Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies

Have you tried black bean brownies yet? If you think the idea sounds disgusting…I can totally understand and relate! I first attempted black bean brownies shortly after we transitioned to real food, just for the ‘idea of it,’ really. And they were okay. And then I made a popular blogger’s version…and they were better, but I could still taste the black beans. I kind of gave up on the idea of making them again, however, one of my readers (Hi, Valerie!) emailed me to say how much her family loved a new brownie recipe she had tried recently. She said no one could taste the black beans and she thought I would like to try them! Well, it took me a couple of weeks to getting around to it, but I am SO glad that I did! These brownies are awesome! Yes, they have a different texture from regular flour-filled brownies, but I honestly cannot taste the black beans…at all. And my kids love them, too! Seriously, my daughter ate three ‘for dessert’ and each of my boys ate two. (I also ate two right away!)

Black Bean Brownies

These brownies also happen to be gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and refined sugar-free…but still kid-approved!!

I’ve recently started avoiding gluten (mostly as a test), so this recipe is perfect for me. I can indulge in a baked good without the wheat flour. I have yet to decide if this is something that I’ll stick with in the long run, but for now, I’m giving it a go. I really hope you will try this recipe!

Black Bean Brownies

(Recipe adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie)

  • 15 oz can organic black beans (drained, rinsed, and dried on paper towels)
  • 2 T cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup gluten-free quick cooking oats
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
  • 2/3 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until very smooth. (I needed to scrape down the sides once.) Pulse in chocolate chips. Pour into a greased 8 x 8″ pan (I used my Misto filled with olive oil). Cook for about 25 minutes and then let cool completely before cutting into squares. Enjoy!

I seriously think you need to try these! And if you do, please comment below with how you liked them. I was super impressed! They are very rich and fudgy, but I really enjoyed them. And if all three of my kids ask for seconds (each day we had them), you know that’s a really good sign!

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Hi there! Here's a little info about me: I've been married to my husband for over 10 years and I'm a stay-at-home mom to our three young kids (a six year old daughter and four year old twin boys). As you might imagine, they keep me quite busy! In early 2013, we decided that we wanted to be a healthier family. To do this, we cut out all processed foods from our home and we now eat only REAL, whole foods. (When we're on vacation or at someone's house, we're not quite as strict.) We also try to exercise every day. Our goal is to raise healthy, happy kids...while maintaining our own health and happiness along the way! I hope you will follow along with us in our journey.

14 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies

  1. Yay! Glad to see the post! I made these again over the weekend, just so we’d have some dessert lying around (in an effort to avoid any Easter candy temptations!). They were gone within two days. I tried them out on my sister and brother-in-law, and they definitely approved, and my hubby says I can/should make them more often 🙂 My 21-month old gives them a thumbs up, too!

  2. I made these yesterday since I’m a huge brownie fan and excited about a healthier version then the box version I use to make. I enjoyed them and my hubby said he liked them as well. My kids spit theirs out, oh well more for me!

    1. Ha! Yeah, sometimes I wonder if my kids aren’t good for ‘normal’ taste testing anymore because they’re not used to boxed foods and processed/sugary foods these days! So, when something tastes good to them, I still have to wonder if kids that haven’t made this transition yet will still agree? I was shocked that my kids ate as many of these brownies as they did! But they loved them!! Glad you and your hubby liked them, though. 🙂 Thanks for the feedback, Kristin!!

  3. I’ve been wondering about black bean brownies and am definitely going to try these. But, I’ll have to make them when no one is home, then present them for dessert. If my husband knows what’s in them, he’ll hate them automatically. I love the idea of protein and fiber smuggled in under the guise of delicious dessert!

    1. Yep, Heather…I know the feeling! My husband wouldn’t even try mine. Argh. If I think they taste good and the kids think they’re good, he could at least try?! But, no…he knew there were black beans in them and had no interest. It’s super frustrating sometimes, but at least I’m teaching my kids to be more adventurous. 🙂

  4. Can you recommend a substitute for coconut oil. I have a daughter that has an severe allergy to coconut.

    1. You could possibly try butter or organic palm shortening…but I’m not entirely sure how they would turn out! Of course, vegetable oil would be an option (though I don’t use that in my own cooking). If you try something else, please report back with your results! 🙂

  5. So very impressed with these brownies!!! Thanks for the recipe! The kids LOVED them and without telling the husband what was in them, he did too! Even after I told him, he wanted more!

  6. You seriously could not even taste the black beans at all! I didn’t want to tell my husband that they had black beans in them, but he got on the computer and saw where I had them pulled up..lol. He wasn’t going to try them but I begged him and told him you couldn’t even taste them so he tried them and loved them, so did my kids. Great recipe, thanks!!

    1. That’s so funny about your husband not wanting to try them. My husband wouldn’t try them either…but I was never able to talk him into it. Grr… I know he would have liked them had he tried! Sometimes my kids are SO much easier to please than he is!!

  7. My sugar-obsessed nine-year-old son said “These are the best brownies I have ever had! They are like a chocolate pudding fudge cake!” After he ate two, I showed him the can of black beans and he was shocked. They are super yummy and cake-like. Less chewy/fudgy than typical brownies but as good.

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