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Black Bean Brownies, a Healthy Chocolate Snack

This recipe is by WalkJogRun's guest recipe blogger, The Kitchen Vixen. This week the Kitchen Vixen shares her updated black bean brownie recipe that will satisfy your sweet tooth without undoing your day.

Oh, I so wish I had originally invented this recipe. I can be very creative when it comes to food, but I honestly did not come up with the idea of using black beans in place of flour. However, the recipe I initially came across involved the use of boxed brownie mix and only one can of black beans. But I simply couldn't do it. I just could not use something as healthy as black beans and mix them with a “boxed” mix. So I came up with this recipe, and although I've made several versions, including some with prunes and some with flax seeds, I feel that this version is the best yet.

When you look at the complete nutritional analysis, please take note of the nutrient density of this recipe which offers significant amounts of folate, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, selenium and zinc. Each of these nutrients contributes in some way to your metabolism, and your body's ability to recover from exercise and from exposure to free radicals.

Although there are specific organic ingredients listed, you will still reap the benefits if you choose non-organic ingredients. So don't be put off if you can only find regular canned black beans or conventional eggs. However, if you are willing to go that extra mile and find these specific ingredients, you will get more protective nutrients with every bite.

In the end, the purpose of every recipe I create is to save the world, or at least to try to save the people of the world, by teaching you how to cook your own delicious and nutritious life-saving foods…one recipe at a time.


Makes 20 servings  Ready in 1 hour

Cost per serving: $0.51

  • 2 cans black beans, drained (preferably Eden organic since they come in a BPA free can)
  • 6 eggs (preferably pasture raised eggs because they are richer in omega-3's, Vitamin D and Vitamin A)
  • 1 cup brown sugar or sucanat (evaporate cane juice)
  • 1 cup non-alkalized (non-Dutched) cocoa
  • 1 cup semi sweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon organic vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon aluminum free baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon organic instant coffee (optional)
  • 9×12 inch baking pan
  • Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
    2. Spray baking pan with cooking spray to coat thoroughly
    3. Puree all ingredients, except the chocolate chips, in a food processor until you reach a smooth consistency
    4. Add half the chips to the batter and pulse a few times to combine but not pulverize the chips
    5. Pour batter into baking pan
    6. Disperse the rest of the chips evenly over top of the batter
    7. Bake for 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean
    8. Best if refrigerate overnight before cutting
    9. Cut into 20, 2-inch squares. Or cut into 1-inch square for half the calories and more servings = more times to enjoy these delicious fudgy brownies

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1 piece, 53g
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat

Total Fat

Total Carbohydrates

Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*
Maganese 17% Copper 14%
Phosphorus 10% Magnesium 12%
Iron 9% Selenium 8%
Folate 8% Riboflavin 6%
Niacin 6% Potassium 6%
Zinc 5%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

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The Kitchen Vixen

Elizabeth Brown, RD

Elizabeth Brown, RD aka “The Kitchen Vixen” has always loved to cook, to fuel her body with the best energy sources that she can create. Elizabeth's goal is, and has always been, to motivate and educate the public about the health benefits of optimal nutrition and daily physical activity. She has over 20 years of professional experience from private counseling to personal training and even working as a private chef for the rich and famous of Malibu, CA. Elizabeth is thrilled to help other new, and seasoned runners, incorporate energy enhancing recipes into their diets. Just follow her lead and you'll feel energized as you head out for a jog, off to your job, or off to the races. Learn more about Elizabeth here!