A 5'3 Perspective

Birthday Black Bean Brownies


Today is my birthday and I am so lucky to have two of my best friends join me from Toronto to celebrate. The least I could do to thank them for flying in to see me was to bake them a little treat! These black bean brownies were such a hit that I thought it would be a great idea to share with you!

Birthday Black Bean Brownies

Inspired by: Mmm… is for Mommy!

Don’t be fooled by the name – these brownies are really delicious. A girlfriend of mine who refuses to mix healthy with dessert went back for seconds.

What you will need:

1 19oz (540ml) can black beans, well rinsed and drained – make sure you rinse them really well… trust me.
3 large eggs
3 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2/3 cup maple syrup or agave nectar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp instant espresso



Step 1: Pre-heat the oven to 350F. Add all ingredients into the Cuisinart/blender. Easy right. Looks a little something like this.

Ingredients in the food processor ready to be mixed.

Step two: Pour into a lightly greased dish. I grease with coconut oil but feel free to use any oil or butter. I find these brownies bake best when using an 8 x 8 glass dish.

Delicious batter ready to put in the oven

Step 3: Bake for 30 – 32 minutes.

After 30 minutes in the oven.

Now comes the hard part. Because these brownies are so moist, you have to wait at least an hour before cutting into them or else they will crumble. If you put them in the fridge it will speed up the process a bit – just trust me on this one, wait it out – you will be much happier with the results.

After the longest hour of your life, serve and enjoy!

Finished product - delicious black bean brownies

I usually cut them into 12 squares. Don’t judge but here is what was left after the four of us got to them.

Almost all gone... I guess this means I need to bake some more!

Try them for yourself – I dare you. You’ll never want your beans prepared any other way! Leave me a comment to let me know how yours turned out!

Author: ellepottsie

I'm a five foot three recent commerce graduate and marketing enthusiast. Recently I've noticed that life is a little different when you're closer to the ground, but maybe that is just my perspective!

2 thoughts on “Birthday Black Bean Brownies

  1. Definitely good brownies! And yes, they crumble and flake if you don’t wait long enough. I added extra “instant espresso powder” and threw some pecans on top before baking…. yum!

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