Black Bean Brownies {with shredded coconut & chocolate chips!}


I think I only got a few shots of these little beauties before little people hands started showing up in the viewfinder of my camera. (See below!)

Let’s talk about these brownies for a minute.

While some of you have probably been making brownies with black beans for years, I have just been enlightened. My mouth thanks you Pam, not so much my waistline!

Pam’s version used a box mix and since I recently rid of all my box mixes, a from scratch version it would have to be!  I took my basic brownie recipe and added some pureed black beans…and it was all better!

By far, these are the BEST “from scratch” brownies I’ve ever made!!!

I have tried to make “box like” brownies from scratch over and over and over…to no avail.

Alas, these are quite close!!!

They have an OBSCENE amount of sugar. But I’m OK with that.

Because the protein and fiber in the black bean puree outweighs the calories from the sugar. Right?

Please tell me so!

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Puree black beans.

Add to mixer. Mix with sugar, vanilla, milk.

Add dry ingredients.

(Can you see the reflection of the chocolate chips bag!?)

Mix away.

Add coconut.

Add chocolate chips.

And if a few don’t make it into the bowl and get stuck on the mixing tool, feel free to snack on those.

Mix on low.

Pour and bake.

And enjoy…pretending they are not loaded with sugar. 😉

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Black Bean Coconut Brownies

Yield – 16 brownies

Preparation Time – 20 minutes

Cooking Time – 40 minutes


  • 3 cups pureed black beans (I filled up the blender to the 4 cup line and added a little water)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk (or rice milk)
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened) (and optional)
  • 1 tsp instant coffee granules (optional)
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray.
  • Puree black beans with a little water. I went for a “smoothie” like consistency.
  • Add the sugar to the mixer or mixing bowl and then pour in the pureed black beans. Mix until smooth, adding the vanilla and milk as it mixes.
  • Dump in all the dry ingredients, flour, cocoa, powder, soda and salt.
  • Mix up, then toss in the coconut and chocolate chips.
  • On the lowest speed, mix in the coconut and chocolate chips for 10-20 seconds.
  • Pour the brownie batter into the greased pan and bake in the preheated oven for 35-45 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean in the center. Let cool on a cooling rack before cutting.

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  1. Katie B says

    I have seen this recipe as a Weight Watchers recipe that just uses the boxed mix and a can of the beans, purreed. I have never tried them as I was too scared to, but I have read some good reviews.

    I like to mix a can of pumpkin with a box of Devils food cake mix and make cupcakes… those are very good and the pumpkin is so good for you!

  2. Jamie says

    Erin, here is a dairy free, gluten free black bean brownie recipe. I work in a daycare, and we serve these for snack once every few weeks for a treat.
    I am not sure of its origin, but it works every time.
    Black Bean Brownies

    Preheat oven to 350 F
    Oil or spray an 8×8 square pan.

    1 19 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
    3 eggs
    3 tbsp veg oil
    1 tsp vanilla
    ¾ c white sugar
    ¼ c cocoa powder
    1 pinch salt

    Optional: 1 tsp instant coffee and ½ c chocolate chips.

    Process beans in a food processor until very smooth (I usually turn it up to high and let it go for 2 -3 minutes). Add eggs, and beat the mixture with a hand mixer on med to high for at least 1 minute. Add all other ingredients, beat on med to high for another minute.

    Pour into baking dish, bake for 30 minutes or until the top is dry and edges are pulling from the pan. Allow to cool, cut into squares.

    • says

      I would use Honey too. Way better then sugar, but really, so long as you get an extra bit of exercise/play with your kids(their games, not yours), then it won’t matter, it ain’t how many calories you eat, it is how many you burn, and we all know that a calorie is just a measurement of energy, the amount of energy need to raise one gram of water by one degree Celsius, or at least we do now.

      So, high health food, use honey, I love honey. Bake a 25F less, and mix the honey with half the amount of sugar, use a bit less liquid, and add a touch of baking soda, and your good to go.

  3. says

    This is amazing. Have never used black beans in a recipe like this before but I’m intrigued. The picture is making my mouth water as I write this.

  4. Christina says

    So are these canned beans or dry beans?! Sorry to ask a dumb question, but I’ve never made anything like this before!

  5. says

    I can’t wait to try these. I’ve rid our house of any HFCS and mixes as well and I’m doing all my own. I’ll have to try these out when I’ve got some alone time so I can sneak those black beans in! Everyone is fine about eating the black beans until they know they are in the brownies…ya know?

    I LOVE the picture with the hand! It could be on a brownie box–oh wait, we don’t do that anymore??

  6. Melanie says

    Tried these tonight with 2 cans of black beans. They were a big hit! My husband thought they needed a tad more sugar but I thought they were fine without it. So yummy and moist. You should have seen the look on my kids faces after they ate them and I told them they were black beans. :) I’ve been meaning to try the bean puree route and glad I finally took the plunge. Way better than boxes mixes! They are REALLY rich (but semi healthy!) though and if you could eat 2 squares of boxed brownies before, you can only eat one of these. Yum!!! Thanks!!!

  7. Holly says

    Just made these tonite and they were amazing!! Even with the sugar, they have no eggs or oil, PLUS the beans…. they’re almost health food! At least that’s what I’m going to tell myself when I have another b4 bed.

    Even fooled my 5 year old, who is very anti-bean!

  8. Andrea says

    I made the brownies Sunday while my kids were gone, and I think I must have ate three or four over the course of the day! Last night for dessert I took a brownie and cut it up, dropped a spoonful of vanilla greek yogurt on top, and then drizzled about 2tsp of carmel sauce, and it was yummy! All three of my kids asked for more dessert, and had NO idea the brownies had beans in them…thanks for an amazing recipe I will use many times over!

  9. Chris says

    I made these brownies today. What wonderful flavor! Many thanks for sharing!

    I only recently began experimenting with beans to replace flour. As a diabetic my blood glucose responds to wheat flour (a simple carb) like it does sugar (a simple carb). Other recipes with only beans – no flour -were too heavy for my taste.

    Substituting almond flour in this recipe & replacing sugar with Truvia & Stevia pkts & applesauce resulted in brownies that were delicious but so delicate they come apart as you try to eat them. Maybe I shouldn’t have added the applesauce which is needed with the liquid stevia concentrate for “bulk.”

    I’ll work on making them more ‘sturdy’ but this is a keeper. Thanks again!

    • Chris says

      @Chris, One more note… after tasting the cooled brownies I put them in the fridge overnight… they firmed up like magic!

  10. says

    trying these out on my bible study ladies today. can’t wait to try them b/c i’ve been looking for a good from scratch recipe for brownies

  11. says

    I am going to give these a try. I really hope they are as good as you say 😉 I am going to give Stevia a try, maybe half sugar half Stevia. Stevia is the best natural sweetener that is really and truly natural! It is somewhat of a acquired taste but a little here and there and you get used to that slight aftertaste. Then again if anyone is used to the poison artificial sweeteners then they should not mind a slight aftertaste.
    Thanks again and I love the new website look.

  12. Kathleen says

    Just made this recipe!! It was DELISH! I cut the sugar to 1.5 cups. The kids had no idea there were added ingredients. I’d recommend cutting the pieces smaller than normal because as said above-they are rich but SOOO chocolately and moist!!

  13. Shawna says

    Made these last night, they were amazing. I have never really liked brownies in the past, but wanted to try and these we awesome! I made with 2 C. of black bean puree and didn’t have enough for the recipe so added in 1 C. lentil puree. You could not tell I had two different beans in the recipe. I cut the sugar to 1-1/2 C. and still was great. Amazing moist delicious brownies.

  14. allison a says

    Had been hoping to make these over the weekend and did this morning – oh my goodness – wonderful texture, yummy taste. I used 2 cans of black beans and didn’t drain them; just pureed. Topped with royal icing (meringue powder icing which hardens in a thin white layer) to add some color. Thank you for posting this – definitely a way to get some fiber in to my girl’s diet!

  15. Maria says

    If you substitute the white flour for almond or some other type of healthier flour and use sugar alternatives like honey, sugar in the raw, and the like – they would be spectacularly healthy. :)

  16. Debbie says

    These look so yummy! I tried to print out the recipe to save it for later but when I click on the link to go to the printable page, it doesn’t show up right (just a big, long box with a line inside it:) Is there a way to fix this? I know if I don’t print this out, I will forget it :/

  17. says


    Have you tried WheyLow ( )? It is a natural sugar made of 3 natural sugar, but only 1/4 of the carbs and calories. Most important you can bake with it cup for cup (just lower the oven temp 25 degrees) and there are no chemicals so feed you or your family. It comes in regular granulated, for Ice cream [just superfine], Gold [brown sugar], Powdered and Maple.

    I would also agree with the comment on using whole grain flour. I use white whole wheat for just about every thing, or I grind spelt on pastry fine and use a combination of that. For anyone that uses white flour, please try to at least get Unbleached to avoid the extra chemicals.

    Take care :o)

  18. Melanie says

    I made these and they are great but REALLY heavy! Seriously! You think you can eat a lot and after one square, you’re full. Thanks beans! Next time I would make a half of a batch and still freeze.

  19. Barbara says

    Don’t mean to be rude, but do you think these will make kids (or husbands) gassy? Our kids love beans, but this is always a problem!

  20. Bethanie says

    I made these a few nights ago and they are ridiculously good! I used two cans of black beans, drained, rinsed and pureed with about a half cup of water. Exactly 3 cups. I subbed in 1 cup of whole wheat flour, 1/2 c of oat flour, 1 cup of organic sugar and 3/4 cup of sucanat. I can’t wait to try them with walnuts. I’ve thankfully given some away or I’m afraid I should have eaten the whole pan! Mine were very light in texture, rich and moist.

  21. Bethanie says

    If you use all sucanat for the sweetener I would do only 1 c to 1 1/2 c instead of what the recipe calls for. It’s sweet like brown sugar.

  22. Adrienne says

    Gonna try it today. I add black beans to everything I can think. They are very nutritous and so good for the kids, and husband. I wonder could you half the sugar and still get the same effect? Thanks, A

    • Michelle says

      I made these as is, but minus the coconut. I actually found them a little too sweet (and for my sweet tooth, that is unbelievable)! I will cut the sugar down by 1/2 a cup next time and see if it makes a huge difference. I’ll bet it doesn’t.

  23. says

    could you substitute the cow milk for almond or soy milk? does that have any effect on the recipe? that is the only thing keeping me from trying this recipe. I’m going to try the one posted in the comments (the dairy, gluten free brownies your reader makes for their daycare)

  24. says

    I made these for a holiday party on Friday and they were a huge hit! Everyone asked how I got them so moist and fudgy. Bwahaha. I made them without the coconut, topped with chocolate peppermint ganache, and sprinkled with crushed candy canes!

  25. Shannon says

    I made half the recipe and I loved them. They are very delicious. I would definitely make these again, thanks for sharing this recipe with us.

  26. Allison Schoonover says

    These are the best brownies I’ve ever made or eaten!! Even my kids, who usually refuse to eat my homemade sweets, snarfed these down. Thank you so much for the recipe!

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