A Guide to Feeding our Future

By: Hollie M. Hunt-Last, D. C’Ed. ROHP/RHN – Moncton, NB

“I’ve made these brownies for most of my students and a number of friends, clients, colleagues and workshops. Most say you cannot taste the beans at all. It is rare that someone does not like them, and I am always being asked for the recipe. Many of my past students still make these years after graduating!

They are a wonderful compromise snack that contains no flour, and very little sugar and fat, but are rich on fibre and taste. They can also be made vegan! As an added bonus:  all the ingredients go into a blender and clean-up is only one dish! Enjoy!”


  • 1 3/4 cups canned black beans, rinsed and drained (or cooked yourself)
  • 2 eggs (allergic to eggs or Vegan? Use: 3/4 cup of applesauce + 1 1/2 tsp organic baking powder)
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp organic baking powder
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 TBSP vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar (or Succanat + 1 tbsp molasses)
  • 1 small banana
  • 2 TBSP strong coffee (or coffee substitute- I use “Dandy Blend” this serves as a richer flavour)
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (recommend dairy-free by “Enjoy Life” brand or the 365 brand by Whole Foods)


  • Mint extract to taste (highly recommended for taste)
  • 1/3 cup chopped Walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C).
  2. Blend everything together in your blender, and then pour it all into a greased 8″ X 8″ pan.
  3. Bake for approx. 30-40 minutes or according to your oven (until the top is dry, the center mostly set and the edges pull away from the side of the pan).
  4. Optional Frosting: once out of the oven, drop a few more chocolate chips on the top and spread when melted for a thin frosting. I find a few go a long way and they do make a big difference … I also add fresh or dried  mint on the top from my garden.

Comments on: "Hollie’s Famous Black Bean Brownies" (3)

  1. Jane Cook said:

    Is that coffee instant dried powder or brewed?

    • Hi Jane!
      Hollie says that she has used all the different types of coffee…just note that if you do the spoonfulls of brewed, you won’t have as strong a taste as if you used powdered/dried. What she suggests is using “Dandy Blend” (coffee substitute made from dandelion root) which will give a nice taste and be extra healthy!

      Hope this helps! Enjoy!


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