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Peppermint Brownies with Black Beans

November 18, 2014

No one needs to know there’s black beans hidden in these delicious Peppermint Black Bean Brownies. They’re also grain-free, sweetened with maple syrup and lightened-up with applesauce with the refreshing taste of peppermint to top them off!

If you’ve only made brownies from a brownie mix, you’re in for a treat with this recipe! I promise it’s *almost* as easy as baking mix but tastes 10x better. They’re the perfect dessert to bring to a party this holiday season. 

Before you run off because you saw the combination of black bean + brownies in the title, stick with me! You 100% cannot taste the black beans. I had the ultimate taste-tester (my 4 year old nephew) test these and he couldn’t taste them so you know I’m not lying. They’re not too cakey, not too fudgy, they’re truly the perfect brownie texture. 

Peppermint Black Bean Brownies - No one needs to know there's black beans hidden in these delicious brownies. They're also grain-free, sweetened with maple syrup and lightened-up with applesauce.

Why make black bean brownies?

I’m all for hiding nutritious ingredients in all sorts of recipes. Add shredded zucchini in bread or brownies, shredded carrots in waffles, or avocados in muffins. Adding black beans to these brownies adds protein and fiber to these brownies while keeping them grain-free. 

Peppermint Black Bean Brownies - No one needs to know there's black beans hidden in these delicious brownies. They're also grain-free, sweetened with maple syrup and lightened-up with applesauce.

Ingredients in Healthy Peppermint Brownies

  • black beans – I used canned black beans to keep it super simple. 
  • unsweetened almond milk
  • maple syrup
  • eggs
  • vanilla and peppermint extract
  • cocoa powder
  • almond meal
  • baking powder
  • sea salt
  • crushed candy cane – an optional but fun topping idea!

Peppermint Black Bean Brownies - No one needs to know there's black beans hidden in these delicious brownies. They're also grain-free, sweetened with maple syrup and lightened-up with applesauce.

How to Make the Best Black Bean Brownies

The first step is to blend your black beans and almond milk until smooth – you can use a blender or a food processor for this step. Once smooth, mix in the rest of the wet ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients together and then slowly add the dry ingredients to the blender or food processor until combined with the wet mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips. 

Grease a square baking pan with coconut oil and add batter to the pan. Bake for 30 minutes and then let cool for 20 minutes before cutting into squares to serve. Store in an airtight container in your refrigerator. 

Like this recipe? Here are more holiday desserts you might enjoy:

Double Chocolate Cookies
Peppermint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Ginger Molasses Cookies
Gluten-Free Shortbread Cookies
Healthy Chocolate Turtles

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Peppermint Black Bean Brownies

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12-16 brownies 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 cups of black beans, well rinsed and drained (roughly 1 1/2 15 oz cans)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup almond meal*
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • Optional: 1/4 cup crushed candy cane for a seasonal topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a blender or food processor, combine black beans and almond milk until smooth.
  3. Once smooth add in maple syrup, eggs, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract and process for 30 seconds until well combined.
  4. In a separate bowl combine cocoa powder, almond meal, baking powder, and sea salt.
  5. Slowly incorporate dry ingredients into food processor until well combined.
  6. Add in chocolate chips by hand.
  7. Grease an 8 x 8 (or 9 x 9) inch baking pan with coconut oil or non-stick spray.
  8. Add batter to pan and smooth out top.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and let cool for at least 20 minutes before cutting and removing from pan.
  11. Top with crushed candy cane if desired.
  12. Store in refrigerator for several days.

Notes

*Feel free to sub in any flour if you don’t want them grain-free.

No one needs to know there's black beans hidden in these delicious Peppermint Black Bean Brownies. They're also grain-free, sweetened with maple syrup and lightened-up with applesauce with the refreshing taste of peppermint to top them off!

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  • Reply
    Samantha
    December 8, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Hi there,

    My son is allergic to nuts and tree nuts. Could I use soy or coconut milk instead? Also, are you related to Sara Kugelmass?
    Thanks!

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      December 8, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      Hi Samantha! YEs soy or coconut would work great! And yes, I am 🙂 I believe she’s my second cousin!

  • Reply
    athletic avocado
    November 24, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    love these! yum!

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    [email protected]
    November 22, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    I bought a mint chocolate candy bar today at the grocery store. I should have bought a can of black beans instead. Drat.

    Do I consider myself a hippie? Of course I do. I’m a city hippie with an urban garden to boot. We also go by the term hipsters now, which is soooo cliché.

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    November 21, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    MHMM. YES.
    Peppermint is one of my favorite flavors/scents, and it’s one of the pairings with chocolate that I really enjoy. I’m now craving these brownies and peppermint Pinkberry. Thank you. 😉

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    Cassie
    November 19, 2014 at 10:01 am

    I totally had a bottle of peppermint spill in a bag of baking supplies I shipped out here. Now I have accidental peppermint carob chips. I’m not complaining… until I wanted to make these!!

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    November 19, 2014 at 1:06 am

    I could totally smell you in T Town…you had a hippie scent!

    I’m totally copycat-ing you next week with a brownie recipe but it ain’t peppermint and it has kangaroo in it. Not really. This looks amazing buddy. Miss you.

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      November 20, 2014 at 10:10 am

      MISS YOU! And I smell like roses and lavender so shush.

  • Reply
    Rachel
    November 18, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Davida! I was just looking for a recipe for these and this popped up on my newsfeed! They look amazing and I can’t wait to give it a try over the weekend 🙂

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      November 20, 2014 at 10:10 am

      Rachel!!!!! I’m so happy you stopped by! These are amazing. If I were still at SK (thank god I’m not haha) I would bring you in a double-batch! xoxox

  • Reply
    Kim
    November 18, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    I should make these and see if the boys have any clue about the ingredients – I’m pretty sure that they would never guess!!

  • Reply
    Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run
    November 18, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    these look dense and dark, mmm. love peppermint and chocolate.

  • Reply
    Kay @ Kay Bueno
    November 18, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    I’m the worst half-baked hippie. I care about the environment, but still use regular deodorant. I’ve done no-poo regimens and switched back to shampoo because I couldn’t hack it. But these brownies, these I could go hippie for.

    I’ll have to make them soon because I’ve been kind of craving black bean brownies, and have been solely drinking peppermint tea, so perfect match.

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      November 18, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      Half-baked hippie! Why have I never heard this before?! That completely describes me. I’m so not at the point where I can give up deoderant and truth-be-told the no-poo method works best for me because I hate washing my hair and it’s a big enough afro that no one needs to know…it’s full of secrets 😉

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