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Black Bean Avocado Brownies

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black bean brownies on parchment paper

Black bean avocado brownies ingredients

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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 or coconut oil
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Baking powder
  • Vanilla
  • Avocado
  • Dark chocolate chips (dairy free if needed)

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.

black bean brownies on parchment paper

How to make black bean avocado brownies

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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. You’ll need to let the brownies cool for 20 minutes or so before cutting into them — assuming you can wait that long!
  4. Store brownies in the fridge.

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!

Have you ever tried making brownies with black beans?

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4.65 from 34 reviews

Black Bean Avocado Brownies

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 38 minutes
Total: 48 minutes
Servings: 9 brownies
Healthy-ish Brownies made with avocado, black beans and pantry staple baking ingredients. They're gluten free and made in the food processor!


  • 1, 15 oz. can black beans (rinsed well and drained)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil (or melted coconut oil)
  • 3/4 cup sugar*
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 avocado, medium in size
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips*

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  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Mix all ingredients in a food processor (except the chocolate chips) until smooth.
    1, 15 oz. can black beans, 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 3 large eggs, 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 3/4 cup sugar*, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1 avocado, medium in size
  • 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 if you'd like.) Sprinkle enough chocolate chips to cover the top of batter ~1/2-3/4 cup.
    1 cup dark chocolate chips*
  • Bake 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!



  • *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!
  • Feel free to stir in 1/2 cup chocolate chips into brownie batter and use remaining to sprinkle on top prior to baking. Use dairy free chocolate chips if needed. 
  • Other variations: add crumbled Oreos on top. Make festive for holidays by adding on colored M&M’s or seasonal chocolates!

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1brownie, Calories: 212kcal (11%)

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is automatically calculated. It should only be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Kroll’s Korner can’t make any guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

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Through process of elimination, we just learned my husband is gluten intolerant. I’ve been searching around for new recipes (especially desserts!) to accommodate for this recent change. I was super skeptical about these at first, but decided to try anyway based on the comments. HE WOULD DIE if he knew he ate black beans and avocodo… but said they were delicious and I agree 100%. I will never divulge our secret. 🙂
(Side note, I’ve also made the famous Krolls Kookies and am not kidding when I say they were literally the best I’ve ever tasted/made). Going to try these with cookie butter next because I’m obsessed with both. Will just spend extra time im the gym. 🙂
Thank you for all of the deliciousness!

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These came out great and the boyfriend loved them. They are very moist. I switched out the sugar for brown sugar, added chopped walnuts and cinnamon.

Jeanna Kilbane

I make these ALL the time! They are my favorite brownies! I would choose these even over regular brownies. 🙂


I used Steevia instead of sugar, coconut oil instead of vegetable oil.


Made these tonight. So yummy and light and not a hint of black beans. Will need to double up and make more tomorrow. Thank you for sharing.

Kelly Sinclair

I made this for my kids who are brownie connisseurs! I didn’t tell them they were full of healthy ingredients (and lied when they saw the Cuisnart and accused me of putting in beans) and they devoured them! My husband was fooled as well. These are delicious and beat our normal Ghirardelli brownies hands down! I’m a dietitian and would much prefer they eat these as a treat.

Jere Cassidy

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

Beth Neels

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!


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 🙂


These brownies are so interesting. I wonder if I can taste the black bean? Please let me know. Thanks.