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Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies

April 20, 2014

No one needs to know there’s black beans hidden in these delicious Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies. There’s also another secret veggie in there and are lightened-up with just 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. A healthy alternative to typical brownie recipes!

It took all of my will-power not to name these “special” brownies. It is 4/20 after all…if you don’t know what I’m talking about then have fun googling it!

No one needs to know there's black beans hidden in these delicious Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies. There's also another secret veggie in there and are lightened-up with just 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. A healthy alternative to typical brownie recipes!As profitable as it might be to start baking edibles, I don’t think that would be my wisest career move. That and the fact that I don’t live in either California or Colorado…I mean Canada is basically on par with their stance on da ganj but as much of a rebel as I might be, I’m not one to mess with the law. That and the fact that my parents are reading (hi guys!).

I prefer my special brownies drug free. Unless you count beans and spinach as drugs in which case happy high times to ya! Apologies if all of this food porn gave you the munchies.

Fun fact, brownies are my least favourite baked good. I like chocolate as an undertone, not the star of the show. Chocolate chip anything sounds fab to me but anything straight chocolate overwhelms my taste buds. It’s like my mouth is begging for some peanut butter…which btw you need to smear a hella ton of peanut butter on these. Or eat them plain if you’re one of those people. Then again I’m the type of person who hides veggies in her brownies so I’m pretty sure I’m not allowed to judge.

Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies This post is officially all over the place. I’m starting to think I ate a few too many “special” brownies….uhhhh I mean Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies!

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Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 brownies 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups black beans, well rinsed and drained
  • 2 handfuls baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 T coconut oil, softened*
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour**
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar***
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips****

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a blender or food processor, combine black beans, spinach and almond milk. Add more almond milk if needed.
  3. Once done blending, add to a bowl and stir in softened coconut oil, eggs and vanilla. Set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl combine cocoa powder, brown rice flour, baking powder, coconut palm sugar and sea salt.
  5. Stir wet ingredients into dry until just combined.
  6. Add in chocolate chips.
  7. Grease an 8 x 8 baking pan with coconut oil or non-stick spray.
  8. Add batter to pan and smooth out top.
  9. Bake for 30-35 minutes (less time if you like them fudgier).
  10. Remove from oven and let cool for at least 20 minutes before cutting and removing from pan.
  11. Store in refrigerator.

Notes

*or sub unsalted butter.
**can sub in any flour EXCEPT coconut flour.
***or sub brown sugar.
****I use Enjoy Life dairy-free chocolate chips.

No one needs to know there's black beans hidden in these delicious Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies. There's also another secret veggie in there and are lightened-up with just 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. A healthy alternative to typical brownie recipes!Favourite baked good? Are you celebrating 4/20?…just kidding…not kidding…kind of kidding…

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  • Reply
    Gloria Huerta
    August 7, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    What a great idea of including spinach into the batter! I veganized the recipe by using aquafaba and psyllium husks instead of eggs, added a dash of cardamom, omitted the chips and added waluts, added a little agave, then sprinkled chopped almonds on top. Can’t wait to see how it turns out … it is in the baking mode right now.

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    nancy
    September 8, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    I finally found something I can indulge in! Not for everyone. Heavy on the cocoa flavor, but as long as i don’t get a stomach ache, I’m in! I can’t have wheat or white sugar.

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    Kelly
    May 31, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    I made these yesterday and they were so good, between my husband and I almost half the pan is gone…oops haha. Very delicious, and will definitely make them again. PS: For the brown rice flour I used 1/4 C of processed oats.

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    John @ Garage Gyms
    April 30, 2014 at 1:28 am

    I’ve never heard of beans or spinach in a brownie, but those pics look pretty legit. I kinda want a brownie now, and by kinda I mean I do, and by brownie I mean these brownies.

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    Heather @ Run Like a G!
    April 25, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    I have never imagined putting spinach in brownies! I am one of “those” people – I simply love brownies! The more chocolate, the better 🙂
    My hubby made a great black bean brownie recipe. I was surprised at how delish they were!

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    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
    April 21, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    I love black bean brownies! Will have to try out your version – there’s nothing better than a hot, chocolate-y treat. Great pics, too!!!

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    Amanda
    April 21, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    I seriously don’t know how you it!!! These sound delicious and we already have most of the ingredients… gonna get the rest tmrw and give them a shot!!! 😀

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    April 21, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    OMG….I couldn’t think of any better way to spend 4/20 than these oh so fabulously fudgy gems. LOVE that they’re not only hiding beanies, but spinach tooooo! Obvi I’m gonna make them and text you like ten pics, cuz I only have two of your cookie left—eeeek!!

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    Mary Frances
    April 21, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    I have NEVER seen spinach in brownies – black beans yes, spinach no. So pumped to try this … in celebration of 4/20 (duh) Pinned!

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    Cassie
    April 21, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    These look amaze and so fudgy… when I saw your FB post I was like “OMG DID SHE SERIOUSLY” but then saw the spinach… you got me!

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    Alex @ Kenzie Life
    April 21, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    After my own heart 🙂 I’ve been craving brownies (and any type of comfort food really–here’s looking at you, finals). Have a great week!

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    Alex @ Alex Runs For Food
    April 21, 2014 at 9:53 am

    These brownies look amazing!!! I’m not celebrating 4/20 but I may have celebrated it once or twice in high school 😉 4/20 was always or senior skip day!!

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