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Black Bean Brownies Recipe

Dr. Josh Axe, DC, DNM, CN – Rich, chocolatey, decadent brownies definitely are a dessert option that makes many mouths water. The only problem is most brownies are loaded with sugar and carbs but devoid of valuable nutrients — but not my black bean brownies recipe.

This brownie recipe lets you have the dessert without the guilt. These healthy black bean brownies are absolutely delicious and also packed with fiber, protein, iron and magnesium. Plus, they’re completely gluten-free.

Is a Black Bean Brownie Recipe the Healthiest Brownie Option?

Black bean brownies with flour (as in all-purpose, wheat-derived flour) contain gluten and are typically high in both sugar and carbs … not to mention they are lower in protein and fiber compared to these black bean brownies.

This recipe for gluten-free black bean brownies uses Paleo flour, which you can make yourself or buy in the store. These are also sugar-free black bean brownies as in they contain zero refined sugar like typical brownie recipes.

Some people like black bean brownies with dates included as a natural sweetener, which isn’t a bad idea at all. For this recipe, I decided to use maple syrup and stevia.

As you’ll see from the nutrition information below, this easy black bean brownie recipe is impressively high in fiber, which can help ward off digestive complaints like constipation.

One of the drawbacks of these brownies is the fact that some people have a hard time digesting legumes like black beans. Soaking and sprouting beans can help make them easier on the gut.

These may not be vegan black bean brownies, but to make black bean brownies vegan, you can substitute ¼ to ½ of a ripe avocado mashed for each egg in this recipe. Black bean avocado brownies are also delicious and healthy.

As another vegan option, the regular eggs can be substituted for flax eggs. The standard conversion for a regular egg to a flax egg is one tablespoon of flaxseed meal and three tablespoons of water to replace one egg.

You may be thinking, “This all sounds very healthy, but how do they taste?” Try serving these to your friends and family … with no bean taste, I bet they’ll mistake them for regular brownies — delicious, gooey, chocolatey brownies.

Black bean brownies recipe - Dr. Axe

How to Make Black Bean Brownies

Forget making black bean brownies with mix because even though this recipe is made from scratch, it’s still an incredibly easy recipe to create even when you don’t have a ton of time.

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Next, put all of your ingredients into the blender.

Once everything is mixed up well, pour the batter into the greased pan.

These simple black bean brownies will be ready for tasting in less than an hour! Let’s go into detail …

Add all of the ingredients to the blender.

Black bean brownies step 2 - Dr. Axe

Blend all of the ingredients together.

When it’s all done, there shouldn’t be any clumps.

Black bean brownies step 4 - Dr. Axe

Pour the black bean brownie mix into a greased 8×8 pan or baking dish. Coconut oil works great for greasing the pan/dish.

Black bean brownies step 5 - Dr. Axe

Bake for 40 minutes.

Let the pan cool for at least 10 minutes.

Time to serve! Depending on how you cut them, this recipe will make anywhere from nine to 12 brownies.

Last but not least, enjoy a delicious black bean brownie!

Black bean brownies recipe - Dr. Axe

Black Bean Brownies Recipe

This black bean brownies recipe lets you have the dessert without the guilt! It’s packed full of fiber, protein, iron and magnesium.


  • 15-ounces cooked black beans, drained
  • ½ cup cacao powder
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • ¾ cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons stevia
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup Paleo flour
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Blend all ingredients together.
  3. Pour ingredients into a greased 8×8 pan and bake for 40 minutes.
  4. Allow to cool for 10–15 minutes.

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