Fudgy Black Bean Brownies


  • One 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons of applesauce (or canola oil)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided

Number of Servings : 16

Serving Size: One brownie (2” by 2”)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly oil or coat an 8 X 8-inch baking pan or dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Place the black beans in the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth and creamy.  Add the eggs, applesauce, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, peppermint extract as desired, baking powder, and salt and process until smooth.  Add ¼ cup of the chips and pulse a few times until the chips are incorporated.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smooth the top with a rubber spatula, and sprinkle with the remaining ¼ cup chocolate chips.
  4. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until the edges start to pull away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan before slicing into 2-inch squares.

Recipe by Liz Weiss, MS, RD and Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RD