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Cardamom Black Bean Brownies

Updated: Mar 11, 2019

A balance of sweetness, chocolate and a subtle hint of cardamom.

If you are like me and get those craving for chocolate but don't want to feel the guilt of  eating a sweet treat, these are just for you.  A balance of sweetness, chocolate and a subtle hint of cardamom you wont believe that they are made with black beans. I bet you that if you don't tell friends and family they would never guess the secret ingredient of black beans.  I use dairy free chocolate chips but feel free to use regular or throw in some toffee bits.These treats are simple to make and can be enjoyed without the guilt.

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Prep Time - 10 mins | Cook Time - 20 - mins | let cool -10 - mins | Total Time -30 - mins


1 1/2 cups black beans or 1 15oz can drained and rinsed very well

2 1/2 Tbsp cocoa powder

1/3 cup quick oats

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 tsp  baking powder

1 tsp of cardamom

pinch of sea salt

2/3 cup mini chocolate chips or 1/2 cup regular chocolate chips

*Optional extra 1/4 chocolate chips for on top


Preheat oven to 350 F and grease an 8x8 baking pan.

In a food processor combine all of the ingredients except the chocolate chips.

Blend in food processor until smooth batter like consistency.  If the consistency is thin add a few more quick oats a little at a time to reach a thicker consistency.

Stir in chocolate chips and pour the batter into the greased 8x8 pan.

*Optional sprinkle chocolate chips over the top.

Cook the brownies for 18-20 minutes until firm.  Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes. If they still seem under-cooked you can place in fridge and they will firm up and be perfectly fine.

Cut into desired pieces and enjoy.


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