Grain Free (& Sugar Free!) Brownies

Back in the day, I discovered that it’s possible to make brownies with just a box of brownie mix and a can of black beans. I was interested in it mostly as a resource for the low-income families we worked with at Hillcrest. Since then, I’ve hidden all kinds of goodies in our brownies, including zucchini.

 Now, I’ve added grain free brownies to my repertiore. If you use sugar free chocolate chips, these could be sugar-free, but I’ve only seen grain-sweetened chips that don’t have sugar, so then they wouldn’t be technically grain free. Either way, they *are* delicious!

Red Bean Brownies

(inspired by the low sugar black bean brownies from Say Yes to Salad)


2 cups cooked small red beans (or adzuki beans)
2 small ripe bananas (or 1 large)
4 eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


Combine first five ingredients in a food processor or blender and mix until smooth.
In microwave or on stovetop carefully melt the choc. chips. Combine chocolate and bean mixture in a large bowl until thoroughly mixed.
Fold in walnuts if desired and pour/spread brownie mix into a buttered/greased 9×13 pan (an 8×8 would work too, they’d just be thicker). Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.

These came out moist and yummy! I thought they were fantastic and the people I served them to (ladies’ Bible study) couldn’t name the ingredients! They weren’t “beany” at all, but one person did comment on the banana flavor. I think they lend a wonderful sweetness, but I *love* bananas, so… :)

Do you have a brownie recipe crazier than this one? I want to try it!

This post is linked to Fresh Bites Friday.

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  1. My two favorite “wierd” desserts are black bean brownies and deep dish cookie pie (made with chickpeas). My husband says he can taste the texture of the chickpeas (I’m sure it’s just the oatmeal – b/c I used regular oats instead of quick cooking)…but I’m interested to try it with white beans and see if there’s a difference :)

  2. I have plans to make another one tonight since James is out of town :) It’s also really good with ice cream! Since we can’t have cookie dough ice cream anymore (one of my favorite guilty and rare pleasures), this has been a nice substitute!

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