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Delicious Black Bean Brownie Recipe

Get ready for a gluten-free delight that will have you coming back for more. These brownies are filled with so much chocolaty goodness you won’t believe they are made with black beans. Not only do they taste amazing, but they also pack a powerful punch of protein and fiber, making them a guilt-free treat.

Black bean brownies on a plate.

Why I Love This Black Bean Brownie Recipe

An unexpected ingredient can make an unbelievable treat like in this delicious zucchini cake recipe. Black bean brownies were an internet sensation a few years back when alternatives for gluten-packed baked goods were first becoming popular.

Though it seems unlikely, beans are a great ingredient for sweet baked goods. Because beans have a high starch content and absorb the flavor of other ingredients, black bean brownies are fudgy, decadent, and without a hint of bean flavor.

Chocolate chips are a necessary addition to this recipe since they prevent the differences in texture from being as noticeable. Then, top with some homemade vanilla ice cream and you’re really in for a treat. This is the perfect dessert for those with allergies or just wanting more fiber – and it won’t feel like a sacrifice at all!

To make this even more homemade, learn how to can your own black beans here. Then try some of our other favorite desserts, like homemade sourdough brownies or our DIY brownie mix, to stock the pantry shelf.

Black bean brownie on a plate.

Why Are Black Bean Brownies Good for You?

Black bean brownies are not only a delicious treat but also a nutritious dessert option. These gluten-free brownies pack a punch when it comes to protein and fiber, making them a guilt-free indulgence.

Protein is an essential nutrient that plays a vital role in numerous bodily functions. It helps build and repair tissues, supports muscle growth and maintenance, and promotes feelings of fullness and satisfaction. (Source) By incorporating black beans into your brownie recipe, you can boost the protein content and enjoy a more satiating treat.

Fiber, on the other hand, is essential for a healthy digestive system. It aids in digestion, prevents constipation, and promotes a feeling of fullness after meals. (Source) Black beans are an excellent source of dietary fiber, and when used in brownies, they provide a delightful chewiness that adds to the overall texture and experience.

Additionally, black bean brownies are gluten-free, which means they are suitable for individuals with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease. They offer a safe and delicious alternative for those following a gluten-free diet.

So, indulge in these delectable black bean brownies, knowing that you are treating your taste buds and nourishing your body with protein, fiber, and the goodness of a gluten-free dessert.

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What Do Black Beans Replace in Baking?

Black beans provide an excellent source of plant-based protein, making them a great addition to your gluten-free baking recipes. Not only do they bring a rich, earthy flavor, but they also contribute to the overall texture and consistency of the final product.

When using black beans in your baking, it’s essential to puree or blend them until smooth. This ensures that the beans incorporate seamlessly into the batter and create a smooth texture in the finished product. You can easily achieve this by using a food processor or blender for a few minutes until the beans are completely broken down.

Black bean brownies on a plate.

How Much Protein is in Black Bean Brownies?

Black beans pack a punch when it comes to protein content. A single serving of black bean brownies can provide an average of 5 grams of protein.

This amount may vary slightly depending on the specific ingredients used, the size of your brownie, and also the size of your eggs, and additional protein-rich add-ins like nuts or seeds.

Comparative Protein Content

To put the protein content of black bean brownies into perspective, let’s compare it to a traditional brownie recipe. A regular brownie recipe typically relies on all-purpose flour, butter, and eggs as the main ingredients, which contribute little to no protein. In contrast, black bean brownies offer a higher protein content thanks to the incorporation of legumes.

Black Bean BrowniesTraditional Brownies
5 grams of protein per servingNegligible protein content
High in protein and fiberLow in protein and fiber
Gluten-freeContains gluten

So the next time you’re craving a chocolatey treat, consider baking up a batch of these protein-packed black bean brownies. They’re a guilt-free way to satisfy your sweet tooth while nourishing your body with valuable nutrients.

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Substitutions and Variations

Looking to add a twist to your black bean brownies? Here are some delicious substitutions and variations to try with the classic black bean brownie recipe:

  • Chocolate Chips – Instead of using semi-sweet chocolate chips, play with the flavors of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate or butterscotch morsels!
  • Peanut Butter Swirl – If you’re a fan of the irresistible combination of chocolate and peanut butter, try swirling some creamy peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter into the batter before baking. The result? Decadent and indulgent black bean brownies with a nutty twist.
  • Cocoa Powder Variation – Experiment with different types of cocoa powder to enhance the chocolate flavor of your brownies. Whether it’s Dutch-processed cocoa powder for a deeper chocolate flavor or a high-quality organic cocoa powder, the choice is yours to make.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. Feel free to get creative and personalize your black bean brownies with your favorite flavors and ingredients. Remember, the black bean base provides a versatile canvas for various adaptations, so don’t be afraid to get adventurous in the kitchen!

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In the Homestead Kitchen

This recipe was featured in issue no. 26 of In the Homestead Kitchen Magazine. If you’re interested in more inspiration for your kitchen and homestead, you can subscribe to this digital magazine with a 30-day money-back guarantee!

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How to Make Black Bean Brownies

Supplies Needed

Before you embark on your black bean brownie baking adventure, make sure you have these essential supplies on hand:

  • Baking Pan – An 8×8 baking pan is the perfect size for this recipe.
  • Food Processor – I use and recommend the Breville Food Processor.
  • Spatula – I prefer to use silicone spatulas.
Eggs, oil, and brownie mix.

Ingredients Needed

Preparing delicious black bean brownies requires a handful of simple ingredients. Let’s take a look at what you’ll need:

  • Unseasoned Cooked Black Beans – If you use canned black beans, ensure they are drained and rinsed.
  • Granulated Sugar – We typically use organic evaporated cane juice, but coconut sugar or even brown sugar would work.
  • Coconut Oil – If you do not want coconut flavor, choose refined coconut or avocado oil.
  • Cocoa Powder – Whatever cocoa powder you have on hand. Experiment with Dutch-processed or other cocoa powders for a slightly different chocolate profile.
  • Eggs – Farm fresh is great, but this is also a great recipe for water-glassed eggs or freeze-dried eggs (just be sure to reconstitute them before baking). And always handle farm fresh eggs properly.
  • Baking Powder – Always make sure your baking powder isn’t past its expiration date.
  • Salt – We love Redmond Real Salt (use coupon code “HFSalt” at checkout for 15% off your order).
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips – Plus more for topping. Or choose dark, milk, or white chocolate chips.
  • Vanilla Extract – Learn to make your own homemade vanilla, or try vanilla bean paste for a delicious twist.
Brownies baking in an oven.

Step-by-Step Direction

Homesteading Hack: Make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature for the best results.

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Butter or oil an 8×8 baking pan and set aside.
  3. Put beans, coconut oil, and sugar in the bowl of your food processor. Pulse until pasty and well combined.
  4. Add cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, and vanilla. Blend until smooth.
  5. Add in eggs and blend briefly, just until combined. Remove the bowl from the food processor and take out the blade.
  6. Gently stir in chocolate chips with a silicone spatula.
  7. Pour batter into the buttered 8×8-inch pan. Top with more chocolate chips if desired.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Brownies should begin pulling away from the sides of the pan. A toothpick may not come out clean; that’s okay, but brownies shouldn’t jiggle much in the center.
  9. Let cool completely before serving. If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Whether you are following a gluten-free diet or simply looking for a way to add more nutrition to your sweet indulgences, black bean brownies are the perfect solution. With their rich chocolatey goodness and health benefits, they are sure to become a new favorite among your family and friends.

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Black bean brownie on a plate.

Black Bean Brownies

Get ready for a gluten-free delight that will have you coming back for more. These brownies are filled with so much chocolaty goodness you won’t believe they are made with black beans. Not only do they taste amazing, but they also pack a powerful punch of protein and fiber, making them a guilt-free treat.
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cooling Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 9 servings
Calories: 208kcal
Author: Carolyn Thomas

Equipment

  • Baking Pan 8×8 inch
  • Food Processor
  • spatula

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Butter or oil an 8×8 baking pan and set aside.
  • Put beans, coconut oil, and sugar in the bowl of your food processor. Pulse until pasty and well combined.
  • Add cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, and vanilla. Blend until smooth.
  • Add in eggs and blend briefly, just until combined. Remove the bowl from the food processor and take out the blade.
  • Gently stir in chocolate chips with a silicone spatula.
  • Pour batter into the buttered 8×8-inch pan. Top with more chocolate chips if desired.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes. Brownies should begin pulling away from the sides of the pan. A toothpick may not come out clean; that’s okay, but brownies shouldn’t jiggle much in the center.
  • Let cool completely before serving. If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Notes

Substitutions and Variations

Looking to add a twist to your black bean brownies? Here are some delicious substitutions and variations to try with the classic black bean brownie recipe:
  • Chocolate Chips – Instead of using semi-sweet chocolate chips, play with the flavors of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate or butterscotch morsels!
  • Peanut Butter Swirl – If you’re a fan of the irresistible combination of chocolate and peanut butter, try swirling some creamy peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter into the batter before baking. The result? Decadent and indulgent black bean brownies with a nutty twist.
  • Cocoa Powder Variation – Experiment with different types of cocoa powder to enhance the chocolate flavor of your brownies. Whether it’s Dutch-processed cocoa powder for a deeper chocolate flavor or a high-quality organic cocoa powder, the choice is yours to make.

Nutrition

Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 114mg | Potassium: 219mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 97IU | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg
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