Gluten Free Chocolate Black Bean Brownies

black bean brownies

Now I love chocolate brownies as much as anybody, but I also like to eat foods that nourish me and keep me healthy, so I’m always on the hunt for decadent recipes that tick both those boxes at the same time.

These moist, dark, black bean brownies give a wonderful alternative to all the traditional sugar and carb-tastic brownie recipes.  And let’s face it there are plenty of them around!  The nutrient-rich ingredients in this particular recipe, give you a whole load of vitamins and minerals that regular brownies are totally lacking in.

  • Black beans – High in folate (B9) and thiamine (B1), copper, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous and iron.  They also contain cardiovascular-protective flavanoids, lots of fibre to improve gut health, and slow-release energy to stabilise blood sugar.
  • Raw organic honey – Because raw honey hasn’t been pasteurised like commercial honey, it contains all sorts of nutrients.  These include the entire B-complex, as well as vitamins A, C, D, E and K.  Minerals magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, sulfur, iodine, calcium, copper and manganese, about 22 amino acids and 5,000 or so enzymes.
  • Organic eggs – Eggs have awesome eye-protective carotenoids called lutein and zeaxanthin, plenty of good protein, selenium, riboflavin (B2), cobalamin (B12) and liver-nourishing choline.
  • Coconut oil – Coconut oil is full of nourishing fats like lauric acid, caprylic acid and capric acid which are essential for good brain function, anti-inflammatory and immune-protective.

Black Bean Brownies

If you have a very sweet tooth, you may want to play around with honey quantities to increase the sweetness to suit your taste.  I personally like to lower levels as much as poss, because I think most recipes have way more sugar than needed.

Also bear in mind that even though honey is healthier than refined sugar, it still contains about 40% fructose (the unhealthiest type of sugar), so it’s best to eat it in moderation.

Ingredients

  • 400g can (approx 15 oz) organic black beans, drained
  • 60g / ½ cup gluten-free flour
  • 60g / ½ cup raw cacao powder
  • 60ml / ¼ cup water
  • 3 organic eggs
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 80g /4 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1-2 teaspoons stevia
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

Optional

  • handful of chopped nuts – walnuts, hazelnuts, brazils, almonds, etc

Method

1  Before you start, preheat your oven to 180ºc / 350ºc.  And grease a 20x20cm / 8×8 inch baking pan or tray.

2  Then in a food processor or blender, add all the ingredients and blitz them thoroughly together.

4  Pour this brownie mix into your baking tray and bake in the oven for about 40 minutes.

5  Once ready remove from the oven, run a knife around the edge of the tray and allow to stand and cool for 10-15 minutes.

6  After this your black bean brownies can be cut up into squares to share, or just scoff one by one as you see fit.  They keep really well in an airtight container and make great lunchbox fillers, or treats for long rambles in the countryside.

You can also freeze your black bean brownies, so feel free to bake them in bigger batches if you want to make them last longer!

So what did you think?  Share your feedback and recipe tweaks for these black bean brownies in the comments below.

For other healthy brownie recipes try – Gluten Free Chocolate Beetroot Brownies and my Raw Cacao Nib Brownies (No Baking Required).

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