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Black Bean Avocado Brownies

Monday, July 22, 2013

Made these little treats today. They're not totally healthy (can't go crazy popping em like mini rice cakes), but a better alternative to regular brownies as the canola oil is replaced by avocados and no white flour is used. Adapted from an original recipe from the Bean Institute (

You'll need:

One 15 oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed

3 large eggs
1/2 medium hass avocado
3/4 cup granulated sugar (I used demerara sugar and I'm sure you could use splenda to make a lower calorie version)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

I also added a bit of chopped mint (1.5 Tbsp)

First process the beans in a food processer until they become creamy.

Add the remaining ingredients to the food processor (except chocolate chips). And process until it is the consistency of cake batter.

You may need to pause in the midst of processing and scrape down the edges to ensure that everything gets incorporated evenly.

Add in half of the chocolate chips (1/4 cup) and pulse until they are mixed in well.

Pour the batter into a pregreased pan (the recipe calls for an 8x8 inch square pan, but I used a mini muffin tin), shake or use a spatula to level the mixture, then sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes (8x8" pan) or 25-30 minutes (mini muffin tin). Perform the "toothpick test" to check for doneness. Allow brownies to cool before removing from pan.


To store, place in an airtight container and store at room temperature. I'm the queen of freezing things, so I plan to extend the life of these little buddies by freezing them and letting them defrost in the fridge anytime I want a chocolate treat.

Hope you have fun trying this recipe! I'm curious to know about any other modifications so if you make them with any other substitutions please let me know!

Happy Baking!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
REBIRTHDIVA 8/2/2013 5:13PM

    omg they look so yummy and cute! i must try these becuz i LOVE chocolate emoticon emoticon

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ITSABSURD 7/30/2013 8:39PM


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DAILYCHOICES 7/27/2013 7:26AM

    Looks super delish! I might actually have to try making them.

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X5X52000 7/26/2013 3:26PM


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LINWASH23 7/23/2013 7:11PM

    They do look delicious:O)

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TRUNKJUNK 7/23/2013 2:10PM

    Looks Delish! Thanks for sharing

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NSMANN 7/23/2013 1:28PM

    Those look delicious. I give myself a store bought chocolate treat sometimes (within my calorie targets for the day), so maybe I will try making my own!

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FITNAPTURAL 7/23/2013 10:33AM

    I made black bean brownies a few weeks ago and they were delicious! I'll have to try with avocado but I made mine with coconut oil. Those look soo good!

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LILY_SPARK 7/23/2013 9:31AM

    Those look great!

I do a fantastic bean-based cake (but I can't do it too much as beans aren't good for my gut--more than normal people). It's truly fantastic. I've also used pintos for a strawberry cake that was a little off-color (next time, I'll try navy or great northern or butter).


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NISSANGIRL 7/23/2013 7:20AM

    emoticon this is the third time I have heard about this recipe !!! now I need to make it!!! they look amazing girl!!! thanks for making my mouth water!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 7/23/2013 6:38AM

    We got a break from the heat - perfect day for baking! Thanks.


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SWEETNEEY 7/23/2013 5:33AM

    Wow, my first reaction was emoticon but they look delicious. I will try it next week - already made my meal plan.

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TIMOTHYNOHE 7/23/2013 12:46AM

    I have always been shy to try using beans (and avocado?!) in a sweet treat. But I suppose it's really all that sugar that makes it sweet.

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DALID414 7/22/2013 11:52PM

    Oh man, you make me wish I had a real grown-ups kitchen!

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