Double chocolate black beans brownies

A fast, easy recipe for gluten free vegan double chocolate black beans brownies using rolled oats. A healthier brownie when the chocolate craving kicks in.

A fast, easy recipe for gluten free vegan double chocolate black beans brownies using rolled oats.

I can’t believe it took me so long to talk about brownies.

I love brownies. Oh, but these are not your regular brownies.

These are double chocolate flour-less black beans gluten-free vegan brownies.

I can see you rolling your eye. Pretty long name, right?

I think it was about a year ago I first saw a brownie recipe that called for black bean. My first thought was “huh”, really, black bean brownie? Love it or hate it?

I was kinda in the middle. More on the curious side.

So I made my first batch shortly after. It was good, but my heart was still beating for the regular brownies. You know what I’m talking about. High in sugar, fat and low in nutrition.

Double chocolate black beans brownies

These are different.

They do have sugar. 2/3 cup to be exact.

But they are high protein and fiber from the black beans, gluten-free oats and chia seeds.

I’ve already told you the benefits of chia seeds and 100% unsweetened cocoa chocolate.

A fast, easy recipe for gluten free vegan double chocolate black beans brownies

Oats are known to be a good source of protein and fiber, helps lower your bad cholesterol and reduces the risk of heart disease, stabilize blood sugar for those fighting diabetics.

Black beans are very high in fiber and numerous vitamins and minerals. Black beans make a complete protein when paired with brown rice, which is often why they are so commonly included in a vegetarian diet. They are very good for your digestive tract, the blood sugar regulatory system, and the cardiovascular system.

Double Chocolate Brownies |

Now the double chocolate mystery.

In addition to the 100% unsweetened cocoa chocolate I used unsweetened cocoa for a richer chocolate-y bite.

After hearing all the benefits of these brownies, you’re probably wondering how they taste like.

Let me tell you, you can hardly taste the difference. They are just a little sweet, with a deep chocolate taste, light, moist and above all good for your health.

Now, go in the kitchen and make these double chocolate brownies. You won’t regret it!

Double Chocolate Brownies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

1 hour

Yield: 16 square brownies

Double Chocolate Brownies

A healthier brownie made with black beans, gluten free oats and 100% cocoa chocolate. A sweet treat when the chocolate craving kicks in. So good, you may not want to share.


  • 1 can 15.5 oz black beans or 250 grams cooked black beans
  • 3/4 cup (60 grams) unsweetened cocoa
  • 2/3 cup raw sugar
  • 1/2 cup Gluten free Bobs Red Mill rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) sunflower oil
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup Chia seeds
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 2 oz Ghirardelli 100% cacao unsweetened chocolate bar


  1. Heat the oven to 350F. Line a 11X7 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Grate or finely chop the chocolate and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl mix the chia seeds with the water until becomes gelatinous.
  4. Drain and rinse the beans and place them in the food processor with the oats, sugar, cocoa, oil and baking powder. Mix until it becomes a think paste.
  5. Add the chia seed mixture and pulse a couple of times.
  6. With a spatula incorporate the chocolate and pour the mixture into the prepared pan.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes.
  8. Leave to cool completely in the pan before cutting into squares.


I would have loved to add some instant coffee to the mixture. More than half of the brownies were eaten by kids so I didn't. They freeze very well. Just leave a couple of minutes at room temperature before eating.

If you liked these double chocolate brownies you may also like

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Triple chocolate brownie cookies

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Triple Chocolate Layer Cake

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  1. Marsha @ The Harried Cook says

    I have heard so much about the black bean brownies but still haven’t worked up the nerve to try it! Your brownies look great, and very tempting, Roxana! :) Great post – and a very educational one! Thanks :)

  2. says

    Roxana! These look pretty amazing! I’ve seen black bean brownies before, but these look so very fudgy! It would be nice to eat a brownie that has some nutritional value to them. These look great! : )

  3. says

    I’ve heard of black beans in baked goods but I’ve never tried it, though I wouldn’t need much convincing when the subject is brownies. Love them! If I can enjoy a few pieces without guilt to follow, I’d say these are a winner. Will try these for sure. Hubs would appreciate it! :)

  4. says

    What a beautiful batch of brownies, and I love this new trend of making them more wholesome with black beans! I’ve got to try this for myself, but I’m still a little skittish! Thanks for sharing, Roxana.

    Also, I’m having a great giveaway today with four potential prize winners, so you should enter!

  5. Lisa says

    I’ve yet to try a brownie with black beans in it, but wow, I just know I could eat a plate of those, especially knowing how healthy they are. Beautiful photos as always.

  6. says

    Nice healthy brownies, I love black beans never thought to use them in brownies but I’m sure they would be great in these. Very pretty photos :)

  7. Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings says

    i’m having chocolate overload with all the chocolate posts today! drooling…

  8. says

    black beans? what, seriously?! i did go ‘huh’.
    initially the ‘vegan’ part excited me – thank god, finally a tried & tested eggless recipe; but the black beans, hmmm i’m not sure… though your beautiful pictures are tempting me to give it oneeee shot.

  9. says

    Oh, my, you’ve done it…made a decadent tasting and healthy brownie. I may need to test this one out on the family. There will be no guilt when I have more than one. Have a great weekend!

  10. says

    I am definitely not rolling my eyes, they look soooooo good! I have said for years, I need to try brownies with black beans:-) YUM! Hugs, Terra

  11. cassie says

    These look incredible, I can’t believe there is no flour added. The black beans must be a hit, I have seen this done a lot lately. Love the sound of it!

  12. says

    They look amamzing!! I have actually tried black bean brownies from 101 cookbook and my family loved them, happy to have another new recipe to try!! lovely pics!

  13. says

    Roxana, I love that you manage to pack so much nutrition as well as deliciousness into your desserts! I would love to indulge in a few of these, and I have a feeling I would have a hard time stopping eating them ;)!

  14. says

    I think I’ve tried brownies made with black beans once…but I don’t really remember them. These, however, look MEMORABLE! I love your addition of chia seeds, too. Plus, they’re so beautiful. Thank you for sharing them w/ MLLA this month! :)

  15. Kiran @ says

    That looks incredibly delish and with double chocolate, i’d take a few boxes, please 😉

  16. Ambree Williams says

    Thank you for this recipe! I made this the other day and it was quite yummy! To this great dessert I added a tablespoon of vanilla extract, a teaspoon of maple extract, about 1/2 tsp of sea salt and cut back the oatmeal to 1/3 cup. Also added a cup of walnuts and these brownies were out of this world!

    I linked back to this website so others can check out your delicious ideas…thanks again! :)

    Here’s my pic of your recipe on my FB page… :)

  17. Daina says

    So excited to find a version of these with no egg. I made a batch for a bake sale a few weeks back but the recipe had at least 3 eggs in it! Thanks for sharing your gift with the world – I’m excited to try out some of the healthy treats I’ve found on your site today!

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