Fudgy Black Bean Brownies with Cherries

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Black bean brownies are like a godsend for people like me who get mad cravings for brownies every once in a while but also do not always want to have that sugary, buttery, carby temptation sitting there all day. 

I mean, I work mostly from home and those brownies would be sitting in the back of my mind, teasing me all day.

With black bean brownies, you really don’t have to worry about that so much. They are high in fiber, so more filling than a regular brownie, plus they are much healthier so you don’t have to worry about eating them as much.

(Related: How to Make High Protein Oatmeal to Keep You Feeling Full)

I am a huge proponent of just eating what you want in moderation, and that includes the typical fudgy brownie recipe but it’s always a great idea to have a healthy version on hand.

These black bean brownies are especially fantastic for adding to your kid’s lunch box. They’ll never know they are full of beans.

(See also: Simple Meal Prep Lunch Recipes You Can Make in 15 Minutes or Less)

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How To Make Fudgy Black Bean Brownies

black bean brownie ingredients

These brownies take only about 5 minutes to prep thanks to the use of a food processor or blender!

Just add your black beans to the food processor and blend until pasty, then add the rest of the wet ingredients:

  • 1 15oz can of black beans
  • 3 large eggs
  •  3 tbsp oil (coconut, grapeseed)
  • 1 tsp of almond or vanilla extract
black bean brownie batter

Add in dry ingredients and chocolate chips:

dry ingredients
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Vanilla Extract
Silicone Baking Liners
Cacao Nibs
Gluten Free Quick Cooking Oats (for oat flour or protein oatmeal)
Coconut Oil
Ground Flax Seed
USA Pan Bakeware Extra Large Sheet Pan, Warp Resistant Nonstick Baking Pan
Rapadura, Whole Cane Sugar
Lily’s Dark Chocolate Chips (stevia sweetened)
Organic Chocolate Chips
Maca Cocao Powder
Silicone Muffin Cups
Bakeware Cupcake and Muffin Pan, 12 Well, Nonstick & Quick Release Coating, Made in the USA from Aluminized Steel
Cocoa Powder
Organic Cane Sugar

Pour batter into a greased 8×8 pan and add cherries. You can also sub for raspberries, walnuts, strawberries, or just leave them out.

black bean brownies with cherries

Bake this beauty at 350* F for 30-40 minutes. They might come out a bit gooey, but that’s ok! You don’t want them to come out completely dry. They will be fudgy. Let cool a bit before cutting and serving.

Try pairing with a creamy Vietnamese Egg Coffee!

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Fudgy Black Bean Brownies

Fudgy, delicious black bean brownies that are flour free and healthy! Full of fiber and nutrients. Cherries make a super tasty addition but feel free to sub for raspberries, strawberries, or leave them out all together.
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword black beans, brownies, chocolate, flour free, gluten free, healthy, high fiber, kid friendly
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 brownies
Calories 188kcal
Author Rach


  • 1 15- oz 425g can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 large eggs⁣
  • 3 Tbsp oil like grapeseed or coconut⁣
  • 1 tsp vanilla or almond extract⁣
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder⁣
  • cup sugar⁣
  • ½ tsp baking powder⁣
  • ¼ tsp salt⁣
  • ½ tsp finely ground coffee⁣
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips⁣
  • 1 cup pitted cherries I used frozen


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees⁣
  • Grease an 8x8 inch pan and/or line with parchment
  • Puree black beans in food processor until a paste, add in eggs, oil, and vanilla, puree.
  • In a separate bowl, mix cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, salt, and coffee
  • Mix into bean mixture
  • Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Pour batter in pan and add cherries as desired
  • Bake for 30 - 40 minutes until edges are cooked. A toothpick can come out a bit gooey, that is absolutely fine and the brownies will be fudgy and delicious! ⁣
  • Cool before cutting


Calories: 188kcal
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5 stars
Just made these and LOVE them! My son commented on how moist they are. I love that they are super chocolatey without being overly sweet. The perfect healthier treat! I will definitely be making these again soon!


OMG these look amazing. I have never heard of using beans in brownies but I will have to make these asap. I love the idea and they look delish!


I’ve never used beans in a brownie, but it makes sense that they’d work. These look delicious!!


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Iโ€™m not sure how I feel about black beans in brownies ๐Ÿ˜‚ but it would be worth a shot to try because these look delicious and so healthy for you! Might have to whip these up!


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These look delicious! I’ve been looking for a healthier, fudgy brownies recipe. I can’t wait to give these a taste!

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This is fabulous! I am a chocoholic, and yes, I get guilty over indulging. This great recipe is ideal! I can’t wait to make these!


Yes please! I cannot wait to try these! Yummmm


5 stars
Wowza! These cherries really take the recipe up a big notch. Yum. I think we might have the same cheery obsession! Crazy enough, I still haven’t made black bean brownies but I really must change that soon – especially as I have all of these ingredients on hand now.

Disha Smith

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Oh my goodness! This looks so yummy! I was surprised when I read black beans, but the photos look like regular brownies. I’m totally going to make this and not tell my husband that there are black beans in here.

Jennifer Morrison

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I can’t wait to try these brownies!!! They look so delicious!!! And, simpler than I thought to make them. Yum!


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These sound truly fascinating. I’m kinda spooked by black beans in my brownies but I’m tempted since you make them sound so good.


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As somebody who particularly enjoys “regular” fudgy, full-fat brownies, I was really pleasantly surprised by these! You’d never know these were made with black beans if nobody told you first, and you don’t have to feel guilty about having seconds. Very tasty!

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