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Gluten Free Black Bean Brownies

These are my new favorite brownies. I have tried other “light” brownie recipes, but this is the new winner. Since they use black beans instead of flour, they are also gluten free.

Before I get started talking about the brownies, I want to talk a little about the Gluten Free diet, since it seems to be all the rage lately. Many people want to know if they too, should be going GF, since someone they know is doing it and that person lost weight/feels so much more energetic/whatever miracle happened.

A GF diet is not the cure-all magic bullet that many people make it out to be. In fact, going GF when you don’t need to is not a good idea because if you don’t plan carefully, you could be missing out on fiber or other important nutrients. Also, if you think you might have Celiac disease and cut out gluten, you will need to add it back to your diet later to get a true diagnosis, which can cause severe symptoms.

Some people do lose weight on a GF diet, but that is only because they are forced to cut out the foods that they may have been eating too much of before, like breads and baked goods.  Of course, people with Celiac disease need to maintain a GF diet to prevent symptoms and intestinal damage.

So if you do need a GF diet, these brownies fit the bill. If you don’t, these brownies are still great, plus they have the benefits of the fiber and protein from the black beans. Win-win!

black bean brownie ingredients

Aside from the black beans, the other ingredients are pretty much what you’d expect in brownies. The Greek yogurt helps to cut down the fat, but I found a little oil was still required to keep the brownies moist.

The bonus is that these brownies are extremely easy to make. All you do is dump the ingredients (except the chocolate chips) into a food processor and blend until smooth. Getting it really smooth here is key. Getting an intact bean or bean skin in your brownie gives away the secret ingredient.

brownie batter in pan

Sprinkle the other half of the chocolate chips on top of the batter and stick them in the oven.

Brownies in pan

Once they’re cool, peel off the foil and cut them up.

Black bean brownies 2

Can you tell they’re made with black beans?

Black bean brownies 1

If you want to make them look a little fancier, sift a little powdered sugar over top. They don’t need it though, they taste fine without.

black bean brownies 3

What tricks to you use to make your baked goods healthier?

Gluten free black bean brownies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins
These fudgy brownies are made with canned black beans instead of flour. They're gluten free and have less fat than regular brownies.
Servings: 16
Author: Carissa Serink
  • 14 oz canned black beans rinsed and drained
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp canola oil
  • 2 Tbsp plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp instant coffee
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a 9x9" baking pan with a foil sling. Set aside.
  2. Add black beans, eggs, cocoa, sugar, oil, yogurt, baking powder, baking soda, coffee and vanilla to a food processor. Pulse until completely smooth. Stir in half of the chocolate chips.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on top of the batter. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the brownies comes out clean. Cool for at least 15 minutes. Remove foil sling and peel foil from brownies. Cut into 16 pieces and serve. Store leftovers in an airtight container.
Recipe Notes
If you don't have a food processor, you could use a blender or immersion blender instead.

Black bean brownie nutrition label


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  • Reply
    March 25, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    I don’t have a food processor, so I will blend the black beans first with my immersion blender. then add the other ingredients and continue blending with the immersion blender.
    I cant wait to make these brownies.
    PS Is it possible to have the nutritional facts in the printable portion?
    thank you for all of the healthy recipes !

    • Reply
      March 25, 2014 at 2:06 PM

      You may have a hard time blending the black beans without adding liquid. I made the recipe with my immersion blender, blending all the ingredients at once, no problem. You should be fine with that method too. Unfortunately the nutrition facts and the recipe are two separate items, so it can’t be added to the printable recipe. The only way to do it would be to maybe copy and paste both into a Word document and then print.

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