Secret Ingredient Brownies

Secret Ingredient Brownies

These brownies are so moist and delicious that you won’t believe how much health is packed into them!

Makes 9-12 brownies


  • ½ cup oats
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
  • 15 oz can black beans (drained and rinsed well)
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder 
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (optional)
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup, honey, or agave
  • 6 pitted medjool dates, coarsely chopped (if dry soak in warm water 20 minutes)
  • 4 tablespoons coconut sugar (or brown sugar)                 
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup chocolate chips (not optional)
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped walnuts, optional
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips, for topping, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Add oats and flax to food processor and process to a coarse flour. Add all remaining ingredients except chocolate chips and nuts to the food processor, and blend until completely smooth. Stir in the ½ cup chips and nuts (if using) and pulse a few times to incorporate.
  3. Spread into a greased 8×8 pan. Sprinkle the additional chocolate chips over the top and press in.
  4. Cook the black bean brownies 25 minutes. Let cool 15 minutes before cutting.