by Olena

No Bake Black Bean Brownies

by Olena

No Bake Black Bean Brownies

Don’t let anyone know these no bake brownies are made with black beans and applesauce, let them try first. I have heard it many times from my readers and friends, they say none of their family or friends can taste black beans and brownies are usually gone in no time.

 Black beans, applesauce, dates, cacao powder, coconut oil and cacao nibs in blender.

I made black bean brownies last year and as temperatures kept rising, I thought what if I make no bake brownies version. Oh my, these applesauce brownies are sensational!!! I took them on a hike with a friend and she loved them (despite the fact they got defrosted and too soft). I sent her recipe the same day, she made them and her whole family loved them. Nobody tasted the beans, so try it!

No Bake Black Bean Brownies

What I love about these brownies the most is the fact they are so guilt free. Made with black beans, dates, applesauce, coconut oil and cacao powder. Really that’s it. And come together in 10 minutes. You store them in a freezer and can enjoy pretty much immediately, no need to thaw long.

Super, super, super good no bake black bean brownies for a hot summer day!

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No Bake Black Bean Brownies

no bake black bean brownies

Healthy No Bake Black Bean Brownies Recipe with black beans, applesauce, dates, cacao powder, coconut oil and cacao nibs. No one would guess what these applesauce brownies are made of.

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 16 brownies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: North American


  • 14 oz can black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 13 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt*
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs or mini chocolate chips
  • Chocolate drizzle on top (optional)**


  1. In a powerful blender or food processor, process all ingredients (except cacao nibs and drizzle) until very smooth. Add cacao nibs or mini chocolate chips and pulse a few times. Pour into lined with parchment paper 8″ x 8″ square dish. Level with spatula, drizzle with chocolate (optional) and freeze for at least 3 hours. Cut into 16 squares and enjoy.

Store: Store in a freezer in a glass airtight container for up to 3 – 4 months.


*Might need less for canned beans as I used cooked ones without salt. **Melt a few tbsp of chocolate chips with coconut oil in a microwave.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.


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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. I made this it was not good .the only thing I did was use cocoa powder veg oil and butter everything is just like the receipe . It was to salty and not enough sweetness at all it tasted 2 salty can u tell me what I did wrong

    1. Your usbtitution didn’t work because it is vegetable oil. You have to use only coconut oil as it is the only oil that is solid. You melt it for teh recipe and it solidifies to form brownies. Once you use coconut oil, brownies won’t be salty or under sweet. With baking it’s best to follow teh recipe. It’s a science. Not like soup where you can throw whatever is on hand and adjust to taste. Hope this helps in the future.:) Not today I know.

      1. Thank you no not today I played with it I even put brown sugar in it did not get better I will try it another time later.i never thought the oil made a difference so cocoanut oil can not be sub.learn something new .I will try again later lol

    1. I have never heard of noir dates. Generally, you could use smaller dates but you would need more of them and soak in hot water for a bit. Hope this helps.

  2. These look incredibly tasty! I haven’t tried black bean brownies yet but they’re so popular, the black bean and chocolate combo must be a winner. I finally tried avocado and chocolate last year and was blown away by how delicious it was. Hmm.. that has me thinking maybe the three together would be fabulous too. As always, thanks for the foodie inspiration!

  3. I have a request…I have so many sour cherries (vesni) and want a healthier version of cherry pie. Do you happen to have any yummy recipes for this?

    1. I don’t. I have never seen sour cherries in my area. However, I will look for them this summer since I found an organic cherry grower and am going to farmer’s market right now. Have you looked online?! I will be testing and posting pies this summer and fall.

  4. These were amazing and they were gobbled up in no time when I made them! I have to make some more! I have the crappiest little food processor and they still turned out. I’m shopping for a new more powerful one and can’t wait to see how they turn out with it.

    1. No. Brownies wouldn’t be tasty. Olive oil has a very specific strong taste. You don’t buy coconut oil? It is everywhere and so good for you.

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