Black bean brownies

Black bean brownies


Makes 16 fingers


  • 1 x 440g tin of black beans, well rinsed and strained
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (75g) sugar-free cocoa
  • 3/4 cup (125g) dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (75g) wholemeal flour
For ganache:
  • 100g good quality dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) pouring cream
  • 1 tbsp butter


Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Grease and line a shallow slice pan.
Put rinsed beans and eggs into a powerful blender and pulse until smooth.
One at a time, add the coconut oil, vanilla extract, cocoa, sugar and flour and whiz between additions to prevent clogging up or uneven blending.
Use a spatula to scrape the mixture into the pan.
Bake for 25 – 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean, then turn out onto a cake rack to cool.
To make the ganache, put chocolate, cream and butter into a small saucepan over low heat, stirring continuously until combined and smooth.
Transfer the uncut brownie slab onto a cutting board and pour the ganache over evenly, smoothing with a knife. Wait 10 minutes, or until the ganache sets, before slicing into 16 even fingers.

Serving Suggestions


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  • This recipe was created by Katie Rainbird for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder. You can follow Katie at Katie180.

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