Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies


Hello my lovely friends! I know this recipe might sound odd, but I’m begging you – give it a shot. It’s cheap, easy, and much healthier than regular brownies. With no flour, they are extremely fudgey and it’s difficult to eat just one.

It’s the start of a new school year for me. In between preparing lesson plans, attending meetings, and getting ready for my own classes; I attended a potluck on Friday to welcome the new Anthropology graduate students. I brought these black bean brownies and received around 10 compliments (no lies) and they were gone within 15 minutes (again, no lies). Perhaps these flew off the plate so quickly because anthropologists are known to be adventurous and willing to try new dishes. However, I encourage you to put these together and take them to a potluck – I bet you can get a few people to eat them without noticing anything odd before you tell everyone that black beans are in the batter.

“Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies”

Recipe from:


  • 1 – 15 oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed extremely well
  • 2 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup quick oats (some people who are very gluten-sensitive don’t eat oats – so notify any eaters before hand)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar-free maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips and more for topping (do not omit)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a food processor, combine and blend all the ingredients except chocolate chips. Blend until very smooth.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips (not blend! Stir!)
  4. Pour into a greased 8×8 pan.
  5. Sprinkle more chocolate chips (amount up to you) on top of batter
  6. Cook the brownies from 15-20 minutes.
  7. Let cool and cut into 12 pieces. Brownies will be very delicious and fudgey!


See? How simple is that! If you are anything like me and you adore desserts, but try to stay conscious of what you put in your body, I highly encourage these delicious treats. Has anyone else tried a recipe for black bean brownies or other interesting alternative healthy desserts?

I can’t believe the school year is about to start. How the hell do these days sneak up? It was just last week that I was at a lake house with Kyle’s family, relaxing and reading very little for school…



Anyone want to pool our money and buy a house on the water? Let me know!


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