Black Bean Brownies (Gluten Free)

A simple brownie recipe made entirely in the food processor and using a whole can of black beans…who would have thought the result would be fudgey and delicious?! If you’re watching your calories, you’re going to love these Black Bean Brownies!

Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies - rich, moist and delicious!

If I was on my death bed and I could only choose one dessert before my final breath, I would choose a fudgey, rich, chocolatey brownie. They are my fave. I am a huge chocolate fan and brownies just hit the spot for me.

So what if I told you that you could make a pan of brownies using a can of black beans and a few other ingredients? Would you believe me? Well, you best be believing. I was skeptical, too. I mean, beans? Really? These brownies use an entire can of black beans and are completely free of flour! The result is a densely rich, chocolate fudgey, lower calorie, higher fiber & higher protein brownie! Seriously these are pretty dang good. If you’re watching your calories, give these a try for a treat. Let me know what you think!

Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies - rich, moist and delicious!
5.0 from 4 reviews
Black Bean Brownies (Gluten Free)
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A simple brownie recipe made entirely in the food processor and using a whole can of black beans.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
  • 1 (15-oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips + some for the top
  • 3 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 3 eggs
  • ⅔ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ⅛ tsp. salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350º. In a food processor, combine the beans, chocolate chips and oil. Blend until combined. Add the eggs, brown sugar, cocoa, vanilla, baking powder and salt; cover and process until smooth.
  2. Transfer to a 9x9 square baking pan coated with cooking spray.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Sprinkle with extra chocolate chips, if desired and cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars and enjoy!
  4. *recipe slightly adapted from
  5. Taste of Home
Nutrition Information
Serving size: per serving Calories: 262 Fat: 10 g Saturated fat: 2 g Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 39 g Sugar: 22 g Sodium: 97 mg Fiber: 7 g Protein: 8 g Cholesterol: 71 mg
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Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies - rich, moist and delicious!
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  1. 1

    Kristi says

    I have never made black bean brownies, but I wouldn’t mind trying them. It’s always good to find a recipe that is a healthier alternative to what you usually eat.

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    Becky @ LovetobeintheKitchen says

    I’ve always been hesitant to try black bean brownies again! I had them once and didn’t like them but you make them look good!

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    Andi G. says

    I am going to have to try this, Jen! I’m trusting you that these are really good, so you’d better be telling the truth 😉

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    I have seen this idea around on Pinterest, but never really thought much of it. But your pics and description are making me think twice! They look so moist and fudgy… Now I’ve gotta try! Pinned! 😉

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    Debbie Warren says

    Wow, Jen, these look fabulous! Who knew black beans could be used in a sweet treat! Thanks for Posting on Tasteful Tuesdays Link Party. I am sure I will be back to visit. Deb @ Kneaded Creations

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    Tonia@thegunnysack says

    I’ve heard of people making brownies with beans but have never tried it. After seeing your pictures, I think I had better give it a try!

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    Amber @ DessertNowDinnerLater! says

    I have had these. I just can’t get it out of my mind that there are beans in there! Lol. But they were good. Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #28.

    ~Amber @

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    Jess & Lynns says

    I’ve been curious, but chicken, to try black bean brownies. Thanks for sharing your recipe- I think I’ll try them soon!

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    Lisa Longley says

    Soooooo . . . if they are made with black beans, that means I can eat an entire pan, right?? Thank you for linking up with Wake Up Wednesdays, Jen!!

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    Tracy @Daily Dish Magazine says

    I love black bean brownies and the chocolate chips on top of yours are a nice touch. I a going to try this recipe very soon!

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    Nici says

    This is a new one to me. I’ve never heard of Black Bean Brownies, but I’d love to try them! Pinned! I’d be honored if you linked these up to our All Things Thursday Blog Hop going on right now. Links are randomized, so still plenty of exposure time. I hope to see you and your brownies there!

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    Chrissy says

    Can I use Coconut Oil instead of the Canola Oil? I am not a fan of Canola… not the healthiest of oils :) Please let me know since I am holding the can of beans in my hand and am drooling for a chocolate fix. Mmmmm……..

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      I’m sure you can, Chrissy! I’m with you, lately I have LOVED using coconut oil and I’m sure you can replace the canola with coconut in this recipe! Let me know what you think after you make them!

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    Laura says

    I don’t know if I over-looked it, but do you know where I can get the Nutrition Info on these? I’m doing a weight loss competition with some girls at work and I need a more healthy dessert I can enjoy but tastes good. They look soooo good in the picture that I’m making them this weekend to try. I’ve got this pinned on Pinterest.

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    Cynthia says

    I made these brownies and they were so good. You cannot taste the black beans at all. They were so chocolatey and gooey and yummy. I also lived that they weren’t overly sweet like brownies can get. I will definitely make these again

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    Tammy says

    These were a HUGE Hit! 4 out of 6 people in our house LOVED THEM! the other two people one my picky husband said there ok and the other one says it’s way to chocolately. LOVE THEM! Thanks for sharing a great recipe so happy to find one that tastes delicious!

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    Carol says

    I would love to try the black bean brownies, however when people asked about the nutritional values, no one gave an answer to the question. Please could you tell us the nutritional values.

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    Andrea says

    This IS insane. I’m making these right now. 😀 *** please let their be beans in the pantry*** 😉

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    ashley says

    Amazing. U have been sneaking theses into my mans lunch and he raves about them!! Doesn’t even know why they are so delish and moist!! What a surprise that was!

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    Merrie says

    Hi I just made these brownies and while I haven’t tasted them yet they look and smell delicious!!!!!! I saw a lot of comments about calorie breakdown so here it is!!!!!!!! I used a 9×9 pan like the recipe called for and I did use an extra 1/4 cup of chocolate chips on top…….so if you cut the pan to 9 square brownies the calories are about 230 per piece :) hope this helps ENJOY!!!!!!!


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