Fudgey, gooey, chocolatey…there’s nothing better than treating yourself to a homemade brownie. Especially when you can pack in extra nutrients with this secret healthy ingredient from nutrition Expert Emily Holdorf that will satisfy any sweet tooth!

Brownies are one of the most popular dessert items to make because they’re easy and always taste delicious! Of course, we can eat a brownie when we’re craving one because we deserve it. Why not make a few simple swaps to make eating that brownie not only satisfy your craving, but also add a little nutritional boost to your day.

One secret ingredient will take your regular brownie to the next level…black beans!

The high protein content of black beans makes it a great substitute for flour in this recipe because it doesn’t compromise the texture. Not only was all the flour swapped out for black beans, but some of the fat was cut down, too. The black bean puree is a perfect consistency for imitating the same texture the fat in baked goods creates.

Black beans are an amazing source of protein – weighing in at 15 grams per 1 cup serving! Plus, they are high in fiber to help keep you fuller longer, keep your digestive system happy, and work to lower cholesterol levels.

Black beans provide essential vitamins and minerals like iron, folate, magnesium, and B-vitamins. They are also a great gluten-free addition to the diets of people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivities.

And now for the recipe:


Makes 16 2-inch brownies

  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips
  • 3 T coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • Dash vanilla extract & salt
For the full recipe, make a visit here!

Emily Holdorf, RDN is a Scranton, PA-based private practice dietitian on a mission to empower others to live a healthier, happier life.  By emphasizing a non-diet approach to eating, Emily helps individuals form a better relationship with food by focusing on why there’s room for every food in moderation. Find out more about about Emily at EmPowered Nutrition.