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

Peanut Butter Black Bean Brownies

You can get delicious brownies even made with black beans! These peanut butter black bean brownies are a healthier alternative to a normal brownie and are so decadent you'll need to exercise caution with the whole pan.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9 brownies
Calories 239 kcal


  • 1 can black beans
  • ¾ cup natural peanut butter
  • 7 ½ tbsp milk of choice (1/3 cup + 2 tbsp)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 5 tbsp coconut sugar or cane sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup whole wheat flour (or almond flour to make it gluten-free)
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder

Optional Toppings

  • melted peanut butter glaze
  • additional chocolate chips to fold in or sprinkle on top
  • powdered sugar to top


  • Bring the milk and maple syrup to a low boil on stove (or heat in microwave). Results are better on stovetop.
  • Once the mixture is at a low boil, remove from heat and add 1/2 cup chocolate chips and allow to melt.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a 9"x9" baking dish with parchment paper or generously grease.
  • In a food processor, combine the rinsed black beans, nut butter, sugar, cacao powder, baking powder, salt, and vanilla. Pulse until it forms a paste.
  • Add the flour and melted chocolate mixture. Continue to pulse until it forms a thick smooth consistency. It will be thick but if you are worried, you can always add an extra spoonful of milk.
  • With a spatula, scrape into the baking dish and smooth out to spread the batter evenly through the dish.
  • Bake for 35 minutes, take care not to over bake as they will dry out.
  • Allow to cool for 15 minutes to prevent them from crumbling. Serve with milk or ice cream.


Serving: 1brownieCalories: 239kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 7gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 250mgPotassium: 223mgFiber: 3gSugar: 13gCalcium: 67mgIron: 1mg
Keyword black bean brownies, peanut butter black bean brownies, peanut butter brownies, vegan black bean brownies, vegan brownies
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