Meet Serena. Serena is an online fitness and nutrition coach located in Philadelphia, PA. She also happens to be my kick ass internship boss. One thing I love about my internship is getting to to learn how to eat in moderation and make healthy food swaps in my diet. We decided to make Black Bean Brownies to find out how desserts taste when you replace dry ingredients with a healthier base. 

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Melissa Cannarozzo

Black Bean Brownies

  • Prep Time:15 mins
  • Cook Time:20 mins
  • Total Time:35 mins
  • Servings:16
  • Easy


  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spray for the pan
  • 3/4 cup Cooked Black Beans
  • 1/2 Vegetable Oil we used MCT Oil because it has lots health benefits!
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 2/3 cup Sugar
  • 1/3 cup All-Purpose Flour we used Garbanzo Bean Flour because its high in fiber!
  • 1 tsp. Instant Coffee or Espresso
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup Mini Chocolate Chips divided
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
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  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit, and grease your pan. We used a 9x9 inch glass - square pan.

  • Step 2

    In a blender, combine the Beans and Oil until pureed. Add the eggs, cocoa, sugar, coffee, and vanilla and blend until smooth.

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  • Step 3

    Pour the mixture into a small bowl and stir in half of the chocolate chips. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt until mix is incorporated.

    caramel, cream, coffee, chocolate
  • Step 4

    Pour into pan and drizzle the remaining chocolate chips over the mixture. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the top of the brownies has a matte look. Let cool and serve!

cake, coffee, tea
Melissa Cannarozzo

How were they you ask? Flat out amazing. The brownies were moist and delicious. You can't even taste the black beans. Overall, I give them a 10/10. Healthy and delicious desserts are what I live for.

Each brownie has only 118 calories, making them SerenaFit certified!  For more amazing recipes and information on Serena's fitness and nutrition plans, check out her website