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Eat Well LiveWell: Black Bean Brownies

Eat Well LiveWell: Black Bean Brownies

Let’s celebrate National Nutrition Month with a black bean brownie recipe! Black beans add velvety, fudgy texture to these brownies without extra calories from fat and sugar. In fact, black beans drastically improve the nutrition of brownies by adding an excellent source of protein, fiber and quality carbohydrates! Black beans are high in several minerals, like copper, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc, and naturally low in fat.

Using cocoa powder instead of baking chocolate also helps to decrease the fat content of your brownies. Choose good quality cocoa powder to ensure that your brownies are rich and chocolatey. Want more chocolate? Add a small amount of dark chocolate chips for another layer of chocolate flavor, as well as some vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. With a total of nine ingredients, these black bean brownies are an easy and nutritious way to treat yourself and your body right

Black Bean Brownies

Servings: 16
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Ready in: 40 minutes


  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee (optional)
  • ½ cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease an 8x8 square baking dish.
  2. Combine the black beans, eggs, oil, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla extract, sugar, and instant coffee in a blender; blend until smooth; pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top of the mixture.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the top is dry and the edges start to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 30 minutes.

Nutritional Information:

136 Calories, 3g Protein, 5g Fat, 20g Carbohydrates, 3g Fiber, 66mg Sodium