Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies

25 Sep

This recipe appealed for 2 reasons. Firstly Goan’s use beans to make sweets/desserts like Doce de Grao (Gluten-free Coconut Bars), Gorchem ( Moong Dal Pudding with coconut milk), Atoll (Rice and split pea pudding)and secondly I try to eat gluten-free often. I had to try this recipe 3 times till I got it right (according to my oh so humble opinion 🙂 ) and along the way I came up with a cupcakes recipe. My kids enjoyed these brownie as long as they did not know they were made with black beans but after overhearing my conversation with a friend they just decided it was not to cool to eat black bean brownie no more.



My recipe is made with reduced sugar. Here are a few variations you can make.

Replace the oil with 1 ripe avocado

Sugar with 10-15 medjool dates.

Make it vegan by replacing the egg with a Flax Seed Egg.


Serving Size: 9 brownies


1 can of black beans rinsed and drained (1-3/4 cups)

1/3 – 1/2 cup sugar

1 egg

1 tbsp of vanilla

3 tbsp of cocoa powder

3 tbsp of oil or 1 mashed avocado

1/2 tsp of baking powder

1/8 tsp of salt

1/4 cup semi-sweet dark chocolate chips

1/4 cup crushed walnuts/ cashews/pistachios (optional)

1/2 cup crushed raspberries (optional)



Heat oven to 350F

Mash or use a food processor to mash the drained beans.

In a bowl mix all the remaining ingredients well eggs, vanilla, cocoa powder, oil, salt, chocolate chips, nuts and crushed raspberries.

Add the mashed beans to the mixture. Pour in a 9″ brownie pan or in muffin pan.

Bake for 25-30 minutes. Check after 25 till the top looks set and toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool and enjoy with a nice glass of milk.




97 Responses to “Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies”

  1. dpageteach00 September 25, 2015 at 5:47 pm #

    what a great recipe! Cant wait to try it out. Perfect for the fall!

    • Nandini September 25, 2015 at 6:32 pm #

      Thank You so much.

  2. auntiedoni September 25, 2015 at 5:57 pm #

    Have you tried Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa yet?
    Really good!

    • Nandini September 25, 2015 at 6:37 pm #

      No I haven’t tried it as yet AuntieDoni, Thanks for letting me know. But I did check out your yummy recipe where you used it 🙂

  3. Jim September 25, 2015 at 5:59 pm #


  4. Mr. Militant Negro September 25, 2015 at 6:41 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

    • Nandini September 25, 2015 at 6:43 pm #

      Thank you so much for the re-blog. You have a great weekend 🙂

      • Mr. Militant Negro September 26, 2015 at 3:04 am #

        Always a pleasure to see your delicious recipes, Namaste my Dear Lady.

  5. youthfoodblog September 25, 2015 at 8:42 pm #

    Love gluten free!

    • Nandini September 26, 2015 at 9:22 am #

      That’s cool 🙂

  6. Love Served Daily September 25, 2015 at 9:43 pm #

    Looks delicious

    • Nandini September 26, 2015 at 9:23 am #

      Thank You Much Ritu 🙂

  7. ledrakenoir September 25, 2015 at 10:14 pm #

    Yeah and so added a good cup of coffee besides – so it would be perfect… 😀

    Sounds delicious this recipe… 🙂

  8. JIN September 25, 2015 at 10:32 pm #

    Just reading the list of ingredients I can tell this is going to be incredible! Thanks for sharing and stopping by my blog earlier.

    • Nandini September 26, 2015 at 9:25 am #

      Thank You very much Jin. Appreciate your kind words 🙂

  9. Frances 🌺 September 25, 2015 at 11:33 pm #

    These look fabulous 😊

    • Nandini September 26, 2015 at 9:26 am #

      Thank You Frances 🙂

  10. Hatti | isthisfood September 26, 2015 at 1:27 am #

    yum!! These look excellent.

    If you like these, you should check out my black bean cookie recipe on isthisfood. Yay for baking with veg!

    • Nandini September 26, 2015 at 9:27 am #

      Thanks Much Hatti. I sure will check it out 🙂

  11. Stanley Rodrigues September 26, 2015 at 2:10 am #


    It’s that man again. MAMMA MIA! GLUTEN FREE black bean brownies look FANTABULOUS. Your arrangement of the brownies in the photo, looks like a miniature model of a tower, I am FASCINATED. Gluten free brownies is a healthy way of consuming food ,I guess. I also like the idea of AVOCADO as a substitute for oil, and the MEDJOOL DATES for sugar. And if I may say this, besides being a good CHEF, You are also a GOOD DIETITIAN. My spouse LOVES HER CHOCOLATE BROWNIES TO BITS, if You pardon the expression. Last week She baked Her own chocolate brownies at home, they looked FABULOUS. But the only DOWNSIDE was that She forgot to add sugar. WHAT A CATASTROPHE/DISASTER. Fingers crossed the next time She makes some chocolate brownies, I am hoping She will add some sugar. Now She has got a new recipe in the shape of Your gluten free black bean brownies, which will keep Her on Her toes, And finally, I in turn am looking forward to some BRILLIANT brownies, courtesy NANDINI.


    With Our prayers & kindest best wishes

    Stan the man & Linda

    • Nandini September 26, 2015 at 9:38 am #

      Bonjour Monsieur Stan. I am happy to know that you liked the recipe. Hoping that Mrs Stan may give it a try 🙂 Thank You for your kind words as always. Pope Francisco is visiting the US which is awesome and has created a lot of positive buzz out here. You too both have a great weekend. God Bless Nandini

  12. southamptonoldlady September 26, 2015 at 10:26 am #

    I love black beans, I love dates – will have to have a go some time

    • Nandini September 30, 2015 at 3:24 pm #

      That is awesome. I will look forward to your feedback 🙂

  13. The Creators Toolbox September 26, 2015 at 1:20 pm #

    Yum! They are gluten-free and look delicious!

    • Nandini September 30, 2015 at 3:39 pm #

      Thank You so much 🙂

  14. Linda September 26, 2015 at 2:06 pm #

    What a great combination…I’d never have thought to add black beans into a brownie, but it seems to work! Thanks for sharing 🙂 🙂

    • Nandini September 30, 2015 at 3:41 pm #

      I am happy you like the recipe Linda. I hope you give it a try someday 🙂

      • Linda September 30, 2015 at 4:13 pm #

        I just might!! 🙂

  15. Bottomless Stomach September 26, 2015 at 7:58 pm #

    Great recipe! Beans are my absolute favorite addition to “healthify” baked goods.

    • Nandini September 30, 2015 at 3:49 pm #

      Thank You Much Amie. You are right, whenever I pop one in my mouth I do not fell guilty 🙂

  16. Aaru's Mom September 27, 2015 at 1:13 am #

    Wow brownies with black beans, that’s wonderful! And they look yummy! Will definitely try this! 🙂

    • Nandini September 30, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

      Thank You Much I hope you do give it a try 🙂

  17. FOOD IS LIFE! September 27, 2015 at 1:34 am #

    That looks so yum! 🙂

    • Nandini September 30, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

      Thank You so much 🙂

  18. newsandviewsjb September 27, 2015 at 3:42 am #

    I have a niece who needs to eat gluten-free, so I’m always interested in gluten-free recipes. This one sounds great and I too enjoyed the “Mount Brownie” pic.

    Also I want to thank you for your like of my “Lobster Tale” post – much appreciated.

    Awhile back I had asked if it would be ok with you if I featured your caramel bread pudding recipe in my “Mom’s Recipe Box” series. I wanted to wait for autumn. In that autumn has arrived – if it’s still ok with you I will plan to post your recipe soon? Please let me know.


    • Nandini September 30, 2015 at 3:54 pm #

      Thank You so much Jackie. I am happy you liked my recipe. I hope your niece will enjoy it as well. With regards to the blog post you surely can go ahead and share it. That is very kind of you. Take Care and have a great day Jackie 🙂

  19. Yvonne September 27, 2015 at 5:51 am #

    This looks so yummy!


    • Nandini September 30, 2015 at 3:55 pm #

      Thank You much Yvonne 🙂

  20. wwwpalfitness September 27, 2015 at 12:31 pm #

    Reblogged this on wwwpalfitness.

  21. kvjinc September 27, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

    These look great. Black beans and chocolate go together surprisingly well!

    • Nandini September 30, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

      Thank You much. You are so right, when I tried it for the first time I too was very surprised 🙂

  22. conniecockrell September 28, 2015 at 1:12 pm #

    That looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

    • Nandini September 30, 2015 at 4:24 pm #

      Thank You Much Connie 🙂

  23. Anna September 28, 2015 at 2:57 pm #

    Would love to try this recipe!

    • Nandini September 30, 2015 at 4:25 pm #

      I would encourage you 🙂

      • Anna September 30, 2015 at 5:04 pm #

        I’m putting it on my list of recipes I want to try! 😀

  24. joycevandenbergporter September 28, 2015 at 6:05 pm #

    What a sneaky way to !make brownies healthy. Must try

    • Nandini September 30, 2015 at 4:25 pm #

      Yes Joyce you should give it a try 🙂

  25. Quest for the Flame September 28, 2015 at 9:04 pm #

    I spent some time in Puerto Rico and sometimes people would serve me a sweet bean dish that I loved. I’ve often thought of combining black beans with chocolate – two of my favorite foods. And cashews . . . three of my favorite foods!

    • Nandini September 30, 2015 at 4:28 pm #

      Then this recipe is perfect for you 🙂

  26. brightonhill2000 September 29, 2015 at 3:31 am #

    These look amazing! Have a fun week!

    xo, Bry


    • Nandini September 30, 2015 at 4:33 pm #

      Thank You Much Bry. You too have a great week 🙂

  27. mailbox junkie September 29, 2015 at 7:11 pm #

    I have been dying to try a black bean brownie! I am going to make these this weekend!

    • Nandini September 30, 2015 at 4:37 pm #

      That is so awesome. I will look forward to your feed back 🙂

  28. stateeats September 29, 2015 at 8:28 pm #

    Well all I can say is, your kids are missing out! Kat

    • Nandini September 30, 2015 at 4:38 pm #

      That is true Kat. I get more to eat myself 🙂

  29. Liinon September 30, 2015 at 4:25 pm #

    Thanks for liking our post on health benefits of eggs! Glad you liked it 🙂 Hope you see you back soon!

    Love your recipe for healthy brownies! Definitely going to give that a go next time I get a craving :D.

    • Nandini October 2, 2015 at 6:57 pm #

      You are very welcome. That is so good to know 🙂

  30. Sandhya September 30, 2015 at 8:27 pm #

    What a healthy and yummy recipe ,Nandini!

    • Nandini October 2, 2015 at 7:25 pm #

      Thank You Sandhya so much 🙂

  31. Loretta October 1, 2015 at 11:14 am #

    Great recipe Nandini. I’ve made these black bean brownies quite a few times, (although I have never added avocado to it), but I sure love that idea. I also like the cupcake idea, they do taste wonderful don’t they? Your cupcake tower looks just beautiful 🙂

    • Nandini October 2, 2015 at 7:30 pm #

      Thank You so much Loretta. I too love these brownies as I don’t feel guilty after eating one 🙂 To make cupcakes just add 3 tbsp of corn flour powder.

  32. Cardinal Guzman October 2, 2015 at 1:43 am #

    Haha, kids are weird. As long as they didn’t know, it was tasty 🙂

  33. swabby429 October 2, 2015 at 6:22 am #

    I simply must try these.

  34. gnovember October 4, 2015 at 11:39 pm #

    Will share the recipe with my sister who has recently become gluten intolerant! Great post!

    • Nandini October 5, 2015 at 5:50 pm #

      Thank You so much. I hope your sister enjoys it 🙂

  35. Ruta October 5, 2015 at 8:00 am #

    Absolutly Amazing and Healthy Recipe this is.. Thanks Nandini for Sharing such a sweet recipe..!!!

    • Nandini October 5, 2015 at 5:55 pm #

      You are so welcome Ruta. And Thank You so much 🙂

  36. newsandviewsjb October 6, 2015 at 2:32 am #

    Thanks Nandini for the “Dave & the Cadillacs” like – much appreciated. Jackie

    • Nandini October 8, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

      You are so welcome Jackie. Hope you are having a great week 🙂

  37. jennyfaye13 October 8, 2015 at 5:54 pm #

    Very interesting take on the classic brownie!

    • Nandini October 9, 2015 at 5:16 pm #

      It is, isn’t it 🙂

  38. cookingwithshy October 8, 2015 at 9:07 pm #

    Wow…looks amazing and great use of ingredients as well!!

    • Nandini October 9, 2015 at 5:17 pm #

      Thank You Much Shy 🙂

  39. ruthann1 October 9, 2015 at 3:33 pm #

    Dear Nandini,

    I like your black bean brownie recipe and can’t wait to try it. It will work well on my new low glycemic diet. Protein in a cupcake, yes!

    Thank you for liking our Swiss Chard with Portobello Mushrooms and Pinenuts recipe this week.

    RuthAnn Ridley

    • Nandini October 9, 2015 at 5:28 pm #

      Thank You RuthAnn. I am so happy to know that it works with your diet plan. Have a great weekend 🙂

  40. Sandra McCall October 16, 2015 at 5:01 am #

    Reblogged this on Sandra McCall and commented:
    Thanks goes to Nandini of Goa for this fascinating recipe. To cut out the processed cane sugar and oil try it with the avocado and date replacements as she suggests. Delicious!

    • Nandini October 16, 2015 at 6:15 pm #

      Thank you so much Sandra for the re-blog and also for your kind words. Have a great weekend 🙂

  41. Harry...the Man! October 18, 2015 at 1:44 pm #

    It looks amazing. Black beans or no black beans, I’d eat the lot.

    • Nandini October 19, 2015 at 4:51 pm #

      Thanks Harry. They do have a good ratio of protein.

  42. C. Marie December 4, 2015 at 1:41 pm #

    I’m a big fan of black bean brownies, and like to use avocados in baking. Can’t wait to try your recipe!

    • Nandini December 4, 2015 at 7:02 pm #

      Oh! That is so awesome C.Marie. I will look forward to your verdict when you make them 🙂

  43. thesunshineisours December 28, 2015 at 2:55 am #

    I love how you give so many options for variations. I am going to try the option with replacing the oil with avocado… Sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing!

    • Nandini December 30, 2015 at 10:54 am #

      You are very welcome. I did make it with avocado and it blends very well in the batter and makes them moist. Let me know your feed back when you do 🙂

  44. makeitdhaka February 13, 2016 at 5:42 am #

    Loved it !

  45. Nandini October 13, 2015 at 4:36 pm #

    Thank You so much for the mention Marcey. Appreciate it much 🙂


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