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These healthier, Flourless Mocha Brownies have a secret ingredient. Adding beans helped boost the protein without compromising flavor.

I think it was about a year ago when I jotted down a recipe for the garbanzo bean brownies my sister had made and raved about. I was dubious. I humored her. I lost that scrap of paper with the recipe. No biggie as I knew I’d find a healthy brownie recipe to bake. 

Flourless Mocha Brownies stacked on a small white pedestal

Flourless Mocha Brownies with Beans

When the blog theme of “Beantastic” came up, guess what came to mind? Yes, I was ready to make a dessert with beans. Though I was not sure the family would be on board! I was going to keep it secret so they’d at least take a bite.

Close vies of a stack of Flourless Mocha Brownies

How to Make a Healthy Brownie Recipe

I need to be very cautious about adding coffee to any of my chocolate desserts. I can get away with Kahlua, a coffee liqueur, but the hubby takes umbrage when I’m heavy-handed with the espresso powder. PRO-Tip: The addition of coffee is ideal for accentuating the flavor of chocolate.  I knew these bean brownies might need a little boost in that department. You can add as much as 2 tablespoons of instant coffee for a bold mocha flavor, but 2 teaspoons will offer a subtle, yet satisfying coffee undertone.

I packed some goodies in my suitcase on a recent trip to Denver, including these bean brownies. I knew my sister, Katie, loved them (she’s a yoga instructor, crunchy granola type), but would my youngest sister give her approval? Yup, Maddy was definitely a fan. The gang at home sampled but I got the feeling they like my beanless brownies a tad better.

The texture is dense and fudgy, maybe a touch different from your classic brownie, but without any clue that there was a can of beans used instead of flour. There is one caveat. I found them difficult to slice as they have a thin crumbly crust over the dense center.

If you’re looking for a healthier way to get your chocolate fix, you’ll definitely want to make a batch of these Flourless Mocha Brownies. We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled high calorie, decadence tomorrow.

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Flourless Mocha Brownies

A healthier brownie recipe with a surprise ingredient

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Yield 16 servings


  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 15-ounce can of garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee (may increase for stronger mocha flavor)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Line 9x9 baking pan with non-stick foil or spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350º.
  3. Gently microwave chocolate till melted and smooth. Cool slightly.
  4. Add beans, eggs, instant coffee, oil and vanilla to food processor. Process till smooth.
  5. Add brown sugar, baking powder and salt and process till combined, scraping down sides as needed. Blend in chocolate.
  6. Scrape batter into prepared pan and smooth the surface with an offset spatula. Bake 30-35 minutes or till toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs. Don't overbake. Cool completely, then cut and serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 brownie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 159Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 95mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 3gSugar: 15gProtein: 4g


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42 comments on “Flourless Mocha Brownies”

  1. A heatlhier brownie means I get to eat two without guilt, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Fun to see beans show up in desserts Liz! I do love me some beans:@)

  3. I have had mixed reviews about a few different bean brownies I have tried. I cannot see how these could be bad with your few select flavor additions. They certainly look marvelous.

  4. These are without a doubt heavenly!! Chocolate and coffee are indeed made for each other ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. This is high protein brownies! Yum, with lesser guilt!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

  6. Coffee and chocolate, high protein brownies – these sound out-of-this-world delicious!

  7. I’ve made brownies with black beans but not garbanzo. Can’t wait to try them.

  8. My husband is the same way about coffee in chocolate desserts. I have to make it subtle enough so he doesn’t detect the coffee flavor or else he wouldn’t eat it at all.

  9. You know, I’ve done black bean cupcakes, but haven’t made chickpea brownies yet. I have to try them! I’m glad you could bring a little sweetness to your family at this time, and hope you are doing well.

  10. What an amazing recipe, Liz. I would have been skeptical too but I am glad you were the guinea pig for all of us!

  11. That looks like heaven to me… I want a few of those now with my coffee! You’re awesome! Have a lovely week ahead ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. I was totally skeptical as well when I first heard of beans in a dessert. I made a flour less chocolate cake a while bake for a friends birthday and it was really good! I love the addition of coffee in these!

  13. Awesome! Thank you for visiting my blog! I am so impressed with your comment list! Wow! I cannot wait to try these brownies.

  14. And, I have to ask, I love how the comments show that they are a Sunday Supper commenter. How does that work?

  15. sounds like a perfect brownie ! Love flourless cakes! Lovely idea!

  16. I am in total awe that you have used beans in this recipe!! WOW you’ve outdone yourself!

  17. The magnificent garbanzo bean strikes again! Coffee / Kahlua plus Chocolate do equal heaven! P.s. Splendid description of your crunchy, granola type yoga sister…She would fit in soooo well in Southern California =)

  18. The coffee flavor sounds perfect for this!

  19. Lol! Love the “crunchy granola type” description… and love the look of these brownies! I’ve been hesitant in the past, but I’m sold.

  20. I love the flourless aspect! It seems like it would be light and almost moussy like. Seeing a lot more flourless recipes that are intriguing. Looks absolutely delicious!

  21. How fun to see chickpeas in these desserts, but that means I can have 4 instead of just 2, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    They look amazing, Liz.

  22. I’ve never tried making brownies with beans, but the way my kids devour them I will definitely give these a try. They look so good!

  23. Wow! I love that you used garbanzo beans in these … I would not have thought to go that route! And I’m with you on the espresso powder … I love it too!

  24. I have made bean brownies, they are very good. Great recipe and glad you tried them. Ad the more coffee the better.

  25. A healthy brownie… amazing!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. I have heard of these mysterious bean brownies! I’m impressed, they look really good!

  27. You’ve got me craving chocolate all over again Liz! These brownies look awesome.

  28. Oh my get in my belly!! I just love coffee and chocolate together and the ingredients here are just calling my name!! This is fantastic – pinning!

  29. Oh la la ! This brownie is for me ! Chocolat & coffee ! What else? I’m agree with you, sounds like heaven !

  30. I always love your creative approach to these dishes

  31. Well they sure do look decadent! Smart to use the espresso powder to help hide the black bean and accentuate the chocolate.

  32. These sound yummy! I think I might have to make them during my flour-less week of Passover lol

  33. Liz, I’ve never tried adding beans to dessert but seeing this..I need a big slice.

  34. Hi Liz…
    I don’t know how I never knew that you could use beans in place of flour. I guess, not being gluten intolerant, I was blind to the other possibilities. These brownies look lovely.

  35. Those look amazing and yes, heavenly!! I want to try these soon!!

  36. I’ve used black beans but never chickpeas in brownies. Looking at these, it turns out to be a great idea!

  37. I have wanted to make this kind of brownie for the longest time – and now I can. Thanks for another fabulous recipe, Liz!!

  38. You’re killing me here! I’d love one (or 5) of these

  39. Lizzy,
    I bet no one would ever know that these brownies have beans instead of flour. They look great.

  40. Those look soooo good, and since they are healthy I can eat more right??

  41. I wouldn’t tell anyone in my family that these had beans in them. When they rave about them I will smile and say thank you!

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