Black Bean Brownies (Gluten-free)

I’m a lover of desserts and I’m not afraid of delicious, full-fat, disgusting brownies. But I figured it couldn’t hurt to find some healthier recipes. Most of us have friends or family who are gluten-free, so it’s great to have a tasty recipe. (One that you can all eat and you don’t have to force them to take the leftovers home with them. )

I decided to try this Black Bean Brownie recipe.


Right away I liked that it was simple to make and that I had all the ingredients on hand. I left out the stevia packs and increased the maple syrup like the recipe suggested and I did use extra chocolate chips on top for presentation. I baked mine for 18 minutes and they turned out like this:


The recipe said to cool the brownies for at least 10 minutes before trying to cut. Since I can’t be in a room with a pan of brownies and not dig in, I got my running gear on and went for a quick 3k run. ( got day 4 done of my 31 Day Run Through December challenge).  When I got back they had sat for a little over 15 minutes but they were still far too gooey to cut and I ended up refrigerating them and having a bowl of pasta.  🙂

When I was able to cut into them, I found the texture a bit softer perhaps than a regular brownie, but pretty good for gluten free. I found them a little less sweet than a normal brownie, but very tasty. It totally satisfied my chocolate craving and surprisingly eating just one brownie was enough. I got one of my sons to try it and he said he liked it and it just tasted not as sweet as the usual brownie, but that he’d eat them.

I would definitely make these again – for my gluten-free company, or even for snacks for when I’m training for half and full marathons. It’s also vegan friendly. Nutrition Information.

Verdict: Black Bean Brownies – success!


– Jackie – Jackie


Running links I liked this week…

The inspiration Pic:

I love this because I started running to lose weight, but the more I run the stronger I feel. Now I run to stay strong and to push myself to see what I can accomplish next.

The gear:
Lululemon Base Runner Long sleeve

I’m loving the Base Runner long sleeve running top by Lululemon. I have this one in the blue stripe (got it on right now). It’s so soft and comfortable, a great layering piece and so cute! (check out the little ruffle details and thumb holes – you must have thumbholes)

The Race Link:

5 Peaks Trail Running Series

This is a goal for me someday. Registration just opened for this great series. I like the idea of mixing up my 10k and half marathons with some challenging trail races.

The healthy recipe:
Fudge Black Bean Brownies recipe

Okay – it’s always good to have a good gluten free recipe for when you have company with gluten issues. She says these don’t taste healthy – I’m skeptical, but I’m going to give this recipe a try this week. (I hope it turns out better than my Quinoa Mac n’ Cheese…)

The not-so-healthy recipe:
Crab Mac n Cheese recipe

Because that’s also why I run. (And because there is no Quinoa in it 😉 )

And finally – a good idea to try: (my feet need some attention)

Five ways to show your feet some love!