Satisfy your sweet-tooth cravings with these black bean chocolate brownies

This healthy black bean and chocolate brownie from the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Online Program is a well-deserved #selfiso treat.  

Long self-isolation days call for comfort baking. According to writer Annie Brown, the methodical quietude of baking is beneficial for our mental health, especially in a health crisis like this.

If you want a healthier take on brownies give this black bean and chocolate brownie from the CSIRO diet, a try. It’s got a good amount of protein from the oats and black beans making it the perfect healthy sweet snack – so you can indulge in all the chocolate, without the guilt.

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Black bean and chocolate brownie

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Serves 6


  • 400g tinned black beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 80g whole rolled oats
  • 60g dark chocolate chips, plus another 30g to top
  • 1 jumbo egg
  • 3 tbsp light extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 /2 cup low-fat or high protein milk
  • 1 /4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch sea salt


  1. Preheat a fan forced oven to 180°C.
  2. In a food processor or blender, process the oats into a flour. Place to one side.
  3. Combine the black beans and olive oil in the food processor or blender, and process until it forms a paste. You shouldn’t have any chunks or whole beans left, as this will affect the consistency of the brownie.
  4. Return the oat flour to the food processor, along with the bean paste, baking powder, sea salt, cocoa powder, brown sugar, egg and vanilla extract. Process, slowly pouring the milk in until it forms a batter.
  5. Meanwhile, create a double boiler by placing a glass bowl over a saucepan with a little water in it. Heat over a medium-high flame until the water is boiling. Add 60g dark chocolate to the bowl and stir regularly until it is melted. Once melted, slowly pour the chocolate into the batter and mix through.
  6. Pour into a 20cm x 20cm square baking tray (or similar) lined with baking paper. Top with the remaining 30g of dark chocolate chips.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through. Leave to cool before slicing into six even portions.

Nutritional value

  • 0.5 units meat and alternatives
  • 0.5 unit breads and cereals
  • 2 units healthy fats and oils
  • 1 unit indulgence

Recipe courtesy of CSIRO Total Wellbeing Online Program.