Chocolate Espresso Kidney Bean Brownies

I have such good news to share with you today!!


Awhile back…as in over two years ago (wow!)… I shared a recipe for Healthier Peanut Butter Brownies that were made with black beans. Keep an open mind! They’re delicious!

Earlier today I was thinking that I needed to make some brownies using that recipe, but when I checked the pantry, I realized that we were out of black beans. Rats. 

However, I did have a can of kidney beans! I really could have just subbed the kidney beans into the black bean brownie recipe, but where’s the fun in that?? It was time for a new bean brownie recipe!

And that’s the good news! I have yet another delicious beans into brownies recipe to share with you! And this time around, there’s icing involved:D 


Verdict: These brownies are dee-licious! They’re super fudgey and the icing adds just the perfect amount of sweetness to the dark chocolate goodness of the brownies. I went light on the instant espresso so that Mr. Torres and I could enjoy these after dinner without bouncing off the walls, but you could definitely increase the amount if you wanted a stronger espresso punch! Also, I’m sure these will be even more delicious with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Nom-Rating: ***** (5/5)

Chocolate Espresso Kidney Bean Brownies


  • 1 can kidney beans, rinsed well
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 Tbs oil (vegetable, olive or whatever, I used coconut)
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp instant espresso powder (dissove into vanilla before adding to food processor)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 Tbs sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • Icing: 2 Tbs butter
  • 2 Tbs milk
  • 1/2 tsp instant espresso powder (again, feel free to double)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350* F and grease 8x8 square baking dish.
  2. Add all of the brownie ingredients (except chocolate chips) to a food processor and blend until smooth. It should look like brownie batter!
  3. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Pour batter into baking dish.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes.
  6. Icing: Add butter and milk to small saucepan and heat on low until butter has melted.
  7. Add the espresso powder and stir to dissolve.
  8. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until fully mixed.
  9. Once brownies are done, pour icing on top and smooth with a spatula.
  10. Allow icing to set and brownies to least a little bit:D Enjoy!

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