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Garbanzo Bean Brownies (gluten-free)

Garbanzo Bean Brownies are gluten-free, grain-free and refined sugar-free. This healthy brownie recipe is moist, fudgy and amazing!
Gluten Free Garbanzo Bean Brownies

Let’s go to brownieville!

I love making treat recipes out of whole foods. Creating something decadent out of something healthful to achieve an outcome that is both mouth-wateringly delicious and nutritious sounds almost too good to be true!

You know what else sounds almost too good to be true?

Brownies made out of beans.

I know, crazy, right? Who would have thought something that is meant to be eaten alongside a plate of tacos could metamophosize into a brownie?

As it turns out, the bean you love to put in your chili makes a fantastic treat when blended up with chocolate. The main ingredient of hummus? Sure, let’s make brownies out of it!

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If you are trying to find alternatives to wheat-based recipes, and prefer keeping treats on the nutritious side, this recipe may cater to your needs too. Garbanzo beans are very high in fiber (two cups of the bean give you all the fiber you need for the day) and the type of fiber fuels the cells in your intestinal wall and promotes colon health.

Plus all the antioxidants from the dark chocolate chips and cocoa powder? Smooooooth move!

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The consistency of this treat comes out somewhere along the lines of fudge, brownie and holy mother of yum. It’s thick, smooth, and dense and you have no clue, not even a smidge of an idea that you’re eating mooshed up beans.

Not a bean person, you say? That don’t matter none…you can’t taste them, I promise!

Also: mega trick alert – want to fool your friends? Feed them these, and see if they can tell what they’re made out of!

They’ll love the fact that they’re gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free and decadent as can be!

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Garbanzo Bean Brownies (gluten-free)

Garbanzo Bean Brownies

Moist, fudgy decadent garbanzo bean brownies made gluten-free and refined sugar-free.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
9 brownies



  • Add the chocolate chips to a small sauce pan and heat over medium low. When the chips begin to melt on the bottom, slowly stir with a spoon until chips are completely melted. Although this may take a couple of minutes, I prefer melting chocolate over the stove as opposed to the microwave to ensure it does not overcook or get burned. Set melted chocolate aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  • Add all ingredients (except chocolate) to a blender and blend until completely smooth.
  • Add the melted chocolate and blend until combined. The batter will be very thick – this is marvelous.
  • Line an 8” x 8” baking dish with parchment paper (or lightly oil it with olive/grapeseed oil). Pour the brownie batter into the parchment-lined dish and smooth with a knife. The batter will not change form very much (it won’t rise much or spread out), so make sure it appears the way you want it to.
  • Bake brownies for 28 to 30 minutes (28 was the magic number for me) and test the center with a toothpick to be sure they’re cooked all the way through.
  • Allow brownies to cool a few minutes then pull the edges of the parchment paper to remove the whole brownie block and set it on a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to cut brownies and garnish with powdered sugar if desired.
  • Serve fresh out of the oven and refrigerate any leftovers


For a fluffier brownie, use 1 whole egg and 3 egg whites instead of 2 whole eggs. This recipe is adapted from I’m So Hungree
Replace the vanilla extract with the scrapings of one whole vanilla bean if desired
Use sugar-free chocolate chips for a lower-carb brownie


Serving: 1of 9 - Calories: 284kcal - Carbohydrates: 41g - Protein: 6g - Fat: 12g - Fiber: 4g - Sugar: 38g
Course: Desserts & Treats
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brownies, dessert, garbanzo beans, gluten free, grain free
Servings: 9 brownies
Calories: 284kcal
Author: Julia
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Saturday 3rd of February 2018

These were awesome! My kids loved them and we are using the recipe for the brownie part of the "brownie cake" for my daughter's birthday tomorrow. I didn't have coconut sugar but used regular white sugar. The second time I made it, I used less sugar since they were so sweet the first. Thank you!


Monday 5th of February 2018

You're welcome, Jennifer! I'm happy to hear they turned out nicely! I love the idea of using this recipe as a birthday cake. xoxo


Wednesday 24th of May 2017

I don't have any coconut sugar, and I see your note in the comments about sugar retention differences. If I substitute brown sugar, what adjustments would the liquids require? Thanks!


Saturday 13th of May 2017

Do you realize that brown sugar is just refined white sugar with added molasses? These are surely healthier than typical brownies, but definitely not refined sugar free.


Monday 15th of May 2017

My apologies for the confusion, Kira. I re-made the recipe a few months after posting this using coconut sugar and they turned out great - so I changed the copy in the post, but apparently forgot to change the ingredients list, woops! So it should be coconut sugar, rather than brown sugar. Hope you enjoy!


Saturday 15th of April 2017

dang these were so good, way better than black bean brownies. I added a tablespoon of almond butter and about a 1/4 cup of oats for extra protein and fiber :)


Saturday 15th of April 2017

I'm so glad you liked them, Jill! Your adaptations sound amazing...I'll have to try this, myself! Thanks!! Xo


Tuesday 9th of August 2016

Just want to know if I can use egg replacer or flax seed as an egg and I'm sure it's ok to use the vegan chocolate chips?? and I missed what is the difference between cocoa and cacao?


Thursday 18th of August 2016

Hi Michelle,

I haven't had a huge amount of luck using flax eggs in bean-based brownies, as they turn out fairly flat. Perhaps an aquafaba egg would work? I've never tested the brownies using any other replacer than flax seed, so I couldn't tell you exactly how they would turn out. You may want to google a vegan garbanzo bean brownie recipe to see what others have done :) You can definitely use vegan chocolate chips, no problem. The difference between cocoa and cacao is cacao is raw and cocoa has been heat treated and processed. You can still use cocoa powder for the recipe if it's all you have on hand. Hope this helps, and let me know how the brownies turn out with your changes.

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