Soft Melt-In-Your-Mouth Brownies with a Main Ingredient You’ll Never Guess

Fudgy Black Bean Brownie Bites recipe - Cookin5m2-5

If you have been feeling guilty for all what you’ve been eating, you have one solution. EAT MORE!

It has been proven, studies suggest (don’t ask what studies, because I just made that up), that eating makes you happier and more relaxed. Preventing yourself from eating something only causes stress and in some cases, might result in extreme weight gain.

Don’t let that get you down. I don’t prevent myself from eating but I make food that is not as fatty as the other recipes one might indulge in, Paula Deen style. Like, I’d pair a healthy hearty salad with a bowl of freshly fried crispy potato chips, or mom’s delicious cooking with a marmalade upside-down pudding cake thing, or you can pair this recipe to whatever you’re having.

This is a healthy fudgy brownie bites made with a secret healthy ingredient. And when I say healthy, I mean good and natural. I don’t use artificial ingredients with names I can’t even pronounce. This is high(er) in protein and lower on carbs due to… Wait for it…. BEANS!

Fudgy Black Bean Brownie Bites recipe - Cookin5m2-2

But won’t it taste salty or savory? No.
But is it good? Hell yes!

AND I ADDED Bourbon!

You don’t need to overshadow the taste with lots of sugar, but with cocoa. It is dense and rich and when done properly, you might a slight taste at the end of a familiar flavor and texture but won’t be able to put your finger on it.

Finally an excuse to have more than 2….ok, 3, and not to worry that much. I have been carrying a bunch of them in my lunch box and giving ones to people I haven’t met in some time. And of course, love at first bite.

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Fudgy Black Bean Brownie Bites

Adapted from this recipe by TastyKitchen

Makes around 28 pieces


  • 900g mixed black and red kidney beans (I soaked, boiled, drained, and cooled mine)
  • 1 cup (heaping cup) cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp instant coffee powder
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup oil (or applesauce, according to the original recipe)
  • 3 tbsp bourbon


  • Heat the oven to 175ºc and grease two 24-muffin tins and set aside
  • In a food processor, blend the beans until they form a thick paste. Make sure no bean pieces are left
  • Add the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder and operate the machine until they’re mixed
  • Add the eggs, sugar, oil, and bourbon and mix until you get a thick batter. Using a greased ice cream scoop, empty the batter into the muffin tin holes equally filling 80% of each hole
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean
  • Leave aside to cool, then store in an airtight container

15 thoughts on “Soft Melt-In-Your-Mouth Brownies with a Main Ingredient You’ll Never Guess

  1. no kidding! I have seen brownies made with hummus but red beans? after all why not! the Chinese stuff their mooncakes with bean paste anyhow! worth a try, for a chocoholic like myself. Thanks


    • Hummus! Hmmmm
      I have a dare to accomplish. Crepe with hummus and dark chocolate. No idea how to make that work.

      I never heard of the bean paste in moon cakes. But I’ll look for it.


  2. Pingback: Soft Melt-In-Your-Mouth Brownies with a Main Ingredient You’ll Never Guess | danifoff

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