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

7 minPrep Time

35 minCook Time

42 minTotal Time

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  • 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 350Β°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 a meditation encourager, mama, and Pittsburgh enthusiast. She recently launched a podcast called Nourish + Flourish and is a co-pilot at Propelle.


  1. Reply Oooh! I might have to make these as my Thanksgiving dessert since I can't eat anything else that's being served. Perfect timing!
    1. Reply 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. Reply 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. Reply You could always look up the ingredients online to double check. Our sub walnuts for the chocolate chips.
  2. Reply Have you ever tried this recipe with flax "eggs"?
    1. Reply I have not. But Happy Herbivore has a black bean brownie recipe that is vegan. Might be worth trying. If you try the flax egg, let me know how they turn out!
      1. Reply Thanks Emily! I may experiment and try both recipes.
    2. Reply 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. Reply 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!
  3. Reply 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!
  4. Reply 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!
  5. Reply 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!!!!!
  6. Reply What is the 1/3 cup earth balance?
    1. Reply Earth balance is a vegan buttery spread. You could use any butter out butter substitute in its place.
      1. Reply 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!
        1. Reply Earth Balance makes a Soy Free variety (it's in the red tub). You could also use butter. It subs 1:1. (I.e.β€”a stick of Earth Balance for a stick of butter)
  7. Reply I love these date sweetened brownies. Jamie Oliver credit's them to Elena's Pantry - but I couldn't find it on her website. I also use twice the coconut oil. When I bring them to parties, no one can tell they're date sweetened! http://www.jamieoliver.com/news-and-features/features/purely-fruit-sweetened-brownies/
  8. Reply These look delicious and sound like such a rich, indulgent treat! I need to stock up on some black beans and make these very soon!

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