These black bean brownies are such a breeze to make and are a healthier alternative to regular brownies! Made with black beans and naturally sweetened with dates, these are going to be your new go-to dessert.
These healthy black bean brownies are my new favorite dessert. So if you can’t already tell by most of my recipes I am a big dessert fan. I think I’ve always been that way – likely got it from my mother who loves sweets even more than me! When it comes to eating healthy, I don’t believe in completely “giving up” dessert. On the contrary, desserts that are made with healthy ingredients can actually be beneficial to the body. For example, take these healthy black bean brownies! I created these brownies using primarily whole and real ingredients including:
- organic black beans
- pitted deglet noor dates
- gluten free whole grain rolled oats
- flax meal
- coconut oil
- coconut milk (unsweetened)
- cocoa powder (unsweetened)
- all natural pure vanilla (not imitation)
- baking powder
- Himalayan salt
- chocolate chips (stevia sweetened or allergy friendly)
Overall, this ingredient profile is significantly different than what you would find in traditional brownies. What I love most about this particular recipe is that the black beans pack in tons of fiber along with the rolled oats. Many people don’t get enough fiber in their diets. Eating healthy desserts like these black bean brownies can help easily fill in those small gaps. Also, this recipe doesn’t use any sugar! Rather than sugar, I made this recipe with dates because they are totally natural and deliver the same sweetness without the negative consequences of traditional white sugar. These brownies won’t taste as sweet as traditional brownies but I prefer them that way! If you want to bump up the sweetness, try adding in a bit of pure maple syrup.
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Ingredient Shopping Tips
In terms of which types of these ingredients you should use and which brands – I can offer some tips and recommendations!
Coconut oil – I recommend using virgin or extra virgin, unrefined, and ideally organic. Make sure to read the labels and descriptions to make sure you’re not buying a coconut oil that’s been formulated specifically for the skin or body.
Chocolate chips – I prefer to use allergy friendly chocolate chips or stevia sweetened
Black beans – look for unsalted canned varieties or low sodium. If you go with low sodium you will want to rinse the beans very well before using. You can also buy dried beans and cook them yourself on the stove!
Dates – I have only tested this recipe with deglet noor pitted dates. Look for an organic and pitted option.
Cocoa Powder – use only unsweetened varieties that are ideally organic.
Oats – I love Bob’s Red Mill but feel free to use any other rolled oats brand. Just make sure to get “gluten free” since oats can be contaminated with gluten. If you don’t require gluten free, then any rolled oats will do. I’ve included an option for both!
Healthy Black Bean Brownies (V, GF, DF, EF)
- Food processor *highly recommend* or high powdered blender
- 8×8 baking dish
- 1.5 cup black beans One 15oz can (rinsed, drained)
- 2 tsp pure vanilla
- 1/3 cup coconut oil melted
- 1/2 cup coconut milk unsweetened
- 1/2 cup rolled oats gluten free
- 2 tbsp flax meal
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp himalayan salt
- 2.5 tbsp cocoa powder unsweetened
- 5 deglet noor pitted dates
- 1 cup chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life) plus handful more for topping
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper
- If using canned beans, drain and rinse them well and then add to food processor with the dates. Pulse a few times to break them up.
- Add in the melted coconut oil, coconut milk, vanilla and pulse a few times again.
- Add in the rest of the ingredients except chocolate chips: oats, baking powder, cocoa powder, flax meal, salt. Run the food processor until mixed well – stopping to scrape down sides with a spatula as needed. Batter should be smooth when done.
- Remove blade and add in the chocolate chips. Mix with a spatula.
- Pour the batter into the prepared dish and smooth it out with your spatula so it's even.
- Sprinkle extra chocolate chips over the top and gently press them down slightly with your spatula.
- Bake for 18 to 20 minutes. Remove and let cool on the counter before cutting into 12 small squares or 9 big squares.
- Store in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or until spoilage is noted (smell or visual).
And there you have it! A healthy dessert made with real and whole ingredients that comes together like a breeze. Bring these brownies to your next get-together and I swear people will have no clue that there are black beans in them! It’s quite entertaining to see the look on people’s faces when they find out that’s the secret ingredient.
If you make this recipe – tag me on instagram @freelywholesome.alexa ! I’d love to see your creations. Better yet, drop me a comment below and let me know what you think of this recipe.