Recipe for life: Black bean brownies

Have a craving for something sweet but trying to to lose weight? This recipe for brownies not only cuts the calories and fat, but it’s also gluten-free.

Kimberly Smith, health educator for ADC’s Weight Loss and Health Risk Management program, shared this recipe for brownies that uses black beans and applesauce instead of flour and oil. It cuts the calories and fat without losing flavor.

Recipe: Flourless Black Bean Brownies

Serves 12
60 calories per serving

Brownie on plate

This brownie recipe is flourless and lower in fat and calories.


  • 1 (15.5oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tbsp applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Splenda® for baking
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly coat a 8″x 8″ baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. In a food processor, combine the black beans, eggs, applesauce, vanilla extract, Splenda®, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Process until smooth. The mixture should look shiny.
  4. Scrape batter evenly into the baking dish.
  5. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.