These healthy no bake black bean brownies are fudgy, dense, and packed with chocolate flavor without tasting like black beans! The whole family will love them and never know what the hidden ingredient is!

This isn’t the first time I’ve used ‘alternative’ ingredients in my brownies either. In fact, every single brownie recipe on my blog has a hidden element; healthy zucchini brownies, almond flour brownies, and healthy pumpkin brownies!

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 the brownies are usually gone in no time.

Black beans, chocolate chips, cacao powder, Medjool dates, coconut oil, applesauce, cacao nibs, salt and vanilla extract.
 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 a no-bake brownies version. I mean, I already have healthy no bake strawberry cheesecake, peanut butter pie, and healthy no bake nutella pie – so why not brownies, too?!

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 them pretty much immediately, no need to thaw long.

Super, super, super good no-bake black bean brownies for a hot summer day! I mean, there’s no reason why black beans should stay to just savory recipes right?! Although I do love this mango black bean salad, black bean nachos, black bean soup, and healthy black bean burgers!

black beans for every course, maybe?!

Other No Bake Recipes

Also check out my full list of no-bake recipes!

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.
5 from 5 votes
Servings 16 brownies
Calories 112
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours



  • 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.


Serving: 1brownie | Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 177mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 13g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: North American
Author: Olena Osipov
Did you make this recipe?Mention @ifoodreal or tag #ifoodreal!

5 Secrets to Easy Healthy Dinners

Plus sign up for weekly emails with recipes to make your cooking stress free, delicious and healthy.

About Olena

Welcome! I grew up in Ukraine watching my grandma cook with simple ingredients. I have spent the last 11 years making it my mission to help you cook quick and easy meals for your family!

Pin this recipe now to save it for later

Pin Recipe

You may also like


  1. 5 stars
    Olena, this was a lovely recipe. I just made it and enjoyed it so much! Although I think my healthy eating is starting to pay off … I found it a tad too sweet but can be fixed with one or two less dates next time. Thank-you for sharing the recipe.

  2. 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.

5 from 5 votes (1 rating without comment)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.