Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

The Black Bean Brownie Trick

4 WWPP Posted by 5 years ago 24 Comments

Let me start this post off by saying A.) I don’t think these are “healthy” or a free for all because they have beans in them and B.) I’m not against indulging in REAL full fat style desserts now and then.

Now, since we have that out of the way…. IF I can feed my kids (and myself) yummy, gooey, amazing brownies on a special occasions that have less fat, more fiber and more protein why wouldn’t I do that?!?

The Black Bean Brownie top

These things were amazing! I could have seriously eaten the whole batch myself. Even the dessert indifferent husband ate some and had nothing but good things to say. Of course he changed his tune once I told him how I made them.


However, I also had guests and, well, let’s just say there was only a nibble left on the plate by the end of the BBQ.

I’ve seen this idea around the interweb for some time but when Snack Girl posted it earlier this week I was inspired to give it a whirl.

This will be my go to brownie for any occasion. That’s how much I liked them regardless of the “lighter” aspect. Speaking of, preparing the brownies this way saves 5g of fat but it also ups the fiber and protein by 2 g each. Again, not earth shattering but slightly tipping the scales towards a more balanced nutritional profile and that’s my goal. The Black Bean Brownie Trick


Here’s how I made them…

First drain and rinse the beans. Place beans back into the can and fill with water. The idea here is to replace the salty bean juice with fresh water to reduce the sodium. If you have sodium free beans this step is unnecessary.

Puree the beans and water together. I used my bullet for this. Worked like a charm…

The Black Bean Brownie - the beans

Add the bean puree and brownie mix to large bowl.

The Black Bean Brownie - the batter

Mix well with a spatula until combined.

Taste test. :)

The Black Bean Brownie - taste test

Spray your brownie pan with non stick spray and pour in the batter. I used an 11×7 glass pyrex.

Top with festive sprinkles if you like.

The Black Bean Brownie - add sprinkles

We were making for a 4th of July BBQ.

The Black Bean Brownie - before

Bake for 30 minutes. This may vary based on your pan size and material. They take less time then the package states for traditional eggs/oil. I found 30 minutes to be perfect. A toothpick stuck in came out clear and the top was firm to the touch. If you bake longer they will start to dry out and become more cake like. I went for gooey.

Remove form oven and let cool in pan.

The Black Bean Brownie - after

Cut into 16 squares and try to contain yourself…

The Black Bean Brownie - done!

or him for that matter…

The Black Bean Brownie - taste test

I let him have one before the party as the official taste tester. This was his ruling…

The Black Bean Brownie - result

lol Little Bean had one at the party…

Little Bean

He liked them too, as you can see from his chocolate covered little face. :)

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
16 ~ 2 inch brownie
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
165 3.5g 3g old: 3 new: 4
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
18g 1.5g 30g 3g

See other recipes using: black beans, cake mix

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    July 5, 2012

    I cannot wait to try these and so simple too! Thanks for sharing

    Tina (T Plus a Baby)

    July 5, 2012

    I love to make black bean brownies. I find that the raw batter is a little "beany" but once they are baked they are delicious with no bean taste - and extra dense and moist, which is perfect for me. I do find that if they don't get eaten in a few days, the bean flavor does start to increase and become a little more noticable. But when I freeze them, no problem.


    July 5, 2012

    Hi Roni, I have made these with a can of pumpkin. They were really really good. I liked everything about them, the flavour, texture, just perfect sweetness....BUT....the gas I got from them was like an out of body experiece. Even my hubby was shocked at the fumes and noise level. Sorry I know this is TMI but I can laugh about it now. I've been too afraid to make them again:)Sad because I really liked them:) Did they cause you any issues???


    July 5, 2012

    Not that I noticed but If I'm being honest.. our house is already gas central. LOL We eat a LOT of beans and produce. A LOT! lol


    July 5, 2012

    Do you think you could substitute navy beans?


    July 5, 2012

    I don't see why not but I haven't done it.


    July 5, 2012

    I tried it - they turned out good, maybe a little lighter color than in your picture but I expected that. I'll have to try them with black beans next time. :)


    July 6, 2012

    Isn't there a way to make these without the dreadful brownie mix? I hate baking with mixes. Have seen many bean-brownie recipes, but they ALL seem to call for that stupid mix. Well, some day I will have to come up with my own...


    July 6, 2012

    Well that's that simplicity of the idea. Make a mix slightly healthier for a quick treat but I have seen and dabbled with a mix-less black bean browning years ago. Check out some vegan sites. They always have mix-less, non traditional recipe ideas using beans and purees. Just a thought!

    Lauren T

    July 6, 2012

    I've had garbanzo bean cake, and I imagine it's fairly similar to these awesome looking brownies. The garbanzo bean cake was soooooo good and moist! Will definitely try these sometime when it's cool enough to turn the oven on again :)


    July 11, 2012

    These look devine! I love brownies, but have yet to try them with black beans! I will try this out soon. :)


    July 12, 2012

    For Diandra: Here is a black bean brownie recipe that does not use the mix--from


    July 12, 2012

    Oops! Forgot to include the link for Diandra. Here it is:

    Amelia @ Eating Made Easy

    July 17, 2012

    OK, I had no idea you could do such a thing with beans! Amazing! I have done this swap with canned pumpkin, pureed squash, and yogurt, but beans are such a wonderful idea for protein and fiber. They look so fudgy and good, too - not like a sacrifice at all!


    August 6, 2012

    We baked these yesterday and they were surprisingly good. I refrigerated them overnight and they got even more gooey and tasty!


    August 17, 2012

    I've never tried it with a mix before! Great idea! Saw someone ask about a recipe with only beans... here's the one I've used. Turns out more like fudge! yum!

    Brynn Zebrak

    July 13, 2013

    Didn't see a temperature?


      July 20, 2013

      Oh my! How did I miss that. I'm pretty sure I just followed the temp on the box. Its' 350 I think.


    November 1, 2013

    I make these, but use coffee instead of water with the beans and add vanilla and cinnamon. They're my husband's favorite.


    November 30, 2013

    I read about this recipe years ago and have made them ever since. They are PERFECT for someone with food allergies. My daughter is allergic to milk and eggs so I make these just for her. In order for them to keep longer and be more convenient to grab, I make them as brownies and freeze them. I learned the hard way that I should use foil liners. They make it way easier to peel before heating up. I've also served them to others and they really are a hit!


    November 30, 2013

    Oops! Meant to say I make them as cupcakes, lol.

    Stephanie L.

    December 1, 2013

    Just made these - AHMAZING! Everyone in my house loves them. So simple & yummy... and I love the added fiber & protein :) Thanks for sharing!

    Pam Almandinger

    April 28, 2015

    The black beans in the brownies are a great idea! (I like the Ghiradelli mix also). Instead of sprinkes, it's nice to sprinkle on some chopped pecans and coconut.


    May 19, 2015

    I would like to see the chart comparison between the bean brownie and the regular brownie.