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New & Improved Healthy Avocado Black Bean Brownies

The BEST flourless Black Bean Brownies made with heart-healthy avocado and wholesome, real ingredients. Absolutely delicious!

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins

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A little update from me: I haven’t been able to give the blog the love it deserves. You may have noticed that I’ve been taking time off from doing my Friday Favorites because we’re launching a new healthy living website that’s been taking up most of my time. To top it all off  I’ve been testing cookies for 4 days straight in preparation for an upcoming cookie week. YOU GUYS ARE GONNA FREAKING LOVE IT.

Black Bean Brownies on parchment paper

Before that happens though, we really need to discuss my new and improved dairy free and gluten free black bean brownies made with AVOCADO instead of butter, coconut sugar and a tiny bit of coconut oil.

Do any of you remember these bad boys? They are originally from the 2012 days of blogging when I told you I got “chocolate wasted” on them. Literally almost ate the entire pan in one night with my two Godkids. They were good then and they’re damn good now.

Black Bean Brownies in a stack

I wanted to bring you an updated version with a few simple small changes that take the brownies to the next level wholesome chocolate goodness. I used eggs with the yolk, a little extra coconut oil, less sugar and just a tiny bit less cocoa powder. The brownies are FREAKING FABULOUS.

There’s also an option to make these more cakey by adding an additional egg!

Black Bean Brownies on parchment paper

I hope you love these healthier black bean brownies. They’re a staple in my diet & packed with nutrition.

More flourless desserts to try:

Flourless Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies {vegan, gluten-free & healthy}

Healthier Flourless Monster Cookies

Flourless Paleo Chocolate Almond Butter Cookies

Flourless Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Grain Free Omega-3 Fudgy Walnut Skillet Brownies

If you make this recipe, be sure to leave a comment below and rate the recipe! You can also snap and picture and post it on Instagram using the hashtag #ambitiouskitchen. And of course be sure to follow Ambitious Kitchen on Instagram. xo!

Healthy Avocado Black Bean Brownies + video!

4.84 from 67 votes
Black Bean Brownies in a stack
Course Brownies, Dessert, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Vegan
Keyword black bean brownies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Serves 12
Outstanding flourless healthy black bean brownies made with avocado instead of butter! This dairy free and gluten free treat is surprisingly delicious and even fools kids.


  • 1 (15 oz) can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 eggs or flax eggs (add an additional egg if you like cakier brownies!)
  • 1/2 of a large ripe avocado
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar or sub brown sugar (or sub 1/2 cup pure maple syrup)
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips + 2 tablespoons for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 8x8 inch baking pan.
  2. Place all ingredients besides chocolate chips into blender or food processor. Process or puree until ingredients form a smooth batter. If the batter is WAY too thick and won't process then add in a teaspoon or two of water. This batter needs to be very thick in order to produce fudgy brownies. 
  3. Add in 1/3 cup chocolate chips and fold into batter.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan, sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of remaining chocolate chips. You can also fold in nuts or swirl in peanut butter. 
  5. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out somewhat clean and top of the brownies begin to crack. Cool pan completely on wire rack then cut into 12 delicious large brownies!

Recipe Notes

To make vegan: Sub 2 flax eggs for the regular eggs.
To make brownies more cake-like: Use 3 eggs instead of 2.

Servings: 12 brownies
Serving size: 1 brownie
Calories: 141kcal
Fat: 6.5g
Saturated fat: 3.9g
Carbohydrates: 23.6g
Fiber: 4.4g
Sugar: 13g
Protein: 2.9g

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by Sarah Fennel

Adapted from my original black bean brownie recipe.

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