Dark Chocolate Chickpea Brownies

Dark Chocolate Chickpea Brownies.  Spoiler alert: you make these brownies in a blender.

Dark Chocolate Chickpea Brownies (gluten-free!)

Beans. They really are the magical fruit.

Except they aren’t a fruit, they’re a legume.

And they aren’t magical, they’re just very versatile.

I enjoy making succulent chocolate treats out of beans.

Please don’t slap me.

If you’ve been around The Roasted Root for a while, a bean-filled brownie is nothing new to you. Many moons ago, I posted Black Bean Brownies, and all the peeps went bonkers cah-ray-zee over them. Even more moons ago, I posted Garbanzo Bean Brownies, which are more like fudge, but that’s neither here nor there.

BT Dubs, “chickpea” is a fancy word for “garbanzo bean.”

Dark Chocolate Chickpea Brownies (gluten-free!)

Beans. Not just for burritos.

Real talk: Do these chocolate lumps of lovin’ have the flakey top and “the edge” (as I like to call it…you know, where the brownie meets the pan and makes a layer o’ crisp) the way a gluten brownie does? No they do not. But they are still everything you want in a brownie and more. Because they’re healthy + fudgy, rich, moist, and addicting.

Before I made these brownies, I told myself I wouldn’t eat the whole batch. Riiiiiiight.

Dark Chocolate Chickpea Brownies (gluten-free!)

These low-glycemic gluten free brownies include chickpeas, raw cacao powder, coconut sugar, and just the tiniest smidge of coconut milk. I added in coffee grinds to give depth of flavor, but if you don’t have any on hand, you can leave them out.  I also added dark chocolate chips, because: goo.

Are you wondering if these brownies taste like beans? I have the answer to that. They don’t. They taste like brownies.

Dark Chocolate Chickpea Brownies (gluten-free!)

Combining the health qualities of chickpeas, raw cacao powder and coconut sugar yields a brownie with benefits. They are full of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and are low on the glycemic index, which means they won’t spike your blood sugar the way a normal brownie does. Can we make brownies with benefits?

I used Navitas raw cacao powder and coconut sugar for this recipe. The company focuses on all natural superfoods, which makes baking healthful treats a cinch. Their products are raw, vegan, non-GMO, and organic.

These should be called blender brownies because all you do is toss the ingredients in a blender, flip the switch, then bake your batter. You don’t even need a bowl. A no-bowl brownie is a good brownie!

Beans. They do a brownie good.

Kitchen Tools

I used the following kitchen tools to prepare this recipe:

Dark Chocolate Chickpea Brownies (gluten-free!)

Dark Chocolate Chickpea Brownies

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 9 large brownies
Author: Julia



  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a 9" x 9" pan with parchement paper (or lightly oil it).
  2. Add all ingredients for the brownies to a blender and blend until completely smooth.
  3. Pour the brownie batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 24 to 26 minutes or until brownies test clean.
  4. Allow brownies to cool at least 20 minutes before cutting and serving.

Recipe Notes

*You can use instant coffee or leave this ingredient out altogether

Note: I was not compensated for this post but was given product with which to make the recipe. All opinions are my own.

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  1. Julie

    But, but, but…calling beans legumes just isn’t fun to sing at the dinner table while you are eating them (which may or may not have happened when I was growing up…my poor only-child-raised-in-the-deep-south-momma was always horrified–assuming that it did happen). ANYWHO, I’m also glad that they aren’t made of cricket flour, like it was guessed on your page. Please don’t do that. I’m begging you now. Meanwhile, you are a genius to make these in the blender. Too bad I don’t have a fancy-pants blender like you girls have. Wonder if it would work in my little weak sister blender? Enjoy your weekend, my dear.

    1. Julia Post author

      I got a kick out of that instagram feed. I was kind of speechless…and I’m curious about cricket flour although the buggers totally freak me out, so I just can’t see myself eating them in any form. Yup, you can totes use an old-ass blender cause everything’s super squishy and easy to blend up! No fancy blender required 🙂 xoxo

        1. Julia Post author

          Hi Leila,

          You might have a difficult time getting the beans to blend up into a smooth consistency if you use a mixer. You can definitely try it out, but my guess is the batter would end up chunky, rather than smooth. Let me know if you try it!

  2. Kate

    I’m in love with Navitas products; they make a nori powder that is awesome on popcorn. My current obsession with Chickpea Blondies might just have to change with this option. What a great idea!

    1. Julia Post author

      Nori powder is genius! I’ll have to try it. I bet it would be great in brownies, haha! I’ve been meaning to make blondies using chickpeas. Will action that soon 🙂

  3. Kate @Almond Butter Binge

    I can’t even. These look sooo amazing, and I’m impressed that they are flourless! The texture looks perfect, the right balance between fudgy and cakey. The second I’m off Paleo, I am making these babies for sure. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Allie

    Yum! Going to have to try these ASAP. Do you think regular sugar would work though? I’m not great at repurposing leftover ingredients, so I’m hesitant to buy coconut sugar?

    1. Julia Post author

      Hmmm…good question. I’ve been told you can replace coconut sugar with cane sugar with a 1:1 ratio, but I feel like coconut sugar absorbs more liquid than cane sugar. If you end up with a watery mixture, you could add a couple of tablespoons of rice flour (or flour of choice). It’s definitely worth a try!!

      1. Allie

        Just wanted to follow up! I tried it with plain granulated sugar, and it turned out just fine. They were a little more cake-like than brownie-like, but still delicious! I just replaced the coconut sugar with the same amount of cane sugar, and didn’t need to add any flour or liquid.

        1. Julia Post author

          Thanks so much for letting me know, Allie!! I’m glad they turned out with the cane sugar. Yeah, bean brownies don’t tend to have the crispy outside and chewy inside, so I guess I could have called this recipe a cake instead of brownies…but either way, they’re pretty awesome 🙂 Glad you made them and thanks again!

      2. Donald

        I used Xylitol instead of coconut sugar. When my flat-mate and her lover tried my version of these sassy little danties, they exclaimed that they were delicious. They were nice, a bit too to sweet for my non-American, more refined taste buds; yet lovely with a fudge like density softened by a pillowy sponge texture. This may have also been because I forgot the ping powder. Oh and that I got this strange idea that to compensate for the dehydrating performed by the coconut sugar I added a table spoon of protein powder ( as it was the first thing I found in my kitchen I assumed would behave like flour) interesting.

  5. JoAnne

    Hey Julia! When you use ‘coffee grinds’ are you referring to freeze dried instant coffee or actual ground coffee?

    1. Julia Post author

      I used actual ground coffee, but you can also use instant coffee 🙂 Hope you like the brownies!

    1. Julia Post author

      So glad you’re going to try the brownies! I’d recommend sticking with coconut milk because it is thicker and has a higher fat content than almond milk. I use it to replace oil/butter. Let me know if you try them using almond milk!!

      1. Joana

        Hey girls 🙂
        I tried with Almond Milk and it was fine 🙂 Didn’t try with Coconut milk so don’t know if it would be better. But it worked for me with Almond Milk 🙂
        And I used 5 teaspoon of Stevia instead of the Coconut Sugar as I didn’t have any at home and I couldn’t wait to try these out lol. And it still taste awesome 😀
        Thanks for the recipe! Nom Nom…

    1. Julia Post author

      Yup, you have to try them!! I’m somewhat convinced you can make brownies out of any type of beans. White bean brownies? Totally gonna try it! 🙂

    1. Julia Post author

      YAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! Let me know what you think upon brownie annihilation!! So glad you’re excited about these mean bean brownies 🙂

  6. CakePants

    These look SO fudge-y and decadent, I never would have guessed they’re actually made with chickpeas!! I’ve always been a bit skeptical of bean-y desserts, but I may have to try this and eat my words…

    1. Julia Post author

      They are absolutely fabulous 🙂 I hope you love the way your words taste, haha! But seriously, let me know when you try them. Enjoy!!

  7. Isadora @ she likes food

    I am so late for the beans in brownie party, but I think I’m finally ready to come! As much as I love beans, I’ve always been a little hesitant to put them in baked goods, but I think I”m finally convinced! Bean brownies are going to be my next big project and I can’t wait to make them, especially since this recipe involves a blender! Fudgy (my spell check wants to replace fudgy with pudgy, haha), chocolaty, bean brownies, here I come!!

  8. Joanne

    I had quite an unfortunate run in with bad black bean brownies five years ago that made me dubious about the whole bean/brownie thing. I mean, I KNOW beans are magical…but still. had my doubts. I’m pretty sure you’ve just won me over, though.

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  10. Monique

    I want to make these brownies. Can I use a food processor? Yes, I do not own a blender. It died on me last year. I replaced it with a NutraBullet. LOL

  11. Candice

    Hi Julia! These brownies look fantastic! I would like to make them using chickpeas I’ve cooked myself rather than canned. Do you know how much I would need?

    1. Julia Post author

      Glad to hear you’re interested in baking the brownies, Candice! They’re lots of fun! 14 ounces is chickpeas ends up being just under 2 cups, so I’d shoot for 1-2/3 cups cooked chickpeas 🙂 Enjoy!

  12. J. Green

    Just made two batches of these! So simple to make and so hard to resist. 😀

    Going to go grab just ONE more for a midnight snack.

    1. Julia Post author

      Mmmmhmmm! They are super addicting, for sure!! I figure the brownies are pretty healthy, so I tend to eat them in volume 😉 Thanks for the kind note!

  13. Angelica

    Do these rise a lot in the pan when it’s baked? I’m planning to make these using a mini bundt cake pan for valentine’s day and I’m wondering how full I should fill each cavity….

    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Angelica, I’d say they rise a little less than a typical wheat-flour recipe, if that makes any sense. So they do rise, but not a huge amount. Hope that helps!

  14. Lulu

    I don’t live your side of the world and I can’t find Coconut Sugar. How could I substitute with this ingredient? Also, in our language Coffee Grinds means what is left in the coffee pot after it’s all been drunk. Is this the case in this recipe?

    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Donna, sorry to hear your brownies didn’t rise! I have a few thoughts – Were your chickpeas well-drained (not super wet)? Did you use large eggs, and was your baking powder not expired? These three would be my first guesses, as I used large eggs and made sure my chickpeas were fairly dry. I hope your next try with the brownies works out! Let me know how it goes 😀

  15. Jessica Wilson

    Just tried these! So good! They taste like they’re made with flour. 🙂

    I wasn’t sure if I should add the chocolate chips before or after blending, so I added them after and it came out good. But do you add them before or after?

    Thanks for the recipe! Will be making these again. 🙂

    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Jessica,

      I’m so glad you made and enjoyed them!! You add the chocolate chips after blending, so you got it, girl! Thanks so much for the feedback!

  16. Myrna

    This is an absolutely fab recipe! Can I replace the coconut sugar with something else? what’d be the pros/cons of each? Also, is there a way to replace the eggs for a total vegan brownie?

  17. Nicole

    Just made these and they were absolutely amazing. I went in doubtful but was actually saying “thank you, oh my gosh thank you” after the first delicious bite

    1. Julia Post author

      I’m so happy to hear it, Nicole!! I totally understand being skeptical of a brownie made out of beans, ha! Amazing how tasty they turn out, though. Thanks so much for the sweet note! 😀

  18. Heather

    Hi, these look amazing! I am wondering about the cocao. I have sweetened cocoa. Would that work? Does it have to be unsweetened? I know cocao is better for you, but does it make a big difference to use it rather than just plain cocoa? Thanks!

    1. Julia Post author

      Hey Heather, so glad you’re interested in the recipe! Yup, you can use sweetened cocao, no problem! It won’t change anything in the recipe except making it sweeter, which is a-okay by me! Hope you enjoy! xo

  19. Sahar

    I just made these and they are AMAZING!! I’m not even gluten-free but I’m definitely going to be making these very frequently. Thanks for the recipe!

  20. Dot

    What is the nutritional value of this chic pea brownie. sounds good but what is the cholesterol,fat saturated, calories. I was told that coconut milk is not healthy for you, have they changed this or is or is it a new fad Vegan, In years to come they will tell people it was bad for them because of the saturated fats and Cholesterol. I have had tow stents in my heart and need a good diet to stay on but very leary. Can you help me with this information.
    Thank you.Dot

  21. Sabrina

    These were really good. I wish I had used my food processor instead though because my blender did not get the mixture as smooth as it should have. Actually burnt out the motor. I should have done the beans, milk and eggs first and got them really smooth and then added the dry ingredients. I’d recommend trying these for sure. Thanks for posting them.

  22. Jess

    All I have to say is…. thank you thank you thank you! These are so fantastic. I am an athlete with a sweet tooth, and these are the perfect treat.

  23. Northenya

    Absolutely amazing! I made it yesterday and my mom and I loved it. I sprinkled some chocolate chips and little pieces of candied orange peels before bake and replaced the coconut milk by soya milk. It’s the perfect treat! Thank you so much!

    1. Julia Post author

      candied orange peel sounds like an amazing addition!! So glad you like the brownies, and thanks so much for your kind words 😀

  24. Leanne Anderson

    Really happy with this surprising recipe. Easy, quick, moist, cuts well, lovely texture and chocolatey flavour. Everyone loved it -even the flour and sugar eaters!!!

    1. Julia Post author

      Isn’t it fun? I was skeptical the first time I made brownies using beans and have been hooked ever since. So happy you enjoyed the recipe!

    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Sabah, you can replace the eggs with flax eggs (2 tablespoons of ground flax seed + 6 tablespoons of water. Mix the ground flax and water in a bowl and allow it to sit for 15 minutes until very thick). The brownies won’t turn out quite as fluffy, but they will still be delicious 🙂 Let me know if you try out this method!

  25. April

    I have used this recipe over and over and over again in the last few years. I love it! Every time I make it and end up sharing it with others, THEY love it. It’s healthy, easily adaptable (I’ve put all natural peanut butter and swirled it, peanut butter chips, decreased the sugar, etc.) and it holds up everytime! Thank you so much for sharing it!!!

  26. Tia

    Just wanted to check, how many calories in one piece of brownie? or the whole brownie itself.
    I can’t wait to try the recipe, have been waiting to try them out.

    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Tia, At the moment, I don’t provide nutrition facts for my recipes, but am strongly considering starting and also going through old posts and adding the information. I will definitely circle back and let you know when/if I calculate the info. In the meantime, you can use a free calorie counter like My Fitness Pal to find out the nutrition facts 😉 Stay tuned!

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  28. Tay

    I don’t like coconut milk, what can I use instead? (Preferably butter and how much would you suggest? ..I’m not much of a baker so I wouldn’t dare try writing it out myself s: …)

    1. Tay

      Working it out#

      Actually, how do you think using less sugar and condensed milk in place of the coconut milk would work out?
      Might make it more fudgey? Maybe? XD

      1. Julia Post author

        Hi Tay! You could definitely try condensed milk in place of coconut milk and then reduce (or omit) the sugar! Let me know how the brownies turn out!

  29. Sunnie

    Hello there, I love this recipe. It’s a saver! I did make a few changes and they turned out great. I added a scoop of RAW vanilla protein powder, 1 TBSP of Nutiva coconut oil, and 1 tsp of vanilla. The rest I kept the exactly the same including cooking time and temp. They are delicious and fudge like. I did cut them into smaller squares and keep them in the fridge. I wonder if I used a “flax egg” if they would turn out the same, hmmmm? Then they would be vegan as well. I’ve even thought about using a drop or two of essential oil for a different flavor like peppermint for the holidays.
    Thank you for the recipe!

  30. Sandra

    I am amazed at the result. I had to sub sugar, milk. Used English soft light brown sugar and unsweetened evaporated milk. 20 minutes in a fan oven 8 inch square tin. Perfectly baked.

    Absolutely delighted with the recipe.

    My gluten free guest will be on cloud 9 when she has some.

    Thank you very much.

    1. Julia Post author

      You’re welcome, Sandra! I’m so happy you and your guests enjoyed the brownies! Thanks a bunch for stopping in with your feedback! <3

  31. anju tony

    Hai i made this type with few more ingredients…like bit flour, coconut oil,milk and baked it for 30 to 35 mins..but it does taste like bit chickpea…can we do anything to cut off the taste..cant bake it anymore

  32. Francesca

    I have a big bag of chickpea flour that needs using up, could I use that? Assuming I’d need to add more liquid to the mix as well? Or am I just asking for trouble / a sloppy mess? 😉 Thanks!

    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Shana! You can use regular milk, no problem. I would recommend using whole milk to make up for the fat difference, as coconut milk lends fat to the recipe, helping to bind the brownies and keep them moist. Let me know if you have any other questions!

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  35. Elena

    I have tried them today. They are soooo delicious!!! Thank you very much for the recipe:))))

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