PROTEIN Black Bean Brownies Recipe (High Fiber/Protein)

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Who doesn’t love a healthy, filling, moist, and calorie friendly brownie? This protein black recipe will leave you craving more healthy brownies rather than the unhealthy alternative! One of my favorite sweet tooth killers.

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Here is the recipe:

1/4 Cup (20g) Old Fashioned Rolled
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Scoop (30g) Protein Powder (Vanilla, Chocolate, or Natural)
1/4 Scoop (61g) Unsweetened Apple Sauce
3 Tablespoons (32g) Extra Virgin
1/4 Cup Sweetener
3 Large Whole Eggs
4 Tablespoons (20g) Baking Cocoa
15 Ounces (425g) Black Beans (Drained/Rinsed)
2-3 Tablespoons (30-45g) Chocolate Chips (Optional)

Calories per brownie without chocolate chips (makes 8 brownies):

Calories: 145
Fat: 7.75g
Saturated Fat: 5.75g
Sodium: 185.8mg
Carbs: 13g
Fiber: 4g
Sugar: 1.1g
Protein: 8.6g

Calories in the whole recipe without chocolate chips:

Calories: 1160
Fat: 62g
Saturated Fat: 46g
Sodium: 1487mg
Carbs: 104g
Fiber: 32g
Sugar: 9g
Protein: 69g

Calories per brownie with chocolate chips (makes 8 brownies):

Calories: 162.5
Fat: 8.75g
Saturated Fat: 6.375g
Sodium: 185.8mg
Carbs: 15.5g
Fiber: 4.25g
Sugar: 3.1g
Protein: 8.8g

Calories in the whole recipe with chocolate chips:

Calories: 1300
Fat: 70g
Saturated Fat: 51g
Sodium: 1487mg
Carbs: 124g
Fiber: 34g
Sugar: 25g
Protein: 71g

Drain and rinsed your Black Beans. Add all of the ingredients together in a food processor or blender (aside from the Chocolate Chips). Process or blend everything together. Add in your Chocolate Chips or whatever else you’re using. Take out a 8×8 or 9×7 baking dish. Spray your dish with non-stick spray. on 350°F/176°C for 25:00-30:00. Try not to eat them all!

Tips: You can put anything you want in/on top of this recipe such as chips, butter chips, raisins, nuts, and so on!

Use Sugar Chocolate Chips instead!

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96 Comments for PROTEIN Black Bean Brownies Recipe (High Fiber/Protein)

  1. Justmylukc on March 20, 2013: (Reply)

    The brownies look delicious. But do they taste like beans at all, because i
    dont like or eat beans.

  2. lucaslsf on March 20, 2013: (Reply)

    your videos are awesome! I’ll try some of your recipes asap

  3. The Protein Chef on March 20, 2013: (Reply)

    What the! What a random comment…I JUST finished filming this exact thing
    today. Should be up next week. Weird!

  4. The Protein Chef on March 20, 2013: (Reply)

    Thanks a lot!

  5. The Protein Chef on March 20, 2013: (Reply)

    Very chocolaty, nothing like beans at all!

  6. Colin Feely on March 20, 2013: (Reply)

    A wonderful once again! Could you suggest a serving size on your videos. As
    in. How much would you eat at one time

  7. VietnamG on March 21, 2013: (Reply)

    This looks so delicious

  8. redaction on March 21, 2013: (Reply)

    You can use referral links to link products to amazon. Protip.

  9. Ebby Osgood on March 21, 2013: (Reply)

    I’ve never seen black bean in a can anywhere I’ve shopped. Is there an
    alternative to black beans?

  10. hospitalcakewalk on March 21, 2013: (Reply)

    They look SOOOOOO good!

  11. mazen al.nunu on March 21, 2013: (Reply)

    looks great buy can’t try this one because I don;t eat beans. but I love
    your channel

  12. The Protein Chef on March 21, 2013: (Reply)

    Thanks Donald!

  13. The Protein Chef on March 21, 2013: (Reply)

    They are delicious!

  14. The Protein Chef on March 21, 2013: (Reply)

    Thanks my friend!

  15. The Protein Chef on March 21, 2013: (Reply)

    Thanks VietnamG!

  16. The Protein Chef on March 21, 2013: (Reply)

    Thank you! I guess it would depend on your goals. Gaining? Eat the whole
    batch! Haha. However for the average person 2 would be ideal (usually what
    I eat).

  17. The Protein Chef on March 21, 2013: (Reply)

    Hi Ebby! I would use great northern beans as a substitute and if you can’t
    find those then pinto would work as well.

  18. The Protein Chef on March 21, 2013: (Reply)

    Thanks for watching!

  19. Ebby Osgood on March 21, 2013: (Reply)

    Thanks for the prompt reply 🙂 Cant wait!

  20. Adrian Moseley on March 25, 2013: (Reply)

    Just put some in the oven! The update in 30 mix… I destroyed what’s left
    of the batter so I think this is going to be a hit. 🙂

  21. alonzoub on March 25, 2013: (Reply)

    Is there a substitute for coconut oil? All I have in the house is grapeseed
    oil and olive oil. Thanks for the vids, this looks delicious!

  22. Adrian Moseley on March 27, 2013: (Reply)

    My first attempt at these last night go ok reviews from the family. I
    personally was not crazy of the stevia after taste. So tonight I tried
    again using honey as my sweetener and these were really enjoyed by the
    family. Thanks dude! Next up are those peanutbutter cups 🙂

  23. The Protein Chef on March 29, 2013: (Reply)

    Good deal! Did you end up trying it with honey? Thanks for the feedback

  24. The Protein Chef on March 29, 2013: (Reply)

    At least you liked the batter! Lol

  25. The Protein Chef on March 29, 2013: (Reply)

    I haven’t made it without coconut oil so it’s hard for me to comment
    however if I were to substitute I would use regular butter over olive or
    grapeseed oil. You could also try throwing in more unsweetened apple sauce
    and not using any coconut oil at all.

  26. The Protein Chef on March 29, 2013: (Reply)

    I haven’t made it without coconut oil so it’s hard for me to comment
    however if I were to substitute I would use regular butter over olive or
    grapeseed oil. You could also try throwing in more unsweetened apple sauce
    and not using any coconut oil at all.

  27. The Protein Chef on March 29, 2013: (Reply)

    I haven’t made it without coconut oil so it’s hard for me to comment
    however if I were to substitute I would use regular butter over olive or
    grapeseed oil. You could also try throwing in more unsweetened apple sauce
    and not using any coconut oil at all.

  28. The Protein Chef on March 29, 2013: (Reply)

    I haven’t made it without coconut oil so it’s hard for me to comment
    however if I were to substitute I would use regular butter over olive or
    grapeseed oil. You could also try throwing in more unsweetened apple sauce
    and not using any coconut oil at all.

  29. Alex Plamadeala Fitness on March 30, 2013: (Reply)

    does the recipe work the same with kidney beans or can i only use black
    beans ?

  30. FitAnge S on March 30, 2013: (Reply)

    Omg I love these! Thank you so much I’m definitely going to make these.
    Love your videos so far

  31. The Protein Chef on April 1, 2013: (Reply)

    Awesome 🙂 Thanks FitAnge!

  32. The Protein Chef on April 1, 2013: (Reply)

    Great Northern or Pinto beans would be the only thing I would substitute
    the black beans for!

  33. FitAnge S on April 1, 2013: (Reply)

    Your welcome please keep up the great videos

  34. TheConstantComet on April 3, 2013: (Reply)

    I just made these and my pan was much bigger, so they came out like a sheet
    cake. Very good flavor. I can taste the ‘artificial sweetener’ taste a tiny
    bit. I really like these. The texture is great and the flavor is amazing. I
    am used to drinking protein shakes and using splenda and artificial
    sweeteners, so these taste fantastic to me. Great job on this recipe–
    never would have thought black beans could make such a great dessert!

  35. The Protein Chef on April 4, 2013: (Reply)

    Awesome! You could always cut down on the sweetener (or use honey instead)
    if it’s too overwhelming too. Thanks!

  36. The Protein Chef on April 11, 2013: (Reply)

    I like both. It would really depend on the mood you’re in

  37. The Protein Chef on April 11, 2013: (Reply)

    Haha! How did you like them?

  38. The Protein Chef on April 12, 2013: (Reply)


  39. zach dekker on April 19, 2013: (Reply)

    Hey Derek, just wondering if you can switch the coconut oil for a different
    kind of oil. Coconut oil is really high in saturated fats (right next to
    hydrogenated cottonseed oil) and is not one of my favourite choices for
    that reason. Would olive oil, vegetable oil, or flax seed oil work ok in
    this recipe instead of coconut?

  40. The Protein Chef on April 20, 2013: (Reply)

    Hi Zach! Yes, you could sub it for those. I should note that although
    coconut oil is high in saturated fat, it’s extremely healthy (in
    moderation) so don’t shy away from it just because of the saturated fat
    content unless of course you’re getting your saturated fats elsewhere and
    this would put you over your daily limit.

  41. zach dekker on April 20, 2013: (Reply)

    Oh ok that’s great then because coconut oil is absolutely delicious! I try
    to stay away from saturated fats so I’m almost certain I’m not getting them
    in excess amounts from too many other sources. Based on a body weight of
    165lbs at 5′ 10″ tall, what would say a reasonable approximate saturated
    fat intake would be? I go to the gym 4-5 days a week and have a very active
    lifestyle (in terms of body building and motivation, not drinking). Would
    these factors weigh into that intake? Thanks!

  42. Ryan J on April 21, 2013: (Reply)

    Geej, these look good too. Ty

  43. The Protein Chef on April 22, 2013: (Reply)

    I would say 20-30g a day of saturated fat would be good for you. Definitely
    don’t stray from it…they are very important (especially for your

  44. The Protein Chef on April 22, 2013: (Reply)

    Thanks Ryan!

  45. The Protein Chef on April 22, 2013: (Reply)

    Thanks Ryan!

  46. zach dekker on April 22, 2013: (Reply)

    great thanks for the quick response!!

  47. ItsMariana on April 29, 2013: (Reply)

    can i do this in the microwave?

  48. The Protein Chef on May 1, 2013: (Reply)

    I’ve never but I can’t say I’d suggest it!

  49. ItsMariana on May 1, 2013: (Reply)

    i dont have a oven 🙁

  50. The Protein Chef on May 3, 2013: (Reply)

    :(! I posted another microwave recipe today!

  51. ItsMariana on May 3, 2013: (Reply)

    YAY thanks (:

  52. ScottMuzzaMuscles on May 21, 2013: (Reply)

    Any other beans I could use? I cant find black beans anywhere here!

  53. The Protein Chef on May 22, 2013: (Reply)

    You could potentially try great northern or pinto beans. I haven’t used
    them so I can’t testify to the taste but I can’t imagine it’d turn out bad.

  54. Micah Vaughn on May 27, 2013: (Reply)

    So the black beans that I had were seasoned, but the end results tasted
    almost like a Mexican spiced dessert. It was so good I almost licked my
    blender! Keep the videos coming!(:

  55. The Protein Chef on May 28, 2013: (Reply)

    Well that’s a unique and delicious sounding variation. I love spicy
    foods…maybe I’ll give this a go. Sometimes “mistakes” make things even
    better! Thanks for the comment

  56. Rian Scalia on June 2, 2013: (Reply)

    Taste/cooking wise, does it matter if I use vegetable oil instead of the
    coconut oil?

  57. The Protein Chef on June 2, 2013: (Reply)

    Hi Rian! I can’t see any issues with that substitute. You should be fine!

  58. M II on July 21, 2013: (Reply)

    Wow! Great video! It was really easy to understand and thanks for uploading
    this 🙂

  59. The Protein Chef on July 23, 2013: (Reply)

    Thank you for watching!

  60. Olivia Nordin on July 25, 2013: (Reply)

    can’t wait to try these! 🙂

  61. The Protein Chef on July 26, 2013: (Reply)

    Hope you like them!

  62. aaf on August 2, 2013: (Reply)

    Tried this today I’ve also tried variations on your tuna cakes, pancakes,
    pumpkin pie and cheese cake. Yes its “diet food” but its the best diet food
    I’ve had, your really helping me get through my cut. Appreciate all the
    great content!

  63. The Protein Chef on August 7, 2013: (Reply)

    Thanks for that awesome compliment my friend!

  64. JustChooseFitness on August 29, 2013: (Reply)

    hahahaha after you took a bite it was like they were so good you couldnt
    think lol great vid

  65. The Protein Chef on August 29, 2013: (Reply)

    PROTEIN Black Bean Brownies Recipe (High Fiber/Protein) #proteinbrownies
    #blackbean #blackbeanrecipe

  66. Pulse on September 14, 2013: (Reply)

    Can I replace the apple sauce and coconut oil with just a lump sum of

  67. Pulse on September 14, 2013: (Reply)

    You are awesome man. The fact that you reply to comments on videos so
    regularly really makes you stand out compared to the other channels.

  68. The Protein Chef on September 15, 2013: (Reply)

    Absolutely. I can’t give you exact amount since I haven’t done it myself
    but I don’t see a problem with it working! Let me know how much you use!

  69. The Protein Chef on September 15, 2013: (Reply)

    Thanks my friend. I do my best whenever I get some free time. Without all
    you guys (who I consider my friends) I wouldn’t have this channel!

  70. Rosey rose on October 22, 2013: (Reply)

    tweeked my recipe, whole thing came out about 670 calories! switched oil to
    almond milk and eggs to egg whites. came out awesome!

  71. 00bellabelen00 on November 5, 2013: (Reply)

    cant wait to try these, I’m making them today 😉

  72. Madevilz on November 13, 2013: (Reply)

    Made some over the weekend, absolutely love them. I think these will become
    a staple of mine, have to find a way to add more fiber to my diet. Gonna
    make more tonight, thanks and keep on making these vids brah! Reps 4 life

  73. DoppelGang3r 3 on November 14, 2013: (Reply)

    Hi Derek! Love your videos!
    I’ve noticed you are using cocoa powder in several recipes.
    I’m making your recipes everyday, and i also love cocoa.
    So it comes to about 2-4 tablespoons of cocoa everyday.
    Is it ok to use that much cocoa on everyday basis long term?
    (I also look for the healthiest cocoa when buying it)

  74. DJE9684 on November 25, 2013: (Reply)

    Great recipe!!!

  75. Diana Luu on December 25, 2013: (Reply)

    What if we don’t have apple sauce? Can we sub for something else? Like
    banana or..?

  76. Jessikah Coleman on January 14, 2014: (Reply)

    Looks great! Thanks….looooooove brownies

  77. Andrea Andrews on January 22, 2014: (Reply)

    Going to make these bad boys tonight., looks so yummy.

  78. Anna Lou on January 23, 2014: (Reply)

    Couldn’t wait to do the coffee cake (missing the coffee extract) so I had
    to make these for a chocolate fix! All I have to say is, well, you’ve done
    it again! Absolutely amazing!!! Lovely texture, not heavy at all! My
    friends are going crazy over your recipes!! We had it with some Walden
    farms choc syrup and greek yogurt. You made our day! Thanks :)

  79. neurocosm on February 2, 2014: (Reply)

    Pretty good stuff! I originally saw the black bean recipe a few years ago,
    I think from Yoyomax on youtube. This really take it forward with the
    protein…not to mention the iron from the beans AND fiber. Peanut butter
    is a great idea, and this is what I am going to to this evening – and I
    made my own multi-nut butter in my Ninja…… so here..we..go.!

  80. Terri Chrisman on February 13, 2014: (Reply)

    Derek, I made another You Tube recipe recently that was terrible. Your
    recipe is FANTASTIC! I gave them all away to my clients this morning after
    a hard workout and they were all gobbled up. Thumbs up!
    Also – I noticed you used real peanut butter in your frozen cups. Have you
    thought of using PB2 powdered peanut butter as it has hardly any fat. What
    do you think of it as a cooking product?

  81. yoshie8706 on February 23, 2014: (Reply)

    Yummy!! Thanks for sharing!

  82. Tavo Lemus on March 3, 2014: (Reply)

    These bad boys are soooooooo good i make a batch every week and I think
    they come out better every time I make them!
    Thank You so much!!! ^.^ 

  83. vanessa Garcia on March 17, 2014: (Reply)

    Beans? O.o

  84. Charles Yu on April 8, 2014: (Reply)

    Love the channel. Just made these tonight and they’re so good.

    Gonna make it through this cut. Thanks!

  85. prealpha2 on May 4, 2014: (Reply)

    Subbed in PB for the chips, nom nom nom.

  86. BarrytheSuperScot on May 21, 2014: (Reply)

    I made these last night. Although I had to make some modifications because
    I couldn’t find some ingredients here (I used dessicated coconut instead of
    coconut oil, no vanilla extract, different sweetener) they turned out
    really well and taste great! Thanks for this recipe, it’s the first time
    I’ve attempted to make something like this. I’ll be sure to try more of
    your recipes in future! Subbed.

  87. ThanySin on June 16, 2014: (Reply)

    Guys, try this recipe with kidney beans O_O Looks really good. Not saying
    this is worse. Just looks awesome with kidney beans!

  88. Kashana Bridgeford on July 6, 2014: (Reply)

    consistency was great but mine hardly tasted chocolaty :-/ What can I add
    to give it more chocolate flavor? 

  89. clarissa villanueva on July 14, 2014: (Reply)

    I made this tonight! They came out delicious!!! Thanks!!

  90. JesusStrikesBack1994 on July 17, 2014: (Reply)

    Quick question. Is the coconut oil essential to the recipe? or do these
    brownies come out fine without?

  91. Cavet Man on August 10, 2014: (Reply)

    awesome I fell like to never get enough PROTEIN i was looking for the
    subscribe button when I saw the name of your channel

  92. Manef Zahra on November 9, 2014: (Reply)

    Hey I got a question, is it possible to make this recipe without coconut
    oil. Also baking cocoa is cocoa powder ? also if i use cocoa powder , do i
    need to use baking soda as it is not ”baking cocoa” kinda confused.

  93. Ironelly Mora on November 15, 2014: (Reply)

    I added more splenda and tsp of instant coffee which enhances chocolate
    flavor. Topped with chocolate chips and pecans. So filling and none of the

  94. Joel Simoes on November 25, 2014: (Reply)

    Was looking for some inspiration for creating an adzuki bean chocolate
    brownie recipe. Thought to drop some tid bits for some of the
    questions/feedback I saw from people posting here: artificial sweeteners
    may not pose a high caloric intake but they are well documented as forming
    into neuro-toxins that penetrate the blood brain barrier as they break
    down, and are HUGE contributors to neurological/brain diseases among other
    things, such as tricking your hormones (insulin etc.) and throwing your
    body quite out of balance. All artificial sweeteners carry harmful side
    effects. An article for further reading if interested, just to scratch the

    You are better off learning to adjust to smaller doses of sweetening agents
    and when you use them, choose as natural and less refined as possible,
    still containing vital minerals: Coconut Palm Sugar, Maple Syrup, Honey.
    And I would just further like to set the seed/inspire folks to switch basic
    ingredients in recipes to their more natural (and ideally Organic
    versions), such as true Cacao powder (from raw & fermented cacao beans)
    which is actually a healthful powerful antioxidant, whereas mass-production
    facilities like Hershie and others, simply do not care about the quality of
    their product and I have 2nd hand account of the states of their factories
    with rats shitting into the production machines as they eat what they can
    and whole packaging being thrown in with cacao and all… it`s kinda sick
    actually. Also, conventionally grown (non-Organic) Cacao beans, are
    allegedly one of the most heavy pesticide sprayed crops! Much like their
    popular brothers the Coffee bean!
    Anyway just sharing these bits so people may be inspired to REALLY create
    “guilt-free” desserts with wholesome ingredients. And remember a calorie in
    is NOT a calorie out, this is old science!

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