Liver Friendly Recipe: Black Bean Brownies

close up of brownies dessert

Black Bean Brownies

Preparation and cook time: 15 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups black beans (one 15 oz. can) drained and rinsed very well
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup, honey, or agave
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut or vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup chocolate chips

Black bean brownies piled up


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips in a food processor and blend until completely smooth.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips, and then pour into a greased 8×8 pan. Optional: sprinkle extra chocolate chips over the top.
  • Cook the black bean brownies 15-18 minutes, then let cool at least 10 minutes before trying to cut.

Approximate Nutrition Details per 1 slice (makes 9-12 brownies)

  • Calories 115
  • Fat 5.5g
  • Carbohydrates 15 g
  • Fiber 3g
  • Protein 2.5g


13 thoughts on “Liver Friendly Recipe: Black Bean Brownies

    1. Hi Deborah, thanks for your interest in this recipe!

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  2. Hello! I do not have a food processor, but I want to make this recipe so bad! Will it work if I mash beans by hand, use a sieve etc? Thanks

    1. Thanks for your question Julia, we have not tried doing it that way, however give it a try and let us know. I hope it works out.

  3. Came across this recipe in Pinterest and been in love with your blog ever since.. I tried it today with whatever I could get a hold of and it was super yummy!!! Thank you

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