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Black Bean Avocado Brownies

Chocolate  |  Published on Jul 30, 2019  |  Last modified on Aug 20, 2019

black bean brownies on parchment paper

Healthy black bean avocado brownies aren’t something I may have made growing up, but I sure do love to lick the spoon and bowl clean! 

Creating these black bean avocado brownies

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Black Bean Avocado brownies were not something I necessarily made growing up…but I make these monthly now!

I love that this recipe can be made by mixing all ingredients in the food processor, pouring into an oven safe baking dish, and 40 minutes later you have health black bean brownies.

black bean avocado brownies

Black bean avocado brownies ingredients

These healthy black bean brownies are similar to the ones you ate growing up, but with a few special additions. For these black bean avocado brownies, you’ll need:

  • Black beans
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Eggs
  • Vegetable oil
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Baking powder
  • Vanilla
  • Avocado
  • Dark chocolate chips

If you’re worried these healthy brownies will taste like black beans, don’t be! You really can’t taste the beans, they just add a unique texture to these brownies.

How to make black bean avocado brownies

To make these easy avocado brownies, simply add all the ingredients (except the chocolate chips because those will go on top) into a food processor and process until smooth.

You can’t make classic brownies this way because you’d over work the flour and make the brownies tough and chewy, but because there’s no flour in this recipe a food processor works wonders!

Grease an 8×8-inch baking dish and transfer the batter into it. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over top and then bake these healthy brownies for roughly 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

You’ll need to let the brownies cool for 20 minutes or so before cutting into them — assuming you can wait that long!

Store brownies in the fridge.

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Is there a sugar substitute I can use?

If you’d like to cut out the sugar in this recipe, I recommend substituting it with 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce + 1/2 cup coconut sugar.

Can I add mix-ins to the batter?

Please do! You can stir in additional chocolate chips, crushed nuts, Oreos, and more. These avocado brownies would taste amazing drizzle with peanut butter too. To make these healthy black bean brownies holiday-appropriate, top with seasonal M&M’s (perfect for any holiday!).

Tips for making black bean brownies

Make sure you’re using black beans that are unseasoned (salt is okay, but you don’t want pre-flavored chili beans or anything like that). The black beans should also be drained and rinsed very well before mixing them into the batter.

You can use any size avocado you want in this healthy brownie recipe. Just make sure the avocado is ripe and creamy.

Lastly, you’ll need to store these black bean avocado brownies in the fridge. They’ll stay fresh for up to five days!

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Black Bean Avocado Brownies

Making healthy black bean avocado brownies is not something I may have done growing up as a little girl, but I sure do love lick the spoon and bowl clean!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 38 minutes
Total Time: 48 minutes
Servings: 9 brownies
Author: Tawnie Kroll


  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Mix all ingredients in a food processor (except the chocolate chips) until smooth.
  • Spray an 8×8 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.
  • Cook for 38-40 minutes or until you poke brownies with a toothpick and it comes out clean.
  • Let sit for 20 minutes before you cut. (If you can wait that long)! Store in fridge for up to 5 days & enjoy!
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  • *You can also sub the 3/4 cup sugar with 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce + 1/2 cup coconut sugar.
  • Drizzle these brownies with peanut butter if desired!
  • Other variations: add crumbled oreos on top. Make festive for holidays by adding on colored M&M’s or seasonal 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!

  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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