No Bake Black Bean Fudge Brownies + 5 Healthy Black Bean Recipes

Just 1 bowl and less than 10 minutes to make these black bean fudge brownies which require no baking at all! Vegan, allergy friendly, gluten free and refined sugar free, they are also chock full of protein and fiber too- A healthy snack or dessert! 

No Bake Black Bean Fudge Brownies- 1 bowl + 10 minutes- High in protein + Fiber- Naturally vegan, gluten free, allergy free + dairy free! @thebigmansworld -

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Beans in desserts have become more and more popular over the last few years. From seeing them in blondies, to dips to even cookie dough- They have been appearing left, right and centre.

I’ve always been skeptical of it and to be honest, refrained from it. When black beans were suggested as the theme for our first month of recipe collating, I wanted to throw a pie at Alexis thank Alexis for throwing a challenge my way. 

Black beans…you met your match. I wanted to stick to something I’ve become known for on here- No Bake treats. This in itself was another challenge. Having the black beans baked or cooked in something really does allow it to mask the ‘bean’ taste. With no baking required, the beans needed to be very well disguised. After some failed attempts, wasted maple syrup and smelling like Chipotle minus the deliciousness, I hit success. SUCCESS. 

However, I didn’t trust myself or my taste buds. I mean, I did but I needed confirmation. I asked my epic buddy Alison to taste test them. Why? Because she’s a blogger who loves her healthy eats and would NOT be fooled by beans. If they were Alison approved, they would be blog approved. 

This was the text I got.




Before we jump into my recipe, check out these other beauties from these four epic legumes.

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Linds from The Lean Green Bean had me saying ‘Ola, Hombre!’ with her Mexican Layer Dip.

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Kylie from Immaeatthat has made me want to dance around a tandoori oven with her Black Bean Naan Bowls

Black Bean Naan Bowls

Alexis my Hummusapien brought my claws out to battle the Cookie Monster for these Fudgy Black Bean Zucchini Cookies

Black Bean Cookies

Julia from The Roasted Root has me balancing out my Ben and Jerry’s with these Sweet Potato Black Bean Breakfast Wraps


So let’s talk these No Bake Black Bean Fudge Brownies. They are so easy to whip up, short ingredient list and are pretty darn healthy too! They are full of protein thanks to the beans, full of fiber thanks to the coconut flour (and the beans again) and only use a half cup of coconut sugar– No maple syrup required. You can keep them as it is or if you want to do what I did, add dairy free chocolate chips or homemade white chocolate chips (see this post for a tutorial). They are also vegan, gluten and dairy free! 

No Bake Black Bean Fudge Brownies- 1 bowl + 10 minutes- High in protein + Fiber- Naturally vegan, gluten free, allergy free + dairy free! @thebigmansworld -

Ready in 10 minutes flat, you have no excuses. They can be eaten as is or even better- Refrigerated for 20 minutes for some chocolate fudgy goodness. Bonus- To make it allergy friendly, use SunButter


No Bake Black Bean Fudge Brownies- 1 bowl + 10 minutes- High in protein + Fiber- Naturally vegan, gluten free, allergy free + dairy free! @thebigmansworld -

No Bake Black Bean Fudge Brownies

Just 1 bowl and less than 10 minutes to make these black bean fudge brownies which require no baking at all! Vegan, allergy friendly, gluten free and refined sugar free, they are also chock full of protein and fiber too- A healthy snack or dessert!
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Author: Arman @ thebigmansworld


  • 1 can unsalted black beans rinsed
  • 1/2 cup almond butter can sub for sunbutter or another nut butter of choice
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar or any granulated sweetener of choice
  • 1/4-1/2 cup dark cocoa powder depending on how much chocolate flavour you want
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour sifted*
  • 1 T + dairy free milk of choice**
  • 1/4 cup + mix ins of choice I used dairy free chocolate chips + homemade paleo white chocolate chips


  • In a blender or food processor, pulse your beans completely (you can mash it by hand but it will take much longer and more beans may remain intact)
  • In a small microwave safe bowl or stovetop, melt your nut butter/sunbutter.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the black beans, melted nut butter, coconut palm sugar, cocoa and mix well. Add the coconut flour and ensure mixture is fully incorporated. Stir through mix ins of choice. If batter is too firm, add the dairy free milk 1 tablespoon at a time until a very thick batter is formed. If batter is not firm enough, add more coconut flour and omit the milk.
  • Line a large baking tray with baking paper. Move the black bean brownie batter into the pan and press firmly. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes or until firm.


* You may need to add more depending on the consistency of the batter
** Only add if batter is crumbly
Brownies can be kept at room temperature but best refrigerated.
No Bake Black Bean Fudge Brownies- 1 bowl + 10 minutes- High in protein + Fiber- Naturally vegan, gluten free, allergy free + dairy free! @thebigmansworld -

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95 thoughts on “No Bake Black Bean Fudge Brownies + 5 Healthy Black Bean Recipes

    1. Hi Pam, I don’t count calories and focus on the ingredients- You’re more than welcome to plug the ingredients into a calorie counting service like myfitnesspal if you want such information 🙂 Enjoy!

  1. Omg where have you been all my life and why am I only just discovering your blog in the last month. Seriously?! I want to eat every single recipe you post!
    And I love how you said you didn’t trust your taste buds. I totally get that. I think pretty much everything I make is tasty, but I’m definitely used to “health food” and my taste buds have adapted. I always worry that the average person wouldn’t actually like it.

    1. Speak for yourself- I’m not going to lie, I spent last week stalking your blog and your recipes!

      Haha, when I was back in Australia, I’d have to get my sister to triple test everything

  2. Beans are tough on my system in general, which is hilarious considering the amount of fiber that I consume on a daily basis. I’m also not the biggest black bean fan, but I really do like Cuban black beans (like, give me the spoon, walk away, the pain is worth it). But I want to try again! Maybe these will be my entre back into the world of beanage.

  3. I agree with Lindsay, I’ll take some samples, shipping them to Philly isn’t far 🙂 LOVE that these are no bake, thank you for not making me turn on my oven when it’s 90 degrees!

  4. Dude! I am a huge fan of black beans! I used to not like them as a kid because we just never ate them. (You know, anything that you didn’t eat as a kid just isn’t good, right?) But some number of years ago, I overcame that fear of black beans. Now I love them! I usually toss them with some cheese into a quesadilla…but now I’ll have to save some for these bars! But you know what would have been awesome? Adding some maple syrup.

  5. When the world needs those bars then I have to try it 🙂 I wonder if I can plant this on Stefan without him noticing that it has black beens in it. I once made him eat bean brownies. The recipe was horrible and ever since he is quite aloof when it comes to beans in a dessert 😀
    I love black beans! Fun fact: we have 1 brand that sells canned black beans here. I once tried to make dried ones in my slow cooker. They cooked for 24h after I watered them for 12h!

  6. Yes, I read ‘THE WORLD NEEDS THOSE FUDGE BARS’. What?? Then I need one
    You got me inspired with the whole bean thing. In Asia the use it often in their deserts, most of which I don’t like. However there are a couple that would be quite interesting to revamp.
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. My dad prefers your treats over the ones I make. You don’t even know how many times he asked, “Do you still have those bars from Arman?” In my head: “But like, what about these oatmeal bars I made you?”
    It’s okay though because these babies are seriously amazing. Pop never would have guessed there were black beans in there, and neither would I! Thanks for letting me try them as you struggled to find nourishment in the form of Fage yogurt.

  8. HAh! I love your texting conversation because it reminds me a lot of how my college friends and I communicate, minus a whole lot of vulgar terms to describe how they feel about the treats I give them ;).

    These look great! I’ll admit that I am a little skeptical about beans in desserts still, but if you say so and have photos like this to shove in my face, my mouth is wide open!

  9. I am DEAD RIGHT NOW. And really jealous that Alison got to try these and the PB&J bars because those two are now my next two recipes. (just about to finish off another “bar” before i restock/fill up the freezer =l) and having a chocolate and peanu-jelly option for pretty much the only two cravings my life consists of. Me and my blender are going to become best friends just in time TO SEE YOUUUU!!!

  10. Arman, you GENIUS! I love me a baked black bean brownie, so you can imagine I’m dreaming about what these fudgy hunks of goodness do for my face trap. I’m pretty obsessed with the fact that they’re no-bake…just sayin. 😉 LOVE being a part of this group with you!

  11. I made black bean brownies before, but the flavor really relied on the choco chips AND they had to be baked. I can’t bother with having to bake my shit! These look like awesome square pillows of fiber-rich tastiness. Assistant, go get me my measuring cups.

  12. Not gonna lie — I always give the stank eye to bean desserts, which I know I shouldn’t because of how many times I’ve been surprised in the past when it comes to strange combinations, but yeah. I’m still bitter about the bean brownies I made 5+ years ago that weren’t even edible when they were basically drowning in nut butter. But I trust your tastebuds…

  13. Are those brownies real life!? I’ve been eating a can of beans daily for the last couple weeks….no joke the entire can and this recipe would be perfect to cater to that.

  14. Can I be your friend who taste tests and gets yummy packages?? 🙂 So fun, I love this theme because weirdly, I love my bean desserts.
    I’d love to get involved with this link up if possible for next time!

  15. I am all about the chickpeas! They make great hummus, brownies, cookies and are amazing roasted as a snack. I’ve never had black bean brownies mostly because I love black beans as they are so I eat them before I can put them into anything else 🙂

  16. Is there perhaps an ingredient ,such as Cocoa, missing? Unless chocolate chips are selected as a mix in, these “brownies” are not chocolate.

  17. I went with stevia for the sweetener. I used a combination of carob and cacao powder… As far as the add ins go I put chia seeds, hemp hearts and goji berries… Yes this recipe is a keeper! Thanks for posting!

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