Don’t let the name fool you! Black bean brownies are one of our favorite chocolatey cheats for a reason. Try it for yourself!

Black Bean Brownies


  • Black Beans – one 15 oz can
  • Oats – ½ cup
  • Baking Powder – ½ tsp
  • Salt – ¼ tsp
  • Agave or Pure (Actual) Maple Syrup – 1/3 cup
  • [Optional] Coconut (unsweetened) – 2 tbsp
  • Coconut Oil – ¼ cup
  • Cocoa Powder – 2 tbsp
  • Vanilla – 2 tsp
  • [Optional] Chocolate Chips – ½ cup


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prep a 8×8 pan with coconut oil to prevent the brownies from sticking to the pan.
  3. Rinse canned black beans thoroughly.
  4. Place all ingredients into a food processor except the chocolate chips. Process very well, until completely smooth.
  5. Pour smooth mixture into pan and stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Bake for 15 – 18 minutes. The brownies might still be gooey, let sit for at least 10 minutes before trying to cut.
  7. [Optional] When the brownies are still hot, place a few more chocolate chips on top to melt and then spread across the top.
  8. The brownies will firm up overnight and are good the next day. Or just expect a them to a bit gooey when eating them fresh out of the oven!

Other Notes:

  • This recipe works well with both regular and dark chocolate cocoa powder.
  • There are other “blondie” versions of these brownies that you can find the internet which include chickpeas and peanut butter – yum!
  • If you’re looking for extra toppings, try reheating frozen berries in the microwave as a healthy alternative!