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Black Bean Brownies are the richest, fudgiest brownies ever! They get my award for the best brownie I’ve ever made or eaten. Plus, they’re good for you! I’m doing my happy dance now!

These are the richest, fudgiest brownies ever! They get my award for the best brownie I've ever made, or eaten. Plus, they're good for you! I'm doing my happy dance now!

What I love about this recipe (other than the taste, of course) is that you put all the ingredients into a food processor and whip them up until they’re smooth and creamy.

*Disclaimer – This recipe was originally published in 2015. I’m working hard to update all my older recipes with recipe cards, new photos, and additional recipe information. But, getting to all of them will take time. Please bear with me. In the meantime let me assure you that this recipe is still a winner and one I’m sure you’ll be well pleased with when you make it at home.

I found this recipe for black bean brownies on a site called Chocolate Covered Katie while I was searching the Internet for a healthier brownie recipe to make and serve my family.

I’ve seen a lot of brownie recipes lately which include black beans in the batter. Since I’m a black bean lover, I wanted to try them for myself to find out if the black beans were really undetectable in a brownie and to find out what they did to the texture. Plus, I really wanted to fool and surprise my family! To say I was intrigued was a bit of an understatement.

These are the richest, fudgiest brownies ever! They get my award for the best brownie I've ever made, or eaten. Plus, they're good for you! I'm doing my happy dance now!

I adapted this recipe and its instructions from Chocolate Covered Katie ever so slightly. I doubled the original recipe in order to fill a 9″x13″ baking pan, and I added the chocolate chips directly into the food processor along with all the other ingredients, unlike Chocolate Covered Katie who stirred hers in after the batter was blended.

I also decided to use a sugar substitute (Swerve) instead of using granulated sugar. So, not only are these brownies fiber-rich, and they’re also lower in calories…but certainly not on flavor!

These are the richest, fudgiest brownies ever! They get my award for the best brownie I've ever made, or eaten. Plus, they're good for you! I'm doing my happy dance now!

I have to tell you that the wonderful chocolate aroma of these brownies carries a long, long way, and their fudgy scent enveloped my kitchen for hours and hours even after they came out of the oven.

In case you’re wondering if I fooled my family with these brownies. I did. I had them out on a plate and told them that the brownies were free to eat if anyone was interested.

It wasn’t long before they were munching and snacking. I watched and waited. Well? I asked. How do you like them?  “They’re good” was the unanimous decision as they kept going back for more!

I debated about telling them about the beans in the brownies because I was worried that once they knew of the secret ingredient, they’d have a whole different opinion of how good they actually were. And that maybe they’d decide that they didn’t actually like them that much anymore, after all.

However, I took my chances and spilt the beans (pun intended). Guess what? It didn’t matter. They kept eating them, and before long I had to tell them to stop eating, and save some for later. LOL. Go figure 🙂

These are the richest, fudgiest brownies ever! They get my award for the best brownie I've ever made, or eaten. Plus, they're good for you! I'm doing my happy dance now!

RICH AND FUDGY BLACK BEAN BROWNIES    {PRINT THIS RECIPE}
Makes:  24-36 depending on how you cut them    Prep Time: 5 minutes  
Bake Time: 30-35 minutes

2 cans (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed well
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 cup quick cooking oats
½ teaspoon kosher salt
2/3’s cup agave nectar (or use honey)
3 tablespoons Swerve sweetener (or use granulated sugar)
¼ cup coconut oil, melted (or use canola oil)
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
parchment paper
baking spray

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
-Prepare a 9″ x 13″ baking dish with a sheet of parchment paper that has been sprayed with baking spray (see photo below). Set aside.
-Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until the batter is well blended.
-Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan and spread the batter evenly in the pan with an offset spatula or the back of a spoon.
-Bake in a preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
-Cool the brownies completely and then carefully remove the brownies from the pan by lifting out the parchment.
-Use a cookie cutter to cut shapes (like hearts shown) or use a knife to cut the brownies into squares. *Note – these brownies are extra rich so smaller serving sizes are best.
-Serve and enjoy!
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Place all the ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth and creamy.

 
Prepare a 9″x13″ baking pan with parchment paper that has been sprayed with baking spray. Spoon the brownie batter into the prepared pan and spread the batter evenly using an offset spatula or the back of a spoon.
 

Bake the brownies in a preheated oven for 30-35 minutes. Cool completely. Lift the brownies from the pan using the parchment paper and then cut the brownies with a cookie cutter, biscuit cutter, or knife before serving.

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Souffle Bombay

Monday 9th of February 2015

I can't quite wrap my had around black beans in a dessert (or avocado even). However I do believe you when you say they are good! That Scandal Glass -LOVE!!!

Lauren

Sunday 8th of February 2015

I've seen black bean brownies so many times and I keep hearing how good they are, but they still scare me. I need someone to trick me and not tell me until after I've had one! Totally love that Scandal wine glass, btw.

Angela {Mind Over Batter}

Saturday 7th of February 2015

I Iove me some black beans!! And I never met a brownie I didn't like. I love this healthier version. Just between us, I'd probably tell my family a year from now. No reason. Just for fun. And those glasses are scandalous!! Love them.

Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez

Friday 6th of February 2015

Like I said before, I've been wanting to try black bean brownies for ages - and wow, I love how simple these are to make, and how fudgy they look! This is the recipe I'll be trying, thanks Renee. :)

Nutmeg Nanny

Friday 6th of February 2015

I love black bean brownies! It's so amazing how you can't even tell there are beans in your brownies. Love that you cut them into little hearts.