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Black Bean Brownies with Peanut Butter

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The best healthy brownie I’ve ever had… Black Bean Brownies with Peanut Butter are easy and flourless.

Holding a pan of fresh black bean brownies fresh out of the oven.

Life is too short to give up the foods we love. I am a firm believer of enjoying all foods in moderation, and not restricting any food from our diets… but that doesn’t mean I don’t try to make some of my favorite foods a little “healthier”. That’s exactly what I’ve done with my newest recipe…. Black Bean Brownies with Peanut Butter.

Overhead shot of black bean brownies with spilled chocolate chips

DO NOT let the black beans freak you out. I repeat… do not freak out 😉  These brownies will blow your mind… and you won’t even taste the black beans. Promise.

I have been testing and re-testing and re-testing this recipe until I thought it was worthy to share. And I think I finally got it.

How do you make black bean brownies?

  1. Drain and rinse black beans and add all ingredients (except Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chips) to VitaMix.
  2. Pour batter into baking dish after it is mixed well
  3. Drizzle melted Peanut Butter and pour chocolate chips over top.
  4. Bake
  5. Enjoy!
Black bean Brownies cut up on a plate and piled high.

I used my VitaMix to blend it well. It does a fantastic job blending everything up until it’s creamy. If you don’t have a VitaMix it’s ok, just use a blender to mix the beans, eggs, coconut oil and avocado then transfer to a bowl and mix the remainder of the ingredients together.

I think my favorite part of this recipe is the melted peanut butter that is swirled over the top of it.

You get a little taste of peanut butter in every bite… and if you are like me, that makes you happy, too 😉  If you don’t like peanut butter, just leave that step out. Are there really people on this planet who don’t love peanut butter? 😉

Living a healthy lifestyle for me is about enjoying foods I love and creating recipes that are healthier and allow me to enjoy “goodies” without feeling miserable after eating them. I will say I had a lot of black beans this week… but I didn’t have a sugar crash after these like I would with “normal” brownies.

The chocolate chips I have added on top have no added sugar and so they add just a hint of dark chocolate which I love. They are Lily’s Baking Chips and I found them at Whole Foods, you can find them on Amazon as well. (PS- Mine were cheaper at Whole Foods but if you don’t have one nearby it’s ok, your bag will last a while since you only use one serving for this recipe)

If you need a dairy free option, Enjoy Life chocolate chips are my favorite.

Overhead shot of black bean brownies and spilled chocolate chips

I hope you love these Black Bean Brownies. Here are a couple ways I’ve enjoyed them over the last few weeks while testing them!

  • With a serving of high protein ice cream like Halo Top or Enlightened.
  • Right out of the fridge. I know weird right? But these brownies are super good cold!
  • Right out of the oven. They are cake-like and fluffy, so be careful when they are warm because they will crumble a bit but they are delicious!

Overhead view of black bean brownies with 4 brownies missing.

Some other things I want you to know when making these brownies.

  • You will need the Vitamix Accelerator tool if you make it in your Vitamix. You should have one of these if you have a VitaMix. The batter gets thick and you’ll need to use this to mix it well.
  • If you are using a blender, I would transfer it to a mixing bowl after combining the beans, eggs, coconut oil and avocado. Make sure to stir the remaining ingredients in well, or use a hand mixer. I’ve liked them better the creamier I can get my batter.
  • Melt the peanut butter before pouring it on top, it will spread much further that way.

Ok, now what are you waiting for? Go grab the ingredients and get ready to have your mind blown that you are eating black bean brownies! I hope you love them as much as I do!

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Black Bean Brownies with Peanut Butter

These easy, flourless, black bean brownies are not only healthy… they are delicious!  They are the best healthy brownie I’ve ever tried!
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Overhead view of black bean brownies with 4 brownies missing.
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:20 minutes
Total Time:30 minutes


  • 15 ounces black beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg white
  • 25 grams avocado
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 TBS honey
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 TBS peanut butter
  • 14 grams chocolate chips (I used Lily’s baking chips)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray an 8×8 pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Drain and rinse black beans and put in Vitamix (or blender) with eggs, avocado and coconut oil.  Blend well.
  • If using Vitamix, add all ingredients EXCEPT for peanut butter and chocolate chips.  Use accelerator to mix well.
    If using a blender, transfer black bean mixture into a large mixing bowl and add all remaining ingredients EXCEPT for peanut butter and chocolate chips and mix well using a hand mixer.
  • Pour brownie batter into prepared baking dish.
  • Melt peanut butter in separate dish in the microwave for approximately 20 seconds, stir and then pour over top of brownie mixture.
  • Use a knife to swirl peanut butter into brownies.  Do not over mix.  Just pass through the batter a few times to make sure it’s evenly distributed.
  • Sprinkle chocolate chips on top and lightly press them into batter.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until knife comes out of center clean.  Do not over-bake.
  • Cool on wire rack.


Calories: 93kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 79mg | Potassium: 180mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1.1mg
Servings: 16
Calories: 93kcal
Author: Beautifully Broken Journey

Photo Credit: Gourmet Creations Photography

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    1. I haven’t tested it with anything else but you could try either olive oil or applesauce I think. Like i said, I don’t know if it will work or it, but it only has 1tsp so it shouldn’t make a huge difference I don’t think.

    1. Hey Beth, I haven’t tested it so I can’t say it will work or not, but you could always try it without the avocado. Maybe add in another teaspoon of coconut oil? Like I said, I haven’t tested it so I have no idea if it will work but you could try it!

    2. 5 stars
      Hi! I made these last night and I substituted the avocado with 0% greek yogurt (I’m on weight watchers and it’s 0points), they turned out really good!!!!

  1. 5 stars
    Made them tonight – they’re delicious! I put too many chips on top & might cut the cocoa powder a tad the next time. 20.2# down on WW – thx for the inspiration!

  2. I’m looking forward to making the brownies later today. How much 0% Greek yogurt was used to replace avocado? Thanks!

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