Recipe: Brownies with a Twist by Jessica Dean, RD

Everyone has a can of black beans hidden in their pantry.  Most likely it’s hidden behind the can of pineapple and next to the cranberry sauce.

Black beans offer a wide range of health benefits as well as great nutrition.

Potential health benefits include: maintaining bone health, lowering blood pressure, managing diabetes, warding off heart disease, preventing cancer, aiding in digestion and weight loss.

So, add some black beans to your diet! With a little creativity, you can transform a can of black beans into a delicious dish or dessert!

Check out the link 12 Things To Do With A Can of Black Beans  for more ideas and the Black Bean Brownies recipe below.

Black Bean Brownies

Decadent fudge-y brownies can also be fiber and protein-rich. Have your guests guess the two surprising ingredients—black beans and zucchini.


  • 2½ Tbsp of ground chia
  • 6 Tbsp water
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ cup gluten-free flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup zucchini, shredded
  • Topping Options: Pistachios, walnuts, pecans, Vega Maca Chocolate Bar (chopped)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and spray a muffin tin or square baking dish with coconut oil.
  2. Combine chia and water in a bowl. Let gel for at least 3 minutes.
  3. In a food processor, combine all ingredients except zucchini and optional toppings. Purée about three minutes or until smooth. Add in flour and process until just combined. Fold zucchini into batter.
  4. Distribute batter evenly into muffin tins or square baking dish. Add toppings if desired.
  5. Bake 25-35 minutes in muffin tins or 45-60 minutes for square baking dish or until top is firm and sides are starting to pull away from the sides.
  6. Set aside. Cut into squares once cooled.


Resources: Medical News Today

Recipe link: Vega