Black bean protein brownies

Updated: Jan 27

This is a fantastic chocolate protein brownie recipe. There's a national chocolate cake day in the UK - It's on January 27th. I don't really think we need an excuse to eat chocolate cake as it's a great pleaser any day of the yea, but it IS good to have some healthier alternatives to that wonderful taste we can't get enough of!

Here is my recipe for easy chocolate brownies which has the addition of black beans and ground almonds to increase the protein and fibre of your chocolate fix. Better for your gut, better for your health.

WHAT YOU NEED: • 400g tin black beans (drained and rinsed) • 70g butter • 4 large free range eggs • 50g good quality cocoa powder • 60g ground almonds . • 1tbsp vanilla extract • 50ml honey . • 4 medjool dates . • 4 tbsp xylitol or stevia • 50g raw cacao nibs (or dark chocolate chips)


  1. Preheat oven to 160/180 (fan)/gas 4.

  2. Line a 20 x 20 tin with baking paper

  3. Blend the beans, butter and lightly chopped dates in a food processor. Add the vanilla extract to loosen up the mixture.

  4. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Beat/whisk in the eggs one by with a spoonful of ground almonds each time.

  5. Add all the remaining ingredients and blend gently.

  6. Spoon into the prepared tin and bake for 18-20 mins until the top is firm. (Watch the top doesn’t burn).

  7. Cool slightly before lifting out of the tin and cutting into portions. Makes 9-12 brownies (depending how big you like them!).