You’ll Never Believe It Brownies


browniesAre you looking for a moist, dark chocolate, GLUTEN FREE brownie recipe that you will just fall in love with?

I can’t even begin to contain my excitement over this.  I have been experimenting with this brownie and I FINALLY did it!

As most of you know by my last few posts, we are on a 30 day no gluten diet because we think our daughter may have a sensitivity to it.   I made these brownies the other night and they were good.  Everyone had a look on their faces because they knew something was different.

Then I went in the pantry and pulled out a can and said, “what would you say if I told you the main ingredient in these brownies were black beans?”  Expecting brownie to be thrown to the plate, tongues to be wiped clean with the tablecloth and incoherent sounds to be coming from my family, I was surprised when they all said “hmmm, really?”

They were good.  They weren’t great, but I know when a recipe needs to be played with or when it needs to be trashed.  This one needed more playing with.

I remembered when Jerry Seinfeld’s wife was all over TV a while back promoting hiding vegetables in food for kids.  She had a zucchini brownie recipe that I made.  My kids loved them!  I can’t find the recipe anywhere, and I’m sure it had tons of sugar and white flour in them so I just decided to try adding zucchini for more moisture, why not?  And so I did.

I also decided it needed a little something something on top so I shredded chocolate from an organic 80% chocolate bar after I took them out of the oven and it melted just enough that it left a pretty impression.



I PINKY PROMISE YOU that you will NEVER know there are beans in this.

These brownies, dare I say, are actually good for you.  Black beans are being labeled as one of the world’s SUPER foods and one of the best foods for weight loss.

They are high in fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, they keep food moving through the digestive tract… AND, even better, these brownies are combined with a little bit of dark chocolate for the flavonoids.

See I told you I loved you.


You’ll Never Believe It Brownies



  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained, rinsed and dry
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup + 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coffee granules
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup zucchini, peeled, shredded and squeezed dry
  • coarsely shredded 75% or higher chocolate bar, optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 350
  2. Grease an 8 x 8 pan
  3. Combine all dry ingredients in a food processor and give it a whirl to break up the beans
  4. Add the eggs, vanilla and oil and pulse until smooth
  5. Transfer mixture to a bowl and gently add the zucchini
  6. Pour into the baking pan and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean


  1. Coarsely shred 75% or higher chocolate bar on top of the brownies when they are cooling

Recipe Source:
I used all organic ingredients whenever possible, and hope you do too! 🙂

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  1. I love your page. But I have a couple of questions. Wouldn’t refined sugar be considered processed? Is there a better substitute? Also do you ever do the nutritional breakdown? Can’t wait to try some recipes. Thanks 🙂

    • Hi Lisa! Sugar absolutely is processed which is why I try to use so little of it. It’s next to impossible to bake anything w/o it. Any kind of substitutes for sugar would be products like aspartame and Splenda, which are worse for you then plain sugar is. I don’t currently have the nutritional breakdown of my recipes but hope to in the future. Thanks for your comment.

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