These gluten-free black bean brownies are so fluffy and delicious. No one can tell that it’s made from beans and without flour.
With over 100 5-star reviews. black bean brownie is one of EBF’s most popular dessert recipes. If you haven’t tried it yet, please give it a try.
Easy to whip up and enjoy moist, fluffy, and plenty of sweetness. Trust me, no one will know it’s made with black beans. They are mixed in a food processor so they are completely undetectable. Beans essentially replace flour, but also add fiber and protein.
I’ve tried other black bean brownie recipes in the past, but none have worked as well as this one, if I do say so myself. We think you’ll love them as much as we do!
Why you’ll love this brownie
- Easy to make – All you need is 10 simple ingredients and a food processor!
- health – These brownies are naturally sweetened with maple syrup, and black beans add nutrition and protein.
- rich and ambiguous – No one knows it’s made with beans! They still have a very rich and fluffy texture.
- allergen friendly – These brownies are gluten-free, grain-free, and easy to make vegan and nut-free.
// ★★★★★ Review //
“This is the best brownie I’ve ever had. I’ll never go back to store-bought mixes. Oh!! Thank you!” – Rachel
Raw materials and substitutes
- Black bean – Acts as a flour replacement and adds protein and fiber. I used 1 can of black beans (drained and washed), but you can always use dried black beans instead. I haven’t tried this, but others have used 154g of dried black beans and the brownies turned out fine.
- egg – Helps bind the ingredients together and give structure to the brownie.
- coconut oil – Helps add moisture to brownies. You can also substitute olive oil, avocado oil, butter, etc.
- cacao powder – You can’t have brownies without cocoa powder to get the chocolate flavor. If you don’t have raw cocoa powder, you can also use unsweetened cocoa powder. I really like Navitas’ organic cacao powder.
- sea salt and baking powder – There are two baking essentials.
- pure vanilla extract – to add flavor.
- pure maple syrup – The perfect liquid sweetener for these brownies. Be sure to use pure maple syrup, not the artificial version labeled “pancake syrup” made from corn syrup. Other liquid sweeteners like honey or agave are also effective.
- chocolate chips – You can’t have brownies without chocolate chips! Feel free to use your favorite brand!
- walnut – I love the crunch that chopped walnuts add, but you can also skip these completely or use another nut instead.
- Vegan: To make this recipe vegan, you can use flaxseed eggs. When I tested these brownies with flax eggs, the brownies didn’t rise very well.
- Dairy-free: Make sure the chocolate chips you use are dairy-free.
- Low carbohydrate: To reduce the sugar content in these brownies, you can use stevia-sweetened chocolate chips like Lily’s Chocolate Chips and replace the maple syrup with unsweetened monk fruit maple syrup.
- Nut-free: If you prefer, omit the walnuts and top the brownies with more chocolate chips.
How to make black bean brownies
preheat: Preheat oven to 350°F and grease an 8-by-8-inch baking pan.
blend: Place beans, eggs, maple syrup, coconut oil, cocoa powder, salt, and vanilla in the bowl of a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
combine: Remove the blade and gently mix in the chocolate chips and walnuts, if using. Another option is to pour the brownie batter into the pan and then sprinkle the walnuts on top.
bake: Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish. Bake for 35 minutes or until brownies are set in the center and a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely, then cut into squares and serve.
How to enjoy black bean brownies
I love eating these brownies plain, but if you want to make them fancy, here are some topping ideas.
- nut butter – Drizzle some nut butter on top of your brownies for a boost of healthy fats and protein.
- coconut whip – This brownie would be delicious with lots of coconut whipped cream!
- ice cream – You can never go wrong with a scoop of ice cream when serving this brownie.
- caramel sauce – The combination of this brownie and date caramel sauce is amazing!
- Yogurt – Want a brownie for breakfast? Crumble it over Greek yogurt (or your favorite yogurt), sprinkle with granola (this homemade granola is delicious) and fresh berries. It’s like a brownie sundae for breakfast…so delicious!
These brownies don’t last very long in my house, but here are some storage tips.
- At room temperature: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 4-5 days.
- Inside the refrigerator: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
- Inside the freezer: These brownies are safe to freeze! Store in a freezer-safe bag or container for up to 3 months. To thaw, place the brownies in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature for several hours.
Although these black bean brownies are still considered a snack, they are definitely made with more nutritious ingredients than many desserts and baked goods. Made without flour, it has fewer calories than many brownie recipes and contains 4 grams of protein per brownie. Plus, it’s naturally sweetened with maple syrup.
Using black beans instead of wheat flour, these brownies are gluten-free and contain a little more fiber and protein. Not only is this great for diet purposes, but you can also mix the dough directly in your food processor or blender.
I have never used different beans in these brownies, and I do not recommend them. If you want to use chickpeas, I have a recipe for chickpea brownies.
Yes, if you don’t have a food processor, you can use a high-speed blender to make brownies.
More brownie recipes to try
Be sure to check out EBF’s complete collection of all black bean recipes and dessert recipes.
- egg: To make this recipe vegan, use 3 flaxseed eggs (1 tablespoon flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water for each egg). When I tested these brownies with flax eggs, the brownies didn’t rise very well.
- Coconut oil: Melted butter, avocado oil, or olive oil will also work.
- Maple syrup: Other liquid sweeteners like honey or agave are also effective.
- Walnut: You can skip these completely or use another nut instead.
Provided by: 1 Brownie | calorie: 151kcal | carbohydrates: 16g | protein: Fourg | fat: 9g | Saturated fat: Fiveg | cholesterol: 35mg | sodium: 67mg | fiber: 3g | sugar: Teng
Nutritional information is automatically calculated and should only be used as a rough guide.