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Black Bean Brownies

Author: Lauren with Zestful Kitchen

Tender, fudgy and incredibly chocolately, these brownies have a secret healthy ingredient that, is not disclosed, is totally undetectable. Made with a whole can of black beans and just a ¼ cup of flour, these brownies are everything you love about the classic dessert, just healthified.

Total time: 40 minutes

Yield: 16 brownies


2 tablespoons coconut oil

4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped

1 can low-sodium black beans (15 ounces) drained and rinsed

2 eggs

⅔ cup sugar

¼ cup cocoa powder

2 teaspoons instant espresso powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

¼ cup all-purpose flour

¼ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking soda

2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips (optional)

Confectioners’ sugar (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease an 8-inch baking pan with nonstick spray and line with parchment, leaving a 2-inch overhang.

2. Melt coconut oil and chocolate together in a double boiler until smooth; let cool 5 minutes.

3. Blend beans, eggs, sugar, cocoa, espresso powder, and vanilla in a high-powered blender until completely smooth. Add chocolate mixture and blend until smooth. Add flour, baking powder, and baking soda and blend just until combined.

4. Pour batter into prepared pan, smooth top, and sprinkle with chocolate chips (if using). Bake brownies until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 25 minutes.

5. Let brownies cool in pan 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar, if desired.

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