These fudgy brownies with cocoa powder are ideal for people who love quick one-bowl recipes. They are bite sized so you can enjoy a healthy dessert and feel satisfied. You’d never even know there were black beans in this delicious no fuss recipe.

Brownies with Cocoa Powder

RATING

5 from 14 votes

DIFFICULTY / TIME

Easy / 20 minutes

POSTED ON

July 22, 2020

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Can I be honest with you? I used to have a love hate relationship with desserts and brownies in particular. When I was stressed or tired, I would rip open the brownie mix, pour in water, and pop in the microwave. I wouldn’t bother baking or adding in eggs or butter. It was a low point for me.

This had become a weekly occurrence. I worked in the grocery division as an analyst at Target Headquarters and got tons of free samples. I’m talking a plastic dumpster bin full of food sat on my office floor – coffee, cake mixes, brownie batters. Anything that was new or planning to roll out in stores would get sent to the buyers to try and see how it looked on Target’s shelves. At first I thought this was incredible – free food! I didn’t like to spend money but this soon turned into a binge eating nightmare.

I would bring home brownie batters and cake mixes with the intent that I would bake them for friends and weekend gatherings. Yet I found myself eating these foods all by myself. I would then bring home and repurchase the same ingredients multiple times. I felt defeated. I didn’t want to be social.

It wasn’t until I started realizing that I wanted to have things in my life I actually enjoyed – a job with purpose, meaningful friendships, and starting to date that my eating habits got better.

It was a process but I slowly started taking small steps to live a life that felt more aligned.

Brownies with Cocoa Powder Ingredients

Easy Ingredients

In the past, you may have tried some disappointing healthy brownie recipes that kind of taste like cardboard. I know the feeling. That’s why I’ve spent a lot of time in the kitchen testing and trying different combos to achieve something truly delicious. Let’s talk about our main ingredients:

Cocoa Powder
Black beans
Coconut Oil
Dates
Unsweetened Coconut

No need to keep chocolate chips or chocolate bars on hand. Cocoa powder give us that rich chocolatey taste that we’ve come to love in desserts. No need to add in flour as the black beans are the substance of these brownies. The coconut oil is a great swap for butter used in traditional brownie recipes. And last but not least these brownies with cocoa powder get their sweetness from dates and unsweetened coconut flakes.

Brownies with Cocoa Powder

How to Make Brownies with Cocoa Powder

Preheat the oven to 350 F / 176 C.

If using a metal pan, lightly grease the mini muffin pan. You can also use a 12 slot muffin pan.

Make the flax egg by combining flaxseed powder and water in a bowl. Set aside for 5 minutes.

To the food processor or blender, add all ingredients and puree – about 3 minutes – scraping down the sides as needed. If the brownie batter is too thick, add a tablespoon of water and blend again. The brownie batter consistency should be not too thick but not runny.

Brownies with Cocoa Powder

Transfer the brownie batter into the mini muffin pan. Use a spoon to smooth the top of the brownie batter.

Brownies with Cocoa Powder

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the tops are dry and the edges start to pull away from the sides.

Transfer from the oven and let cool in the muffin pan. Gently remove with a spoon.

Brownies with Cocoa Powder

You can top with peanut butter and salt.

Let me know what you think. How do you feel keeping desserts in your home?

More Easy Dessert Ideas

If you enjoy chocolate recipes, you’ll want to check out my no bake chocolate peanut butter bars.

Brownies with Cocoa Powder

5 from 14 votes
These fudgy brownies with cocoa powder are ideal for people who love quick one-bowl recipes. They are bite sized so you can enjoy a healthy dessert and feel satisfied. You’d never even know there were black beans in this delicious no fuss recipe. 
GUIDE
Course Dessert
Cuisine healthy
Servings 24 mini brownies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
INGREDIENTS

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup black beans or 1- 15 ounce can
  • 2 tablespoon large flax eggs 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal + 6 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 10 tablespoon dates soaked
  • 2 tablespoon coconut sugar taste test
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
INSTRUCTIONS

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F / 176 C.
  • If using a metal pan, lightly grease the mini muffin pan. You can also use a 12 slot muffin pan.
  • Make the flax egg by combining flaxseed powder and water in a bowl. Set aside for 5 minutes.
  • To the food processor or blender, add all ingredients and puree - about 3 minutes - scraping down the sides as needed. If the brownie batter is too thick, add a tablespoon of water and blend again. The brownie batter consistency should be not too thick but not runny.
  • Transfer the brownie batter into the mini muffin pan. Use a spoon to smooth the top of the brownie batter.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the tops are dry and the edges start to pull away from the sides.
  • Transfer from the oven and let cool in the muffin pan. Gently remove with a spoon.
  • Optional to top with peanut butter and salt.
NOTES

Notes

You can also substitute the flax egg with 1 regular egg.
You can use a regular size muffin pan instead of the mini pan. This will make 12 muffins and the cooking time will increase to about 20 minutes.
NUTRITION FACTS
Calories: 66calCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 54mgPotassium: 121mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gCalcium: 25mgIron: 1mg
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4 Comments

  1. Lauren July 31, 2020 at 2:49 am - Reply

    I love that these are bite sited – perfect for me and my girls. I took your advice and added peanut butter but I just put a small spoonful on top.

    • Emily July 31, 2020 at 6:09 am - Reply

      This is so great! Thanks for sharing Lauren

  2. Sara September 25, 2020 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    You guys. I cannot even with these brownies. They are so moist and rich tasting. The black beans are the foundation and you would never ever know. I’ve been nomming on these as snacks and desserts. I didn’t have coconut sugar on hand so I substituted with honey. I adore these. Make them.

    • Emily September 27, 2020 at 10:54 pm - Reply

      Wahoo thanks so much for the lovely review Sara! I am so glad you’re enjoying them. Xoxo

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