Fudgy Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies Are Delicious


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You Absolutely Cannot Taste The Beans

When I saw the recipe for black bean brownies, my first thought was, “nope, I don’t think so; I’ll pass.” (I guess that’s three thoughts, and they came out fast.) I may never have tried these black bean brownies if I didn’t love our granddaughter so much.

Our middle granddaughter is sensitive to gluten, and my urge to help her find something fun she could eat without belly pain prompted me to try them. I was so wrong to doubt just how amazing these decadent brownies could be! All I can say is, “wow!”

I sent a picture of a pan of black brownies to a friend, and she told me she loved them and wanted one on the spot! Encouraged, I got out the ingredients, greased a pan, and gave them a shot.

How To Make Awesome Fudgy Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies

The ingredients are few and simple, and I made the batter and poured it into the pan in five minutes flat. I began by draining and rinsing a can of black beans and shaking them in a strainer to get out all the excess water.

Then, I plopped them into my food processor and gave them a spin until they were almost completely pureed.

Next, I added the egg, sugar, oil, vanilla, baking powder, cocoa, and salt and processed the mixture until everything was blended. The last step was to put three-fourths of the chocolate chips into the food processor and pulsed just long enough to incorporate them.

I used Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa because I knew our girl loved dark chocolate and Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips for a special treat. I’m so glad to find the recipe for a treat she loves and can enjoy. Thanks to those beautiful beans, these brownies are also packed with protein and fiber!

I poured the yummy-looking batter into the pan, sprinkled the remaining chocolate chips on top, and then popped it into a 350-degree oven to bake. Curiosity got the better of me, and I could not resist tasting the batter.

To my amazement, it was great! Chocolatey and rich, and NOT A HINT OF BEAN TASTE! I was totally surprised. I could hardly wait for the finished product so I could try it!

The black bean brownies needed to be baked for twenty-five to thirty minutes or until they were set. When the top looked dry and a few cracks formed, I poked them with my cake tester, and it came out clean. I knew the brownies needed to cool completely before I could cut them, and I was impatient!

I put the brownie pan on the cooling rack and set it on a shelf in our very cold garage to chill as quickly as possible while I waited. And waited….ūüėŹ

Oh my goodness! They are amazing! I greedily ate the first one before I covered the pan and gave the rest to her mom to take home! Mom and dad love them too, and they are so easy to make they will probably become a staple at their house!

Questions I get about this recipe:

Q: Can I use other types of beans? A: Yes, you can use other types of beans, such as kidney beans, pinto beans, or chickpeas. However, the black beans will give the brownies the best fudgy texture.

Q: Can I use a different type of oil? A: Yes, you can use a different type of oil, such as avocado oil, olive oil, or vegetable oil. However, the coconut oil will give the brownies a richer flavor.

Q: Can I use a different type of sweetener? A: Yes, you can use a different type of sweetener, such as agave syrup, brown sugar, or coconut sugar. However, the honey or maple syrup will give the brownies the best flavor.

Q: Do I have to add chocolate chips? A: No, you do not have to add chocolate chips. However, they do add a delicious chocolatey flavor to the brownies.

Q: How can I make the brownies even fudgier? A: To make the brownies even fudgier, add 1/4 cup of almond flour to the batter. You can also bake the brownies for a few minutes less.

Q: How can I make the brownies more moist? A: To make the brownies more moist, add 1/4 cup of mashed banana or pumpkin puree to the batter. You can also bake the brownies for a few minutes less.

Q: How can I make the brownies gluten-free? A: To make the brownies gluten-free, use gluten-free oats and gluten-free baking powder.

Q: How can I make the brownies vegan? A: To make the brownies vegan, use melted vegan butter instead of coconut oil and vegan chocolate chips instead of regular chocolate chips.

Printable Recipe:

Yield: 9 brownies

Black Bean Brownies

Black Bean Brownies

This is a recipe for gluten-free and dairy-free brownies that are so rich and fudgy that no one would ever guess they are made with black beans because you cannot taste them at all!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • One 15-ounce can of¬† black beans,¬†rinsed and drained
  • ¬ľ¬†cup¬†vegetable oil
  • 2¬†teaspoons¬†vanilla
  • 2¬†large eggs¬†
  • ¬ĺ¬†cup¬†granulated sugar
  • ¬ĺ¬†cup¬†unsweetened high-quality cocoa powder¬†
  • ¬Ĺ¬†teaspoon¬†baking powder
  • ¬ľ¬†teaspoon¬†salt
  • 1¬†cup¬† chocolate chips¬†divided


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease a 9×9-inch baking pan or line it with parchment paper.
  3. Thoroughly rinse the black beans and place them in a strainer to drain any excess water.
  4. Put the beans in a food processor and process until they are nearly smooth.
  5. Add cocoa powder, salt, extract, sugar, vegetable oil, eggs, and baking powder to the black bean mixture and blend until it’s completely combined.
  6. Fold in 3/4 cup of the chocolate chips.
  7. Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan, and sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips over the top.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until brownies are set in the center.
  9. Let the brownies cool completely before cutting them into squares and serving.


I used Hershey brand special dark cocoa and Ghiradelli chocolate chips

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