Seemingly Sinful Brownies

Posted on October 20th, by Helen in Diet. 8 comments

Seemingly Sinful Brownies

Star ingredient: black beans! Now using beans to make brownies may not sound appetizing, but I promise, you can’t even taste them in this recipe. I’ve tried a lot of brown bean recipes in the past (in my former life as a nutrition editor) and most of them turn out dry and not sweet enough to constitute as dessert. This recipe has the perfect ratio of wet to dry ingredients to create a moist chocolate-y treat that is more foodie than hippie. And the fact that these brownies are healthy is just a sweet bonus.

Black Bean Brownies

Makes 10 brownies Ÿ/ Prep time: 10 min / Cook time: 20 min / Cooling time: 15 min


  • 3/4 cup cooked black beans (fresh or canned)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup honey or Agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips, divided
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a glass baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Puree the beans with the oil in a blender until smooth. Then add the eggs, Agave, cocoa, coffee, and vanilla.
  3. Melt half the chocolate chips in the microwave or a small pot and add to the blender. Blend on high until smooth.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to the blender and pulse until just incorporated. Stir in remaining chocolate chips.
  5. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick poked in comes out dry. Let cool for 15 minutes before cutting and removing from the pan.

Nutrients per 1 brownie: 109 calories, 9 g total fat, 2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 18 mg cholesterol, 84 mg sodium, 6 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein, 1 g iron.

Skin Benefits

Here’s how these brownies help fight…


Black beans, also known as turtle beans, provide antioxidants and are a great source of fiber and lean protein, which help skin look better because they stabilize blood sugar levels. Blood sugar levels that are too high can change the way the body handles insulin and may create hormonal changes that can cause acne.

Dry skin

Eggs and olive oil provide omega-3s fatty acids, a type of healthy fat that helps reduce inflammation and can keep skin moisturized, which reduces the risk of itching, irritation and dermatitis.

Rosacea and puffy eyes

Antioxidant-loaded cocoa is the ingredient in dark chocolate that makes it famous for its superfood status. You’ve likely heard that eating a piece of dark chocolate (with at least 65% cocoa) every day can help your heart stay strong, but it may also help keep your skin calm. When damage caused by free radicals triggers an inflammatory response, the result can be redness and puffy skin.


Try eating one of these brownies before bed to prevent puffy eyes in the morning.


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