Fudge Black Bean Brownies

Fudge Black Bean Brownies

Serves 12 15 minute prep time

Decadent fudge-y brownies can also be fiber and protein-rich. Have your guests guess the two surprising ingredients—black beans and zucchini.  Try these black bean brownies as your next dessert (or snack) to keep you going through the day.


  • 2½ Tbsp of ground chia
  • 6 Tbsp water
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ cup gluten-free flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup zucchini, shredded
  • Topping Options: Pistachios, walnuts, pecans, Vega Maca Chocolate Bar (chopped)


  • Preheat oven to 350°F and spray muffin tin or square baking dish with coconut oil.

  • Combine chia and water in a bowl. Let gel for at least 3 minutes.

  • In a food processor, combine all ingredients except zucchini and optional toppings. Purée about three minutes or until smooth. Add in flour and process until just combined. Fold zucchini into the batter.

  • Distribute batter evenly into muffin tins or square baking dish. Add toppings if desired.

  • Bake 25-35 minutes in muffin tins or 45-60 minutes for square baking dish or until top is firm and sides are starting to pull away from the sides.

  • Set aside. Cut into squares once cooled.