Really Awesome Black Bean Brownies

I was looking for some delicious, but still healthy, treats to serve over the holidays. My friend, fellow holistic nutritionist and natural chocolatier, Rick Kohut, RNH, shared his recipe for a decadent, but much healthier, brownie. It’s gluten- and dairy-free. The black beans add protein and lots of fiber to help prevent the blood sugar spikes that occur with most brownies or sweets in general. No one will know there are black beans hidden in these treats. The raw cacao adds plentiful amounts of antioxidants. Rick aptly named them “really awesome.” Once you’ve tasted them you’ll know why. Enjoy!

Puree together in a food processor:

  • 2 cups cooked black beans (unsalted)–If you’re using canned beans, be sure to choose a BPA-free can of beans such as Eden.
  • 2 large eggs or egg substitute
  • 1/2 cup honey or agave nectar
  • 2 Tbsp organic raw cacao
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil


Sift together then blend into wet ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup organic raw cacao powder
  • 2 Tbsp tapioca starch or corn starch
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan crystal salt


1. Mix in 1/3 to 1/2 cup raw cacao nibs or dairy-free chocolate chips

2. Grease a small pan. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. Allow to cool then cut into squares. Store in a sealed container in fridge or freezer. They are also great cold!

Let me know how you like them.


Source: Rick Kohut, RHN, Holistic Nutritionist and proprietor of Health Street.

Subscribe to my free e-magazine World’s Healthiest News to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow me on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook. Copyright Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD.

5-Minute Dairy-Free Ice Cream
Chocolate Strawberry Royale
White Bean Blondies


Stephanie s
Stephanie Yabout a year ago

Yummy. Thank you

Sophie M
Past Member 2 years ago

Great. Thanks.

Dale O.

This looks like something to try, I like black beans and this looks tasty.

Nancy Collins
Nancy Collins4 years ago

sounds yummy!!!

Mar B.
Mar B.6 years ago

There is no leavening - is this correct or is it perhaps an omission?

Jarmila Bernathova

i will try it, looks great

Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey6 years ago

I have read this recipe again and again. The ingredients sound plausible enough, I just have a hard time believing it can be flourless AND have correct consistency. It seems to me, these would be very, very, very dense. Almost to the point one would be eating a chocolatey goo.

Howard Crosse
.6 years ago

Sounds great - I'm going to give these a try.

Penny B.
.6 years ago

Sounds wonderful, thanks.

Mira Dessy
Mira Dessy6 years ago

Love black bean brownies, they are a great gluten free treat. Just be sure to use GMO free cornstarch to keep this a healthy treat.