Black Bean Lunchtime Brownies

Black Bean Lunchtime Brownies

By. Susanna Deering, RHN                                                                 

Dairy free, nut free, (optional) gluten free

These are not your ordinary brownies! These delectable meal treats are made with black beans and wholesome ingredients (not to mention the spinach hiding inside shhh!). Kids will love eating these for lunch and parents can actually feel good about their kids eating them for lunch!  I like to use cacao nibs to make these even healthier but some kids may find them too bitter, feel free to swap with chocolate chips instead (just make sure to read ingredient lists to avoid unwanted additives or potential allergens!).

Makes 16 brownies


  • ½ cup rolled oats (use gluten free oats if sensitive to gluten)
  • (1) 14oz can of black beans
  • ½ cup cacao powder
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ cup organic cane sugar
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla powder (or vanilla extract)
  • 2 tbsp milled flax seeds (use a coffee grinder to grind whole seeds)
  • 3 dates, pitted
  • (1) handful of spinach
  • ¼ tsp himalayan sea salt
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • 3 tbsp filtered water
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs or chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. In a food processor add the rolled oats and process until coarsely ground
  3. Drain and rinse the beans and place in food processor with all remaining ingredients excluding cacao nibs or chocolate chips
  4. Process until mixture is well blended and has the texture of a thick icing
  5. Line an 8×8 inch square pan with parchment paper and pour mixture in, smooth out with a spatula
  6. Sprinkle cacao nibs on top
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until fork comes out clean
  8. Let cool in pan then remove and cut into squares
  9. Enjoy for lunch or anytime of day!