Black Bean Brownies

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Is it cooling down where you are? We have had some wonderfully crisp mornings this past week and fall is definitely in the air; I’m ready for it! I even put out our decorations yesterday.

As if cool mornings, changing leaves, and pumpkin everything weren’t enough to remind me that fall is here, I have also been reminded by my husband; he has resumed his place on the couch on Sunday afternoons watching his football teams religiously. Yep, football season is here.

While I’m not particularly enthused about watching the games, I do love making the snacks. I’m always excited to try out a new recipe for us to munch on throughout the day. This weekend I was in a sweets mood, hence the brownies.

These are not just any brownies, though. These are black bean brownies, and they taste incredible.

You: “Paula, welcome to 2015, these brownies have been around for years! How are you just trying them now?”
Me: “Yeah, you’re right. I was needlessly skeptical.”

It’s true – Chocolate Covered Katie came out with her recipe in 2012, and I’ve looked at it countless times. I hate wasting food and I just couldn’t imagine that black beans could become brownies. How is this possible? So I kept putting it off.

You. Guys. It’s possible. If you’re equipped with a good food processor, you can make some killer black bean brownies in under 30 minutes. Seriously. They’re amazing. I still haven’t told my husband what is in them, mwahahaha.

Delicious, filled with fiber and protein, ooey gooey, and easy to make? Sign me up.

Stay tuned for more healthy football snacks in the weeks to come. I’m feeling something savory next. If you’re looking for other healthy snacks, check out; the website is filled with great healthy ideas to keep you going throughout the day.

What is your favorite game day snack? Have you tried black bean brownies before? Let me know below!

Black Bean Brownies

Yield: 9-12 brownies
Time: 22 minutes
  • 15 oz. can low/no sodium black beans, drained and rinsed very well
  • 2 tbls. cocoa powder (10g)
  • 1/2 cup gluten free oats (40g)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbls. packed brown sugar
  • 3 tbls. butter or coconut oil (40g)
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips (125g)
  • Additional chocolate chips to sprinkle on top (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Using a good food processor, process oats until finely ground
  3. Add in remaining ingredients except chocolate chips
  4. Process until completely smooth
  5. Stir in chocolate chips
  6. Transfer to a greased 8×8 or 9×9 pan
  7. Sprinkle extra chocolate chips over the top, if using
  8. Bake 15-18 minutes, allow to cool at least 10 minutes before cutting into them
  9. If they still seem undercooked, place in the fridge and they will firm up
  10. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted slightly from Chocolate Covered Katie.