Mother's Day Brownies

May 9, 2017

The countdown to Mother’s Day is on and we’re looking forward to celebrating the special women in our lives. One way we’ll be celebrating is by baking these gluten-free and dairy-free black bean brownies. We’ve been taste-testing variations of this recipe for the past week and can attest that this final one is delicious! Wondering about the black beans? Don’t be scared off; they create a perfect brownie consistency with no bean taste.


Black Bean Brownies

Web_Recipe_BlackBeanBrownie.jpgMakes 12-16 servings | Gluten and dairy free


  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Optional: 1/4 cup chocolate chips and 1/4 cup chopped nuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Grease an 8X8 or 9X9 baking dish
  3. Melt the coconut oil and chocolate chips together.
  4. Combine the melted coconut oil and remaining ingredients together in a blender.
  5. Puree until smooth.
  6. If you want to, stir in or sprinkle the optional chocolate chips and nuts into the batter.
  7. Pour into the prepared baking dish and bake for 35-40 minutes or until set.  
  8. Cool completely before serving.
  9. Top with whipped cream.

If cut to serve 12 there are 15 carbs and 3.5 grams fiber per serving and if cut to serve 16 there are 11 carbs and 2.5 grams fiber per serving. 


Evelyn Skurich
I always read your recipes and memos.
May 10, 2017 at 2:53 pm


Thank you for reading! 

liz griffith
Sometimes I tend to overthink. This is one of those times. The size of the can is not mentioned, What size was used. Thanks in advance. This sounds yummy, gotta try.

Take care
May 10, 2017 at 10:08 pm


A standard 12 oz. can was used. Hope this recipe works for you! 

I can't eat legumes. Is there something I could replace the beans with?
May 11, 2017 at 7:37 am


If you tolerate gluten then we'd try a more traditional recipe, but tweak the sugar with our sweetener sources instead. 

Have you tried an egg replacer in this recipe (Black Bean Brownie)? I have an egg white allergy and am having a hard time finding a recipe.
May 11, 2017 at 1:39 pm


We haven't at this time but thank you for the idea! 

Made today...........fabulously YUMMY!!!!!!!!! I urge everyone to try them.
May 25, 2017 at 6:01 pm

I like to add cinnamon to this helps control blood sugar and sweetens it and hides the black bean flavor....I totally fooled my family!!
May 30, 2017 at 1:15 pm

I’m wondering if these would work with flax gel or maybe not so much? Always looking for egg free options in our household for allergy reasons. Makes baking tricky!
May 12, 2018 at 2:09 pm


Hi there! Good question and unfortunantly we're not too sure, we don't have much experience baking with an egg alternative. Please let us know how it works if you try it out. 

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