Gluten Free Chocolate Brownies with Black Beans

gluten free black bean chocolate cake recipe

I wanted a really delicious recipe for gluten free chocolate brownies and this recipe gives you just that, with one surprising ingredient: Black beans. Learn how to make awesome gluten free chocolate brownies with black beans, with a printable recipe and an instructional video.

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Gluten Free Chocolate Brownies with Black Beans

Sometimes gluten-free baking can feel like a chore.

And baking should never feel like a chore. Baking should always be fun (and delicious).

Gluten free baking though, can involve way more ingredients than regular baking, and those ingredients can sometimes be really hard to get hold of in the shops.

I’ve found that canned beans and legumes can make a great (and cheap) base for gluten-free baking.

I started using chickpeas in blondies a while ago on my old blog EatsLeeds (you can get that recipe here). Recently I’ve been experimenting with black beans too. I’d heard great things about gluten free black bean chocolate cake recipes, and it made sense – if chickpeas work is a blondie, why shouldn’t black beans work in a brownie?

This black bean cake recipe is gluten free. It calls for canned beans, and some ground rice and almonds, which are available in most big supermarkets these days, or on Amazon (you can find Amazon links for all the gluten-free flour alternatives I use in my shop here).

This bake is an easy gluten free chocolate brownie recipe, that comes together quickly using a food processor.

Gluten Free Chocolate Brownies with Black Beans
Prep Time
10 mins
Bake Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins
Course: Dessert
Yields: 12
  • 2 400g Tin Black Beans drained and rinsed
  • 400 g Dark Chocolate melted
  • 300 g Honey
  • 3 tsp. Instant Coffee dissolved in 50ml. hot water
  • 100 g Coconut Oil melted
  • 75 g Ground Rice
  • 75 g Ground Almonds
  • 1.5 tsp. Gluten Free Baking Powder
  • 0.5 tsp. Salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 230°C (446°F)

  2. Put the black beans in the bowl of your food processor and blend for a few moments.

  3. Add the melted chocolate, the honey, the liquid coffee, and the melted coconut oil, and blend for 60-90 seconds.

  4. Pour the batter from the food processor into a large bowl.

  5. Mix the ground rice and ground almonds, and add them to the batter in the bowl with the gluten free baking powder and salt.

  6. Fold the mixture together thoroughly, to form a thick batter.

  7. Line a 9 x 9 in. square tin with baking parchment and pour in the brownie batter.

  8. Level out the batter and then bake in the oven for around 25 minutes, until a knife stuck in the centre comes out clean.

  9. Allow to cool completely in the tin, then cut into 12-16 square pieces.

Reccommended gluten-free flour substitutes for this recipe on Amazon:

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