Black Bean Brownies!!!!

August 26, 2010
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Really? That sounds totally weird. (was my first reaction) But (surprise!) these are totally delicious!


  • 1 can no salt Black Beans
  • 3 lightly beaten Eggs
  • 1/3 cup Grapeseed Oil
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
  • pinch Celtic Sea Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Gluten-Free Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup Agave Nectar
  • 1/2 cup Chopped up Chocolate Chips

Chocolate Chip Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup 99% Chocolate
  • 3 Tablespoons Agave Nectar


(Sweeten the chocolate first)

  • Make the double boiler, put the flame on high
  • Put the chocolate in the small pan
  • Add the Agave Nectar
  • Stir until the chocolate is completely melted.
  • Pour and smooth out over a cutting board
  • Place in the freezer

Brownie Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  • Pour the beans (but drain them first) into the food processor
  • lightly beat the eggs
  • Pour the rest of the ingredients in
  • Blend until smooth
  • Grease the brownie pan with Grapeseed Oil
  • Pour the batter into the greased pan
  • Take the chocolate out of the freezer (it should be firm)
  • Chop into chunks
  • Sprinkle on
  • Bake for 30 minutes
  • Let it cool
  • EAT!!!!


This is surprisingly awesome.  I was skeptical, but I was completely proven wrong.  This is a crazy healthy and delicious desert.  Make it!.  (I think it’s best cold so I suggest putting it in the fridge.)

I adapted this recipe from

Good luck!!!!


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I embark on on-camera, healthy food adventures while I make other people's recipes (Sometimes vegan. Sometimes raw. Mostly paleo. Always gluten, grain, dairy, refined sugar, soy, and corn free) for the very first time on camera. I also do a daily gratiTUDE series in which I write about something I am grateful for everyday because the secret to happiness is realizing that the good stuff is already all around us. Let's have a good time, shall we?

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  1. Bethany says:

    Just to preface, I am no novice when it comes to gluten free baking, baking with “odd” ingredients, and I have no aversion to the “health food taste” of baking with wholesome ingredients.

    That said, I’m sorry Lillian, this recipe was not a winner. It was pretty awful. The bean taste and texture was only partially masked by the other ingredients.

    But after all, it’s a “test kitchen”, right? Better luck next recipe :)

    • lillian says:

      It is a test kitchen! I’m sorry you didn’t like it. Oh well. I hope that one bad experience doesn’t stop you from trying lots of new (sometimes odd) ingredients and new recipes!

  2. Carmen says:

    Thanks so much for your video Lillian. I just baked these and they taste incredible (I can’t taste the beans at all). I used butter beans (all I had in the cupboard), coconut oil and brown rice syrup for the sweetener. I can’t believe how fudgy they are!

    • lillian says:

      AWESOME. That’s so cool that butter beans work! I hadn’t thought of using other beans. But now I want to try it!

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