Flourless Brownies

I wish I could tell you that this recipe was my idea.

I wish I could tell you that I was this good at creating simple, healthy, and gluten free desserts.

I wish I could do something besides eat 17 of these a day.

I wish you could reach through the computer screen and take a bite. Just so we could commiserate together at how good these are.

I wish…

Oh hell. Just make the darn brownies. They are amazing. The Hubster loves them (which is rare). My friends who don’t eat a lot of sugar love them. YOU will love them.

Did I mention I love them?


Flourless Brownies

Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes


  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup earth balance
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbs sugar
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Spray an 8-inch baking pan with cooking spray {or oil} .
  3. Place the black beans, eggs, melted earth balance, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla extract and sugar in the bowl of a food processor and blend until smooth.
  4. Remove the blade and gently stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Transfer mixture to the prepared pan.
  6. Bake the brownies for 30 to 35 minutes, or until just set in the center.
  7. Cool before cutting into squares.

Allergen Information

Nightshade Free, Dairy Free, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free, and Corn Free.
Recipe Source: WholeFoods Market

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Emily Levenson is learning to trust her gut all over again. She is committed to listening to AND following the nuggets of wisdom her gut has been dishing out for decades. You can follow Emily's journey here on the blog, through the Nourish + Flourish podcast, and through her posts on Instagram.

18 comments / Add your comment below

    1. Do it!! These are so easy, and taste yummy. I may or may not have polished off an entire pan all by myself…

      Just be careful with the chocolate chips. enjoy life brand is gluten and dairy free.

      1. I know my GE carries one kind of dairy free chocolate chips, but I’ve never looked to see if they’re gluten free. I guess I may not make them if they’re not since I don’t feel like running all over Pgh the night before Thanksgiving for chocolate chips!

    1. Priscilla– I am VERY intrigued!!! I tried (and failed) at making something with flax “eggs” before but I would absolutely love to try making this recipe vegan. Please tell me more!!!

      1. Fitflexitarian, I’m trying my first recipe with flax eggs this week (blueberry muffins from The Daily Garnish). I’ll let you know how they turn out!

  1. I’m currently looking for some great recipes to make for a holiday party in a couple weeks and I think this is going to have to go at the top of the list. They look delish!

  2. I am definitely trying these! I have tried black been brownies in the past — but they used flour — and they were a total fail. Perfect afternoon project today – thank you!

  3. What is Earth Balance? I have peanut butter that is called Earth Balance, but I didn’t know if this was the same thing or if what you’re referring to is actually a type of butter? Help, please, cuz I wanna make these sooner than later!!!!!

      1. This recipe sounds wonderful but Earth Balance lists soy oil as one of the natural oil used. Do you know what the proportion would be if I was to use real butter instead of Earth Balance? I’m only allergic to soy, not dairy, and I’d really love to try this recipe. Thanks!

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