Black Bean Brownies!!!!

August 26, 2010

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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Lillian's Test Kitchen is an online cooking web series. The recipes in this series are always grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and cane sugar-free. The recipes are also all (at this point) paleo. Some are vegan. Some are raw. I use the best ingredients I can find (and afford). But Lillian's Test Kitchen is not so much about food as it is about the experience of trying something you have never tried before and then finding the joy, comedy and laughter in those small moments in spite of and also often, because of dietary restrictions. My goal is to inspire others to take their health into their own hands and make their own food.

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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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