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Black Bean Brownies

Gluten-Free, Vegan

Beans in brownies sounds weird, and not particularly delicious. Don’t be scared! These black bean brownies have a delightful fudgey texture and taste fantastic.


1 ½ cups black beans (1 15-oz can, drained and rinsed very well)
3 Tbsp. cocoa powder-dutch or raw
½ cup gluten-free quick oats
¼ tsp salt
⅓ cup pure maple syrup or agave
2 tsp stevia
¼ cup coconut oil
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
½ tsp baking powder
½ cup walnuts
½ cup to ⅔ cup chocolate chips

Nutrition Facts

Per bar
140 calories
6g Fat
22g Carbs
9g Sugar
163mg Sodium
6g Fiber
4g Protein


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips and walnuts in a good food processor or high-speed blender, and blend until completely smooth.
Stir in the walnuts and chips, then pour into a greased 8×8 or smaller pan. Smaller pans will yield thicker brownies, but these come out rather dense either way. They also work great in a muffin tin.
Cook the black bean brownies 15-18 minutes,  then let cool at least 10 minutes before trying to cut.
Makes 9-12 brownies.

Nutrition Tips

These black bean brownies are a great source of fiber and protein. This means the sugar in them won’t send your blood sugar spiking, therefore minimizing nearly all the harmful effects of sugar. If you have issues with candida, weak immune system, a fungal or bacterial infection, it is still best to avoid all sugar. If not, this is a great compromise for a healthy dessert. I always buy Eden Brand canned black beans because they are organic and the cans are BPA-Free. I love Sunspire Brand Organic Semi-sweet Chocolate chips. They are organic, fair trade, and taste rich and not waxy. You can add a couple tablespoons of flaxseed to this recipe to increase the fiber and omega-3 content, but if your digestive system is weak, then the combo of flax and beans might make you gassy so beware! I recently made these black bean brownies with a coconut cream (vegan) peppermint frosting for a Christmas-y treat and they were amazing! Check out this recipe for coconut cream and just add peppermint essential oil.

Chinese Nutritional Therapy

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), black beans help support digestion and the kidney system. They are thermally neutral which means they won’t warm up or cool down your system. They are slightly sweet in nature, which aids in their digestive healing properties. Oats are very similar. They help supplement qi and blood, strengthening nerves, muscles, and sinews. They also dispel dampness which makes this recipe useful for people experiencing phlegm, brain fog, congestion, sinus issues, pressure headaches, edema and bloating.

Learn More

Chocolate is full of healthy flavonoids. Read more about flavonoids.

This recipe is seasonally appropriate! Why Eating Seasonally Matters

Cacao, walnuts, coconut oil and maple syrup are nutrient-filled raw ingredients. Read more about the health benefits!

Need another healthy dessert idea? Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars.

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About the Author:

Caitlin Gordon, M.S., L.Ac., C.M.F.P., is a functional medicine clinician, board-certified acupuncturist, and transformative health coach based in Boulder, Colorado. Owner of Amaluna Wellness, Caitlin treats patients online and in-person. She specializes in treating stress, anxiety, and depression without pharmaceuticals.

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