Gluten Free Chocolate Brownies with White/Black Beans

Recipe adapted from “Bake it Up” by EatRight Ontario for Diet Kontrol

We tested this recipe in the Diet Kontrol Kitchen because we were interested to know its suitability for residents in a long term care home in terms of nutrition value while being easy to prepare for staff.

Our Recommendation/Results:

This recipe was very delicious, chocolatey and moist!The beans did not alter the flavour of the brownie. Mash the beans using a food processor to break down shells better. Preparation wise, difficulty level was 5.5 out of 10 (1- least difficult and 10-most difficult). The nutrition value for this cookie is suitable for residents in long term care.


375ml white or black beans, canned & drained
125ml Bob’s Red Mill GF all purpose flour
60ml flax flour
125ml cocoa powder, unsweetened
5ml baking powder
2.5ml salt
3 whole eggs, large
250ml white sugar
60ml applesauce, unsweetened
45ml canola oil
10ml vanilla extract
60ml semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8 inch/20 cm square metal baking pan with foil, leaving a 2 inch/5 cm
    Overhang at opposite ends. Lightly spray foil with a non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine mashed beans, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Beat in eggs,
    sugar, applesauce, oil and vanilla until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Pour into prepared pan & bake for 30-35 minutes.
  4. Tester inserted into centre should have few moist crumbs clinging to it. Do not overcook.
  5. Let cool on a wire rack. Remove from pan & cut into squares.
Nutrition Facts
Per 2"x2" piece (45 g)
Amount % Daily Value
Calories 153
Fat 5.5 g 8 %
+ Trans
1 g
0 g
Cholesterol 35 mg
Sodium 109 mg 3.6 %
Carbohydrate 24 g 18 %
Fibre 3 g 16 %
Sugars 15 g
Protein 4 g
Vitamin A 1 % Vitamin C 0 %
Calcium 2 % Iron 12 %

INGREDIENTS: Canned black beans, White sugar, Large eggs, Gluten Free All Purpose Flour, Unsweetened cocoa powder, Semi-sweet chocolate chips, Canola oil, Flax oil, Vanilla extract, Baking powder, Salt