Healthy Black Bean Brownies
Attention all brownie lovers! If you love a delicious, fudgy brownie, but not all of the sugar and calories, then this Black Bean Brownie recipe is for you. Made with no flour, toxic oils or refined sugar, these healthy black bean brownies are an awesome alternative to your favorite chocolate treat.
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The ultimate Black Bean Brownie Recipe for anyone looking for a healthy snack option!
If you love nothing more than sinking your teeth into a fudgy, delicious brownie, this black bean brownie recipe is for you. Made with no refined flour or sugar, these brownies are a healthier alternative to any boxed mix that’s loaded with unhealthy stuff.
These healthy black bean brownies are the perfect treat to stash in your freezer. It’s a great way to indulge in something chocolatey and still stay on-track with your health goals.
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Step 1: Prep your ingredients
These black bean brownies are super simple to make and require minimal ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need: 1 can of black beans, rinsed, maple syrup, cocoa powder, coconut oil, eggs, vanilla, salt and chocolate chips.
Ingredient note: for the coconut oil I use Carrington Farms Organic Coconut Oil (liquid and unflavored). For the chocolate chips I use Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips – these contain only 3 ingredients: cane sugar (raw and non-refined), unsweetened chocolate and cocoa butter. If you’re looking for some sugar-free alternatives, I really like these Lakanto Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips and Lily’s No Sugar Added Dark Chocolate Baking Chips.
Step 2: Add ingredients (except chocolate chips) to a blender
The best way to attain a rich, fudgy texture in these brownies is to ensure the batter is smooth and well incorporated. Using a blender or food processor is the best way to puree the beans to a smooth form.
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Step 3: Blend until smooth
To make sure the beans and other ingredients are smooth and well incorporated, I blend for 45-60 seconds.
Step 4: Add chocolate chips to batter, reserve some for topping
The last ingredient to add is the chocolate chips. Reserve 2-3 tablespoons of the 1/2 cup total – this will be for topping the brownies. Add the remainder of chocolate chips to the batter and fold in.
Step 5: Pour batter into prepared pan and top with remaining chocolate chips
Pour the batter into an 8×8 pan or baking dish that has been sprayed with non-stick baking spray. I use Spectrum Organic Coconut Oil Non-Stick Spray.
Top the batter with the remaining 2-3 tablespoons of the chocolate chips.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-34 minutes. I discovered that 32 minutes is the sweet spot for baking time. 35 minutes left the edges of the brownies overly dry and flaky.
Test the brownies for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center. If the toothpick comes out clean and crumb-free, the brownies are done.
Let the black bean brownies cool to room temperature before slicing. They will come out wonderfully moist with a perfect fudgy consistency!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Healthy Black Bean Brownies:
What makes this black bean brownie recipe healthy?
- This black bean brownie recipe is made much healthier by using maple syrup (instead of refined white or brown sugar), black beans (instead of flour) and coconut oil (instead of highly processed, toxic vegetable or canola oil). Yes, maple syrup is still a sweetener, but is natural, less processed and has a lower glycemic index than refined white or brown sugar.
Do the black beans take the place of flour in a regular brownie recipe?
- Yes, instead of using all-purpose flour in a traditional brownie recipe, this recipe uses black beans. The beans keep the brownies moist and fudgy, and also adds protein!
What can I stir in or top these brownies with?
- Walnuts (in batter or as a topping)
- Good quality peanut or cashew butter, swirl into the batter after adding to the pan
- Unsweetened coconut flakes (topping)
If you loved these Healthy Black Bean Brownies, then be sure to check out some of my other similar healthy snacks:
- Cranberry No Bake Energy Bites
- Peanut Butter Protein Bars
- Fudge Brownie Protein Bites
- Healthy Pumpkin Bread
- Chocolate Avocado Smoothie
- No Bake Granola Bars
- Cranberry Almond Energy Bites
- Healthy Apple Muffins
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins
- Blueberry Protein Muffins
Here’s the recipe for my delicious Healthy Black Bean Brownies:
- 1 (15 oz) can, black beans, drained and well rinsed
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 c. maple syrup
- 1/3 c. coconut oil (I use flavorless)
- 1/4 c. cocoa powder
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 c. good quality mini-chocolate chips, divided
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray an 8x8" pan with non-stick baking spray (I use coconut oil spray.) Set prepared pan aside.
- To your blender, add the rinsed beans, eggs, maple syrup, coconut oil, cocoa powder, vanilla and salt. Blend well for 45-60 seconds or until ingredients are a very smooth consistency.
- Set aside 2-3 tablespoons of the mini-chocolate chips. Add the remaining chocolate chips to the batter and fold in. Pour batter into prepared pan, and top with the remaining chocolate chips.
- Bake for 30-34 minutes - I discovered that 32 minutes is the sweet spot. Before removing from the oven test brownies for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center. If the toothpick comes out clean and crumb-free, the brownies are done.
- Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature before slicing. Enjoy
Store the brownies covered or in an airtight container and refrigerate. They will keep for 5-7 days refrigerated, or 3-4 days at room temperature.
If freezing, wrap individual brownies in press-and-seal wrap, and store in an airtight container. Defrost in the microwave or let thaw at room temperature.
Nutrition Information:Serving Size: 9 brownies
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 175Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 8gSodium: 78mgCarbohydrates: 20gSugar: 17gProtein: 1g