Healthy Black Bean Brownies

– Jeannette Northern, guest blogger

My boyfriend and I were invited to a friend’s for dinner recently, and we offered to bring dessert. He usually picks up a gluten-free apple pie from his favorite grocers, but I’d been wanting to try a new brownie recipe, so I decided to whip them up for the occasion. I changed up the recipe a bit to accommodate my boyfriend’s gluten allergies by using sorghum flour, a healthy, gluten-free alternative to wheat flour. I also added some mini chocolate chips and dusted the brownies with some unsweetened shredded coconut just to make them prettier.

To my great delight, the brownies were a hit with everyone, and the plate was emptied soon after serving! Their texture is a little more like fudge, but they aren’t overwhelmingly sweet or heavy like some desserts can be.

Give them a try yourself and feel free to switch out ingredients to accommodate the loved ones in your life.BBBrownies6

Fuhrman’s Black Bean Brownies


  • 1 (15oz) can of no salt added black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups Medjool dates, pitted
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour (or 1 cup of sorghum flour)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 teaspon low sodium baking soda
  • unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Place cocoa powder, vanilla, baking soda, black beans, ground flax seed, and dates in a food processor and process until mixture is smooth
  3. Add in the flour and pulse until mixed evenly
  4. Pour mixture into a bowl and stir in chopped walnuts and chocolate chips
  5. Spread batter evenly into a 8 x 8 baking pan. For thinner brownies you can use a 9×13 pan
  6. Bake brownies for about 20 minutes
  7. Check for doneness by sticking a toothpick or fork into the center and removing. It should come out clean
  8. After removing them from the oven, sprinkle lightly with shredded coconut
  9. Let the brownies cool before cutting

2 thoughts on “Healthy Black Bean Brownies

  1. Hm, this recipe really pushes the envelope, so I am curious and might just give it a try.

    Heather MacDonald Fine
    Health Services Program Administrator
    Alameda Health System
    Ambulatory Wellness
    Your Home for Health

    Highland Hospital Campus
    1411 East 31st Street
    Oakland, CA 94602

  2. I’m also gluten-free. I tried this recipe for a party, but instead of using sorghum flour, I mixed it up. I used 1/4 cup almond flour, 1/4 cup coconut flour, and 1/4 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour. They were a big hit at the party!

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