Flourless Chocolate Brownies (Dairy & Grain Free)

Flourless Brownies (Dairy & Grain Free)

Well it only took me 2 years to make a flourless brownie recipe made with a secret ingredient. I’ve seen other versions out there, but I was skeptical. How could a dessert made with chocolate taste good if the main “flour” came from…here goes…black beans. And yet it can!

You can’t even taste the beans in this recipe. It’s craaaazy good! My only regret is I didn’t try this recipe out 2 years ago.

My family loves these babies and I love that they are getting tons of fiber, protein and omega 3 fatty acids all in one treat. Please see my notes on saving money using dried black beans in my Black Bean Dip Post.

This was shared on Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Real Food Wednesday,  Fresh Bites Friday and Whole Food Fridays.

Flourless Brownies (Dairy & Grain Free)
Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 8
  • 2 cups cooked black beans
  • 2 eggs
  • 1¼ cup coconut sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened chocolate powder
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. flaxseed meal
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. liquid vanilla stevia (optional)
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a bread pan. Combine all ingredients in a large food processor. Pulse for 30 seconds and then use spatula to scrape sides down. Pulse again for another 2 minutes, scrapping down sides as needed. If you do not have a large cup food processor, use a heavy duty blender.
  2. Pour mixture into pan and smooth top of batter with spatula. Bake for 30 minutes. Allow 10 minutes to cool.
  3. Cut brownies with knife. Makes 8 thick brownies or 16 if cut thinly.

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  1. withthelord says

    I love reading your postings:)  I am a student at IIN and have been gluten free for a long time.  Now dealing with mold, candida and a few other foods, eggs are on the no no list.  Do you think this recipe would work with flax seed or chia seed egg replacement?  
    Do you have a good source for the coconut sugar?  I want to tell my friend about it.  I am pretty much exclusively using stevia because of the candida issue.  Found an MD who is part of a Wellness Clinic and she practices very much from a holistic standpoint ie. supplements, blood allergy testing for foods etc. 
    Thank you again 🙂

    • @withthelord Thanks so much for your comment! You can def. sub out flax or chia seed for egg. Usually about 1 Tbsp. flax soaked in water is equivalent to 1 egg, but you will probably want to test to make sure. I use Navitas Naturals Coconut Sugar as well as Coconut Secret Brand.

  2. TessaDomesticDi says

    surprising, huh Laura!?  No one ever guesses!  I have an egg free one on my blog, in case you need it!

  3. Wow, I love black beans. Just never thought I’d be eating them in a chocolate brownie! Thanks for this great recipe!

  4. thetastyalternative says

    Hi Laura,
    I’m glad you’ve discovered this great secret ingredient!  I’ve made black bean brownies several times, and they are quite delicious.  While I was on the SCD, I tried to get really creative made a brownie using black beans to make it “brown” looking. SCD does not allow chocolate, so I used coco butter for the chocolate flavor and the back beans as an attempt to make them darker.  I thought they turned out pretty good, but definitely needed a few more attempts.  At any rate, I’m glad you discovered this great ingredient!  And I really like your recipe.  🙂
    Have a great weekend.

  5. GGirlGGreen says

    Do you think flax eggs would work as well? They look yummy!

  6. GFHomemaker says

    I was just thinking the other day that I haven’t yet tried black bean brownies.  I really should give it a try, especially now that I’m mostly grain free. Thanks for sharing, Laura.

  7. Looks like 2 years was worth the wait!!  I’ve tried black bean brownies before and really enjoyed them, but I’ve never made them myself. I’m printing your recipe for my next treat!


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