How do you like your brownies? Crispy, chewy or fudgy? I like mine to crispy on the outside and fudgy on the inside! …. and if given the choice, I like my brownies to be healthy (but not necessarily taste healthy hehe).

These brownies are gluten free because no flour is used! Instead cacao powder and black beans are used to create super rich and fudgy brownies. Don’t worry about the black beans… I know it’s kinda weird…but I promise you won’t taste them!


1 15oz / 425g can black beans, well rinsed and drained
2 tbsp ground chia seeds
5 tbsp coconut oil
3/4 cup cacao powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup raw walnut pieces

1. Preheat the oven to 350F/175C.

2. Prepare chia eggs by mixing together ground chia with 5 tbsp water. Allow to thicken for five minutes. 

3. Line a 8 inch/20cm rectangle baking tin with parchment paper. Spray with cooking oil (this will help to form crispy edges).

4. Put all remaining ingredients into a high powered blender (besides the walnuts) and blender until well mixed and beans are puréed. Scrap down the sides. Add a little bit of plant milk if you find the mixture is too thick (don’t add more than 1/4 cup of plant milk).

5. Add the walnut pieces to brownie batter and mix well.

6. Spoon brownie mixture into the prepared baking tin.

7. Bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the brownie comes out clean.

Allow to cool for a few minutes before eating. Dust with cacao powder, if desired.


Cut into 9-12 brownie slices