Introduction: Black Bean Brownies

Sure, eating a whole tray of brownies in one sitting can be a cause of regret. But not these babies! These black bean brownies taste like dessert but are healthy enough for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or all 3. Packed with protein and low on refined sugars and simple carbohydrates, these delicious brownies will give you a power up any time of day. This is a simple one bowl recipe, so let's get started.

Step 1: Ingredients and Supplies


1 (15 oz) can of black beans, rinsed and drained

2 eggs

1 overripe banana (can substitute 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/3 cup oats

1½ tsp baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup maple syrup (can substitute honey or agave)


Mixing bowl

Cup and tablespoon measures

8 x 8 nonstick pan

wooden spoon

immersion blender (you can also use a food processor or a regular blender - but the handheld immersion blender saves on cleanup again!)

Step 2: Get Your Prep Done

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F or 180 degrees C.

Grease your pan with olive oil.

Open the can of black beans and rinse them in a sieve.

Step 3: Start With the Wet Ingredients and the Cocoa

Combine the black beans, banana (sliced), maple syrup, olive oil, vanilla, and eggs, and cocoa in your mixing bowl and blend them together until smooth.

Step 4: Add in the Dry Ingredients

Add in your baking power, salt, and oats. Stir until combined.

Step 5: Bang 'em in the Oven

Now simply put them in the oven and bake at 350 degrees F for 25-35 minutes, or until a toothpick or knife comes out clean.

Step 6: Enjoy!

Enjoy this healthy and delicious treat! Store the brownies in an airtight container, and consume within 3 days. (This shouldn't be a problem!)