The Healthiest Brownies Ever

Red Kidney Bean Brownie Recipe

Last year, I posted this recipe for the world’s best brownies. They were uber chocolatey; uber sweet; uber bad for you. Basically, they were delicious. But recently, I’ve been trying to steer away from sugar; I’ve realised it’s become a bit of an addiction (post on that very subject coming soon!)

I can’t just quit chocolate. No thanks. I’m a total chocoholic and the thought of never eating it again quite frankly makes me feel a bit sweaty and a bit heartbroken. So I decided to hunt down a healthy brownie recipe in the hope that it would not only taste amazing and satisfy those 9pm cravings but not be too bad for me.

You’ve probably heard or seen plenty of “healthy” brownie recipes out there; from using sweet potato to beetroot, it seems you can throw any old veg in the mix to create a slightly more guilt-free treat. But when I discovered that red kidney beans could be used in brownies I immediately thought: “EW”. Like, seriously ew. But, everyone was raving about it. So I gave it a go.

Red Kidney Bean Brownie Recipe from Colour Me Copper

My god, these healthy brownies are insane. They’re rich, chocolately, moreish, crumbly, dense, filling….the list goes on and on. Plus, they were super easy to make, used hardly any ingredients (nice and cheap) and baked in less than 15 minutes.

Colour Me Copper's recipe for Red Kidney Bean Brownies

What you’ll need

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 can of red kidney beans – drained
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut butter
  • 3/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup of clear honey
  • Icing sugar to dust

That’s it!

First things first…

Preheat your oven to 180oc and grease a square baking tin with baking paper.

Next steps…

Using a blender or food processor, mix together your eggs, baking powder, vanilla essence and coconut oil until nice and creamy.

Next, sieve your kidney beans to get rid of any excess water and throw these in the blender along with the cacao powder and the honey. Blend until nice and smooth with a dark, chocolatey brown colour.

Using a spatula, pop the mixture into your baking tin and level nicely. Place in the oven for 15 minutes or until a skewer/cocktail stick comes out nice and clean.

Leave to cool before removing your tasty brownies from their tin – I found my batch was quite crumbly around the edges but it just adds to the rustic feel!

Sprinkle with icing sugar and serve with vanilla ice cream, greek yoghurt, fruit….whatever you want!

Brownie recipe using red kidney beans

And that’s it – literally the quickest, easiest brownies I have ever made. And they taste delicious. Win.

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  • Reply Alicia

    I have never heard about adding kidney beans to brownies before. I’ve seen a lot of recipes for brownies including sweet potato or avocado but nothing like this before, and by the way they look incredible!
    Alicia x

    May 16, 2016 at 9:32 pm
    • Reply emmahumphrey4

      I hadn’t until I found a similar recipe! Totally scrummy :) xxx

      May 19, 2016 at 6:09 pm
  • Reply Maia

    Oh. My. God. These look incredible!! Have saved them to make later hehe. :)

    Love, Maia x

    May 17, 2016 at 4:23 pm
    • Reply emmahumphrey4

      They really are…if I do say so myself 😉 xxx

      May 19, 2016 at 6:09 pm
  • Reply hayley-eszti

    I’m done with work for today. I’m just going to spend the rest of the day baking these and then eating them all in one go. They look amazing! My mouth is watering!

    Hayley-Eszti |

    May 19, 2016 at 1:12 pm
    • Reply emmahumphrey4

      Haha thanks Hayley! They are delicious – I love them served warm with either some frozen yoghurt or a dollop of cream :) xx

      May 19, 2016 at 6:08 pm
  • Reply Sussex Bloggers

    I tried a chocolate cake a friend of mine had made with red kidney beans recently and I honestly couldn’t believe how delicious it was. I really must try this recipe! Cheers, Kat

    March 6, 2017 at 11:50 am
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