Brownies: Black Bean


Health Information


  • Food processor or blender
  • Baking dish: Muffin, square, etc.


  • Black beans: ~ 1 3/4 cups, recipe or canned (well rinsed and drained)
  • Flaxseed meal: 2.5 tablespoons
  • Water: 6 tablespoons
  • Coconut oil: 3 tablespo0ns , melted
  • Cocoa powder: 0.75 cup
  • Sea salt: 0.25 teaspoon
  • Vanilla extract: 1 teaspoon, pure
  • Sugar: 0.5 cup
  • Baking powder: 1.5 teaspoon
  • Optional: chopped nuts (IE: walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, almonds), or chocolate chips – 0.25 cup


Food Preparation

  1. Grease the baking dish with olive oil or butter
  2. Combine the flaxseed meal and water in the bowl of the food processor
  3. Pulse a couple times and then let rest for a few minutes
  4. Add remaining non-optional ingredients
  5. Puree for ~3 minutes, scraping down sides as needed.  See Tips
  6. Evenly distribute the batter into the baking dish, smoothing the tops
  7. Optional: Top with the optional ingredient(s)


  1. Heat the oven to 350°F
  2. Bake for 20-26 minutes, or until the tops are dry and the edges start to pull away from the sides.
  3. Place the baking pan on a rack to cool
  4. When the pan is mostly cool, cut into bars


  • If the batter appears too thick, add a tablespoon or two of water before pulsing again. It should be slightly less thick than chocolate frosting, but not runny.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to a few days, or in the fridge to keep longer.