Mint Chip Black Bean Brownies

by Sharon on October 2, 2017

Snappy and cool, these Mint Chip Black Bean Brownies are a protein packed, deliciously gluten free treat that everyone will enjoy.


Chocolate Mint Chip Black Bean Brownies - Gluten Free


Have you ever baked with beans? I’ve had major success with chickpeas in the form of blondies and now I have¬†the same giddy feelings about these Mint Chip Black Bean Brownies. Using beans that I made from dried in my Instant Pot just amplified those warm fuzzies. ūüôā



Chocolate Mint Chip Black Bean Brownies - Gluten Free

What makes these brownies extra cool, is that I used a peppermint essential oil to give them that cool breeze flavour.

Did you know I’ve got a new hobby? It’s called buying essential oils. Haha! For real, I want to buy all . the . oils . I had a friend introduce me to them about a month ago and I just can’t my hands on enough of them. A diffuser has been making the rounds in any room I happen to be in, prompting my new search for a second diffuser, or even a nebulizer. Obsessed!

The¬†bonus is that it’s natural and as a former perfume lover I am in heaven. Before learning about their toxic ingredients I was a massive fragrance fanatic. Scented lotions, sprays and potions lined my vanity until I phased them out for a cleaner lifestyle. And that’s where I’ve stayed until now.¬†My friends,¬†essential oils have entered my life. ūüôā Besides the above mentioned diffusing, I’ve been wearing certain blends as perfume and adding things like lemon and tea tree to my usually boring vinegar based ¬†bathroom and kitchen cleaners. It is SO fun.

Now let’s cut to the brownies.



Chocolate Mint Chip Black Bean Brownies - Gluten Free

Or should I say cut into those brownies? Haha! Either way, you definitely have to research the quality and ingredients of your essential oils before using them internally. I trust the sourcing of the brand I buy (doTerra) and feel safe following their guide to which oils can be taken internally and how you can do it.

These Mint Chip Black Bean Brownies¬†are super easy. Toss everything in a food processor or strong blender until its a smooth batter and bake it up! Done. You don’t even have to tell anyone they are made from black beans if you think they may be wary. I didn’t tell Joe. He ate them up, blissfully unaware. ūüėČ Enjoy!

Chocolate Mint Chip Black Bean Brownies - Gluten Free


Mint Chip Black Bean Brownies
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  • 1.5 cups black beans
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 drops peppermint essential oil (food grade - I use doTerra)
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • pinch salt


  1. Heat oven to 350 and line an 8x8 with parchment
  2. Combine all ingredients except for the chocolate chips in a food processor or high speed blender and blend, turning off and scraping down the sides when necessary, until the beans have broken down and the batter is smooth and pourable. Stir in half of the chocolate chips and pour the batter into the prepared 8x8.
  3. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips over the top of the batter and pop into the oven. Bake for 30 minutes checking that the top has set, is slightly cracking and that the sides are starting to pull away
  4. Let cool for 5-10 before slicing
  5. Store covered in the fridge








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Denise from UrbnSpice October 4, 2017 at 8:42 am
These brownies look lovely and dense, chocolately with the added protein bonus. Awesome!
Sharon October 4, 2017 at 9:07 am
Thanks Denise! I LOVE a snack with staying power. ;)
Charlotte October 4, 2017 at 8:55 pm
I love mint and chocolate together but I've never tried combining them with black beans! I've gotta give this a try though because these look so rich and chocolate-y.
Sharon October 5, 2017 at 9:21 am
Beans are so much fun to bake with! Try and trick your family/friends. ;)
Kim October 5, 2017 at 7:09 am
I have so many friends with diet restrictions and these brownies seem like they would be the perfect thing to make for them. I actually love black beans in desserts, it gives it added protein and nutrients!
Sharon October 5, 2017 at 9:22 am
So much good stuff going on. I read that navy beans are also great in baking! :)
Gabrielle @ eyecandypopper October 6, 2017 at 8:58 am
haha welcome to the world of essential oils! I don't use mine often enough, but they're great! So many healing properties and beautiful scents. This recipe sounds delicious, like a much better version of After Eight! ;)
Sharon October 6, 2017 at 10:28 am
I'm so hooked on them! I think after ridding myself of toxic cleaners and perfumes its just so nice to enjoy fragrances again. Thanks Gabby!
jennifer alvarado October 9, 2017 at 4:03 pm
Can you include the macros please?
Sharon October 11, 2017 at 9:07 am
Hi Jennifer! I'm looking into adding nutritional info unfortunately I don't currently have the program that formulates the labels. Hopefully soon. :)
Isabelle @ Crumb October 11, 2017 at 7:46 am
Mint and chocolate are one of my favourite dessert combinations, and I love the fact that the healthy protein and fibre means I can sneak an extra brownie without feeling guilty. :) Totally my kind of snack!
Sharon October 11, 2017 at 9:05 am
Thanks Isabelle! No need to sneak either. ;) Have a great week!!

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