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Horizontal image of two brownies stacked on top of each other on a piece of parchment paper in front of a metal cake stand on a gray surface.

Flourless, Gluten-Free Brownies

  • Author: Meghan Yager
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 9 brownies 1x


Fudgy, flourless, gluten-free brownies are a decadent dessert with a sneaky secret. No one will ever guess they are filled with black beans.


  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, no salt added, rinsed and drained well
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted, plus more for the baking dish
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons gluten-free vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar or granulated sugar 
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Butter an 8-inch-square baking pan and set aside.
  2. Place black beans, eggs, melted butter, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor. Blend until smooth. Remove the blade and gently stir in chocolate chips and nuts if using.
  3. Pour into prepared pan, using a spatula to spread evenly.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes, or until just set in the middle. Let cool completely in the pan before cutting into squares.


Recipe adapted from The Whole Foods Cookbook, [easyazon_link identifier="1478944978" locale="US" tag="foodal02-20"]available on Amazon[/easyazon_link].

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Brownies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Keywords: brownie, chocolate, gluten-free, flourless, black beans