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Gooey Black Bean and Beet Brownies

These Gooey Black Bean and Beet Brownies make me giddy inside, whole oats, black beans, and beets, totally disguised by dark chocolate and honey create an ooey-gooey-delicious HEALTHY brownie!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 16
Calories: 136kcal
Author: Kaylee Pauley


  • 1 cup whole oats certified gluten-free if needed
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
  • 6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 3 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup cooked beets
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips
  • 1 Hershey chocolate bar chopped (or 1/3 cup chocolate chips)


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Add the oats, flaxseed meal, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, and baking powder to the bowl of a food processor, and blend until they form a flour-like consistency.
  • Next, add almond milk, vanilla extract, coconut oil, egg, and honey, blend 10-20 seconds or until well combined.
  • Add in the cooked or canned beets and black beans, blend 10-20 seconds or until the mixture has formed a thick batter. Stir in chopped dark chocolate.
  • Line 8x8 pan with parchment paper, spray the parchment paper with coconut oil cooking spray, then pour the batter into lined pan. Smooth the top with a spatula and sprinkle with chopped chocolate Hershey chocolate bar or 1/3 cup chocolate chips/chopped dark chocolate.
  • Bake in the oven for 20-22 minutes. I like my brownies gooey on the inside, if you prefer yours to be more done, bake addition 2-3 minutes. Removing them from the oven when they are still a little underdone is what makes them so fudgey and moist, the longer they bake, the dryer they will be.
  • Eat while warm, with a cold glass of milk! Store in refrigerator for up to a week .Once they have been refrigerated, warm in the microwave for 10-12 seconds each time before eating. Enjoy :)


Next time I make these, I plan to increase the 1/4 cup chopped dark chocolate to 1/3 cup and sprinkle the top with 1/3-1/2 cup dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips, rather than the Hershey's bar.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3.1g | Fat: 6.1g | Saturated Fat: 3.6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.7g | Cholesterol: 12.2mg | Sodium: 97.2mg | Fiber: 2.4g | Sugar: 10.8g