Homemade Black Bean Brownies

The black beans in this healthy brownie recipe provide extra protein and fiber in a delicious sweet treat. Adapted from a recipe by Johnson & Wales University, these brownies are sure to be a healthy hit at your next event!

avocado black bean brownies


16 servings

1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
7 ounces (210 milliliters) egg whites
5 ounces (~1 cup) unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon butter
16 ounces (~2 cups) sugar
5 tablespoons cake flour
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons espresso powder
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract


1. Gather all the ingredients and equipment.

2. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Coat a 9- x 13-inch (23- x 33-centimeter) pan with pan spray.

3. In a food processor, blend the beans and 2 ounces (60 milliliters) of egg whites.

4. In a bowl, place the cocoa powder and butter over a double boiler. Allow the butter to melt and mix into the cocoa powder. Remove from heat.

5. In a mixing bowl, combine the blended beans, sugar, flours, espresso, vanilla extract and remaining egg whites and beat until well combined. Blend in the cocoa and butter mixture.

6. Pour mixture into sprayed pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the brownie pulls away from the sides of the pan. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

Nutrition per serving

Calories: 200
Fat: 2g
Sodium: 30mg
Carbohydrates: 44g
Protein: 6g

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