When I am making a treat for my children, I want it to be something that we will both get excited about. Black bean brownies fall into that category for us. The kids get excited because they are yummy and I get excited because my kids are happy and the treat is super nutritious. I also know that I won’t have to deal with their moods potentially crashing shortly after from eating too much sugar or other processed ingredients.

I have tested a number of different recipes for black bean brownies and this one is by far my favorite. It’s easy to make, the texture is great, and they taste delicious. You will need a food processor to make them so if you don’t own one, it is time to consider getting one – I promise that it’s worth it.

Black beans are legumes and as such, they are packed with fiber, protein and nutrients like calcium and magnesium. I am a big fan of legumes and believe that lot of us could do with more beans in their lives.*

Make these black bean brownies, pack them in their school lunchbox, and watch your children thrive!

*If you are afraid of the bloating and gassy effect that beans are sometimes associated with, start by eating smaller pieces and work your way up over time. The more legumes you eat, the better your body gets at digesting them.

Best Black Bean Brownies

  • ½ cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1 ½ cups black beans (1 small can drained and rinsed)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup maple syrup (add more if desired, these brownies are not overly sweet)
  • 2 tbsp raw cocoa powder
  • 3 Medjool dates, pitted (the size of dates vary, use 2 large ones or 3-4 small ones)
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • pinch of sea salt
  1. Processed the oats and dates in a food processor first.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and process until well combined.
  3. Line an 8x8 inch pan with two overlapping parchment papers in a way that all sides are covered.
  4. Bake at 350F for about 20 minutes.
  5. Let cool down completely and store in the fridge or in a freezer.Enjoy!

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