Black Bean Brownies

I have tried a few recipes of brownies made with black beans and this recipe is my absolute favorite.  There is no flour or added sugar, just agave and the natural sugars from the bananas!  In these brownies you can not taste the black beans, but you get a pretty strong banana taste (depending on the size of your bananas and how ripe they are) with a hint of chocolate.

Black Bean Brownie

This recipe was adapted from Happy Herbivore’s Black Bean Brownies.


  • 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (or agave)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon (use less if you don’t like a cinnamoney flavor)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup instant oats (I used GF rolled oats that I pulsed in a food processor a few times)
  • 1/4 cup raw sugar (optional if you want a sweeter brownie or bananas are too green)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease an 8×8 pan or line with parchment paper.
  2. Blend black beans in a blender or food processor for about 30 seconds.  Then, add bananas and blend for about 15 seconds (you might need to mix the beans and bananas with a spoon.)
  3. Add the other ingredients excepts oats and blend until smooth, scraping sides as needed.
  4. Stir in the oats with a spoon and pour batter into pan.  Bake 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Allow to cool before slicing.

Notes: If you want fudgier brownies, use 1/4 cup less oats.  And the white specks you see in my brownies are oats that didn’t get grinded all the way.  If you don’t want any white specks, pulse your oats in a food processor until a complete flour consistency.  The batter will probably also be smoother if you have a vitamix.

The longer these sit, the more you will taste the banana flavor. If you can wait, try not to eat these until the next day for the best flavor!

These also freeze well.  I had one in the freezer and am too impatient to wait for it to thaw on its own so I reheated it in the microwave for 30 seconds and it still tasted quite good!

Black Bean Brownie 2
This recipe yields 9 brownies.
Based on not using the optional raw sugar, 1 brownie is approximately 112 calories and 4g protein.

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