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Black Bean Brownies

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This might sound strange, but these brownies actually come out rich and fudgy. They are low fat, high in fiber and protein and no one would know there are beans in them.

I calculated these with a box of Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge Brownies, but I plan on buying reduced sugar to see if it lowers the points and still taste as good. Points may vary depending on which brand you use.

Black Bean Brownies

4.69 from 16 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Yield: 20 servings
Serving Size: 1 brownie


  • 15 oz can black beans
  • 19.5 oz box chocolate brownie mix


  • Open can of beans, drain and rinse well.
  • Put beans back in the can and fill can with water.
  • Put beans and water in blender until smooth.
  • Mix pureed beans with brownie package mix.
  • DO NOT add eggs or oil.
  • Spray baking dish with Pam.
  • Cook brownies according to package directions.
  • Cool and serve.

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Serving: 1 brownie, Calories: 138.1 kcal, Carbohydrates: 28 g, Protein: 2.9 g, Fat: 2.6 g, Fiber: 1.8 g


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260 comments on “Black Bean Brownies”

  1. Oh my goodness so good! You’d never even guess they have black beans I used the noshu brownie mix and 250g black beans really good. 

  2. Is it possible to replace sugar with Splenda and eliminate the choco chips to lower the points value even more?

  3. I used the recipe builder and got 0 points. What am I doing wrong?  I should be using the “unprepared” information on the brownie mix, correct?  New to WW. 

  4. I can’t say enough about these brownies and how delicious they are! Rich, chocolaty, fudgey! I recommend these 100%!!!

    1. There are brownie recipes that suggest black beans or chickpeas. I don’t know if chickpeas would work with this specific recipe, but it seems to be worth trying.

  5. When I calculated the points using the nutritional information, it came out to 5 points a serving on blue.

  6. I just made these they came out super thin. Not sure if I did something wrong just a brownie mix, black beans and water. Thought they would be thicker. Not sure they’re worth the four points.

    1. Did you fill the can with the beans in them? I don’t think it’s supposed to be a full can of water. 

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    Chocolatey goodness 🤗

    Hello if you used the Minnie muffin tin do you think these would be 2 freestyle pts?

    Thank you

    1. There are 20 servings at 4 blue points each for total points for the pan of 80 blue points.  How many servings in a mini muffin pan?   Assuming there are 24 servings in a mini muffin pan and 80 points for the whole batch then 80 divided by 24 servings= 3 blue points.

  8. I made these the other day. I used a mini muffin tin instead of a baking pan. I did add a bag of sugar free chocolate chips. A great alternative to the real thing.

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    sally Naughtin

    I made this recipe but it stayed very thin. I thought it might rise a little but were less than 1/2″ thick when baked in a 9 x 9 pan. Not sure if this is ok or I did something wrong. I didn’t add any eggs, but I did use pam on the pan, maybe that was my problem. Any suggestions?

  10. I made these tonight using the family size pillsbury brownie mix. It says on the box it serves 18. When scanning the box it says each brownie would be 5 points. If you add up the points for the 2/3 cup of oil it calls for and divide by the serving size, it comes out to 2.5 points! So, by my calculations, if you are not using the oil and only using black beans, they are zero points! I say the brownies if cut into 18 pieces, should come out to 2.5 points each!! 

    1. Nutrition information on the box is only for the mix and does not include the oil. Also, Gina uses 20 servings for her calculation not 18 as per the box.

  11. These were easy to make and came out nicely. Nice alternative to traditional brownies when I don’t have time/energy to make them from scratch. 

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    Laurie Edgerton

    Best black bean recipe I have ever made! So moist and no one will ever know the beans are there.

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    Carol McCollum

    I joined Skinnytaste because I want to be healthier. Gina Homolka, your intro states that your food philosophy is to eat seasonal, whole foods. Packaged brownie mix— that’s not whole food. I want recipes that contribute to good health, not recipes that use products containing chemicals & preservatives. “Whatever we are eating or drinking is either contributing to our wellness, or to illness & disease.” Please let me know if the majority of your recipes contain packaged or prepared foods, or whole foods. Thank you.

    1. There are plenty of recipes here that use whole, seasonal foods. You don’t have to get on some high horse just because you found one recipe where she uses a shortcut. Many of us need shortcuts every once in a while. I think the addition of black beans to an otherwise very “unhealthy” box of brownie mix is genius.

    2. Shes all about eating healthy and affordable. Lots of her recipes do use fresh foods. And even her deserts are made from scratch. There are some recipies here and there that use canned or boxed stuff. Which makes it easier for some people. But you are able to modify it how ever you want. Like this brownie recipe. If you didnt want to use box brownies you can make your own mix from scratch with flour and coco and sugar. 🤷‍♀️

    3. Geeze. Sounds like you need to have a brownie. I love Gina’s recipes. A devoted follower, but I’m also very happy to have a quick, simple treat to make every now and then. 

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    Renee Patterson

    I made mini muffins. 15 minutes if you like them moist, 20 if you like them crispy. I could have eaten all of them. 🙂 Used a vegan mix (duncan hines decadent California walnut) to take to a work event that needed vegan food.

  15. I made these last night and they came out pretty well. I wasn’t sure if the water in the bean can took the place of the water in the brownie box recipe, so I mixed the beans in first. The batter was a little too thick, so I added some water (about 1/8 cup when the box calls for 1/4 cup). My oven is not the most consistent, but I probably added 13 minutes to the total baking time it had on the box. Even at that point, the toothpick was only coming out clean on one half of the pan (I used a 9×13″ pan). I added some chocolate chips to the batter and some walnuts on top. I may try again, but the texture was not quite right. Thanks for the idea! I was yolk-free for a short time and had a difficult time baking things without eggs.

  16. If I use BettyCrocker brownie mix low fat fudge a boxe. 440gr it will be ok?or I have to take mabe 1 boxe and a half?

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