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Chocolate Black Bean Brownie Bites

5 from 24 votes

With no flour or eggs required, these fudgy chocolate black bean brownie bites are a delicious homemade vegan snack or dessert you won’t want to share!

Healthy Brownie Bites Recipe

Chocolate black bean brownie bites

Want to quickly become the most popular person at your next party?

Just whip up a batch of these rich and decadent gooey chocolate brownie bites, and watch how fast the entire tray disappears!

The healthy brownie bites absolutely hold their own against any traditional flour-and-sugar brownies. Your guests will never guess the secret ingredient.

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Brownie bites that do not taste healthy

There are definitely some healthy dessert recipes on my blog that do taste healthy.

For example, no one would confuse my Banana Ice Cream recipe with Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked ice cream or proclaim Chia Pudding to be the most decadent dessert they’ve ever tasted in their life.

However, these black bean brownie bites taste 100% just as rich, fudgy, moist, chocolatey, and indulgent as traditional homemade brownies.

They can easily stand up against those famous Little Bites Fudge Brownies from Entenmann’s, or store bought brownie bites from Costco, Sam’s Club, or Target.

If anything, this healthier version is even more rich, moist, chocolatey, and decadent. While traditional brownie bites with flour can often be dry and crumbly, the black beans in this healthy recipe keep them ultra moist and soft, with NO crumbling.

The recipe was inspired by my black bean brownies and Healthy Brownies, two other bean desserts that are huge crowd pleasers, even with people who have no interest whatsoever in vegan or healthy eating.

So don’t be afraid to try these out at your next event. You might be surprised at the overwhelmingly positive reception they receive!

Watch the healthy brownie bites recipe video – above

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Black bean brownie bite flavors

This healthy dessert is incredibly versatile. Feel free to include anything you normally add to homemade or boxed brownies.

Stir in a handful of shredded coconut or chopped walnuts or pecans. Or add a pinch of ground cinnamon or a few drops of pure peppermint extract.

They are also really good with a half teaspoon of instant coffee sprinkled into the batter before baking. (I use this brand of instant coffee.)

I love using peanut butter in the recipe and stirring in some chopped peanuts or pressing a vegan peanut butter cup into the top of each bite, turning them into chocolate peanut butter brownie bites.

Finally, if you’re feeling really lazy, you can always just eat the eggless batter with a spoon and call it a day. Not that I’ve ever done this or anything…

Chocolate Black Bean Brownie Bites

Healthy brownie bite ingredients

Here’s what you need: cocoa powder, rolled oats or almond flour, black beans, liquid sweetener of choice, a little salt, oil or almond butter, pure vanilla extract, baking powder, and mini chocolate chips.

I know some people will be skeptical of the idea of beans in desserts. But did you know Entenmann’s brownie bites contain beans too??

It’s true; they have soybean oil an locust bean gum. Not to mention their other ingredients that include sugar, eggs, bleached wheat flour, corn syrup, whey protein concentrate, propylene glycol esters of fatty acids, mono and diglycerides, sodium stearoyl lactylate, cellulose gum, and artificial flavor.

In contrast, the fudgy homemade brownie bites have just nine ingredients, with no artificial flavors, gums, corn syrup, or flour.

They can be gluten free, egg free, dairy free, vegan, and refined sugar free.

Most importantly, they taste so intensely fudgy and delicious that no one even notices those other ingredients are missing!

Brownie Bite Ingredients

Substitution options

Many people have asked me over the years if they can substitute lentils or another type of bean for the black beans.

While I have not personally tried, many readers have written in to say they successfully substituted white beans, kidney beans, lentils, or adzuki beans.

I do not recommend steel cut oats here. But you can use a third cup of white, spelt, or oat flour instead of the oats if you prefer.

Two Bite Brownies

How to make the healthy dessert

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and grease a mini muffin pan.

If you don’t have a mini muffin pan, you can bake the recipe in either a regular sized muffin pan. Or use an eight inch pan and cut into mini or large squares.

Process all ingredients except the chocolate chips in a high quality food processor until thick and completely smooth.

Stir in the chocolate chips. Portion the batter into the prepared muffin tin, and press a few extra chocolate chips on top if desired.

Bake on the oven’s center rack for ten minutes. Remove the pan from the oven, and let it cool for at least another ten minutes before going around the sides of each brownie bite with a knife and popping them out onto a plate.

Store these healthy brownie bites the same way you would store classic brownies. Once cool, place them in a covered container with a tiny opening for excess moisture to escape. They can stay out on the counter for a day.

After a day, I recommend placing in an airtight covered container and refrigerating for freshness. The brownies should last around four to five days.

You can also freeze leftover brownie bites in an airtight container for up to three or four months. Thaw before serving.

If you prefer blondies instead, try these Chickpea Blondies

Healthy Black Bean Brownie Bite Dessert
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Chocolate Black Bean Brownie Bites

These fudgy vegan chocolate black bean brownie bites are a healthy snack or dessert you won't want to share.
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield 20 – 24 brownie bites
5 from 24 votes

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp regular cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp Dutch cocoa powder or additional regular
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats or 1/2 cup almond flour (for keto, try these Keto Brownies)
  • 1 can black beans or 1 1/2 cup cooked
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup, honey, or agave
  • 1/4 cup oil or almond or peanut butter
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, or more for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a mini muffin pan. (A regular muffin pan also works, or you can smooth the batter into an 8×8 pan.) Process all ingredients except chips in a high quality food processor until smooth. Stir in chips. (Omit chips at own risk – I only vouch for the final taste if they’re included!) Portion into the pan, press a few more chips into the tops if desired, and bake on the center rack 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, and let cool at least 10 additional minutes before going around the sides with a knife and popping out.
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Notes

The recipe was adapted from the popular Black Bean Brownies.
 

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    • Jason Sanford says

      Any time options are listed in a recipe, it means we’ve tested them to ensure they work. In this case, either will work. It just depends on what flavor you are after. For peanut butter brownie bites, use peanut butter. If a more neutral flavor is desired, use something more neutral such as almond butter or oil 🙂
      Jason (media relations)

  1. Lisa Laforet-Favilla says

    Hi Jasson,

    I only have dutch processed cocoa at home. I noticed that this recipe calls for both dutch process cocoa powder as well as non-Dutch process. I looked at Amazon and saw several cocoa powders. Can you recommend a non-Dutch process cocoa powder to use in this recipe?
    Thank you.
    Lisa

  2. Sue says

    I would love to try this recipe but I do not use honey, maple syrup or agave. How would I have to revise the recipe in order to use stevia?
    Thanks

  3. Michelle says

    Are you supposed to rinse the beans first? I made a black bean brownie recipe once that said not to rinse them and it was pretty gross, so I’m hesitant to try again. These look good though, so maybe I’ll be brave!

  4. Kathryn says

    Goodness, I got kicked out of ketosis just reading this post and looking at the pictures! Lol, these look amazing! I love your other bean brownies, so I know these will be delicious.

    • Jason Sanford says

      We haven’t tried so can’t know for sure, but it sounds like a great experiment. Be sure to report back for other readers (and us too!) if you experiment.
      Jason (media relations)

    • Mary says

      I made these last night, and used 3 Tablespoons of regular (unsweetened) cocoa powder. Turned out great. I also used white beans instead of black, coconut oil, almond flour, and honey.

    • Kathryn says

      A food processor will yield best results. The blender might leave little beany bits in it. I’ve done other bean recipes in my blender and they were fine for my family to eat, but I wouldn’t take them to a party and try to pass off as a ‘normal’ dessert.

      • Eliz Staeheli says

        You can try it using the almond or peanut butter rather than the oil. I think that’s your best bet. Otherwise the “bulk” of the recipe will be off. Sweeten to taste. Or, on the alternative, you could use a sugar-like sweetener with stevia (one that has bulk to it). It you try it, let us know how it turns out.

  5. Alyssa says

    Yum! I used half coconut oil and half almond butter along with the almond flour version. I also only used 1/4 cup maple syrup and the chocolate chips on top were more than enough sweetness for me. I did add a splash of soymilk to compensate for the reduced syrup, but the baking time remained the same. Thanks again for another reliable recipe that I am able to eat without overdoing the sugar!

  6. Debra G. says

    The brownies cane out way too moist; way beyond fudgy brownie. Only the edges were the correct consistency and I followed the recipe exactly using agave and almond flour. I did rinse and drain the beans, but perhaps letting them sit in a colander or patting dry would help. Otherwise I wouldn’t make them again. Good concept but needs work as written.

    • Jason Sanford says

      Hi Debra, I’m guessing you made these into brownies in an 8×8 pan instead of the bites? If so, just refrigerate overnight and they magically firm up overnight while still retaining their fudginess! 🙂
      Jason

      • Jessica says

        Hello! I just made these and they are super fudgey, almost like they didn’t cook all the way. The only thing that I did differently was use regular choc chips bc I didn’t have minis. I’m going to try putting them in the fridge overnight to see if they will firm up. I love all of CKK’s dessert recipes bc they are quick and easy and usually are made with ingredients that I already have in the house. They are perfect for making a quick dessert with the kids – my kids love to bake – and is a huge plus that many are secretly healthy!

        • Jason Sanford says

          Could just be a difference in oven temps, is yours calibrated? Did they firm up overnight? They should, so hopefully yours did!
          Jason

  7. Michelle says

    So I made these today..WOAH!! How do these taste sooooo delicious?? You can’t tell there are black beans in them AT ALL! I made sure to rinse my black beans and these are seriously dangerously yummy. Thank you!!!!

  8. Victoria Salvucci says

    I really wanted to like these. I really didn’t. Be warned, if you don’t have chocolate chips, don’t make them as the chocolate chips are the only sweetness in them.
    I thought every bite without chocolate chips tasted unpleasantly salty and very very dry.
    I could not get them out of the pans. I had to refrigerate them in the muffin pans until the next morning.

    • Jason Sanford says

      Unfortunately, as it says in the recipe, the chocolate chips are not optional. The difference is night and day. That’s why the recipe does specifically give the warning.
      Jason

  9. ginxaz says

    I made these today, exactly as written and they came out almost WET. I hope they will dry and become more solid before taking them to work tomorrow. 🙁 Taste good, though.

  10. Chris says

    I wanted to try these to use up half a ton of black beans so gave it a shot halving the ingredients. This could well be why they were still almost liquidy but tasted amazing (I had to make myself put the spoon away before I ate the whole lot!) After a night in the fridge they can now be picked up although are still very soft, but again they taste AMAZING! It’s just as well I only made a half batch as they are dangerously good ?

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  12. Abbey says

    OH MY GOD!
    I just made these and they are so fudgy and delicious! I will never make boxed brownies again!!
    Also I used avocado oil and worked perfectly ❤️

  13. Cheryl says

    These are delicious. Had to leave them longer than 10 minutes after taking out of the oven. They did eventually firm up. I apologize if this is somewhere in the post but I didn’t see it…how do you store leftovers? I know…hard to believe…

  14. Lisa says

    How big is the can of black beans? How many ml or oz? Just wondering as I have some regular can and then some larger cans of beans. Thanks!

  15. Amanda says

    I made these today and they were yummy!!! My kids loved them too! They didn’t look quite like the picture though. They were more smooth on top and looked less like a brownie. Maybe I mixed it too long??

  16. Maria says

    Tried with almond flour and they tasted awesome! Just a little challenging to get out of the pan. Tonight I tried using oats. However, the batter was a little thick.
    Do you measure the oats and then grind them to make an oat flour or do you measure 1/3 from oat flour? Asking because I made them with 1/3 already ground it’s and am wondering if that’s why they were so thick.

  17. Sabrina says

    The recipe doesn’t say hoe long it had to bake in the oven when using regular sized muffinpans or 8×8 inch bakingpan. Seems to mee baking time must increase

  18. Ashley Miner says

    Thanks for this recipe. These are great!! I did tweak it a little. I am sugar free so I used Date honey in place of the sweetener.
    I also used natural peanut butter instead of the oil. Because I used a 8×8 pan, they did need to cook longer. About 25 minutes total.
    They turned out great!!!

  19. Laurakd says

    I am not even kidding these were seriously so good! I never comment on stuff and have tried every “healthy” dessert out there and this is by far my favorite! I have made chickpea cookie dough before and I’ll be honest… it isn’t great and you can taste the chickpeas, but I am telling you that you absolutely cannot taste the black beans! You would never know they were in there! If you let them sit out for a bit they firm up. I store them in the fridge and either eat them cold, or the best thing ever is to heat one up in the microwave for 15 seconds and put some halo top over it! Best recipe ever, thank you!!!

  20. Jean says

    I made these tonight and I think they tasted delicious, even though they don’t look like the picture above.

    I had cooked beans from the night before so I didn’t use canned beans, and I found it tasted great. I used regular cocoa powder for both options, quick oats, added some walnuts, natural peanut butter, chocolate chips and kept the recipe the same otherwise. I tried using a blender, and like the others mentioned in the comments, the beans just got stuck. Then I used a hand blender, and got it to mix pretty well, except my brownie dough turned out clumpy- not smooth like the recipe called for. I eventually used my hands to “knead” it to make sure everything mixed well. To put them in the muffin tin, I rolled the dough into balls and pressed them into the muffin tin, so they’d stick together better. Baked it for 10 minutes and let it cool for 10 minutes. Again, doesn’t look like the pictures but I still enjoyed the taste! Yummy healthy bean brownies. :):):)

  21. Belle says

    I made these for my family and they turned out incredible!!!!!! I can’t stop grabbing one as I walk by the fridge! My family LOVES them (and I didn’t share the secret ingredient!). I used all Dutch process cocoa powder because that was all I had, and it works really well! I swear it tastes exactly like the brownie bites from the store. I’m SO impressed!

  22. Emma says

    I have made these twice – the first time I used peanut butter and the 1/2 cup sweetener in the recipe (I used honey). I didn’t like them a ton, but I suspected it was because of the PB and it was also a little too sweet. The second time I made them I used coconut oil and cut the honey to 1/3 cup. Delicious!!! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  23. Boo says

    Hello ! I have tried the recipe with the use of coconut oil, honey and oats. I also used a large muffin pan! After the first 10 min, I realised that my brownies were too gooey and thus I baked for an additional 3 min ish- The outside became firmer and thus I took it out! After cooling and tasting, they were rich, creamy and fudgy. First impression was “it really taste like brownies” but it also has a ‘non-brownie’ aftertaste, not sure if it was the black beans or everything combined. BUT I still like them as the toppings covered the aftertaste (I recommend putting in more than 1/2 cup of choc chips AND toppings on them)! They are soooo fudgy, YUM

  24. Gretchen says

    Katie
    I can’t believe this recipe. I had a lot of black beans and needed a dessert for them. I tried your recipe. The only thing I hated about it was I tasted the batter. Wow. It almost didn’t make it in the pans. I could have just sat down with a spoon and a glass of milk

  25. Deb says

    Why are there slight differences between the regular black bean brownie recipe and this Brownie Bite recipe? I made the original recipe but baked them in a mini muffin pan and they were excellent. Then I noticed this Brownie Bite recipe but noticed it is slightly different (1/3 cup maple syrup vs 1/2 cup maple syrup, 1/2 cup oats vs 1/3 cup oats). Thank you.

  26. sachin shakya says

    Verry yummy seem really delicious definitely going to try this recipie this weekend
    Keep Publishing. I have bookmarked this blog

  27. Emily says

    Hi Katie! I absolutely love this recipe, and your other black bean brownie recipe (which is the first one I tried). They’re so fudgy and decadent, and nobody has ever guessed that there are beans in them!

    On the other recipe, you add the note that the beans should be drained and rinsed very well. Could you add that here, too? I knew this from my experience with the other recipe so I did it of course, but when I sent this recipe to my friend she didn’t see this step and her brownies stank :(. Thanks!!

  28. AuntieS says

    Made theses hopefully for a Halloween treat for my G niece and nephew.
    Totally just fell apart. The mini tart pan is high quality, they did not stick, still
    when trying to take them out after cooling just fell apart like sand.
    I used almond flour and canola oil.
    Taste great, healthy but not for serving. I am going to use the chocolate crumble over ice cream!

    • CCK Media Team says

      Hi! Did you mean to leave this comment on a different one of Katie’s recipes? This one doesn’t use a tart pan. Did you use canned or cooked beans?

  29. Morgan says

    These are my go-to dessert for any family dinner, event, or just for myself! They’re so quick and easy and I love the added nutrients from the black beans.
    I was wondering if I could make the batter in advance and store it in the fridge overnight?
    Thank you!

  30. Hollie M says

    I want to make 10 dozen for my daughters wedding which we are doing all GF and mostly vegan. Can I make these in advance and freeze them? Has anyone tried to freeze them and had luck? If not I will experiment but was hoping fr some intelligence on the best way and defrost time….

  31. lynn says

    Sooo good! I used quinoa flakes that I had in cabinet for the oats and used half applesauce and half maple syrup. Used 72% dark chocolate chips. Purred everything in high speed blender and then stirred in chips. After baking I added one chip to top of each muffin and spread it out on top then a tiny sprinkle of coconut sugar on top. Just yummy!

  32. Liesl Garner says

    5 stars
    My 15yo ate four of them and said they were bussin’ (teen lingo = delicious) until he found out they are made with black beans. He was pretty (hilariously) upset that he got tricked into eating healthy! 🤣

    Later, he was noshing on them again with a big grin while declaring them ridiculous!

    SO GOOD!

  33. LeAnn says

    5 stars
    Best “safe” Brownie recipe out there and I have been trying all kinds of recipes with mostly disappointing results. My husband and I loved these. Like LOVED them! I’ll be chucking all the other recipes and this will be my “Go To” recipe. Thank you for these little gems.

  34. Judi Humpert says

    5 stars
    Excellent recipe. Used almond butter and agave and the brownie bits are delicious! Next time I will try peanut butter.

  35. Gretchen says

    5 stars
    I’ve made the Black Bean Brownies before and decided to give these a try. I did cut the agave down to 1/3 cup but everything else was the same as the recipe. They were delicious and plenty sweet. I might even try cutting down to 1/4 cup if using agave next time. Great recipe!

    • CCK Media Team says

      Hi! We have never tried these with a non-liquid sweetener so do not know how that would result. If you experiment, be sure to report back with results!

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