Black Bean Chocolate Brownies
Gluten-free / Grain-freeblack bean brownies
Servings: 12-15 brownies


  • 1 x 400g canned black beans, 230g drained weight
  • 110g coconut palm sugar
  • 50g coconut oil or butter
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder (gluten-free)
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda (gluten-free)
  • 200g 85% dark chocolate
  • 130g hazelnut butter
  • 1 medium organic egg
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 50g chopped dark chocolate to sprinkle on top (optional)


  1. black bean browniesPreheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4.
  2. Grease and line a shallow baking tin – an 8x8 tray serves well.
  3. In a heated bain-marie, melt the butter and 100g of the chocolate, stirring occasionally.
  4. Whilst the chocolate is melting, chop the remaining 100g of chocolate into small pieces and set aside. 
  5. Blend the nut butter, egg and coconut sugar in a food processor for a couple of minutes.
  6. Add in the black beans and blend until smooth.
  7. Then add the melted chocolate, baking powder, vanilla, bicarbonate of soda and salt and blend until well combined, for about a minute.
  8. Add in 100g of the chopped pieces of chocolate and pulse only a couple of times to combine.
  9. Evenly spoon the mixture into the baking tray. If you want the additional 50g of chopped chocolate, sprinkle on top of the batter and then bake in the oven for 20-22 minutes. The centre should still be slightly wet.
  10. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before trying to cut into bars. This will help it to set before cutting. 

Notes: Using one medium egg as opposed to a large egg will allow the centre to become more gooey and less cakey.


What’s nourishing about this recipe...

These grain-free, gluten-free brownies are the most chocolaty, moist brownies I’ve eaten in a long time! 

The addition of black beans adds a velvety texture as well as many beneficial nutrients. They are a good source of protein and fibre, which will help to balance blood sugar regulation. Also, research has shown black beans to provide special support for gut health as they feed good bacteria in the colon, helping to keep the lower digestive tract functioning properly. 

Dark chocolate is rich in Magnesium, manganese, copper and iron, essential micronutrients for health and vitality. It also contains theobromine, which boosts endorphins and increases mental alertness.

The addition of hazelnut butter also provides plenty of healthy fats, which help to lower levels of 'bad' LDL cholesterol. It also adds protein, vitamin E and key minerals like potassium, calcium and magnesium. Hazelnuts contains phytopchemicals, including proanthocyanidins, quercetin and kaempherol, which may support brain health, improve circulation and reduce symptoms associated with allergies