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Black Bean Brownies

Gluten-free. Nut-free. Dairy-Free. Stress-free.

Overdosing on holiday sweets? Looking for an easy treat to bring along to a Christmas party or to serve at your New Year’s Eve gathering? Worried about the multitude of food allergies and eliminations in the party crowd? Your search is over! Okay, these Black Bean Brownies contain sugar and honey, but they don’t taste too sweet… Plus the other ingredients are nutritious enough to set your conscience at ease (including high fibre black beans and plain oats), and the result is yummy enough that they’ll never know they’re eating beans!

Low-Carb? Nope.
Gluten-free? Yes (use Only Oats Quick Oats or similar non-contaminated oats)
Dairy-free? Yes (use semi-sweet chocolate chips, not milk chocolate)
Nut-free? Yes

Prep: 10 min
Cook: 15-18 min (Rest: 10 mins)
Ready in: 35 min


15-oz can (1 1/2 cups ) Black Beans, drained + rinsed (40g carb)
2 tbsp (10g) Cocoa Powder (0g carb)
1/2 cup (40g) Quick Oats (22g carb)
1/4 tsp Salt (0g carb)
1/4 cup (80g) Honey (or pure maple syrup, or agave) (68g carb)
2 tbsp (24g) Sugar (24g carb)
1/4 cup Vegetable Oil (0g carb)
2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract (0g carb)
1/2 tsp Baking Powder (0g carb)
1/2 cup (120g) Chocolate Chips (72g carb). Use up to 2/3 cup if you prefer.

 (Optional: a sprinkle of extra chips, for presentation)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips in a food processor; blend until completely smooth. (A blender can work if you don’t have a food processor, but the texture—and even the taste—will be much better in a food processor.)
  3. Stir in the chips, then pour into a greased 8×8 pan. Optional: sprinkle extra chocolate chips evenly over the top. 
  4. Cook 15-18 minutes. Cool at least 10 minutes before cutting.
  5. Cut into 16 equal portions. (4 x 4 pieces)
  • If they still look a bit undercooked, you can place the brownies in the fridge overnight and they will magically firm up!
  • For a smaller, bite-sized party treat, cut into 25 equal portions (5×5 pieces) at only 9g carbs each.

Thanks to Chocolate Covered Katie for this yummy recipe!


Total yield: 16 brownies
Total carbs: 226g
Carb Content per brownie: 14g

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