Chilli chocolate & black bean brownies

Black beans replace the flour in these gluten-free, fudgy and intensely chocolatey treats with a subtle tingle of chilli

  • Prep:20 mins
    Cook:30 mins
    plus cooling
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 202
  • fat 13g
  • saturates 7g
  • carbs 15g
  • sugars 11g
  • fibre 3g
  • protein 5g
  • salt 0.6g


  • sunflower oil, for greasing
  • 2 x 400g cans black beans, drained
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 6 large eggs
  • 200g soft butter, chopped
  • 200g light muscovado sugar
  • 100g cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp gluten-free baking powder
  • 85g chilli-flavoured chocolate (or plain chocolate), chopped into chunks


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Lightly grease a 20 x 30cm brownie tin and line with baking parchment. Blitz the beans and vanilla, 1/2 tsp salt and 2 eggs with a stick blender until completely smooth.

  2. Put the butter and sugar in a bowl with the cocoa and remaining eggs, and beat with an electric whisk until creamy. Start off slowly, then increase the speed as you mix (so you don’t get covered with cocoa!). Beat in the baking powder, then stir in the bean mixture and fold in the chocolate chunks.

  3. Scrape the mixture into the tin with a spatula, level it and bake for 25 mins until firm to the touch. Leave to cool, then cut into squares. Will keep for a few days in a tin at room temperature, and 1 week in the fridge.

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