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Gluten Free Chocolate Black Bean Brownies


Gluten-free Chocolate Black Bean Brownies

Try this on your friends! Give them a brownie and ask them how they like it. After they tell you how great it tastes, tell them that they're made out of black beans. They'll never believe you. The beans cook in such a way that gives the brownie a chocolate chunk look and feel. They taste like double-chocolate chunk brownies and some even think the chunks are nuts.

Research has shown that consuming cooked black beans leads to lowered risk and incidence of breast, colon, liver, lung, and prostate cancers. The exact mechanism of this phenomenon is unknown, but it is suspected that the phytochemicals of black beans, including phenolic compounds (flavonoids and tannins), phytic acid, triterpenes, and phytosterols may be responsible for their anticancer properties.

Try making these with your kids. They'll love being part of the process and “playing” kitchen. Not to mention, they're super yummy!

Gluten Free Chocolate Black Bean Brownies

Gluten Free Chocolate Black Bean Brownies
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup coconut milk or almond milk
  • 4 Tbsp extra virgin organic coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 can black beans (rinsed and drained) or 15 ounces of soaked dry black beans
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup honey or coconut crystals
  • ¼ tsp stevia
  • Dash of finely ground pink Himalayan salt
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In two medium bowls, mix dry and wet ingredients separately in the order listed above.
  3. In large bowl, mix the dry and wet mixtures together. More coconut milk may need to be added depending on the flour you use. Gluten-free alternatives tend to be heavier and require more liquids. With coconut flour, for instance, you'll want to use about a cup milk to achieve that perfect brownie-batter consistency.
  4. Pour into 8Ɨ8 greased baking pan. (Try greasing it with coconut oil. Works great and adds a nice flavor).
  5. Cook for 30-40 minutes depending on the flour you use. Test with a toothpick and make sure it comes out clean.
  6. Store in refrigerator.
  7. Enjoy!
If your dietary restrictions prevent cocoa, use carob powder instead. Same measurements apply.
Sometimes I like some grated coconut flakes or walnuts in my brownies. If you add some dry ingredients, you may need to add a little extra coconut oil and milk. Don't go overboard. A little goes a long way.
Be creative! Have fun!

Have you ever tried black bean brownies? Pretty yummy, huh?

Here are some more of our favorite dessert recipes that have healthy ingredients – check them out for yourself!


This post currently has 16 comments.

  1. debbie edds
    July 29, 2016

    I am allergic to both coconut and almond. Do you have any suggestions for good substitutes in this recipe. I am also allergic to eggs, so would be using the flax or chia egg substitutes.
    With much gratitude
    , Debbie

    • Dr. Z
      August 9, 2016

      Hi Debbie,

      Any gluten-free flour would do. This is our favorite –> http://amzn.to/2aIq9wB

      • Paula Ragar
        August 15, 2017

        We use Einkorn flour and raw honey. Why does the recipe ask for a quarter teaspoon of Stevie along with a half cup of honey?

        • Dr. Z
          August 16, 2017

          As a way to balance sweetness, consistency and glycemic index. šŸ™‚

      • Beth
        August 15, 2017

        Costco carries Namaste brand GF flour in a 5# bag for $8.99. The same bag on Amazon is (or was at one time) $25. It is a very good flour that is cup for cup.

  2. Martha
    May 5, 2016

    I would like to have ideas for breakfast

  3. Mary Jean
    April 14, 2016

    I do not believe you can use soaked dry beans to make this—they would need to be cooked to soften or they will be very crunchy.

    • Dr. Z
      April 15, 2016

      Hi MaryJean,

      You’d be surprised. The beans get much softer and cook while being baked. Yet, to your point, canned beans are easier and effective as well. šŸ™‚

  4. Mitzi
    April 10, 2016

    The Almond Milk that needs to be refrigerated does not have carrageenan in it.

  5. Mary Mays
    April 5, 2016

    almond milk is fine if you make it yourself. However, few people do. the store bought kind has a cancer causing ingredient called carrageenan. Idon’t buy it anymore

    • Dr. Z
      April 5, 2016

      Hi Mary,

      I’ve heard this running around online, but carrageenan doesn’t “cause cancer.” Katie the Wellness Mama has a good write up about it here: http://wellnessmama.com/2925/what-is-carrageenan/

    • Cosmo
      April 10, 2016

      The Califia brand of almond milk does not contain carrageenan. You can buy it at Whole Foods, Sprouts and Natural Grocers.

      Also, this brownie recipe is absolutely delicious. My kids love these brownies. I take it one step further and add avocado and make chia seed “eggs” instead of using chicken eggs. So, my recipe is vegan. Again, super delicious and no one ever guesses that these brownies are made from black beans and avocado.

      • Dr. Z
        April 11, 2016

        Yay, love the creativity!!!

      • Colette Mc Grath
        April 27, 2016

        Hi, really interested in the vegan version black bean brownies, how do you make chia egg instead of using eggs?? Tx Colette xxx

    • zirah1
      April 10, 2016

      Califa brand almond milk does not contain carrageenan and is one of the best tasting I’ve found. I get the unsweetened vanilla version.


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