Black Bean Brownies {Have The Cake-November Challenge}

Nov 12, 2012
For the month of November, Have The Cake challenge was brownies and I immediately knew what I wanted to do- black bean brownies. 

Last time, I was very pleased with chocolate mint cake with red kidney beans.So why not brownies right? Even though I am trying to cut down on refined sugar to be acne-free someday,  its really hard to give up on sugar altogether. Blame that sweet tooth.

Incorporating beans into baked goods is a great way to cut down on fats, carbs, thus calories while adding lots of good nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, & fiber. 

My dough master was little hesitant about the "black bean" brownies in the beginning but you can probably guess what happened to the remaining brownies. Dough master & I devoured it over the movie- Meet Joe Black (a must watch). And I think he ate few more for breakfast too..

The end result was very moist, rich and adding almonds (or any nuts) gives some texture to the soft texture of this brownie. There is no after-bean taste at all whatsoever!!

Black Bean Brownies (recipe adapted from here)
yields: ~ 12 pieces

1-15.5 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
3 eggs
3 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
unsweetened coconut flakes, chocolate chips ( I used semi-sweet, dark, and white chocolate), and chopped almonds

-Preheat oven to 350 F. 
-Place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. 
-Line 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper and pour the mixture.
-Top it with your choice of chocolate chips, nuts, and coconut flakes.
-Bake for 16-18 minutes or until the tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
-Allow it to cool then cut it into pieces then enjoy!  

Note: I used blender and the batter was runny. I would recommend using food processor and keeping the batter smooth rather than runny.  

I am also posting this recipe to Have The Cake Blog. Click here for more brownie recipes from fellow bloggers!


  1. Wow, they look really good!! I am glad you like them. I need to make them again soon :-)

    1. thank you so much for the recipe. i am glad i tried it out and will be making it again :)

  2. Nice job Dixya. I've been meaning to try out this recipe, I first saw this recipe on 101 Cookbooks by Heidi. There are so many versions out there. Will definitely have to give it a try. I used to have mild-moderate acne and I changed my diet by cutting down on white carbs and white sugar, it definitely helped a lot. I also love Neutrogena Acne Wash Scrub in green, works really well. Also, lots and lots of water. :)

    1. this is a full proof recipe. My only recommendation is to use a food processor rather than a blender. Thanks for your acne tips. I have been avoiding dairy and it seems to have helped me a little bit.

  3. Wow these look great, Dixya! After my epic fail when making chickpea blondies, I've been weary about bean-based desserts. Your recipe makes me want to rethink that and give it a 2nd shot!

    1. I have tried bean based desserts twice and both time times were pretty successful. I hope it turns out good for you this time.

  4. I've always wanted to try black beans in brownies. You've tempted me even more with this moist version! Yum!

    1. they turned out pretty good. Very moist and you cant taste the beans at all.

  5. I have to try these brownies. They look so delicious!