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Not your average brownie - Black Bean Brownie

Black bean brownie anyone?! I always say, "don’t knock it until you try it." This recipe makes a great dessert for parties or just for fun, while providing a bit more added nutrition compared to your average brownies.

Black beans (and beans in general) are usually one of those foods toddlers and kids can easily pick out from their plate if they are a picky eater

. Beans provide a good source of protein, fiber, potassium, magnesium, and iron. All nutrients essential for a child’s growth to strengthen immune system and bones.

Another awesome aspect about this recipe is that you most likely have all of these ingredients in your pantry! #longshelflife

This is definitely an easy recipe to do with your tiny ones at home where they can feel in charge since it’s just all mixing!

Keep in mind this recipe is much lower in added sugar compared to your average brownie so don’t expect the same sweetness. It also has more protein, fiber, and healthy fats making it a more satisfying dessert for the family.

If you want some added crunch, healthy fat, and protein, fold in 1/4 cup of peanuts or pecans in there once all other ingredients are mixed.

This recipe is gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, and dairy-free. If you want to make this a vegan recipe replace egg with 1 Tbsp grounded flaxseed + 3 Tbsp water

Please tag @cravewithcarlie.nutrition if you give this recipe a try!


  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1/2 cup quick oats

  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce

  • 1 egg

  • 1/4 C vegetable oil

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coco powder

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • 1 tbsp brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  2. Mix all ingredients except black beans and chocolate chips in a medium size mixing bowl.

  3. Drains and rinse black beans and place in food process or blender, and other ingredients to food process and mix well together.

  4. Place mix in greased 8X8 pan. Fold in chocolate chips until evenly distributed.

  5. Bake mixture for 35-45 minutes (or until fork come back clean) and cool for 10 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Provides 16 servings

Serving size (1): Calories 120, Protein 3 g, Carbohydrates 13 g, Fat 7 g, Fiber 2 g

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