Easy Black Bean Brownies


Easy Black Bean Brownies - Another Javabird.com recipe.


We’ve posted several ideas for brownies so adding yet another wasn’t part of the plan. It’s funny how life has its way of taking plans and trashing them. I have a good friend who always says, “Go with the flow,” so that’s exactly what I’m doing here. You see, I ran across a way to make a healthier snack (in this case a brownie) and it turned out so good I figured every parent or brownie lover out there would want to know the secret.



This brownie is hot from the oven and ready to eat.

Can't you just smell them baking in the oven?

I’m not sure if they’re teaching this yet at the “Culinary Institute”, but they ought to. And since it’s a brownie it may not technically qualify as a “healthy diet recipe”, either. Who cares? When you find something that’s so easy and simple to make, tastes delicious, and is much healthier than the alternative isn’t it worth trying?


I’m talking, of course, of adding black beans to your brownies in place of the oil and eggs. “Black beans?!” you scoff. Am I serious? You bet!


I’m only going to mention this once in case the kids are close by and happen to be listening: Black beans are really, really good for you. They’re high in fiber and protein and since they replace the oil and egg in a typical brownie mix, the brownie you end up with is much healthier. If you’d like to learn a little more about the health benefits of black beans check out this link at World’s Healthiest Foods.


An alternative to a food processor.

If you don't have food processor, check the cupboards. A potato ricer would smash up those beans in a pinch.

A couple quick notes before we start baking: The black beans and Kahlua (my favorite coffee liqueur) listed in the ingredients replace the oil, water and eggs as called for on the mix box. I added Kahlua to this recipe because it tastes great and makes the brownies even more delicious—the alcohol in Kahlua will bake out. I’ve seen any number of black bean brownie recipes that call for coffee or instant coffee crystals so if you don’t have or don’t want to use Kahlua try that instead. Also, before you settle on a brownie mix check the calories, sugar, and fat content in it. I’ve found they vary substantially. The Betty Crocker mix shown in the pictures was better than several others I looked at and cheaper, too.




1 box of your favorite packaged brownie mix that calls for adding oil, water and egg.
1 can of black beans (rinsed)
3/4 cup of Kahlua (or coffee)
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips.




If you need print instructions for cooking click here or just follow our simple graphic below.


Making black bean brownies.

Here's the way to make delicious black bean brownies.


You’re really going to be amazed that these brownies taste this good. And as long as you puree the black beans, you won’t even taste them, which means the kids (or maybe your sweetie) will be eating healthier without even knowing it.



One Response to Easy Black Bean Brownies

  • connie says:

    I think I would like to experiment with that recipe, only not use a boxed mix, rather adapt one of my existing “scratch” recipes. I really like the idea of the protein and fiber and other nutrients that the black beans provide.


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