Cathy’s Black Bean Brownie


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This is a delicious and healthy treat  – goes well with fruit salad for a nice dessert. There is a balance of protein and fiber from the beans, which will reduce the glycemic impact of the chocolate chips.

It is gluten-free and diabetic friendly, as it contains xylitol and very little sugar.  This recipe can also be made without dairy by increasing the applesauce by ¼ cup and omitting the yogurt.    Enjoy!


Prep time: 10 minutes

Prep notes: use a food processor for best results

Cooking time: 55 minutes

Servings: 16



1 ¼ cups black beans, drained and rinsed

½ cup quinoa flour

¾ cup buckwheat flour

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

½ cup xylitol (a healthy, low glycemic replacement for sugar)

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

1 tsp xanthan gum

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

¼ cup plain yogurt (unsweetened)

½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips


  • Grease an 8X8 inch baking pan with olive oil and set aside. (the bottom of the pan can also be lined with parchment paper, if desired)
  • Place drained and rinsed black beans in a food processor and process until fairly smooth.
  • Add flours, cocoa powder, xylitol, baking powder, baking soda, and xanthan gum.  Process to blend.
  • Add vanilla and applesauce.  Process until well blended and fairly smooth.
  • Fold in chocolate chips by hand.
  • Pour brownie mixture into prepared baking pan.
  • Bake is 350 degree oven for 50 to 55 minutes
  • Cool completely and cut into 16 squares.

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