Healthier! Peanut Butter Brownies

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

Teeeeeeechnically, the title of this post is a little misleading. 

Really, it should have two more words in there that I chose to leave out because I didn’t want you to write this recipe off:)

Peanut Butter Brownies

Despite those two little words being the main ingredients of this recipe, believe me that you’re going to be blown away by these brownies!

Peanut Butter Brownies

The flavor is full of dark chocolate goodness…

The texture is rich and gooey…

Peanut Butter Brownies

The only difference is that they’re full of wonderful black bean protein!

Peanut Butter Brownies

Don’t roll your eyes! 

I know that I’ve given black bean brownies a try before and that they failed miserably. 

They were so bad that I threw them in the trashcan:P

But THESE black bean brownies are DELICIOUS!

I haven’t tried it yet, but I think that if I were to serve these as regular brownies, people wouldn’t be able to tell that anything was different about them! 

They’re just that good.

Peanut Butter Brownies

Especially when served warm with ice cream!

Verdict: Mr. Torres and I are suckers for anything that combines chocolate with peanut butter! We love these brownies for multiple reasons…

1. They’re delicious.

2. Since they’re full of protein, a small serving makes you feel way full so we end up needing less dessert to feel satisfied.

3. They taste great with ice cream.

They do take a bit more effort to make than just throwing together a brownie mix, but I think they’re worth it.

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

Healthier! Peanut Butter Brownies


  • 1 can plain black beans (I like to get the no sodium kind)
  • 2 flax eggs (1 flax egg = 1 Tbs flax soaked in 3 Tbs of warm water for a minute) or 2 regular eggs
  • 3 Tbs oil (vegetable, olive or whatever, I used coconut)
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Topping
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (or more, if you really like peanut butter:))
  • 2 Tbs powdered sugar (I tried the brownies w/o this sugar and they were still good, your call)
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips (or more, if you really like chocolate chips:))


  1. Preheat oven to 350* F and grease 8x8 square baking dish.
  2. Add all of the brownie ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth. It should look like brownie batter!
  3. It would be delicious to stir some extra chocolate chips into the batter right now!
  4. Pour batter into baking dish.
  5. Mix peanut butter and powdered sugar in a small dish until combined.
  6. Spread pb on top of brownie batter.
  7. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
  8. Bake for about 35 minutes. These will appear gooey even when they're done. Don't worry, they're good that way:)

5 thoughts on “Healthier! Peanut Butter Brownies

  1. karnlowe says:

    They look good. I guess even black beans taste good mixed with chocolate and peanut butter. I’m anxious to try these as I had a similar experience with simple black beans brownies.

    • kaceytorres says:

      Thanks, Karen! You really should give them a try! The first time I made them, I used extra peanut butter and mixed chocolate chips into the brownie mixture b/c I wasn’t sure how it would taste. Then the second time, I cut back a little bit since I knew what to expect:)

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