Gluten-free, sugar-free chocolate brownies. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, nuts, sprinkles, or all three!


Recipe Summary

10 mins
35 mins
30 mins
1 hr 15 mins
1 9-inch square baking pan


Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9-inch square glass pan with cooking spray.

  • Place black beans and coconut oil in a saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat until the beans are warmed through and the coconut oil is melted, about 5 minutes. Mix in eggs, maple syrup, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, salt, and baking powder.

  • Transfer black bean mixture to a blender. Cover and blend into a smooth batter, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour into greased pan and sprinkle chocolate chips on top.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until batter pulls away from the sides of the pan, about 30 minutes. Allow to cool before cutting, about 30 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

If using canned black beans, omit the salt.

Substitute butter for the coconut oil if desired.

Substitute honey for the maple syrup if preferred.

Nutrition Facts

123 calories; protein 3.4g 7% DV; carbohydrates 14.3g 5% DV; fat 6.6g 10% DV; cholesterol 34.9mg 12% DV; sodium 217.8mg 9% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
Substitute 150ml butter for coconut oil Sub 150ml Splenda for syrup Add 10 ml cinnamon Add1 teaspoon chilis pepper Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
Sorry but no one in my family liked them. Read More
12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 1 stars
Sorry but no one in my family liked them. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I added walnuts instead of chocolate chips for health reasons. As well, I didn't have quite enough black beans so used 1/2 cup of white kidney beans that I had. I cooked it 5 minutes less in a muffin tin as I didn't have a pan the right size. I loved them and will make them many more times. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
If you do not like sweets and enjoy the bitter taste of dark chocolate you MIGHT like these. I followed directions to a T and my husband and I didn't really care for these. I even added some stevia to try and soften the bitter-blow. We will not be making these again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I added selva Rey cacao rum and these brownies are delicious Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I used chocolate protein powder instead of cocoa powder. I increased the powder to 1 cup. I used Splenda mixed in 1/4 cup water instead of maple syrup. Heated in mini loaves pan rather than 9 x 11 glass. They are great! These will be my sweet protein snack this week. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is definitely a keeper for my household. The dense texture may not be for everyone. I used an 8x11 glass pan and the only issue I had was that the brownies "stuck" a little. More cooking spray next time. And I used dark chocolate cocoa instead of regular. We are big fans of dark and semi-sweet chocolate so this recipe worked great. If you're looking for cake-like brownies this may not be for you or you may have to modify the recipe to get it more airy. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
I guess I should know better than to think "healthy brownies" can taste good. I do love the nutrition of the black beans and my 3 year old actually finished the one on his plate but politely refused seconds. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I have made these twice now and followed the recipe exactly. They are delicious! Make sure you blend all the ingredients together very well so your batter is smooth. I used a Vitamix and they were velvety! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
The brownies were really not good. First off, I was about to add chocolate chips when it dawned on me that then they wouldn't be sugar free.. same with sprinkles. I used unsweetened cocoa powder and that might have been a huge mistake. These did NOT taste good. The rest of the recipe was the same and then I added walnuts to the top. I was trying these out for a bake sale and needless to say, I won't be making them. Later I will try it with sweetened cocoa powder to see if that helps, but I'd need to see if that contains any sugar. Read More