Black Bean Brownies

Wha?? Delicious brownies made with black beans? Yes! These exist.

And they were really good. Most people couldn’t tell these were black beans. I got the recipe from Baker on the Rise.

Here it is:

Black Bean Brownies

Yield:  8×8 pan of brownies


  • 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup mini or regular semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided


1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil or coat an 8 x 8-inch baking pan or dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

2.  Place the black beans in the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth and creamy. Add the eggs, oil, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, baking powder, and salt. Process until smooth. Add 1/4 cup of the chips and pulse a few times until the chips are mixed in. It starts out like this, but then gets smooth…

3.  Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smooth the top with a rubber spatula, and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips.

4.  Bake 30-35 minutes, or until the edges start to pull away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan before slicing into 2-inch squares.

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If it did it all over again (which I will), I would add 1 teaspoon of espresso powder to bring out the chocolate taste. Yum. I also used the regular semi-sweet chocolate chips and it was just as tasty.


5 thoughts on “Black Bean Brownies

    • Thanks! Your blog looks great, I can’t wait to try out your black bean cupcake recipe. I like how you use honey instead of sugar. Woohoo for beans!

  1. I have several Korean friends and it is common for their bakeries to use red beans or kidney beans in their donuts and pastries. If you didn’t know differently you would think you were eating chocolate! They are fabulous.

    • Oh yea, I am Asian and I love sesame balls filled with black bean paste. I make a black bean dessert for Chinese new year…stay tuned for that post! They don’t taste like chocolate, but I still find them delicious. Thanks for reading!

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