Fudgy Black Bean Brownies

Black beans and applesauce make an unlikely pair, yet delicious contribution to this fudgy low-sugar brownie recipe.

Fudgy Black Bean Brownies cut into circles on white plates
Photo: Brie Passano
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Bake Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
16 brownies


  • ¾ cup canned no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained

  • cup unsweetened applesauce

  • 3 ounce unsweetened chocolate, chopped

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 egg

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

  • ½ cup white whole wheat flour

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with nonstick foil, extending foil over edges.

  2. In a food processor combine beans, applesauce, and chopped chocolate. Cover and process until smooth. Add granulated sugar, cocoa powder, egg, and vanilla. Cover and process until combined. In a small bowl stir together next four ingredients (through salt). Add flour mixture to chocolate mixture. Cover and process just until combined.

  3. Spread batter into prepared baking pan. Bake 20 minutes or just until center is firm and edges are slightly puffed. Cool in pan on a wire rack. If desired, sprinkle with powdered sugar. Using foil, lift out brownies. Cut into bars.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

94 Calories
3g Fat
14g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 94
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 79mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0.1mg 1%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 117mg 2%
Folate, total 4.7mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Related Articles