Coconut Black Bean Brownies (gluten-free)

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Coconut black bean brownies

My super cool grandma started making chickpea brownies long before they were trendy: I guess I have some catching up to do! I wanted to try it with black beans to get that rich dark colour to the brownies, and they turned out AWESOME.

Coconut black bean brownies

Now, these brownies aren’t your typical chewy brownie, as they don’t have any flour in them (no gluten which is what creates that texture), but they are moist, chocolatey and absolutely delicious!  My 3 year old son was over the moon that he had a brownie in his lunch yesterday, and of course I felt the same (just for a different reason).

Coconut black bean brownies


5 from 1 vote

Coconut Black Bean Brownies (Gluten-Free)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 1 large 14 oz can of black beans drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoon almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup melted butter or coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a 9″x 9″ baking pan with parchment paper.

  2. Combine all ingredients except the coconut and chocolate chips in a blender and mix until smooth.

  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, sprinkle with the coconut and chocolate chips, and bake for approximately 40-50 minutes or until the brownies are set.

  4. Remove from the oven and let it rest in the pan for at least 20 minutes before cutting.


Coconut black bean brownies on platter

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38 Comments on “Coconut Black Bean Brownies (gluten-free)”

  1. Pat Laurin

    Seriously have to try this recipe Tori – they look so yummy! Of course just the mention of coconut garners my attention!

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  3. Stevie

    Amazing recipe!! The brownies turned out so moist. Great flavor! The black beans were totally hidden and I didn’t feel guilty having two 😉 Thank you!

  4. Susan

    Hi Tori,

    I just made a batch of these and they really are delicious. I NEVER leave comments on websites/blogs but these are definitely worthy of high praise. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  6. Kylie

    A friend made this and it was awesome and I just made these. Hit with the whole family ?

    I would really like to know the nutrition value of this recipe

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  8. Sarah

    Hi Tori,

    Just made these soon easy I love that you just throw it all in the blender. I baked mine as directed until they didn’t jiggle anymore but they are still super fudgy I’m worried i didn’t cook them enough? Or is this just the lovely perk of these moist brownies?

    thanks so much,


    1. Tori Wesszer

      Hi Sarah! It’s a very moist brownie indeed… I have made them three times this week and tend to cook them a bit longer to get a slightly firmer brownie. I’ll update the recipe, but I wouldn’t worry about it from a food safety aspect as they are cooked from that perspective if you kept them in for the recommended amount of time! Thanks for the note! Tori

  9. Natalie

    Such a great recipe! I never bake and it was so easy to make and turned out amazing. It has just the right amount of sweetness.

  10. Sofia

    Thank you for this great recipe!

    I am gluten sensitive and lactose intolerant so for me this is a perfect match.
    Also I consider myslef as a healthy eater so these brownies dont make me feel bad for my body =)

    Thank you!

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  13. Shawnda Charron Nardi

    These are definetly amazing.
    I’ve made at least 6 batches since coming across this recipe😊

    Love the fact that black beans replaces flour and is better for you.

    Thanx for recipe it’s a hit in our house!

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