Black Bean Avocado Brownies

Black bean avocado brownies with melted chocolate on top
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Healthy black bean avocado brownies is not something I may have made growing up, but I sure do love to lick the spoon and bowl clean! 

September 2016 – Theme

First Cooking Recollections

Stir up some of your earliest culinary recollections. Did you stand at your grandmother’s elbow to learn to cook? Or did you learn by stumbling through a cookbook by yourself? Share a healthy recipe and the accompanying story about one of your first cooking memories.

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Happy Recipe Redux Day! This was a fun theme for me this month. I emailed my mom and had her help me brainstorm recipe ideas and then it got us thinking of all of the yummy things we used to make and family memories. Black Bean Avocado brownies were not something I necessarily made growing up…but all the recipes my mom told me about revolved around baking goodies! She said she did not have us cooking too much because she never wanted us to cut ourselves with a knife or anything sharp. She mainly had us rolling dough…stirring the batter…and to be honest…my first cooking recollections include licking the mixing bowl and spoon! (Oh, and when I say us…I mean myself and my 2 older brothers!)

(As you can see if you’re reading I made this recipe is Sept. 2016 but I shot the video for this in Aug. 2017! Enjoy! 

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This is so not related to cooking or blogging buuuuut as I am headed to Vermont on Thursday for Blog Brûlée it seems fitting…

Reasons to Succeed by Ralph Marston:

“Surround yourself with reminders of the reasons you have chosen to do the work you do. Keep the thoughts of those reasons foremost in your mind. Achievement never happens for its own sake. Achievement is built when there are solid, meaningful reasons behind it. The only enduring impediment to success is the lack of a reason for that success. Connect with a good reason, keep that connection strong, and you will find your way through whatever challenges you encounter. When you have a reason, you have a stake in the outcome. When you have a reason, you’re able to summon the discipline, commitment, persistence and creativity necessary to get the job done. The best motivation is not to be found in some sophisticated secret technique or procedure. The best motivation is to constantly keep yourself in contact with your reasons. Give yourself plenty of reasons to succeed. And you most assuredly will.”

I am SO excited to surround myself with other people who share the same passion I do and cannot wait to learn, make new friends and SUCCEED! 🙂 I hope you all enjoy this recipe…It’s a keeper!!! 

Black Bean and Avocado Brownies

Course: Dessert
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 38 minutes
Total Time: 48 minutes
Servings: 9 brownies
Author: Kroll's Korner
You won't believe these bad boys are made with avocado and black beans...some might say it's almost like you're eating a salad! 😉


  • 1 15 oz. can black beans rinsed well and drained
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil or melted coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar I did half dark brown, half white!
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 avocado small, medium, large - the more the merrier!
  • Dark Chocolate chips enough to cover top of batter when in pan, about 1/2 cup-3/4 cup


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Mix all ingredients in a food processor (except the chocolate chips) until smooth.
  2. Spray an 8x8 inch baking pan with non-stick spray or (lightly coat with coconut oil) and scoop brownie batter into pan. (You can mix in some chocolate chips in at this point too.) Sprinkle enough chocolate chips to cover the top of batter.

  3. Cook for 38-40 minutes or until you poke brownies with a toothpick and it comes out clean.

  4. Let sit for 20 minutes before you cut. (If you can wait that long)! Store in fridge for up to 5 days & enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Flourless + Gluten Free!
**Another option** Sub 3/4 cup sugar with 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce + 1/2 cup coconut sugar.

Sub vegetable oil for melted coconut oil.
*Drizzle with peanut butter if desired!

Other variations: add crumbled oreos on top. Make festive for Easter by adding on m&ms or easter egg chocolates!


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  1. Just made them for my college daughter and her friends and we all enjoyed them! Different texture than the boxed Ghirardelli that I usually make but SO much healthier! I’ll make them again.

  2. This sounds really good, but PAM? All kinds of additives in there! Why not coconut oil to grease the pan?
    And coconut oil for vegetable oil? Some things aren’t really good for you in here.

    1. Hi Carol! Thanks so much for your comment. Coconut oil works well too! I also use: Bak Klene ZT All Purpose Release Aerosol Spray (can get it on Amazon or at Williams Sonoma) works wonders for baking!

    1. Not at all!! They of course have a different texture than a boxed brownie mix, but they are soooo yummy!!!

  3. Ooh I really want to try these and not tell my husband what’s in them to see how he reacts! I bet he will LOVE them!! They look and sound just awesome 🙂

  4. Oh these brownies look so tasty! Brownies are my one weakness, as far as sweets go and now I don’t even have to feel guilty!

  5. The ingredients are so interesting for these brownies. I love how all the new changes happening with foods to make things healthier.

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