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Black Bean Espresso Brownies

My goal with this page is to provide recipes that are 1) healthy 2) approachable 3) fun. This one is a fun one…because food should be fun sometimes!

These puppies used to be a staple in my college house. I lived with 3 other roommates, two of which had normal-people eating habits…while it was my other roommate and I who were always eating weird shit hoping we were onto something. And 9 times out of 10 we weren’t, but this is one of them that actually turned out.

Now, as the title may have suggested to you, these are made with black beans– a whole 15 ounce can actually. I know what some of you are thinking– absolutely not you crazy freaking vegan girl, I'll stick to Betty Crocker's NORMAL box brownies. But what if I told you these are more *nutritious* than traditional brownies and still pretty delicious.

These brownies are packed with more fiber, protein, and vitamins & minerals than traditional brownies. All thanks to our little friend: black beans (and an extra egg).

I am such a huge advocate for any and all beans because they throw a mean punch in terms of nutrition. Sometimes I feel they don’t receive the recognition they deserve.

So, all I ask of you before trying these is to be open with the texture shift from the beans. And in my opinion, it is not a bad texture shift….it is just different


  • One 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ cup

  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 3 eggs

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 teaspoon espresso coffee granules

  • ½ cup chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. Generously spray an 8X8 inch square baking pan with nonstick spray (avocado, olive, or coconut oil).

3. Add every ingredient EXCEPT for the chocolate chips to a food processor. Blend in food processor until smooth.

4. Remove lid from food processor and stir in chocolate chips.

5. Pour batter into pan and bake for 25 minutes, or until fork inserted in the center comes out clean.

6. Allow brownies to cool for a good 15 minutes before diving into the best decision of your life.

Of course, at the end of the day, if you want the traditional brownies please just eat the Betty Crocker Fudge brownies without an ounce of guilt. The last thing we want to do is place guilt around the food we eat. The purpose of this recipe is to provide a healthier alternative to those who may desire one. And, you may even be pleasantly surprised (as I was) by how black beans can 100% have its place in brownies.

Optional Additions:

Walnuts and/or pecans go really well in brownies. I know the whole nuts in baked goods crowd is a good 50/50 split…so do whatcha want— just know they also 100% can have a place here. I would use about ½ cup and add them into the brownie making process hand and hand with the chocolate chips.

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