Black Bean Brownies

Black Bean Brownies (Candy Cane Edition)

You know what’s even more fun than Christmas cookies?! Christmas brownies. Better yet… black bean brownies with crushed candy cane bits. Yes. It’s like a peppermint hot chocolate, but in a brownie.

Since the Christmas season is in full swing, it felt like an appropriate time to whip out the candy canes and find a way to incorporate them into a healthy dessert recipe. Quite honestly I had yet to perfect my black bean brownie recipe anyway, so this felt like the perfect opportunity!

How To Make Basic Black Bean Brownies

If you happen to be looking at this recipe at a time of the year when it is no longer the holiday season, simply eliminate the peppermint extract (replace with 1 tsp vanilla extract) and the crushed candy canes. Voila! The most moist, fudgy and simple black bean brownie recipe you could ever want!

The Simplest Black Bean Brownie Recipe EVER

In true Fit Feed by Reed fashion, this recipe is silly simple. You literally dump the ingredients into the blender, blend, dump them in your baking pan, bake and boom… brownies. It almost seems too good to be true, but it’s not, my friends. You will end up with the most moist and chocolatey brownies and you won’t even be able to tell that they are packed with black bean fiber and protein.

Check out the how-to video in the recipe to see how simple these are to make!

FAQs About Black Bean Brownies

Are black bean brownies healthy?

Black bean brownies are packed with better-for-you ingredients compared to a normal brownie recipe. The bulk of most black bean brownie recipes is just that… black beans! This means you end up with a brownie that is just as moist and fudgy, but also has way more fiber and protein than a normal brownie!

What do black bean brownies taste like?

I know it’s easy to be skeptical at first, but they literally taste just like a brownie. The black beans create a really moist brownie and when made with plenty of cocoa powder and some dark chocolate chips, you won’t even know you are eating a brownie made of beans!

Can you freeze black bean brownies?

Yes you can freeze your black bean brownies! Ideally store them in the full slab, wrapped tightly with plastic wrap, followed by tin foil. You can freeze them for up to 3 months.

Ingredients You’ll Need For This Recipe

  • Black beans – Make sure that your can of beans is drained and rinsed before you add them to your blender.
  • Eggs
  • Coconut oil – You can use refined or unrefined coconut oil in this recipe, as the taste will not come through in the brownies.
  • Coconut sugar – This is a great sugar substitute that is lower glycemic index!
  • Cocoa powder – My absolute favorite cocoa powder (that is so incredibly fudgy) is from Rodelle. It is the perfect addition to this brownie recipe! Get a bag of this incredible cocoa powder here!
  • Baking powder
  • Peppermint extract – Yet another stellar Rodelle product. This brand is my baking buddy in the kitchen for their deliciously quality extracts! Check it out here.
  • Salt
  • Dark chocolate chips – For more antioxidant benefits go for a darker chocolate chip.
  • Candy canes – The perfect holiday addition to the top of these black bean brownies.
Black Bean Brownies (Candy Cane Edition)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins

These black bean brownies are so delicious and fudgy, yet packed with healthy ingredients! Enjoy this extra festive edition, made with refreshing peppermint and candy cane.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16
Calories: 142 kcal
  • 1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup crushed candy canes (~3 canes)
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

  2. In a blender, add the black beans, eggs, coconut oil, coconut sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, peppermint extract and salt, then thoroughly blend.

  3. Add the dark chocolate chips and pulse your blender a few times.

  4. Pour the batter into a lined 8×8 inch baking pan.

  5. Bake for 35 minutes.

  6. When your brownies come out of the oven, sprinkle the candy cane bits across the top.

  7. Let cool briefly and enjoy!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes


142 cals ~ 6g fat ~ 18g carb ~ 4g protein ~ 5g fiber ~ 10g sugar

Looking For Another Festive Recipe?

If you’re fully in the Christmas spirit and ready to continue your holiday baking, check out this recipe for Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies! These are made using my Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe and a couple dainty details from M&Ms and pretzels. There is no better activity to do with your kids 🙂