Black Bean Brownies

Black Bean Brownies | Butter Baking

So I want to be a pastry chef, right?

And I’m pretty sure I go to culinary school, where I study patisserie. And I go to classes, where I like, bake stuff.

And last time I checked, I worked at a cupcake shop, where like five times a week, I bake stuff.

And I think I have a blog, which I bake stuff for all the time.

And I want to work in a bakery, even own my own one day, yeah? Pretty sure I’ll have to bake stuff for that, too.

Black Bean Brownies | Butter Baking

Well. I am totally on the right track in life. Because I am so smart, and so amazing at baking, that I totally forgot to put the chocolate chips in the mixture for these brownies.

HOW does that even happen?!?

I was wondering why it looked like there was hardly any batter when I poured it in the pan. And I didn’t realize what I’d done then. Nope. I put the pan in the oven anyway.

It was only 7 minutes into baking, when I was looking over Maura’s photos, that I realized this thing is supposed to have chocolate chips in it. Ugh!

Black Bean Brownies | Butter Baking

So I pulled the pan out of the oven quick as I could, dumped a bag of chocolate chips on it and sort of swirled them in with a knife.

This is real life, people.

Luckily for me they worked out anyway. Even though half the chips melted.

Black Bean Brownies | Butter Baking

So here we have some gooey black bean brownies. WITH chocolate chips inside. Just remember to stir yours through BEFORE you put the pan in the oven. Like a normal person. Okay?

Black Bean Brownies | Butter Baking

  • 1 x 400g (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup quick oats or rolled oats processed fine
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 3 tbsp cocoa
  • 2 tbsp strong black coffee
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ⅔ cup chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C (350 F) and line an 8 x 8 inch pan with baking paper.
  2. Put the beans in the food processor and process until smooth. Add the maple syrup and canola oil and continue to process until smooth and there are no lumps of beans left.
  3. Add the processed oats, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, baking powder and salt and process until combined.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand (don't forget!).
  5. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes, until the center is set. Allow to cool completely before cutting. Makes 16 brownies.

Adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie via My Healthy ‘Ohana.


32 Thoughts on “Black Bean Brownies

  1. Your improvisational skills will serve you well as a pastry chef, I’m sure! These look delicious.

  2. Haha! No matter how smart or accustomed to baking/cooking you are, we all make these mistakes. Sometimes I convince myself that all of my experience as a home cook is for nothing when I make a stupid mistake like adding 3/4 cup of butter instead of 3/4 a stick! It all happens, we win some, we lose some. Lets just hope we win more than we lose. 😉 Love these brownies, by the way! I’ve always wanted to try black bean brownies ever since I saw them on 101 Cookbooks so long ago. Do they do justice to normal brownies?!

  3. I am glad I’m not the only one who has done this! It is even worse when I measure my ingredients ahead of time and then look over and see something left on the counter that should be in the oven!!

  4. They look delicious, no matter about the chocolate chips! In fact, it would be great if you mixed them in, and then scattered some over top too :)

  5. From a fellow baker who dreams of opening a bakery one day too, these look awesome! I can be forgetful too, but I think yours look great with the melted chips on top :) I’m making these tonight. Enjoy culinary school, I had such a great time learning (and taste-tesing).

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  7. I do this all the time. I think I do it more often than not… it’s really sad / pathetic.

    These look so yummy and perfect but I’m still terrified of bean brownies! Scary. :( Maybe if you made them for me and didn’t let me know that they were in there I’d be down with them!

    • Haha well I’m happy to hear it Erin!
      These ones are a little tiny bit beany. More so than the other bean brownies I made. Probably because they’re all healthy and there’s no butter and sugar in there hiding the beans. So I wouldn’t make them for you, you’d totally freak.

  8. Hahaha. Love your last sentence. And this new posting healthy stuff Natasha! :)

  9. Chumsycle on December 9, 2012 at 10:47 pm said:

    so mine is already in the oven, waiting 10 more minutes to bake then 5 minutes to cool (I can’t wait to try em) I want a healthy chocolate fix, so I hope this will do. I don’t have black beans but had adzuki beans and I dunno but I added one egg, we’ll see how this goes. btw, i forgot to add the chips too, i poured 1/5 of the batter then i remembered haha

  10. I am making these brownies – assuming you do not drain the beans? I hope not – because I am just dumping them into the food processor. :)

  11. Positive43 on January 28, 2013 at 4:53 am said:

    Well that explains why they turned out a little mushy last time. I still enjoyed them and am making them again, but this time I will drain the beans. Thanks for updating the recipe! :)

  12. That explains why they were a little mushy last time I made them. I am making them again today, but I will drain the beans this time. Thanks for updating the recipe! 😉

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  15. Sonj on March 4, 2014 at 6:06 pm said:

    I’m going to have a go at these, they look so good! Don’t beat yourself up about the choc chips – i forgot to put cheese on my homemade pizza yesterday!!!! Lol. It happens to the best of us (i keep telling myself that!). Haha :)

    • Thanks Sonj! Haha but at least you can throw the cheese on top and put it under the grill for a minute, not so much with choc chips 😉 Thanks for making me feel better though!

  16. I didn’t have Chocolate chips in the house, so I modified the recipe and put in some “natural” peanut butter,..they are awesome!!! Thank you for sharing…I didn’t know if I would ever be able to enjoy Brownies again! These are better than the regular ones from the past…oh, and I added walnuts too.

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