Black Bean Chia Brownies

Box of brownies
Prep Time: 
40 minutes
Number of Servings: 
24 small brownies
Recipe Source: 
Joyous Health: Eat and Live Well Without Dieting by Joy McCarthy ($20, Pintail, 2014)


  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 12 c coconut sugar
  • 13 c coconut oil, at room temperature
  • 14 c raw cacao powder*
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 12 c semisweet dairy-free dark chocolate chips
  • 14 c raw cacao nibs


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
  2. In a food processor or blender, combine black beans, eggs, coconut sugar, coconut oil, cacao powder, chia seeds and vanilla. Process until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Transfer mixture to baking pan. Level with a spatula and sprinkle with cacao nibs. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a fork inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan before cutting.


You can use regular cocoa powder, but it’s just not as intensely flavorful—or nutrient-dense—as raw cacao powder. 

Nutrition Info: 
Per serving: 107 Calories, 3 g Protein, 13 g Carbohydrates, 2 g Fiber, 6 g Total fat (4 g sat, 1 g mono), 10 mg Sodium,  Folate, Manganese  [DairyFree, GlutenFree, NutFree, Vegetarian]