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Peanut Butter Swirl Black Bean Brownies

These peanut butter swirl black bean brownies are so fudgy and so delicious. The texture can’t be beaten! They seriously are like fudge. I’m becoming a peanut butter swirl cheerleader. It should go on top of all brownie recipes! This recipe is gluten-free and sweetened with only maple syrup.   Black Bean Brownies are among my all-time favourite comfort foods. Don’t knock ‘em ‘til you try ‘em!

My husband recently took 6 weeks off work as we were welcoming a new baby this past winter and transitioning to our busy new life with three children.


During his time off we made it a priority to visit my sister and her family a few hours away to see their new house for the first time.  After renting in an expensive city, she and her husband moved to a new community to purchase their first home.  My sister has always placed a high value on homeownership and she and her husband worked hard towards that goal which really isn’t easy in Canada these days.

My sister has a great eye for curating beautiful decor pieces, making a lovely, welcoming and cozy space. I was excited to see their new home that they had worked so hard for.

Stepping into my sister’s house for the first time, we were greeted with the heartwarming smell of banana and chocolate muffins. After a whirlwind house tour led by my nieces, my sister said that she had made the muffins for us and we were welcome to eat as many as we’d like.

My husband and I appreciated her welcoming gesture, especially after a long drive. I’m always on the lookout for great examples of hospitality and tips and tricks for helping people feel at ease. Making food available for guests to enjoy whenever they wish is a great idea, especially for guests staying a few days. I’m going to adopt this idea next time I have longer-term guests. Just set out a delicious snack or baked good and let your guests know that you made it especially for them!


This brownie recipe would be excellent for this purpose.  While your guests are getting used to poking around your kitchen and finding food for themselves, they know that it’s free reign on the brownies.  So if you have guests coming, whip up a batch of Chocolate and Peanut Butter Black Bean Brownies and let your guests know upon arrival that you made this treat especially for them.  “Help yourself anytime!”

Recipe and Nutrition Notes

This is a great recipe to have in your back pocket when you’re welcoming guests who have dietary restrictions such as requiring dairy-free or gluten-free foods.  For those who eat a vegan diet, just omit eggs and use dairy-free chocolate chips.

If you don’t have a blender, you can use a food processor and combine all ingredients together (except chocolate chips and the peanut butter swirl).   I do find, however, that a blender gives a much better final texture to the brownies.

 You can experiment with switching the peanut butter for any nut or seed butter. Try sunflower seed butter or tahini or almond butter next time! 

I always keep these brownies in the fridge, I prefer the texture when they’re cold.

If you make these brownies, take a photo for your instagram stories and tag me. (@christy.faber) I would love to see your creation!

Can I Make This Recipe Gluten Free?

Yes! Just ensure that the brand of oats that you’re using is certified gluten free.

Can I Make This Recipe Vegan and Dairy Free?

Yes! You can actually omit the egg yolks. Just ensure that you are using dairy free chocolate chips.

Can I Make This Recipe Without the Peanut Swirl?

Yes, of course you can omit the peanut swirl! If you’re doing so because of a peanut allergy you could replace the swirl with sunflower seed butter or tahini or almond butter etc.

Can Black Bean Brownies Be Frozen?

Yes, I have frozen black bean brownies many times and it doesn’t effect the flavour or texture.

How to Make Peanut Butter Swirl Black Bean Brownies

Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Prepare an 8×8 pan by either greasing it or lining it with parchment paper.

Add oats to a blender or food processor.  Pulse until you have a smooth flour-like consistency.

In a small bowl, combine the oat flour you just made with salt, baking powder and cocoa powder.  Stir together thoroughly.

In the blender, add together the black beans (drained), brewed coffee, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, 2 egg yolks and vanilla extract. Blend until quite smooth.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until well combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Add to the brownie pan and smooth out the top.

In a separate small bowl, stir together peanut butter, maple syrup and a pinch of sea salt.

Make 9 small dollops of the peanut mixture on the top of your brownie batter and with the end of a chopstick or a similar kitchen tool swirl the peanut butter through the brownie batter to create a beautiful swirl pattern.

Bake for 20 minutes and allow to cool completely. These brownies are best if you let them set in the fridge for a few hours before enjoying them. 

Makes 9-12 brownies.


Peanut Butter Swirl Black Bean Brownies Recipe

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Black Bean Brownies on a plate.

Peanut Butter Swirl Black Bean Brownies

Christy Faber
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Black Bean Brownies are fudgy and delicious. This recipe is gluten-free, sweetened with only maple syrup and can be easily adjusted to be vegan or dairy-free.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Brownies
Calories 134.25 kcal

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients
  

Dry Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (gluten free, if desired) 
  • 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder 

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 and a 1/2 cups canned black beans (19 oz can)
  • 1 tbsp brewed coffee (optional)
  • 1/2 cup  pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 egg yolks 
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips

Peanut Swirl

  • 4 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 pinch salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Prepare an 8×8 pan by either greasing it or lining it with parchment paper.
  • Add oats to a blender or food processor. Pulse until you have a smooth flour-like consistancy.
  • In a small bowl, combine the oat flour you just made with salt, baking powder and cocoa powder. Stir together thoroughly.
  • In the blender, add together the black beans (drained), brewed coffee, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, 2 egg yolks, and vanilla extract. Blend until quite smooth.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until well combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Add to the brownie pan and smooth out the top.
  • In a separate small bowl, stir together peanut butter, maple syrup, and a pinch of sea salt.
  • Make 9 small dollops of the peanut mixture on the top of your brownie batter.
  • With the end of a chopstick or a similar kitchen tool swirl the peanut butter through the brownie batter to create a beautiful swirl pattern.
  • Bake for 20 minutes and allow to cool completely.

Notes

These brownies are best if you let them set in the fridge for a few hours before enjoying them.
Keyword Black Bean Brownies, Brownies, Healthy Brownies
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Hi! I’m Christy, a happy wife and mother to three boys, a nutritionist, a food lover and a Canadian. Creating and experimenting in the kitchen is my idea of an afternoon well spent. To me, a clean kitchen is an empty canvas of possibility and that means my kitchen never stays clean for long. My dream is that one or more of the recipes I share here will inspire you, perhaps even becoming a cherished family favourite.

19 Comments

  • Christa

    5 stars
    This recipe was easy and I wasn’t sure how it would turn out without flour and sugar but the oats and maple syrup worked wonders. These satisfy my chocolate desire and are absolutely delicious.
    I’ll definitely make them again. And the secret is to keep the black beans a secret.

  • BradyBrady McCann

    5 stars
    Loving this site, and these brownies are awesome. It’s just the recipe that I was looking for. My wife is gluten/dairy free and has mild reactions to refined sugar, so these were perfect!

  • Diana Cartwright

    These brownies are absolutely awesome – so fudgy and rich (with good fat!). Next time i’m going to quadruple the recipe, so i can just eat several instead of meal and not feel guilty, lol!! 😉

  • Bekah

    Absolutely LOVE this recipe! I made it for some company a few weeks ago and each guest asked me for the recipe. Definitely a crowd pleaser!
    I’m a also diabetic, so it’s so nice to have a treat that won’t spike my blood sugar! All the fibre and protein is absolutely perfect.

  • Danielle

    5 stars
    This recipe was so easy and fun to make with my kids! My son was especially curious about the peanut butter swirl the brownies tasted delicious straight from the pan. We can’t wait to try them once they’ve cooled down.

  • Janai

    5 stars
    These brownies were so delicious! I couldn’t help myself from snacking on them throughout the day. I tried the vegan option by omitting the eggs and I was so happy they turned out so well! Definitely going to add this to my list of go to desserts.

      • Taylor

        I have been looking for a great black bean brown recipe and I am so excited to try this! This will definitely be made ASAP. I can tell by looking the ingredients over, that this recipe is exactly what I have been looking for.

  • Kristy

    It is funny the things you can use in recipes these days and not notice a real difference with the healthier version of a classic…thanks for sharing.

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