Secret Ingredient Brownie Bites

Hi friends, hope your day is off to a great start.  Since the weather is so nice right now, and that is such a time limited commodity here, I decided to skip Turbokick last night in favor of a jog around the block.  The beautiful weather and this sunset in the background was the perfect setting for it.


Afterwards I came home and polished off the last of these little bad boys.

brownies cooked

My delicious little secret ingredient brownie bites, made with…..

black beans!

I was very hesitant to make a baked good with beans.  I love beans, but they just were not speaking to me in brownie or cookie form.  BUT, I have had a mean sweet tooth recently. I wanted something healthy to indulge the sweet tooth, but that also would pack a nutritional punch.

I also had impulse bought this at Trader Joe’s, and wanted to try it out (the flour, not the succulent).

coffee flour

These little brownie bites are rich and chocolaty, but also give you a little dose of protein and fiber.  Plus, they don’t taste like beans at all.  True story, I had the hubs try them before telling him what was in them.  He approved!

brownies up close

Secret Ingredient/Black Bean Brownie Bites

Makes 24 servings


  • 1 – 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/5 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 sugar
  • 3 tablespoons coffee flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • optional: sprinkles for topping (nuts or shredded coconut would also be delicious)

Directions: Pre-heat oven to 350 and grease mini muffin pan with coconut oil or cooking spray.  Add all ingredients except chocolate chips to a blender or food processor (I have tried both, and found it easier to thoroughly blend in the food processor).  Blend until you have a smooth batter, about the consistency of pudding.  You may need to scrap/push down the ingredients once or twice and continue blending to get everything well mixed.  Once smooth, fold in the chocolate chips.  Spoon into the muffin pans and add sprinkles or any other desired toppings.  Bake for approximately 20 minutes.

Per brownie bite: Calories: 57, Fat: 2g, Carbs: 10.3g, Protein: 2.6g, Fiber: 4.1g

*I used a mini muffin tin for these, if using a regular muffin tin, they will need to cook longer.

brownies done


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