Black Bean Brownies

Brownies. Made from black beans…? It sounded so weird to me… so naturally I became super intrigued and I just had to make them! I got the recipe from Martina from Eat Your Kimchi when I was re-watching some old videos. Martina and her husband Simon make really fun vlogs and blogs about their lives in Japan (before that about their lives in Korea, hence the name). I’ve been a subscriber to them for a pretty long while now and I still get excited when they update new videos c: Take a look at their channel Simon and Martina, maybe you’ll like their videos too!

The recipe is gluten free and vegan apart from the honey. Besides that, the black beans and oats are also packed with vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber. This recipe almost sounds a little bit too good to be true, but I promise that these brownies exceeded all expectations and then some!



  • 1 1/2 cups of black beans (I used a can of 400 gr)
  • 1/2 cup instant oats
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp vanilla aroma
  • 1 tbsp vanilla sugar
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1/2 baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 cup of shaved dark chocolate (make sure you help yourself to some chocolate in advance, like I did ;p)


I literally just chucked everything but the chocolate in a food processor and processed until smooth. Now this is my kind of recipe! You can also use a fork to mash up de beans and mix everything should you not have one. Just make sure that the batter is really, really smooth! After that, I shaved up some dark chocolate and mixed it in with the batter.


Then I very professionally lined a cake mold with parchment paper and proceeded to pour – or rather dump (the batter is SO thick!) – the mixture into it, making sure to spread it out evenly. And into the oven it went for 15 minutes at 175 C (350F)!

Since the batter was so thick, I was a little afraid that the brownies would come out really dry. But when I poked the surface after taking it out if the oven, it still felt moist! Yay c:


I let the brownie cool in the mold for about 10 minutes and then put the entire mold in the refrigerator for another 20 minutes to firm it up.

And then finally, after 80 years of waiting, it was time to cut the brownies into bite sized pieces and taste them!


They were SO GOOD! I was really surprised with how chocolaty and gooey they were. I will definitely be making these again soon and I can highly recommend you to make them as well C:


Have you ever tried out an unusual recipe that actually turned out really great? Let me know! c: comments