Gluten Free Black Bean Brownies

Gluten Free Black Bean Brownies – Protein Packed Healthy Dessert!

HO-LEEEEEE SMOKES! This is one of my most proud recipes to date! I can’t even believe how good these gluten free black bean brownies turned out! They are so moist, light, satisfying, delicious and SO GONE. Seriously. So. So. Good. If you want to try out a dessert recipe on the site, this is one of my favorites. And, one of the most popular!

Who knew that flour could be replaced with beans!? Seriously? Swapping out refined flour and gluten for prime protein and fiber-rich legumes!? Turning a decadent devilish dessert into a healthy dessert recipe!? Yes, please! With a few simple healthy baking substitutions, anything is possible.

Gluten Free Black Bean Brownies Points!

These gluten free black bean brownies really only require a few very simple ingredients, keeping them clean. You’re totally in control of that sugar—use a no-calorie sweetener or any granulated option you prefer. Even if you like regular old sugar or coconut sugar that’s totally fine—but I don’t recommend a liquid sweetener for this recipe as it may affect the cakey-ness of these healthy gluten free black bean brownies.

This is also an easy blender (or food processor) recipe. I prefer the food processor here to make sure the beans are completely blended. (You don’t want any skin pieces—make sure it’s smooth!) Blender recipes mean less clean up, less dishes, and less work overall! Blend the batter, distribute, and bake!


When I first heard about black bean brownies, I was skeptical. I am particular about my brownies, and I don’t really like beans at all. This sounded like a disaster waiting to ensue, another health fad that I wanted nothing to do with… But, the appeal of a brownie that required no flour or grains at all kept calling to me, so I gave it a try. Not. A. Mistake.

Honestly, you don’t even taste the beans. Seriously! You’d never know they were even there, EVEN if someone told you! Still, I encourage you to make these for someone in your family, don’t tell them the secret ingredient, and let them enjoy. Then—surprise them with the truth about these gluten free black bean brownies! They won’t believe it, and more importantly they won’t have to feel bad about having another one.

BONUS: Holiday Brownie Twist!

Also, I’ve made these gluten free black bean brownies into a holiday dessert, with little Santa hats made of whipped cream and strawberries. Of course, they were a hit—no one even knew they weren’t regular old brownies!


Gluten Free Black Bean Brownies

Gluten Free Black Bean Brownies
  • Author: Alyssia Sheikh
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 16 gluten free black bean brownies 1x


1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained & rinsed
½ cup cocoa powder
⅔ cup stevia, to taste (or sweetener of choice)
2 eggs
2 Tbsp egg whites
1 Tbsp coconut oil
2 Tbsp almond butter
1½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt

Optional Topping:
23 Tbsp mini dark chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  • Combine all ingredients (except chocolate chips) in food processor.
  • Pour batter into an 8-in. square baking dish (mine may have been 9-in.?) sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Place chocolate chips on top.
  • Bake 15-20 minutes (15 was perfect for mine).

*Nutrition calculated using a natural no-calorie sweetener and includes optional dark chocolate chip topping.


  • Serving Size: 1 black bean brownie
  • Calories: 67
  • Sugar: 1
  • Fat: 3
  • Carbohydrates: 15
  • Fiber: 3
  • Protein: 3