February 6, 2015

Black Bean Brownies

Black Bean Brownies

I have BEAN searching for a good recipe to make these and I think I’ve finally found it.  I was so in love, in fact, that I was inspired to spend upwards of a half hour strategically placing chocolate chips on this rando placement in the shape of an abstract heart. Heart art? (He)art. There, got it.  With coffee, peanut butter, and black beans as the staple ingredients, I was originally wary but they actually taste like brownies.  I tossed some bee pollen on top, giving these black bee-an brownies an extra sting of immune boosting power.


  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2.5 tablespoons flaxseed meal
  • 6 tablespoons coffee, cooled
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 3/4 cup cacao powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • bee pollen (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Lightly grease a cupcake pan and line with tin foil cupcake liners.
  3. Rinse, drain, and dry the black beans on paper towels.
  4. Combine flax and coffee in a food processor, and pulse a couple times.
  5. Add everything else and puree – batter should be slightly viscous, but not overly liquidy.
  6. Use an ice cream scoop to fill each cupcake tin about 2/3 full.
  7. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the edges are firm and pulling away from the sides. Remove from oven and cool completely, in the pan.
  8. Top with bee pollen for an added immune boost.

Superfood spotlight

Bee pollen is more rich in proteins than any animal source. It contains more amino acids than beef, eggs, or cheese of equal weight. About half of its protein is in the form of free amino acids that are ready to be used directly by the body.  It’s also an energy enhancer, allergy soother, and immune system booster.

Recipe adapted from: The Kitchy Kitchen



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  • Brenda

    A friend sent me a link to your site and I found this interesting brownie recipe.
    I made these tonight for my son who has Crohn’s. We try to follow a paleo/scd type diet and all the ingredients were in our pantry . The brownies were delicious. We are not vegan so I used 2 eggs instead of the flax seed/coffee mixture. Will definitely make these again.
    Thank you.

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