Skinny Black Bean Brownies Recipe


Recipes for black bean brownies have been floating around for years, but I never got around to making them until yesterday.

I guess, deep down I had a hard time believing that a dessert made from black beans could taste good.

But, yesterday, I was looking for a quick and easy low fat dessert to satisfy a chocolate craving, thought of the brownie mix sitting in the pantry, and decided to give them a whirl.

After some searching I decided to go with Gina from SkinnyTaste’s recipe for Black Bean Brownies, that she posted way back in 2008, and that I tweaked only slightly. (Many of the recipes I looked at call for using the black beans with their liquid; I liked that Gina used rinsed black beans and a little water instead.)

Skinny Black Bean Brownies

Skinny Black Bean Brownies

Boy, was I pleasantly surprised. The brownies turned out rich and fudgy with no hint of black bean flavor or texture. And they are low fat and high in fiber and protein. I think one key is to puree the heck out of the brownies in a food processor or blender until they become a silky smooth puree. (This is when my Vitamix comes in handy.)

I calculated the nutrition and points information with a 20 ounce package of Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Brownie Mix and 15 ounce can of Sprouts black beans and came up with 139 calories and 4 WW PointsPlus Value for each small brownie.

Slim & Healthy Black Bean Brownie

A Low Fat Brownie Made with Black Beans

There are lots of different recipes for black bean brownies – both from scratch and using a mix – out there. I’ve included a collection of those I think look best at the end of this post.


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Skinny Black Bean Brownies Recipe
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Low Fat rich and fudgy black bean chocolate brownies that are as quick and easy as they are delicious
Serves: 20
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans
  • 1 box (around 20 ounces) chocolate brownie mix
  • 1 heaping teaspoon instant coffee powder (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  1. Position an oven rack in the center and preheat your oven according to the instructions on the box of brownie mix. Spray your baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Open the can of beans, drain and rinse well.
  3. Put beans back in the can and fill the can with water.
  4. Put beans, water, coffee and cinnamon (if using) in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  5. In a large bowl, mix together the pureed beans and dry brownie mix.
  6. Spread the brownie mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
  7. Bake the pan of brownies according to package directions.
  8. Cool and cut into 20 brownies.
Martha’s Notes
Nutritional Estimates Per Serving (1 brownie or 1/20th of recipe): 139 calories, 3 g fat, 26 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein and 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus

I baked these in a 9-inch square pan at 325 for 45 minutes and they turned out perfectly.

These brownies need to be completely cool before eating. They improve after sitting overnight.


Ghirardelli Brownie Mix & Black Beans

Ghiardelli Brownie Mix & Black Beans

More Black Bean Brownie Recipes

Amazing Black Bean Brownies – These look delicious and may be great for those eating Gluten free since they contain no flour, but with 1 cup of butter and 4 eggs in the recipe, these are far from Fat Free. Found at 101 Cookbooks.

Low Fat Vegan Black Bean Brownies – a super healthy variation I plan to try real soon made with black beans, bananas, cocoa powder and oats. Each brownie has just 85 calories and 2 WW Points+ from the Happy Herbivore.

Weight Watchers Black Bean Brownies – a from scratch variation with 4 WW Points+ found at Weight Watchers.

Easy Black Bean Brownies – Two variations that look that easy and delicious found at Best Ever Cookie Collection

Here’s a video demonstrating how to make black bean brownies with a brownie mix:

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*PointsPlus® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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  1. kavita says

    Hi, we dont get black beans in the plce i live.. can I replace black beans with kidney beans or black eyes peas?


    • says

      I’m not sure. I’ve never tried anything other than black beans. I think that white beans such as cannellini might work, but haven’t tried it yet. If you try with kidney beans or black eye peas, I would love to hear how it turns out.

  2. kathleen says

    The nutrition information is for 1 brownie, but many does a batch make–what is “1″ equal to out of the whole batch?

    • says

      Hi Kathleen,

      If you look near the top of the recipe, you’ll see that it says, “Serves: 20″ and the end of the instructions says cut into 20 brownies so 1 brownie is 1/20th of the pan.

      I hope this helps.

  3. Kirsten says

    Having a hard time with this one. I used to be able to put in “Nourishing” in my web searches and be guaranteed to get a true, nourishing website. Please, folks, don’t use “Nourishing” or “Nourished” in your titles and then use boxed mixes in your ingredients. Anything nourishing needs to advocate an NT way of eating, void of canola oil and convenience foods.

  4. Lily says

    I have a brownie mix that is 10.25 ounces for an 8×8 pan, should I use half a can of black beans instead of the whole can? And how many cups of water I should I use?

    Thank you :)

    • says

      Hi Lily,

      I’ve only done this with the larger brownie mix and full can of beans so I’m not really sure. I’d say try half the can of black beans. Place them in the can and fill the can with water half way or about to the same level as the beans. I can’t guarantee that this will work. You may need to adjust the baking time to :-) Good Luck!!


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