Recipe: Secret Ingredient Brownies

Brownies are a staple dessert on almost all occasions, especially in my family.  They are so delectable, we wish having them everything day could be a healthful option.  With this Secret Ingredient Brownie recipe, you most definitely can.

Black bean brownies are nothing new, but nailing down a quality recipe can be a challenge.  This recipe is a combination of about 5 different recipes that have been tweaked and pulled together and made about 8 times.  All 8 times have been made with my 2-year-old nephew and therefore they have all been vegan.  I solely chose to make them vegan not on a health or dietary concern, but for the sole purpose of him being able to lick the batter.  What is the point of baking if you can’t lick the batter?  I don’t know if he mom would be happy with him eating raw eggs, this isn’t my child.

This recipe is PACKED with nutrients you would not normally find in brownies.  These include:

  1. Fiber from the black beans and chia seeds.
  2. Healthy fats from the peanut butter and chia seeds.
  3. Protein from the black beans, chia, and peanut butter.

After writing that, I realized what a huge difference 3 main ingredients can make.  As always, bake and enjoy these in good health.  And yes, it is safe to eat the batter! 🙂


  • 2 tablespoon chia seeds + 5 tablespoon water
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoon peanut butter
  • ½ cup agave
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoon water


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and oil a 9×9 circle pan.  In a small bowl, combine chia seeds with the 5 tablespoons of water and set on the side for 5 minutes until it turns in a gel.  After the chia sets, in a food processor combine black beans, cocoa powder, peanut butter, agave, salt, vanilla, and water.  Run on high until smooth, scraping sides to ensure all ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Remove blade and stir in chocolate chips, reserving a small handful to sprinkle on top.  Transfer the batter to the circle pan and spread evenly.  Sprinkle reserved chocolate chips on top.  Place the pan in the center of the rack and bake for 20-25 minutes.  The center will remain soft, so bake until the outside is firm.   

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