Black Bean Brownies In a Muffin Tin

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Like pretty much every single other person on the planet, I start off every new year recommitted to eating well. I don’t really diet because I absolutely cannot deprive myself. The more I restrict, the more I want to just stuff my face with junk food.

The hardest time for me is at night. After a busy day with the kids I like to relax on the couch with some cookies or a cupcake. So when I found this recipe for healthy brownies on Skinnytaste, I had to try it. Gia and I made them for my husband and we didn’t tell him what the “surprise” main ingredient was till after he tasted them.  He took one bite and loved them…and so did we!

Since then I’ve made them 2 more times. These brownies are more cake-like than a regular brownie, but they’re also rich and chocolatey. They’re the perfect evening snack because they satisfy my sweet tooth but they’re not quite so bad for me. I love making them in muffin tins because the portion size is perfect!

Healthy and Delicious Black Bean Brownies (adapted from Skinnytaste)

Black Bean Brownies

recipe adapted from Skinnytaste

  • 1 (14 oz) canned low-sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened soy milk (or dairy, skim)
  • 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of coffee grounds
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
How To

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Lightly grease muffin tin. (I used cooking spray.)

**I’ve never used cupcake papers with this recipe because I don’t think it would work well. The black beans make the batter very sticky and I think the entire brownie would just stick to the cupcake papers

3. Put the first 11 ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

4. Pour batter evenly in muffin tins. Sprinkle each one with a few chocolate chips.

5. Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until the brownies start to pull away from the side of the muffin tins.

6. Let cool and then use a tablespoon to gently dislodge them from the tin.

7. Eat and enjoy!


What’s your favorite healthier dessert recipe? Tell me in the comments!

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  • Reply Kelley

    LOVE black bean brownie! And this is pretty much I recipe I use when I make them myself–they’re so delicious! I love that owl mug, also–haha. I kind of have an owl obsession 🙂

    3-04-15 at 6:09 am
  • Reply Amanda

    Yum! Those look delicious. I am going to have to try these with coconut milk in place of soy milk (can’t use it here at my house). Thanks for sharing!

    3-04-15 at 6:13 am
  • Reply Carrie // Keeping Carrie Fit

    I love brownies but I have never been brave enough to try the black bean kind. These look so good and I love that you use a blender to mix it all up. I’m definitely going to try these!

    3-04-15 at 6:25 am
  • Reply Neyssa

    These look yummy. Great way to fool the kids into eating more fiber, will have to add to my list.

    3-04-15 at 7:36 am
  • Reply Danielle Wells

    I’ve never thought of using black beans in a brownie – honestly it sounds weird! But it LOOKS AMAZING!!! 🙂 I’m pinning this to try later 🙂 Gotta get those black beans!

    3-04-15 at 8:18 am
    • Reply Krista

      Danielle, it DOES sound weird but I promise they taste really good!!

      3-04-15 at 11:20 am
  • Reply Samantha

    You make them look delicious! I know they are healthy, but was always thinking I’d taste the black beans. Now I think I’ll try them!

    3-04-15 at 8:22 am
    • Reply Krista

      You definitely don’t taste the black beans!! They’re more cake-like than a traditional brownie, but I promise you, it’s all chocolate taste!

      3-04-15 at 11:21 am
  • Reply Megan

    Wow! My hubby will love this recipe, but I won’t tell them they are healthy. My little celiac will love that they are gluten and dairy free!

    3-04-15 at 10:38 am
    • Reply Krista

      Megan –my sister in law has celiac and I can’t wait for her to try these!

      3-04-15 at 11:21 am
  • Reply Angie Nelson

    definitely Pinning for later. I have been debating trying black bean brownies for a long time. I just need to do it!

    3-04-15 at 11:52 am
  • Reply Heather

    This is so interesting. Thanks for the recipe!

    3-04-15 at 12:26 pm
  • Reply Laura Sue Shaw

    I’ve never had a black bean brownie. These look really good, though!

    3-04-15 at 5:04 pm
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  • Reply Jamie

    Those look delicious and would be the perfect fake-out for my son!! Pinned it!! 🙂

    3-06-15 at 3:13 pm
  • Reply Rebekah @Surviving Toddlerhood

    Yummy! I havve made black bean brownies once and the recipe wasn’t the best. I’ll have to give this recipe a try. 🙂

    3-06-15 at 4:34 pm
  • Reply Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

    Sounds like a definite must try recipe! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty 🙂

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    3-06-15 at 8:17 pm
  • Reply Natalie @ Threads & Bobbins

    I’ve never made black bean brownies before but these look yummy!
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    3-09-15 at 1:04 pm
  • Reply Julie

    I haven’t tried making black bean brownies yet, but I’m saving this recipe!

    3-24-15 at 4:18 pm
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