53 -0600 Report

These look good and I heard they taste good, so I want to try them.Suggestion…don't use that Xyitol,use either Splenda,Monk fruit, or Stevia.That Xyitol is dangerous to dogs!!! if they accidently eat it …it will kill them!! I saw on Pinterest a black bean recipe for choc- fudge…that sounds yummy too!!

evaziem 2014-06-11 08:46:37 -0500 Report

No need for Egg Substitute. Eggs are very healthy!
Chocolate is healthy too as long it's not sweetened.
Research your sugar substitutes. Some are dangerous.

Good recipe.

Grandmama16 2013-10-16 01:33:46 -0500 Report

I think that would be a 16 oz can one thereabouts. I think it said a dark cocoa NOT brownie mix or that would defeat the purpose. A friend has grandkids with celiac and one with type 1 diabetes too so these will be great. I will try them first.

Pajamazon74 2013-09-30 23:14:11 -0500 Report

There are about 137 sizes of cans of beans here in Arizona; could someone tell me specific ounces for this one? Thanks in advance!

agarg 2013-09-24 23:37:31 -0500 Report

I made them on Sunday and they are so yummy…i ran out of baking powder so they didnt rise but very bean flavor at all..

J Kate
J Kate 2013-02-06 10:16:27 -0600 Report

I originally posted a recipe: one brownie mix in a box with one can of Black beans (drained and blended) and 1/2 can of water. Mix and bake according to the box directions. There has been some confusion on the carb count due to different brands of brownie mixes, so I replaced my recipe with this one that has the same carb count.

Dawlbabby1 2013-02-05 17:58:04 -0600 Report

ok, posts on this are confusing me. you are all talking like you added brownie mix to this? that's not in the recipe and i dont understand why you are adding brownie mix.

Kats49 2013-01-28 19:29:09 -0600 Report

Wonderful recipe…great way to add fiber to your diet and sneak it in on the kiddos too.

J Kate
J Kate 2012-10-09 15:47:38 -0500 Report

Because fiber is not digested like other carbohydrates, for carbohydrate counting purposes, if a serving of a food contains more than or equal to 5 grams of dietary fiber, you can subtract half the grams of dietary fiber from the total carbohydrate serving of that food. Read more:

Pokey10a 2012-10-09 12:55:30 -0500 Report

I hate to say it but I think the Total Carbs should read 44g because brownie mix is 22g per serving (23g - 1g fiber) and black beans are 12g per serving (19g - 7g fiber).

Chris2617 2012-06-24 19:59:22 -0500 Report

WOW! If this doesn't make my BS spike this is the best thing ever! Gonna try this..and i'll report back!!!

Gambling 2012-05-04 08:46:17 -0500 Report

they are in the oven .I used Pillsbury sugar free with splenda and added 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts .Will report back on taste and BG spike if any