Peanut Butter Black Bean Brownies

I remember a few years ago, a friend and I made these delicious peanut butter black bean brownies and I couldn’t stop eating them. I would have probably made them a hundred times by now, but we didn’t have a food processor. Now that we have a food processor (blender should work okay too), I decided it was time. I had brownies on my mind this morning, so once the baby decided to take a nap, I got to work in the kitchen.

What goes into black bean brownies?

You’re probably wondering what the heck goes into black bean brownies and why wouldn’t I just eat the normal ones. Am I right? The first time I tried black bean brownies, I had the same thought. But then I tried them and my mind was blown. I would have never guessed a whole can of beans was in that pan. 

Peanut butter black bean brownie with milk in background

Not only a can of beans, but 3/4 cup of natural peanut butter. This recipe is packed full of protein and fiber. The list of ingredients includes the black beans, peanut butter, chocolate chips, cacao powder, sugar, maple syrup, milk (of choice), vanilla extract, flour, salt, and baking powder. Lots of you probably have all these ingredients in your pantries.

Why you’ll love peanut butter black bean brownies.

  1. They’re a healthier alternative to regular brownies. Higher in protein and fiber, there’s a level of satisfaction that you’ll feel after one of these, that you wouldn’t get from a traditional brownie.
  2. They are vegan friendly. Use a non-dairy milk, coconut sugar, and vegan chocolate chips for a great vegan dessert!
  3. You won’t notice a difference. Alright, maybe you will just a bit, but they won’t disappoint.
Peanut Butter Black Bean Brownies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Category: Brownies

Servings: 9 brownies

Dish of a peanut butter black bean brownie topped with powdered sugar

A vegan friendly, healthier alternative to the traditional fudge brownie.


  • 1 can of black beans
  • 3/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (or honey)
  • 5 tbsp cane sugar or coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour (or almond for gluten free)
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • Optional:
  • melted peanut butter to glaze
  • additional chocolate chips to fold in or top
  • powdered sugar to top


  1. Bring milk and maple syrup or honey to low boil on stove (or heat in microwave). Results are slightly better on stovetop
  2. Once the mixture is at a low boil remove from heat, add 1/2 cup chocolate chips and allow to melt
  3. Preheat oven to 350F and line a 9″x9″ baking dish with parchment paper or generously grease
  4. In a food processor, combine rinsed black beans, nut butter, sugar, cacao powder, baking powder, salt, and vanilla
  5. Pulse until it forms a paste
  6. Add the flour and melted chocolate mixture
  7. Continue to pulse until it forms a smooth consistency (it should be thick, but you can add an extra spoon of milk if you are worried)
  8. With a spatula scrape into baking dish and smooth out to spread it evenly throughout the dish
  9. Bake for 35 minutes (too long will dry these out)
  10. Allow to cool at least 15 minutes to prevent them from crumbling. Serve with ice cream or milk!


Drizzle some melted peanut butter over the top for those of you who are nut lovers Sprinkle some extra chocolate chips over the top prior to baking Sprinkle powdered sugar over the top for a prettier brownie

Nutrition Facts

Peanut Butter Black Bean Brownies


Amount Per Serving
Calories 274
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14.3 g 22%
Saturated Fat 0
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0
Sodium 0
Total Carbohydrate 32.6 g 10.9%
Dietary Fiber 5.8 g 23.2%
Sugars 16 g
Protein 8.9 g
Vitamin A Vitamin C
Calcium Iron

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Let me know in the comments below what you think of this recipe. Did you make any modifications? How did you top yours?

-Cassie 🙂

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