Salted Caramel Black Bean Brownies

Flourless.  Gluten free. Protein packed.  Zero refined sugar. But no one would ever guess they are eating something healthy when they take a bite into these indulgent salted caramel black bean brownies.

salted caramel black bean brownies

If you are scared to make black bean brownies because you think they will taste like beans LET ME TELL YOU these might just be the best brownies that I have ever had in my whole entire life and I am not exaggerating.  They are so fudgy and so perfect but they are also made with the BEST ingredients.  Like I couldn’t even imagine that such clean ingredients could make such amazing brownies.  The main ingredients in these are some black beans, a really clean protein powder, and some eggs.  No flour, no oil, no butter.  And we sweeten them with applesauce and a little agave.  Incredible I tell you.

If you have been around here for a while you know I am all about the creative brownie recipes (still can’t believe it took me so long to trust black beans).  But in case you are new here I definitely recommend also checking out my Avocado brownies, my Bailey’s Brownies (yes made with the liqueur!) , definitely my cookies n cream brownies, and if you are really into experimenting check out my World’s Best Brownies made with a really fun secret ingredient!

Happy brownie-ing!

salted caramel black bean brownies

Let’s Make Some Salted Caramel Black Bean Brownies!

Alright so first things first you need a can of black beans!  Be sure to drain and rinse them to get rid of all that extra black bean liquid.  Then just throw them in your food processor!

First you will combine with your applesauce and agave and blend until smooth.  While I have not tried any subs in this recipe so I can’t speak to exactly how they will work – I normally use apple sauce as a sub for oil so you can always swap for a little coconut oil.  And you can use any sticky sweetener you prefer if you don’t have agave!

Then you will add your protein powder as well as a few other things (full instructions below).  This is important!  This is where the fun salted caramel flavor comes from!  I used Ancient Nutrition Salted Caramel Bone Broth Protein and I HIGHLY recommend.  It is absolutely delicious and has only good ingredients and  it is sweetened with stevia.  (Plus use code donutworrybehealthy to save you $$!) But you can use any protein brand you want if you have another you like!  I also added 2 tbsp of cocoa powder but that was really just to get the brown color.  I tried again with 2 additional tbsp of protein and no cocoa powder and I think I actually prefer those ones!  So you do you.

salted caramel black bean brownies

Lastly just mix in your eggs.  Let the food processor do all the work for you!  But don’t add in your chocolate chips until after everything else is combined.  Then just fold those in so you don’t break them all apart.

Watch it in the oven- I feel like everyone’s oven times are always so different, and you will know when they are done per the directions below.

Then enjoy PURE BROWNIE MAGIC.  I promise your life will never be the same 😛

In addition to the listed ingredients, you will need:

  • an 8×8 baking dish
  • parchment paper
  • a food processor
  • a spoon
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salted caramel black bean brownies

Salted Caramel Black Bean Brownies

  • Author: Megan
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: one 8x8 pan 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free

Flourless.  Gluten free. Protein packed.  Zero refined sugar. But no one would ever guess they are eating something healthy when they take a bite into these indulgent salted caramel black bean brownies.


  • 1 (15.5 oz) can of black beans
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup agave
  • 1/4 cup salted caramel protein powder
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder*
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Chocolate chips to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Drain and rinse your black beans.  Combine with apple sauce and agave in your food processor and blend until smooth.
  3. Add your protein powder, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda and baking powder, and again blend until well combined.
  4. Lastly, add in your eggs and blend until you get a consistent batter.
  5. Fold in your chocolate chips (don’t blend again!) and then pour into an 8×8 baking dish lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake for 35 minutes, depending on your oven, or until the edges start to brown, it is firm to the touch, and a toothpick comes out mostly clean (keeping in mind there are chocolate chips it could hit).


*Can sub with additional protein powder

Use dairy free and refined sugar free chocolate chips to keep recipe such (I like Lily’s)

I have not tried with any other protein powder so I can’t recommend substitutes at this time

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Brownies
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/9 of pan

Keywords: black bean brownies, salted caramel brownies, gluten free brownies, flourless brownies

If you try this recipe please leave a comment below letting me know what you think! If you remake on Instagram don’t forget to tag me at @donutworry_behealthy so I can see your creation and share in my stories!


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