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Gluten-Free Flourless Black Bean Brownies

Gluten-Free Flourless Black Bean Brownies

Gluten-Free Flourless  Black Bean Brownies-- 

Okay, I had my doubts. Anything with black beans (fiber and protein) should not qualify as a dessert. My Aunt Louise was quite adamant  that I should give this recipe a whirl since we are gluten-free. "It's delicious" she said. Well, I have to agree ......and was pleasantly surprised with the smooth texture and rich chocolate taste of this dessert.

Gluten-free, rich in fiber and protein, and super easy to make, this brownie will become a family favorite. This brownie could also easily be made into dairy-free, vegan, and Paleo. Besides that, the walnuts are a  a rich source of dietary fiber, vitamin B-6, copper, manganese and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

One caveat: This may not be considered a health food, but it is close! Thanks Aunt Louise!

Let's make some brownies!!


  • 2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed twice
  • 6 eggs (sub out tofu for vegan)
  • 1 1/2 c. sugar (agave for Paleo)
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 c. milk (sub out for almond or coconut milk)
  • 3 tbs. butter ( 6 tsp. vegetable oil for vegan)
  • 1/8 tsp. salt 
  • 1 tsp. gluten-free vanilla flavoring

(Optional but encouraged)

  • 1 bag 10 oz. chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 c. chopped walnuts


  • Preheat oven to 350. Drain and rinse the black beans twice and put into blender or food processor. 



  • Add eggs and combine with beans to blender.


  • Add cocoa powder, butter, sugar, milk, and salt to mixture.



  • Puree mixture until smooth. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and fold in vanilla flavoring, chocolate chips, and walnuts.



Pour mixture into two 9 x 9 in. baking pans. Bake on 350 for 35 to 40 minutes, or until butter knife inserted into center comes out clean.

VOILA!! We have gluten-free, flourless black bean brownies!

Picture of my artistic inspiration, my Aunt Louise eating one of her delicious brownies!



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