PROTEIN Black Bean Brownies Recipe (High Fiber/Protein)

Protein Black Bean Brownies Recipe
Written by The Protein Chef

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

Here is the recipe:

  • 1/4 Cup (20g) Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 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 Coconut Oil
  • 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 in the whole recipe without chocolate chips:

  • Calories: 1250
  • Fat: 62g
  • Saturated Fat: 46g
  • Sodium: 1487mg
  • Carbs: 104g
  • Fiber: 32g
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Protein: 69g

Drain and rinse 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 an 8×8 or 9×7 baking dish. Spray your dish with non-stick cooking spray. Bake on 350°F/176°C for 25:00-30:00. Try not to eat them all!


  • You can put anything you want in/on top of this recipe such as white chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, raisins, nuts, and so on!
  • Use Sugar Free Chocolate Chips instead!

About the author

The Protein Chef

Derek Howes is a personal trainer and chef with over a decade of experience in the gym and kitchen. Derek, who is also known as The Protein Chef on his blog and YouTube channel shows his viewers every week that food doesn’t need to be boring or repetitive, it’s all about balance, moderation, and having the knowledge to change things up. His recipes which have been featured in the news, magazines, and on TV are cheap, quick, AND delicious! His motto in life is “everything in moderation” and is without question the most important habit he follows.


  • Hello! Please don’t shake your fist at me in anger with what i am about to ask… I understand the need for the rolled oats and the coconut oil, and i understand that they are healthy and good for you and people need carbs and fat… i was just wondering if there was a substitute for either that was less dense in calories. Could i substitute pumpkin or more applesauce for the oil ( I’m allergic to avocados)? And could i omit the oat flour or use something else like extra egg white? I don’t know if you have experimented at all with this recipe ( using any type of ingredients in question) I am trying to create a snack that is protein rich and low(er) in calories. I really enjoy reading your recipes and posts! thank you! and again…sorry…:)

    • Hi Stephanie! Yes, you could substitute pumpkin for apple sauce or could even try a banana (however I haven’t tried that in this recipe). As far as the rolled oats/coconut oil go you can use any type of flour to replace the oats (just use the same amount gram wise). The coconut oil you could try throwing in half the amount and then a whole egg in replace of it. There’s a lot of things I could suggest actually however I’m not sure how they will come out. If you play around with it let me know how it ends up turning out. You aren’t substituting any of the main ingredients so you should be fine even if the end result is off a bit (it won’t taste bad).

  • OMG I have these in the oven right now I cannot wait to try them out!! Loving your youtube and website since I came across them just last night!!

  • Derek, I didn’t have a cheat meal this week, so really had a sweet tooth. Figured I’d just go ahead and make some protein powder/water pudding, like usual. But I wanted bread-diet killer! Took a moment to surf and stumbled upon your website. Was a little leery because I can’t count how many times the protein based recipes I’ve randomly taken from the internet have failed miserably. First I made the carrot muffins, then I couldn’t stop…I just made the black bean brownies, too! Both are soooo good. Husband loved the brownie and had no idea what he was eating! I can’t wait to make more of your stuff..already texted pictures and your recipe to my fit friends. Also subscribed. Thank you for what you’re doing.

    • Woo! Thanks Rana for your wonderful comment and for subscribing! I’m glad failing a few times didn’t steer you away from trying again. Let me know how the both of you like anything else you try. Feedback (both bad and good) never get old!

  • Hey Derek! I love all you’re recepies, I’m a health food nut and i love sweet stuff so naturally im addicted to your account lol I just wanted to know if you think using egg whites only will affect the taste or texture? and how many egg whites should i use? Thank youuu for the videos, truly appreciated :))

  • These were amazing! I added flax as well as another scoop of apple sauce just for balance and they turned put so amazing! My family loves them, I will be making these probably every week! Thank you!

  • I’ve been baking/experimenting with protein powder for awhile now and of all the different muffins, treats, etc. I’ve made this recipe turned out the best by far! Love, love, love these black bean protein brownies! I will definitely be trying a lot of your other recipes as well 😉

  • Hi derek! Just a quick question. Do these have to be stored in the fridge? I know they’d last longer if they were in the fridge, but how long do you think they’d last at room temperature? Thanks! 🙂 you rock!!!

  • Look awesome! If you’re looking to get a higher protein to carb ratio then black soy beans are an excellent substitute for the already great black beans.

  • I made these this week and absolutely LOVE them! It’s nice to have a sweet treat that is also good for you! My husband likes them and I’ve been having my friends taste it, and they are so surprised too! Keep up the good work Derek! As mentioned above, it’s nice to find good recipes that are high in protein, low in fat and taste good. I hate wasting food and especially trying new recipe’s that fail. Your recipes have not disappointed! Thanks for sharing!

  • Hi!

    Baked this last night and it is a-w-e-s-o-m-e! Did some minor changes (10 g less oil, 10 g less oats, added 1 tsp psyllium husks, only added 2 tsp chocolate flakes on top). Could have added 1 tbsp honey for extra sweetness (will do that next time). Thank you for the amazing idea and if you’re curious, here is my FB post on the topic of baking your brownie recipe:

    All the best from Romania,


  • Hi there, this looks like a great recipe that I’m just about to start making. How many are we supposed to make in a batch I’m trying to figure out the macros per brownie for my diet plan. Thanks

  • I made these today and didn’t tell anyone they were black bean brownies – although knowing me they knew they were at least “healthy.” Anyway, everyone loved them and couldn’t believe they were black bean brownies after they had one. Definitely going to be making these again.

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