Recipe: Fudgy Flourless Black Bean Brownies

I’m pretty adventurous when it comes to foods. I’m always ready to dive fork-first into a new item I find on the store shelf. But even considering my culinary weird streak, I was pretty skeptical when I first heard about the concept of black bean brownies.

These unassuming brownies look like regular brownies, but hidden inside are two full cups of cooked black beans. I honestly thought there was no possible way these could be good. I mean, black beans? In brownies? But amazingly enough, there is absolutely no bean-y taste or texture. It’s like the beans totally disappear in the end product!

By adding that hefty dose of pureed black beans, you turn this standard chocolately treat into a protein and fiber powerhouse. I promise you, these fudgy, rich brownies will fool even the least adventurous of eaters.

Fudgy Flourless Black Bean Brownies

Makes 24 Brownies


  • Cooking spray
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups cooked black beans, drained well (about one can)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup honey OR 1 cup granulated sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 325° and line an 13″ x 9″ pan with parchment paper. Spray the parchment paper with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, combine the chocolate and butter. Microwave on high for about 2 minutes, stopping every 30 seconds to stir, until the chocolate is melted completely.
  3. Stir in the yogurt and set aside. In the basin of a food processor, process the black beans, vanilla extract, salt and about 1/2 cup of the chocolate mixture until the beans are very, very smooth, stir into the remaining chocolate mixture, add the walnuts.
  4. In another mixing bowl, whisk the eggs until light colored (about 2 minutes) and then add honey or sugar (you can also use an electric mixer for this). Add the egg mixture to the bean and chocolate mixture and stir until just combined.
  5. Pour into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for 25-40 minutes or until the brownies are set firm. Let the brownies cool completely before slicing into 24 squares.

Nutrition Info

Serving Size: 1 brownie | Servings Per Recipe: 24
Calories: 174 | Carbs: 22g (2.1g fiber, 11.4g sugar) | Fat: 8g (3.9g sat, 2.1g mono, 1.6g poly) | Protein: 5g

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Cassie Johnston is an award-winning food writer and recipe developer living and working in Southern Indiana. Her work has been feature in national publications such as Gourmet Magazine and The Huffington Post. Cassie’s a big fan of strenuous hikes, cheese, watching sports, Brussels sprouts, and craft beer, and she’ll talk your ear off about her love of local food and seasonal eating. She’s obsessed with social media and loves connecting with new friends!