Our favorite Black Bean Brownies

So good, no one believes they're made with beans

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Our favorite Black Bean Brownies

Flourless, Grain-free and Chocolatey!

Update March 27, 2020: I have not made these in a really long time but I remember loving them and as many of you are asking for recipes using black beans, here’s another idea!

Original post, 2017…

My boys love these brownies… and they know they are made with beans!

You would think that might deter teen and almost-teen boys from liking them but all they care about is that they are moist, rich and chocolatey.

Plus they are flourless, grain-free and while they are made with black beans, no one would ever guess! Not a hint of beans (except with the added health benefits). Even after I told people, they asked “Are you sure?”

True story: the first person to taste-test these brownies was my refrigerator repairman.

The refrigerator fan had broken and the service man had been in my kitchen the entire time I was baking them. The smell of warm chocolate was everywhere.

When they were ready, I asked if he’d like to try one. I held my breath as he took a bite, then he smiled and said they were great. When I told him what they were made with he didn’t believe me!

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This recipe is from Gluten Free on a Shoestring.

They are super quick and easy to make.

By now you know they are made with black beans, but the rest is similar to a classic brownie recipe: eggs, vanilla, neutral oil (I used grapeseed), 2 tbsp of coffee (yes! I used decaf though), cocoa powder, baking soda, brown sugar and chocolate chips.

I followed the recipe exactly and we couldn’t taste the coffee or the black beans (trust me, my kids would tell me). As an aside, I have seen several black bean brownie recipes call for coffee so I believe it must help mask any bean flavor. Whatever the chemistry behind it, these brownies are some of the best we’ve made!

If you haven’t tried black bean brownies, these are worth a try.  Still a decadent brownie, but a tiny bit healthier!

Hope you love them!

Scroll down to see the recipe.


This recipe is from Gluten Free on a Shoestring.


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