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Black Bean Brownies


You read that correctly — these rich, chocolately brownies have fantastic flavor, unexpected ingredients and are easy to make. The cameo appearance of black beans add a boost of protein and fiber.


1 cup
canned or cooked black beans, drained and rinsed
1⁄2 cup
3 tbsp
canola oil
4 tbsp
unsweetened cocoa powder
ripe banana
2 tbsp
instant coffee
2 tsp
pure vanilla extract
1⁄2 cup
all-purpose flour
2 tsp
baking powder
1⁄8 tsp
3⁄4 cup
semisweet chocolate chips
1⁄2 cup
walnuts or hazelnuts (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.

2. In a food processor, combine the black beans, sugar and oil and blend until smooth. Add cocoa, banana, coffee and vanilla and blend again.

3. Scrape mixture into large mixing bowl. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips.  Stir in nuts, if using.

4. Scrape batter into prepared pan. Bake 25-30 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely then refrigerate several hours before cutting.



Brownies on a plate.


SourceRecipe adapted by Carolyn Minckler, Bastyr University dietetic intern, from Robin Roberson, "Vegan on the Cheap," 2010.
Prep time
45 minutes
Cooking time
30 minutes
Total time
1 hour, 15 minutes