Black Bean Brownies

This post was sponsored by S&W Beans as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

I hate to always harp on Max when it comes to food, but that kiddo has thrown me for a real loop when it comes to meal time. He has a very small rotation of favorites and can throw an epic meltdown when encouraged to try new things. Throughout my first trimester I pretty much gave up. I didn’t have the mental capacity to keep up with meal prep and the smell of cooking made my stomach roll. We were in survival mode and the goal around here was simply to eat. Dominic helped out a lot. My mom catered to my take out cravings. And the kids? They lived on snacks. 

But … I’M BACK!!! Or easing into being back :) The second trimester has always been my time to thrive and this week alone I’ve made more recipes at home than I did in the last three months. 

The biggest hit wasn’t even a true meal, but rather a healthy twist on a favorite everyone already loves around here – brownies!

My kids, Max especially, always ask for a dessert after he cleans his plate and I usually say yes once a day, either after lunch or after dinner. It’s never anything huge, but coming from experience (Mama Sweet Tooth right here!) I know that it’s nice to cap off your meal with something extra delicious. 

Now that we’ve mastered this recipe for healthier brownies, I have no shame telling my kids, “Enjoy a brownie square!”

If your family loves a sweet treat as much as we do, add S&W Black Beans to your grocery list and mix up this recipe stat! 

black bean brownies


  • 3/4 cup S&W Black Beans
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil (or your preferred oil)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips, melted
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Optional: powdered sugar and another 1/4 cup chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a blender or food processor, mix the black beans and oil until they look like this …

blended beans

Use a spatula to move blended beans into a mixing bowl and stir in eggs, cocoa, vanilla, and melted chocolate chips. In a separate mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Gently shake and stir dry ingredients into wet and pour into a 9×9 baking dish. Top with a sprinkle of chocolate chips if you like.

Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to rest in the baking pan for an additional 15 minutes. Brownies will appear sponge-y and moist but I promise they set up just perfectly! Add a dusting of powdered sugar before serving and get ready to wow your family with the delicious secret ingredient! Can they guess?

S&W beans

healthy brownies with a secret ingredient

Beans are one of those fill you up staples in my regular meal planning. They’re hearty, healthy, and a quality source of protein. I tend to always think chili and Mexican cuisine when I think of beans (and they’re wonderful for that!), but I’m aiming to stretch my bean knowledge and learn new recipes to incorporate them in to. Recipes like black bean brownies!

For the last 120 years, S&W has been the leader in the bean industry. Especially when it comes to quality. I mean, I know you have soak and prep your own beans, but it’s such a process and honestly, my results are never that great. S&W has it figured out – these beans look great and taste great. Plus with this coupon for $1 off 2 cans of S&W Beans you can stock your pantry through April without a second thought!

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