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Tray of baked black bean brownies with a swirl of nut butter and chocolate chips.

Black Bean Brownies

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  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 9 pieces 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American


These black bean brownies are surprisingly delicious and fudgy while also being healthy! Gluten free, easy to make, and only needs 10 ingredients!


  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips for melting
  • 1/4 cup natural almond butter
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free quick oats
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips


  1. Set oven to 350F.
  2. In a microwave safe dish, place 1/4 cup chocolate chips and almond butter together and place in microwave for 15 seconds. Stir to combine, and if not fully melted, place back in microwave for an extra 15 seconds until contents mix together smoothly.
  3. Place all oats, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt into a food processor.
  4. Process on high until oats have turned into a fine flour.
  5. At this time, add in chocolate almond butter mixture, maple syrup, black beans, and vanilla extract, to good quality food processor and continue to process until a smooth batter forms.
  6. You will likely need to scrap down sides as it processes to make sure batter is evenly mixed and smooth.
  7. Add in 1/3 cup chocolate chips and fold them into the batter with a spatula or spoon. Do not process the chocolate chips.
  8. Spoon mixture into a lined or greased 8×8 baking pan and spread as evenly as possible around your baking pan.
  9. Place tray in the oven and bake brownies for 20 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting.


  • These brownies are especially good with an extra swirl of nut butter on top. Prior to placing brownies in the oven, add 2-3 spoons of a runny nut butter. With a butter knife, carefully swirl the nut butter around the surface of the brownies.
  • You can add other add ins like walnuts or sprinkle the top with salted pretzels for a tasty and fun treat.
  • The melted chocolate and almond butter will provide a nice moist and fudgy texture, so try not to miss this step!
  • To ensure this recipe is gluten-free make sure to use certified gluten-free oats.
  • If you are not using a a good quality food processor, your results may vary in terms of texture. Ultimately, if you have a low power motor, you might need to process for a longer time until the beans are as smooth as possible.
  • For a darker chocolate look, opt for dutch processed cocoa.