Kid-Friendly Chocolate Black Bean  Brownies

I want chocolate

yes I do

I want chocolate

how about you?!

When it comes to chocolate, I am always looking for health[ier] ways to eat it. Here is one of my healthier, kid-approved recipes for flourless brownies. The secret ingredient- black beans.

I will be honest. They don’t taste like ghiradelli and YES you can tell there is something different about them- like they are made with beans. With that said, the consistency and taste are yummy. They satisfy my craving for chocolate but with fewer calories, gluten, and sugar.

Here is the recipe

{originally from} If you have not seen her recipes -check them out!

prep time: 20 minutes
makes: 9-12 brownies

  • 1 1/2 cups black beans or 1 can, drained and rinsed very well(15oz)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup  honey (original recipe also suggests pure maple syrup or agave)
  • pinch uncut stevia OR 2 tbsp sugar I dont do this. I just add 2 tbsp more chocolate chips 🙂
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2-2/3 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a food processor (except chocolate chips) and blend until smooth. {It usually takes me about 2-3 minutes}
    1. suggests: A blender can work if you absolutely must, but the texture—and even the taste—will be much better in a food processor.
  3. Stir in the chips
  4. Pour brownie mixture into a greased 8×8 pan.
  5. Optional: sprinkle extra chocolate chips over the top.
  6. Cook for 15-18 minutes. Let it cool at least 10 minutes before trying to cut. suggests: If they still look a bit undercooked, you can place them in the fridge overnight and they will magically firm up! Makes 9-12 brownies. If you make this recipe, don’t forget to leave a review! The trick with these: serve them first, and then reveal the secret ingredient. In all the times I’ve served bean desserts, not one single person who didn’t know beforehand has ever guessed!


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