These brownies are spiked with black beans and kids and grown-ups can’t eat enough of them, “I can’t believe that I’m eating black beans in my brownie and lovin’ it,” Young Harvester at HealthBarn USA.

Brownies never tasted so good, double thumbs up!

These brownie bites are just what you need to indulge your chocolate craving.  This recipe containing healthy fats and protein is a tasty way to introduce legumes to your child because it contains black beans!  While perfect for a lunch box treat or after-school snack with a tall glass of calcium-rich low-fat milk or milk alternative, these bites are also great for birthday parties or other special occasions.  Serve with berries for an extra boost of antioxidants.


¾ cup low-sodium canned black beans, drained and rinsed

¼ cup unsweetened applesauce

¼ cup canola oil

2 large egg whites

1 large egg

½ cup packed brown sugar

¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup buckwheat flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon sea salt

¼ cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 x 9 inch square baking pan.
  2. In a food processor, finely puree black beans, applesauce and canola oil until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl and add egg whites, egg, sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla; stir to combine.
  3. In a separate small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and sea salt.  Add flour mixture to black bean mixture and whisk until batter is smooth.  Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Transfer batter to baking pan and bake for approximately 20 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. Allow brownies to cool completely then slice into 16 bites and transfer to serving dish.

Makes 16 servings (1 brownie bite per serving).

Nutrition Facts per serving:  100 calories; 5g fat (1g sat fat, 2.5g mono, 1g poly, 0g trans fats); 10mg cholesterol; 14g carbohydrate (2g fiber, 9g sugar); 2g protein; 105mg sodium; 0% Daily Value (DV) vitamin A; 0% DV vitamin C; 2% DV calcium; 6% DV iron.

If you like this recipe, check out over 100 kid-tested, family friendly healthy recipes in Appetite for Life, Stacey Antine, MS, RD, founder, HealthBarn USA, HarperOne.

Can you believe that you are eating beans in your brownies?  Share your taste experience with us in the comment section!  Enjoy!


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