Beanie Brownies


Does the title remind you of the little Beanie Babies we all thought would make us rich? (Hi, fellow 90’s kids!) Well, these brownies DO have something in common with the little critters. They’re both filled with beans!  Hold on, don’t stop reading. I promise these brownies are delicious, fudgy, and you’ll never guess the secret ingredient. To test them, I gave them to a few people at work.  They were VERY surprised to hear what was in them.

This recipe only has 4 ingredients and is easily vegan-friendly.  Just make sure your brownie mix doesn’t contain milk, eggs, or animal fats.

Black beans replace the oil and eggs for the brownie mix. Why?  It’s a great way to avoid unhealthy fats, add a little fiber, and decrease the calories.  Ready for the recipe??

Black Bean Brownies

Makes: approximately 20 brownies

  • 1 box brownie mix (~20 oz)
  • 1 15.5 oz can of black beans
  • Water
  • Brewed coffee, slightly cooled
  1. Drain and thoroughly rinse black beans.
  2. Place beans back in can.  With beans in can, fill the can halfway with water, then fill to the top with coffee. (The coffee brings out the chocolate flavor, you won’t taste it!)
  3. Empty beans and liquid into a blender and blend until smooth.
  4. In a large bowl, combine bean mixture and brownie mix. Mix until combined.
  5. Follow baking instructions on the brownie mix. 🙂

Estimated nutrition information for 1/20th of recipe (1 brownie):             118 Calories, 1.1 g Fat, 27 g Carbohydrate, 1.6 g Fiber, 1.7 g Protein

**Note:  This is an estimate for nutrition information using Duncan Hines mix and Bush’s reduced sodium black beans.  Your nutrition info depends on the brownie mix and black beans used.**

Easy right?  The flavor of these brownie reminds me of the Little Debbie brownies I used to love as a kid….no, really.

I promise you’ll be surprised with this recipe’s results.  When you try them, please comment and let me know what you think!

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2 thoughts on “Beanie Brownies

  1. Have to try this one for sure! Did you put icing on them? In the picture it looks like it has icing but then maybe they are just that moist.

    • They’re just really moist! I didn’t use any icing on them, though I’m sure it couldn’t hurt. These brownies are so moist that they’re almost like fudge. Can’t wait to hear what you think when you make them!

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