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Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies Recipe

A black bean brownies recipe was in the back of my Illinois Country Living magazine. I would have never imagined using black beans to make brownies, but I knew I had to give it a try. I love black beans and have been obsessed with them lately, so it only makes sense that I add them to a dessert.

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Black beans have many health benefits. Of course, this is not the best way to incorporate them into your diet, but it’s a good way to satisfy a brownie craving. 😉 I love eating black beans in tacos, or even warmed up with just a dash of sea salt.

Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies Recipe

Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies Recipe


  • 15.5 oz can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 T. canola oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp strong brewed coffee
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Grease a 9 x 13″ baking pan
  3. Process black beans in a food processor until smooth
  4. Mix beans with eggs, oil, sugar, cocoa, vanilla, coffee, baking powder, and salt
  5. Mix everything until smooth
  6. Add in 1/2 cup of the mini chocolate chips
  7. Pour batter into pan and sprinkle with the rest of the chips
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes
  9. Let cool completely before cutting
Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies Recipe

The flavor of these black bean brownies turned out to be a rich, dark chocolate. Mike detected the hint of coffee flavor. I didn’t notice it, but I am a huge coffee drinker, and he is not. The texture is good, although I prefer chewier brownies.

Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies Recipe

Neither one of us noticed the black beans. I don’t believe they affected the flavor at all. Overall I thought the brownies were darn tasty, and I would definitely make them again.

Have you ever tried black bean brownies? What’s your favorite brownie recipe?

Karen Glatt

Friday 10th of March 2017

These brownies look amazing and really good to make and like that they have black beans in it. This gives these brownies a lot of fiber!

Tamra Phelps

Saturday 14th of March 2015

I never would have thought of using black beans! They do look good. They have a rich, dark color & that looks good.

Marnie G (Derrick Todd)

Sunday 8th of March 2015

This recipe looks great! I really like making foods that taste great but are also good for you.

Lindsay Eidahl

Monday 23rd of February 2015

I love making brownies with black beans. I will have to try this recipe! Thank you for sharing on Show Me Saturday!

Jessy @ The Life Jolie

Friday 20th of February 2015

I have never heard of this and judging by the comments, it seems that I'm the only one who hasn't. What an awesome idea, and I love that they're gluten free (my cousin doesn't consume gluten and I'm always looking for delicious recipes to make for her). Thank you for posting, I'll look forward to trying these.

I popped in from Showcase Your Talent Thursdays :)