Flourless Black Bean Brownies

by Erin

For May’s Secret Recipe Club I was assigned to Lynsey Lou’s and I found several recipes that I wanted to try such as Blueberry Grilled Cheese, Baked Burritos with Creamy Poblano Sauce, and Salad with Garlic-Lime Chicken and Goat Cheese. Ultimately I decided to try something new with her Flourless Black Bean Brownies. I have seen brownies made with beans or avocado, but have always been skeptical. and it was time to take the risk!

And the verdict? Not only were they easy to prepare (all in the food processor), they were surprisingly good! Knowing black beans were in the brownies I could kind of taste their presence, but no one else I shared them with knew. In fact it paired quite well with the chocolate and made for a very chewy brownie, which is my favorite kind of brownie. I definitely plan on making these again with walnuts mixed in, yum!

Flourless Black Bean Brownies


Makes 16 brownies


15 oz. can of black bean, drained and rinsed

3 Tbsp cocoa powder

1/2 cup quick cooking oats

1/4 tsp salt

1/3 cup agave

2 Tbsp sugar (I used Zulka Pure Cane Sugar)

1/4 cup coconut oil

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp baking powder

2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Sea salt for topping, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper and spray non-stick cooking spray, set aside.
  2. Place black beans, cocoa powder, oats, salt, agave, sugar, oil, vanilla and baking powder in a food processor, blend until mixture is smooth.  Once the ingredients are incorporated and the mixture is smooth add chocolate chips and stir to combine.
  3. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan, sprinkle with sea salt (if desired) and bake 15-18 minutes, or until cooked through.  Remove from oven and allow to cool at least 10 minutes on cooling rack before removing. Cool completely and cut into bars

Source: Lynsey Lou’s


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JJ - 84thand3rd May 29, 2013 - 7:38 am

Great choice – they sound delicious :)

Lynsey @ Lynsey Lou's May 28, 2013 - 8:50 am

I’m so glad you enjoyed these! Happy reveal day!

Kate May 28, 2013 - 8:24 am

Maybe these will be Luke’s first brownies!!! He LOVES black beans!

spiffycookie May 28, 2013 - 9:05 am

I bet he’d loved these :-)

steph@stephsbitebybite May 28, 2013 - 6:57 am

Brownies with beans…this I’ve gotta try

Joanne May 28, 2013 - 5:39 am

The.Boy’s boss is on a low carb diet and we’ve been trying to think of treats he can bring in. I suggested black bean brownies, which the.boy instantly vetoed…but I think I’ll surprise him with these anyway! THey look so fudgy!

Susan May 27, 2013 - 11:02 pm

These look good! I’ve been curious about black beans in brownies too. Great pick for SRC!

kirstin May 27, 2013 - 9:11 pm

YUM! I’ve made brownies with black beans before and really liked them.

Megan May 27, 2013 - 6:11 pm

I’ve always been curious about black beans in brownies, too! I’ve always heard good things, so I think I finally need to work up the courage and make a batch myself :) Thanks for the inspiration!

Kayle (The Cooking Actress) May 27, 2013 - 11:06 am

I’ve been so curious about using black beans in brownies! Yours look reeeeally good!

Sarah E May 27, 2013 - 8:44 am

I have always wanted to try a recipe using black beans – especially sweets.

I added you to the hop – happy reveal day!

SallyBR May 27, 2013 - 6:53 am

Hello there, Erin! Guess what? I had your blog this month, loved it, loved it, loved it!

Hope you have a chance to stop by and see the dish I chose, absolutely delicious!

Great pick for your month’s adventure, I’ve been seeing brownies with unusual ingredients and they all seem wonderful….

have a Happy Reveal / Memorial Day!


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