Flourless Black Bean Brownies

Searching for a delicious, nutrient-rich gluten-free treat that everyone will enjoy? No one will ever guess that this divinely fudge-y brownie is gluten-free! (Trust me, I've served it on many an occasion!)

In this nutritious twist on traditional brownies, the classic, rich chocolate flavor dominates. Black beans offer a high in fiber and protein replacement for flour. Applesauce substitutes for oil and succanat, a “whole grain” form of cane sugar, stands in as a natural sweetener. Succant retains iron, calcium, vitamin B6, potassium and chromium, which help to balance blood sugar. Another alternative sweetener may be substituted.

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*This original Hip, Simple, Fabulous™ recipe was published in the Winter 2011 edition of Edible Magazine. Thanks to my friend, Mo Hendrickson, for reminding me to post this recipe for you all to enjoy here!


  • 1 15 oz. Can of Organic Black Beans, Rinsed and Drained

  • ¾ Cup Succanat

  • 2 Tablespoons Apple Sauce

  • ¼ Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder/Raw Cacao Powder

  • 1 Teapsoon Vanilla Extract

  • 1 Teaspoon Instant Coffee Grounds

  • ½ Teaspoon Baking Powder

  • ½ Teaspoon Sea Salt

  • 2 Eggs (or egg substitute)

  • ½ Cup Chocolate Chips (divided)

  • Cooking Spray, Olive Oil or Grape Seed Oil

  • ½ Cup Chopped Walnuts or Pecans (Optional)

  • ½ Cup Crushed Peppermint Stick (Optional, such as King Leo Brand)


  1. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees

  2. Lightly spray an 8 inch brownie pan or brownie bites molds with oil.

  3. Blend beans and apple sauce until smooth in a food processor.

  4. Add ingredients through Sea Salt to bean mixture. When mixture is very smooth add eggs.

  5. Gently fold in ¼ Cup of chocolate chips. Add nuts if desired.

  6. Slowly pour into pan.

  7. Sprinkle remaining ¼ Cup chocolate chips over brownies.

  8. Bake 25-30 minutes. Check centers with a toothpick and watch for edges to begin to pull away from pan.

  9. Brownies are delicious served warm. Serve sprinkled with crushed peppermint stick for a holiday treat! Or simply top with your favorite non-dairy ice cream (we enjoy So Delicious).

  10. To store, refrigerate in an airtight container for up to one week. ENJOY!

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