Black Bean Brownies (with Sneaky Veggies)

These black bean brownies with two hidden veggies are decadent and rich!

two black bean brownies stacked on white plate

So, Yeah, I know. Brownies. BUT, there is a redeeming quality to these brownies. Well, two actually. And neither of them you would think belong in brownies, but they totally make these brownies amazing.
black bean brownie topped with whipped cream

Black Beans and Spinach. Yup. It sounds utterly crazy, I know. But trust me, it works. And its sooo fudgy and delicious (especially when topped with a dollup of whipped cream). I dare you to make them. And I dare you to not eat the whole pan!

three black bean brownies stacked

If you like fudgey brownies, make sure you try these decadent flourless Black Bean Brownies, too! 


Black Bean Brownies (with Sneaky Veggies)

Black Bean Brownies (with Sneaky Veggies)

Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
These black bean brownies with two hidden veggies are decadent and rich!


  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach (or a bit more, whatever you feel)
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 TBSP vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp ground coffee
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and grease an 8x8 baking dish.
  2. Using a blender or food processor, pulse the beans to break them up a bit.
  3. Add the oil and spinach and blend until smooth (you will need to pulse, scrape, pulse...it takes a while).
  4. Add in the cocoa powder, vanilla, sugar, coffee and salt and pulse until smooth.
  5. Add in the eggs and blend until combined.
  6. Pour the batter (it will be super runny) into the prepared pan and sprinkle the chocolate chips on top.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes
  8. Cool completely before serving (Really. These aren't really that great when warm, but are delicious when cool and awesome when served straight from the fridge!)
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 182 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 35mg Sodium: 262mg Carbohydrates: 21g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 16g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g



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    March 27, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    I have a kidney bean brownie recipe I've been wanting to try – these look really good! Very different and healthier than most brownies for sure!

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    March 27, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    WOW! Now that is truly amazing! I had to lauch, if my husband knows there's spinach and black beans in a batch of brownies, he will not touch them. Period…

    I am actually tempted to make them – grad students will be happy, they won't mind even if I tell them what's in the recipe 😉

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    March 27, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Sorry for typo, I think I wrote "lauch" instead of "laugh"

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    Ruth Ellis
    March 27, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Not one but two veggies hidden in your recipe – amazing! They look fabulous and I'm sure they tasted delicious. Thanks so much for taking part this month

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    March 27, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    great job, looks stunning 🙂

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    shelley c.
    March 27, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Black beans AND spinach? You totally win! 🙂 I will have to try this version – I bet it was super tasty!

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    March 28, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Black beans are part of everyday meals on almost every table in Brazil, as a savory dish, so it is really strange to think about using black beans in a sweet treat. However, this thought completely changed for me after spending a few years in Korea. I learned that black beans (or any color beans for that matter) are excellent ingredients for making sweets. I'm sre your brownies were out of this world delicious!

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    Cher Rockwell
    March 28, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Ok – I went with black bean brownies, but you win with the spinach addition! Awesome. Sneaking veggies into dessert is kind of fun…

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    March 28, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    Double the pleasure! I know you can make them separately as black bean brownies and spinach cake/brownies but together?! Genius!

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    March 28, 2013 at 5:11 AM

    Mmmm, I'll share that pan with you! I made black bean brownies a while ago and was so surprised by how good and fudgy they were! Your hubby doesn't know what he's missing 😉

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    March 28, 2013 at 5:24 AM

    I made a cake with white beans and now I MUST try these! I have heard so much about black bean brownies, yours look so good!
    P.S.About the cheese making challenge, please don't feel the need to apologize, I know how crazy life can get 🙂

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    March 28, 2013 at 6:56 AM

    I am intrigued – these look so good and taste fudgy but contain spinach – must try them sometime!

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    Deeba PAB
    March 28, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Hey Jenni, you've done a beautiful brownie take here. Black beans and spinach? Who would have thought. They do look like normal brownies. YUM!!

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    March 29, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Yum! I thought about brownies too. They look yummy! Nice job on the challenge!

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    March 29, 2013 at 6:27 AM

    I think our husbands share very similar views on the addition of beans to baked goods. Despite that, I currently have a bowl of black beans soaking ready to give this recipe a try tomorrow. Thanks!

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    March 29, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    My husband also shares your husband's view on beans in baked goods. Despite this, I currently have a bowl of beans soaking to try this recipe tomorrow. Thanks!

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    March 29, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Wow, double veg! That's a hardcore vegetable brownie. It looks great – so fudgy and mmm.

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    Within the Kitchen
    March 29, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    I've heard black beans and brownies are a good combo mm it certainly looks great.

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