Black Bean Brownies #LeapDay #baking

BBB 1Happy Leap Day, everybody!

The sun is shining and I woke up happy that one more day stands between us and March! Say it with me: spring in just three weeks!!!

Clearly, this calls for celebration, which for me is synonymous with chocolate.

Black Bean Brownies have been on my baking to-do list for years now. At first, I thought they sounded a bit off-putting. But I’m willing to try just about anything once. Also, I like the idea of healthier baking.

These are meant to have a nice kick of fiber to them. And I tried to lighten up the recipe by replacing the 1/2 cup of oil with mashed banana. There’s a hint of banana in the background, but to me, that isn’t a bad thing. I’ve spiced them up a little with cinnamon and cayenne. This recipe is great if you’re having a cake craving but you’re running low on flour, as it only calls for 1/3 of a cup.BBB 2

All in all, a lovely moist brownie without even the slightest taste of black bean. This is my new go-to brownie recipe.

Hope this extra day is a productive one for you, and frankly, full of cake.

Stay tuned for Mom’s birthday cake later this week.


Thanks for visiting,

A :-)

Human servant, what is this delightfully smelling thing you’ve made for me? What?! Not for me?!! *lunges for exposed ankle*

Black Bean Brownies


1/2 c chocolate chips, divided

3/4 c cooked black beans

1/2 c mashed banana

1 Tbsp canola oil

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 c sugar

1/3 c flour

1/2 baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp cayenne

Icing sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease square baking pan and set aside.
  2. Melt half of the chocolate chips using a double boiler. Reverse the other half.
  3. In a blender, puree black beans and banana. Add oil, vanilla and egg. Scrape into a medium-sized mixing bowl. To the mixing bowl, add cocoa and sugar. Stir until just moistened. Fold in melted chocolate.
  4. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder and spices. Fold dry ingredients to wet. Add remaining chocolate chips.
  5. Spread evenly into greased pan. Brownie batter is very thick, so you’ll have to spread the batter across the pan and into the corners.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes. Let cook for 15 minutes in the pan.
  7. Slice, dust with icing sugar and enjoy!

21 thoughts on “Black Bean Brownies #LeapDay #baking

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    1. Thanks so much, Lynn! It was a fun little baking experiment. And yes, come on spring, ha ha. I can’t wait for all this snow to melt away. Hope you had a lovely weekend and great to see you here! xo

    1. Thanks so much, Claire! I almost didn’t bake these because I remembered I’ll be making mom’s bday cake later this week (lemon and white chocolate, btw!) and I thought perhaps that would be too many treats for one week. But then, fortunately, I came to my senses, haha. ;-)

      1. I’ve never heard of white chocolate and lemon before! I have to make a white choc cake with raspberry filling eventually because it’s the only cake I mention in my book which I haven’t baked yet. And I did say I’d bake them all!

    1. I was surprised too! And honestly, I couldn’t tell the difference. I like to fool myself into thinking these are healthy, ha ha. Yay to spring! Oh I’m so glad to hear it’s been sunny across the pond too. :-) xo

      1. Oh definitely! I have relatives that live in the countryside and it’s always a pleasure to visit them. :-) So lush!

    1. Thank you! I try to find ways of knocking down the fat and sugar in a recipe as much as I can. I added the spices because, to be honest, I was a little skeptical about the black beat taste coming through! But that wasn’t a problem at all. :-)

    1. Ooo, lentil brownies sound very intriguing. I might have to try that one next. Ha ha, the cayenne is a take on Mayan chocolate, and it adds a certain something to the background flavour without making it hot spicy, if that makes sense. Thanks for dropping by, Janna, and I hope all is well! :-)

  1. I have heard about Black Bean Brownies, but have never tried them. I will now take your word that they are great, and I will put them on my To Do List :-) .
    Happy Cake Baking :-) and yes…Spring is in the air for you :-) Have a good week :-)

    1. Thanks so much, Lynne! We finished off the last of them last night, ha ha. If you give them a shot someday, I hope they work out for you too! Happy baking to you and I hope you’re week is going well so far! :-) Always great to see you here!

      1. Oh you’re so sweet to and you’re very welcome! I had the same kind of week! It’s been so busy lately. But at least we’re just a couple of days shy of the weekend! :-) xo

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