Blackbeans. Yes that’s right the main ingredients in these brownies are blackbeans. I didn’t think I could ever do that to brownies. But I vowed to make a nut free, low sugar, gluten free brownie that still tasted good. I tried all the different flours, all the different add in’s to make them taste good. BUT nothing I tried worked both texture and flavour wise. UNTIL I gave in and started experimenting with legumes!

blackbean brownies

Blackbeans by far created the best texture (oh so fudgey!) and has absolutely no aftertaste. Seriouly these taste like extra fudgey gooey chocolate brownies. YOU CAN NOT TELL THEY CONTAIN LEGUMES!! Hooray!!!

blackbean brownies

And the best part is they take literally 5mins to make before putting them in the oven to do their thing! They are also nut free (hello great school lunchbox treat!), low in sugar and gluten free so everyone can enjoy them! I haven’t tried it yet, but I have a strong feeling these would work really well with flax eggs as well – I will get back to you on that!

If you are looking for other great lunchbox snacks why not check out my latest youtube video where I show you exactly how to make my delicious chewy muesli bars.

Black bean brownies

Gluten free, Nut Free and Low sugar. These brownies are seriously perfect for everyone! The blackbeans provide the most delicious fudgey texture, without an after taste.
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Australian
Keyword blackbeans, brownies, Chocolate, gluten free
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 16


  • 400 g tin Black beans
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup rice bran oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 3/4 cup dark choc chips


  • Preheat oven to 170C. And line a square baking dish with baking paper.
  • In a food processer blend black beans until smooth. Add in eggs, oil, vanilla, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, salt and 1/2 of the choc chips. Pour into prepared baking tray and top with remaining choc chips. Bake in the oven for 30-35min. Allow to cool completely before slicing.

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