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Flourless Black Bean Brownies

These fudgy black bean brownies are made with canned black beans instead of flour. They are gluten free and have less fat than regular brownies.

black bean brownie ingredients

Over the years, I have tried a lot of different ingredients in my brownies to try and make them healthier. Some have been successful, others not so much. But the healthier brownie recipe I keep coming back to is these Flourless Black Bean Brownies.

I first posted this recipe way back in the early days of my blog. I remember it being the first post that anyone aside from my immediate family actually read, primarily because it featured the first photo I ever had accepted by Foodgawker.

I figured the post could use a little refresh after so many years, and since I was making these as a Quarantine treat, I figured I’d re-shoot the photos and share it again.

These fudgy brownies are a great pantry baking project! All the ingredients in them are ingredients that you can bet are easily found in almost everyone’s pantries and fridges.

Plus, they’re great to serve your friends with dietary restrictions. They’re naturally gluten free because they use black beans instead of flour.

Flourless Black Bean Brownies Nutrition Notes:

These brownies have less fat than regular brownies, and particularly less saturated fat since the fat they do have in them is oil which is low in saturated fat. They also have more fiber, thanks to the black beans as well as the cocoa powder.

These brownies are naturally gluten free and can easily be made dairy free by swapping out the yogurt for non-dairy yogurt.

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Flourless Black Bean Brownies

These fudgy brownies are made with canned black beans instead of flour. They’re gluten free and have less fat than regular brownies.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 12
Calories: 210kcal


  • 14 ounce can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 Tablespoons plain or vanilla Greek yogurt (use your favorite Dairy Free yogurt alternative to make these brownies Dairy Free)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350ยฐF. Prepare a 9×9" baking pan with a foil sling and grease lightly. Set aside.
  • Add black beans, eggs, cocoa, sugar, oil, yogurt, vanilla, instant coffee, salt, baking powder, and baking soda to a food processor. Pulse until completely smooth. Stir in half of the chocolate chips.
  • 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. Place on a wire rack and cool completely, at least 30 minutes. Remove foil sling and peel foil from brownies. Cut and serve. Store leftovers in an airtight container.


If you don’t have a food processor, you could use a blender or immersion blender instead.


Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 240mg | Potassium: 290mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg
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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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