Secret Ingredient Brownie Bites

Normally, brownies would be out of the question. But with the secret ingredient (black beans), this guilty pleasure becomes a low-glycemic treat.


  • 1 cup low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ⅓ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup + 1½ tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ cup vegan dark chocolate chips


  • Preheat your oven to 350° F.
  • Lightly grease a mini muffin tin and set aside.
  • Blend black beans, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, oil, peanut butter, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract in a blender or food processor.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flour and baking powder.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry. Fold in the chocolate chips without over-mixing.
  • Scoop 1 tablespoon portions of batter in each tin slot. Then with slightly moistened fingertips, press the tops to flatten.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, cool, and serve.
  • Remember to enjoy just one portion!

Ready in about 25 minutes
Makes 36 servings

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