From black beans to garbanzo beans (chickpeas), I have been adding beans to brownies since my first cookbook was released over 10 years ago. I do this because it boosts the fibre content big time making them great for nourishing your gut microbiome and it also makes them more blood sugar balancing. If you don't tell anyone you've done this, no one will have a clue that these are healthy brownies!
I adapted this recipe from the beloved joyous classic in Joyous Health (black bean chia brownies) - it's even better now!
I added maca, walnuts, chocolate icing and naturally coloured sprinkles for the top which gave me the idea to call them Cosmic Black Bean Brownies.
Maca is an excellent addition because it goes well with the flavour of chocolate. It has a slight caramel taste. Plus it gives them a superfood boost as maca is considered an adaptogenic food, meaning it helps the body adapt better to stress. Not that you'll be stressed eating these brownies, you'll be in heaven! You can learn all about the benefits of maca here. Lately, I've been buying gelatinized maca by Organika. If you don't have maca, you can simply omit it from this recipe. It won't alter the texture or cooking time.
In terms of the sweeteners, I have provided two options - coconut palm sugar or Lakanto sweetener. Lakanto is a mix of monk fruit and erythritol (sugar alcohol). It is quite low on the glycemic index and much better to use than artificial sweeteners. It's a one-to-one sub for coconut or white sugar. The taste is pretty mild but if you want something less processed, stick with coconut palm sugar. You can find it at your local health food store or if you're in Canada, you can find it at Rise Market.
Someone messaged me when I shared a video on Instagram and asked me if these were "Cosmic Brownies". I had no idea what that meant so I looked it up. Low and behold, there is a sugar-filled store-bought brownie called Cosmic Brownies and because I love all things cosmic, magical and astrological, "Cosmic Black Bean Brownies" stuck. Plus they look cosmic with the pretty sprinkles. Better yet, I can get Vienna to eat just about anything with sprinkles. I know she wouldn't eat these if they didn't have sprinkles, because she is not a fan of nuts inside anything. From muffins to cookies to brownies, if there are chunks of nuts, it's out of the question for her. But add sprinkles, and she gobbles them up!
Nut-free? No problem, just omit the walnuts.
Egg-free? No problem. See the instructions on the recipe card below. The final texture is different than with eggs. It's less dense and needs to be cooked about 10 minutes longer but it's possible to make these brownies egg-free. Store it in the fridge as soon as it cools.
These Cosmic Black Bean Brownies are...
Let's talk about the icing before we get to this recipe. It is magical too! Ripe avocado, cocoa powder and raw honey - just 3 simple ingredients. You'll definitely want to lick the bowl!
Here is the recipe for Cosmic Black Bean Brownies.
These can easily be made nut-free. Just omit walnuts. How to make a flax egg: 1 egg = 1 tbsp ground flax + 2.5 tbsp water. Combine and let sit for 5 minutes before using. You'll need to multiply that by 3 since there are 3 eggs in this recipe. Bake the brownies for an additional 5-10 minutes if you use flax eggs.
*Lakanto is a brand of natural sweetener with erythritol and monk fruit. It's a little more processed than coconut sugar but it has little to no effect on your blood sugar.
**I used Organika Gelatinized Maca. No maca? Simply omit.
CHOCOLATE ICING: If your avocados are not super soft, you'll need to add a touch of liquid to make the icing smoother.
Option: Add 1/4 cup protein powder and 3-4 tbsp water or nut milk.
If there are no nut allergies in your home, definitely don't skip out on the walnuts. They add the perfect texture to these black bean brownies. I hope these become a favourite in your home!
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What food processor do you use to make the icing?Reply
Kitchenaid, the cordless one.
Hi, if I don’t have maca can I just leave it out or need to add something to replace it? Thank you!Reply
Never mind, I see the answer now 😆Reply
Love this recipe and can't wait to try! I am wondering what your take on kids eathing bronies with Lakanto sweetener.Reply
I think it's fine as long as it's not their main source of natural sweetener. My daughter eats these but I usually make them with coconut sugar however, I've done both. If they are eating one or two brownies with lakanto that would be fine.
This recipe looks delicious and easy. Would you have the nutritional information for it? How many carbs/calories/protein?Reply
Hi Gloria, I do not have this information but you can always plug it into an app like my fitness pal to figure it out. Enjoy the recipe!
Could you please tell me the nutritional information? Protein/carbs/calories/sugar?Reply
Hi, Joy. What sprinkles did you use? I've been looking for a healthier version I can put on cupcakes etc. Thanks!Reply
Watkins is the brand and you can find them at most natural health food stores.