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

warriorchic1 2012-04-17 18:42:50 -0500 Report

I don't understand how it could be only 3.7 carbs if you use a brownie mix from the store? Those have more than 20 carbs…do the black beans lower the carbs. I thought beans have carbs too?

Boats@52 2012-04-10 19:10:40 -0500 Report

They tasted pretty good may add chia seeds or flax seed and maybe walnuts or almonds to the mix. I used my Vita-mixer and it worked great for this…

J Kate
J Kate 2012-04-10 17:30:20 -0500 Report

I have also made them with a full can of beans washed and drained with a quarter can of water. My kids love them. Of course I don't mention there are beans in them… :)

Boats@52 2012-04-10 16:11:10 -0500 Report

What did you use for a mix ? I bought Pillsbury sugar free with splenda there in the oven right now will give update after taste test…Smells Good !

J Kate
J Kate 2012-04-05 14:19:26 -0500 Report

It IS diabetic friendly! Only 3.7 carbs a piece. Can't beat that as far as desserts go…

J Kate
J Kate 2012-04-05 13:09:55 -0500 Report

When a friend recommended this recipe to me I thought "Black Beans and chocolate? No thanks…" But one taste will sell you. Great fiber no fat. A small indulgence to get me through..