Amazing Black Bean Brownies Recipe(Courtesy of Ania Catalano)

Recipe by hippichiclv
READY IN: 1hr 10mins


  • 4
    ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 2
    cups cooked black beans, drained well (canned is fine)
  • 1
    cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1
    tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 14
    cup instant coffee (or granulated natural coffee substitute)
  • 14
    teaspoon salt
  • 4
    large eggs
  • 1 12
    cups light agave nectar (honey can be used if you can't find agave, but agave is better)


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line an 11 x 18 inch rimmed baking pan(sheet pan or jelly roll pan) with parchment paper and lightly oil with canola oil spray.
  • Melt the chocolate and butter in a glass bowl in the microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes on high. Stir with a spoon to melt the chocolate completely. Place the beans, 1/2 cup of the walnuts, the vanilla extract, and a couple of spoonfuls of the melted chocolate mixture into the bowl of a food processor. Blend about 2 minutes, or until smooth. The batter should be thick and the beans smooth. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the remaining 1/2 cup walnuts, remaining melted chocolate mixture, coffee substitute, and salt. Mix well and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, with an electric mixer beat the eggs until light and creamy, about 1 minute. Add the agave nectar and beat well. Set aside.
  • Add the bean/chocolate mixture tot the coffee/chocolate mixture. Stir until blended well.
  • Add the egg mixture, reserving about 1/2 cup. Mix well. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Using and electric mixer, beat the remaining 1/2 cup egg mixture until light and fluffy. Drizzle over the brownie batter. Use a wooden toothpick to pull the egg mixture through the batter, creating a marbled effect. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until the brownies are set. Let cool in the pan completely before cutting into squares. (They will be soft until refrigerated).