Black Bean Brownies

The notorious black bean brownie – encompassing all that is the brownie: crisp top with a fudgey and moist centre. Couldn’t find canned black beans, so I substituted them for red kidney beans instead. I’d previously tried soaking dried black beans and the brownies turned out pretty dry :( Added another secret ingredient – avocado. My original recipe doesn’t have chocolate chips, but you can add them for a bit of naughty.



  • 1 can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed thoroughly
  • 1 small avocado, peeled and fleshed
  • 1 tbsp margarine
  • 1/2 cup wholemeal self-raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp carob powder
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence
  • Optional: 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees (fan-forced). Line a square baking pan.
  2. Put all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth.
  3. Place the blended ingredients into the baking pan and cook for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Eat.



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