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Black Bean Brownies (Flourless and Naturally Sweetened)

Dark chocolate flourless, naturally sweetened Black Bean Brownies – a healthy gluten-free dessert recipe! You’d never know these are made with beans!

Black Bean Brownies - naturally sweetened, dairy free, flourless and healthy | #chocolate #dessert #glutenfree

I kid you not, these brownies are made with black beans.

When I first heard whisperings about the mystical brownie made with black beans, I thought for sure they had to include other ingredients to make the whole thing come together, but for reals: these brownies are completely flour-less! PLUS, I took the recipe a step further to include coconut sugar instead of cane sugar, making these sweet treats naturally sweetened and lower on the glycemic index than regular brownies. Meaning, this is a dessert that won’t spike your blood sugar. I know…it sounds too good to be true.

But it’s so true!

I’ve been enjoying these lumps of lovejoy while writing the intro for my cookbook, Delicious Probiotic Drinks. They’re great for keeping me alert and energized without giving me a sugar crash. Brain food brownies? I think so!

You’re probably wondering how black beans could possibly make for a decadent dessert. Put your faith in the bean. I promise you, these things are like magic. The brownies taste nothing like black beans – they really just taste like brownies! They’re gluten free and come out with dense, velvety texture. Addicting…that’s what they are.

What’s that you say? You want to eat these for breakfast? No one’s stopping you, as the way I see it, these fiber and protein-filled naturally sweetened treats are healthy for you!

Black Bean Brownies are sister to the Garbanzo Bean Brownies I posted back in December. Both are as easy as throwing the ingredients in a blender and flipping the switch. I repeat: these brownies are made in a blender. AH-mazing!

You can do as I do – load them with raw cacao powder, dark chocolate chips and shredded coconut. You can also add fresh raspberries, or simply leave the batter as is…and spoon-feed it to yourself for breakfast.

Black Bean Brownies - naturally sweetened, dairy free, flourless and healthy | #chocolate #dessert #glutenfree

At some point in this post, I’m going to tell you to put balsamic vinegar in your brownies.

And that would be right now.

Fear not:  balsamic vinegar adds richness and takes the place of salt in the recipe. Plus when the vinegar hits the baking soda, it fizzes (not as much as your volcano project in grade school, much to my dismay, but enough-so to have a wow factor). Be dazzled!

Black bean blender brownies. They’re a revelation!

Black Bean Brownies - a moist and delicious gluten free brownie!

Black Bean Brownies (Flourless and Naturally Sweetened)

Yield: 9 large brownies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Moist, fudgy, delicious brownies made out of beans! You'd never guess these grain-free brownies are healthy!


  • 1 14-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
  • ¾ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons coffee grinds
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut, optional
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips, divided


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8" x 8" baking pan with parchment paper, then lightly oil the parchment paper.
  2. Add all of the ingredients to a blender except for the chocolate chips and blend until smooth.
  3. Stir ½ cup of the chocolate chips into the batter and pour into a lightly oiled or parchment lined baking dish.
  4. Sprinkle the shredded coconut on top of the batter.
  5. Sprinkle the other ½ cup of chocolate chips on top.
  6. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes until brownies are set up and a toothpick tests clean.
  7. Allow brownies to cool 15 minutes before cutting into them.
Nutrition Information
Yield 9 Serving Size 1 of 9
Amount Per Serving Calories 239Total Fat 9gUnsaturated Fat 0gCarbohydrates 37gFiber 3gSugar 28gProtein 5g

Flourless Black Bean Brownies - gluten-free and refined sugar-free

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Faylene Nelson

Tuesday 5th of January 2021

Made this yesterday and they are the best brownies I have ever made. My husband is the finicky one and even he liked them and instead of sharing with my sisters, he wanted me to make them their own pan.


Tuesday 5th of January 2021

Amazing!! I'm so thrilled to hear it! Thanks so much for letting me know you and your family enjoyed the recipe. Cheers!


Wednesday 25th of October 2017

Made these today and they are almost gone. Seriously the best healthier brownies I've ever made. I'm always on the hunt for sweets. I accidently left out the coconut oil (distracted by a 4 year old) and they still turned out amazing!!!!! Thank you for the recipe.


Thursday 26th of October 2017

Yaaaaas I'm so happy to hear it, Nickole! Thanks so much for the kind note, and I'm happy to hear the brownies were awesome without the oil! Take care! xo


Thursday 30th of June 2016

These came out scrumptious! I've tried about four other black bean brownie recipes, and this one is my favorite now. I left them in the oven a few minutes less than recommended for extra gooeyness. I ended up devouring the whole pan by myself in two days!


Thursday 30th of June 2016

Awesome! I'm so glad you like the brownies - they are super addicting aren't they? Cheers to bean brownies trumping all! xo


Sunday 5th of April 2015

Will honey work in this recipe? I don't have coconut sugar :/

L Bowen

Sunday 25th of February 2018

Get some coconut palm sugar, sometimes called coconut sugar or palm sugar - You'll be a convert. It’s low on the glycemic Index, high on the flavor meter, with minerals and micronutrients to boot. Unrefined honey has a GI that’s even slightly lower than coconut sugar, but some brands are highly processed, losing most of their health benefits along the way, and raising their GIs. Some have sucrose added, or worse. Fast food chains and others are adding the dreaded high fructose corn syrup to honey, so check carefully when you buy it. if you buy honey at a farmers market, a health food store or a food coop, it's likely real honey with all the benefits, but less than 25% of "honey" sold at supermarkets is actually what it says it is.


Monday 6th of April 2015

Hi Jennifer, I've never tested the brownies with honey, but I assume it would work. I would start with a small amount and keep close watch on the brownies, because honey has a lower burn temperature than other sweeteners. I bet maple syrup would work too. Let me know if you try it out and how it all turns out :)


Friday 27th of February 2015

I'm dying to try these, but we can't have eggs. I'm tempted to try the recipe with an egg replacer (starch combo). Any thoughts?


Saturday 28th of February 2015

Hi Jackie,

I've tried baking brownies using flax eggs, and although the brownies don't turn out with the same fluffy texture, it does work. You can try whisking together 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed with 6 tablespoons of water. Allow the mixture to sit for at least 15 minutes to thicken before using it in the batter. Hope this helps, and let me know how the brownies turn out!! xoxo

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