Yes, yes, yes – I know beans aren’t paleo. And I’ll probably have to start every single bean recipe post off like this. But I’ve been following the bean protocol for almost 4 months now and I’ve never felt better. And that means I’m playing around with bean recipes way more now. So you’ll see them here from time to time. If you’re strict paleo, no need to make them. If you’re upset you can’t have these black bean brownies, I welcome you to try my many, many, many other brownie recipes on here. I’ve been sharing recipes on here for almost 10 years, there is no shortage of paleo recipes to choose from! But if you’re open to different types of recipes, get ready for good ass time!

PaleOMG Black Bean Brownies

PaleOMG Black Bean Brownies

I know I sound a bit hostile in my intro, but that’s because I’ve had it up to HERE with the negative Nancy’s of the world. I know many people would call them Karen’s, but I’ve met a handful of great Karen’s on instagram so I don’t want to throw them under the bus. Nancy just rhymes. I know a great Nancy…only one though. You know what would be a good name to use? Carol. That’s my mom’s name so it makes it more hilarious and close to home. Since she’s family, I can say it. Carol’s definitely ask for the manager or don’t look a server in the eye. I love my mother, she’s a great person, but her name must replace Karen. Sorry, mom, Karen’s need a break. The Carol’s of the world have just been hounding me lately and I’m hella exhausted. But luckily middle school and high school trained me to take on the Carol’s of the world so I could continue on with my days with my head held high.

PaleOMG Black Bean Brownies

But honestly, my head is exhausted. You can only keep your head held high for so long before your neck starts to ache. So you know what I’m going to do? I’m checking myself into a hotel tonight. I have a massage booked, I’m ordering ALL the room service, bringing some Tylenol PM, and I’m leaving my phone and computer behind. Just me, myself, and I are going to be in that hotel room…in silence. I’m going to finish a book I’ve been trying to get through for months now, I’m going to pull the black out curtains, and I’m going to try to sleep in past 7am. No one can call me, message me, text me, email me, yell at me, or tell me I’m going to hell because I say the word fuck. It’s going to be the best 20 hours of my life. I might even eat the snacks they put in your room and charge 8x the price. Fuck it! My husband likes to do things for himself like golf or go on a camping trip with friends, but that doesn’t interest me in the least. I fill my cup up by being alone and these next 20 hours are going to be pure joy. Speaking of that, time to pack!

PaleOMG Black Bean Brownies

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Black Bean Brownies

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  • Author: juli
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 16 brownies 1x


  • 1 15-ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips, melted
  • 1/2 cup nut butter (peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup oil (grapeseed oil, avocado oil, melted ghee, coconut oil, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons black cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8×8 glass baking dish.
  2. Place all ingredients for the brownies in a high speed blender or food processor, and blend until completely smooth.
  3. Pour batter into the baking dish and smooth evenly throughout. Bake for 40-50 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the brownies.
  4. Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing into 16 brownies! Brownies can be served by themselves or you can top them off with ice cream, melted chocolate, and/or mini chocolate chips!

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PaleOMG Black Bean Brownies

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  1. Sarah says:

    Oh hey girl. Do they have to be black beans? I am in Tanzania on a long-term work assignment, hard to find canned beans but I’ve been soaking regular degular dried beans and then just cooking them as I normally would. BC I’M FUCKING AROUND W THE BEAN PROTOCOL. I did a Whole30 in Jan and basically everything that they said was going to happen DID happen except for my skin. Major bummer but I read your resources on the BP and think I’m starting to see a difference! I realize these have sugar but maybe I could cut it back and maybe I could just make them anyway. Cool? Cool. Anyway, lemme know if you have suggestions on the using dried beans front. Appreciate you!

  2. Anna M Aspnes says:

    Well the batter tastes good. What’s left is in the oven 🙂
    I have been following you since the very beginning. I came to you for your Paleo recipes and remember your very first cooking video.
    A solid place to go for easy recipes, but I got really interested when you started adding beans.
    I have always had terrible skin on my arms and legs. Quitting coffee helped and beans seem to be adding further improvements – I have a gut feeling it’s more about the toxins and molds in coffee beans than the caffeine though as chocolate and matcha also contain caffeine and that does not appear to present a problem.
    Also curious to know if you still have your tonsils? They are increasingly considered an essential part of the lymphatic system and closely linked to detoxification.

  3. Meliss says:

    These are fantastic brownies and what I’ve been looking for! I didn’t have a great blender but it worked as I slowly combined everything. They have wonderful flavor to help any sweet tooth and enough to keep you satisfied. They aren’t super moist (everyone’s favorite word) but adding ice cream was great OR a homemade frosting could work if you needed something else. They are just fine on their own. I love this recipe. I will be making them again. Thanks Julie! #beanprotocolforever

    1. juli says:

      so glad you love the recipe!!

  4. Lia says:

    Can they be frozen all right?

    1. juli says:

      i’m sure!! i haven’t frozen them myself, but i’m sure they are great out of the freezer!

  5. Cindy Solesky says:

    OK – these are the BOMB!! My family loves these brownies (maybe a little too much), however, we don’t feel too guilty eating them.

  6. Amy says:

    Delicious!!!! I made these last night for my family and my brothers family, they’re gone. No one missed the gluten, alt flours or the dairy.
    EVERYONE, do yourself a favor and make these immediately.

    Next I might try subbing half the oil for applesauce. With the peanut butter I think they’ll remain plenty moist (sorry for the gross word)

    1. juli says:

      so glad you liked them, Amy!!

  7. Monica Lopez says:

    Had to order black cocoa since apparently no one carries it, but it was worth the wait!! These were delicious. Thank you for always sharing your creativity with food. One question, is it best to store them on the counter or in the fridge? Wasn’t sure if any of the ingredients or consistency would be effected either way. Thanks again!

  8. Danielle S Cole says:

    Holy crap these brownies didn’t even last a day in my house!
    I managed to sneak some into the fridge and they were *chef’s kiss* so good. I love that they have the added fiber of the beans and no flour at all!

  9. Kay Echo says:

    I was skeptical but pleasantly surprised. Will definitely be making these again!

    1. juli says:

      so happy to hear that!!

  10. Meg says:

    I’m terrified of attempting brownies at altitude given my previous fails after moving to Denver awhile ago. Did you have to make any adjustments in altitude or is it good to go as is? Thanks again for your recipes – just made the Buffalo chicken casserole last week and it’s being added to my regular rotation, so freakin good!!!