Baking, Desserts, Healthy Snacks, Lunchbox Friendly Food

Carob Bean Brownies

{gluten, dairy, soy and nut free. contains eggs)

Flourless. Nutritious. Delicious!

When I first bought carob powder at the beginning of the elimination diet, I thought for some reason it would taste like cocoa. It didn’t. I wasn’t really impressed the first time I tried it. Not at all. So if you’re new to the elimination diet and are discouraged that you don’t like carob. You are not alone 🙂

For my kids however, it was love at first taste.

I have been cooking a fair bit with carob since and finally have stumbled upon a great flavour combo.

These carob brownies have two secret ingredients.

Firstly, they contain a whole tin of black beans (don’t get put off by this. It’s pretty amazing).

Secondly, they have a single shot of decaf coffee in them.

There is something quite magical about the flavour combination of coffee (decaf) and carob. Almost chocolate-esk. Almost.

If you aren’t a coffee fan, you’d be please to hear they don’t taste like coffee…it just enhances the carob flavour to lean it towards chocolate-esk. If you want to leave out the coffee, I’d replace it with 2 tbsp oil or an extra egg (let me know so I can share it with others).

Now you might be thinking…”I don’t care about your carob fancies…WHY on earth would you put black beans in brownies?”

Yep. It’s weird but it works.

Why? The black beans when whizzed up in a blender become incredibly smooth (don’t worry, you aren’t going to get whole bean chunks in your brownies). The really clever thing is that they mimic the starchiness of flour really well which works, because these brownies don’t contain any flour.

There are so many limitations on this diet, so I want to try and get as many nutrients into each snack or meal as I can, while making sure my kids actually enjoy eating it. Brussel sprout brownies? mmm. Maybe not. ha.

Whats so good about black beans? They are a great source of folate and fibre. They also contain great levels of copper, manganese, vitamin B1, phosphorus, protein, magnesium and iron. Maybe I should rename these super bean brownies. hehe.

They are really easy to prepare too. Just whizz all the ingredients up in a blender, pour into a baking tin and cook for 20min. So easy!

There are a few bean brownies circulating out there, but this one is my refined sugar free version.

These super bean brownies are…

Chockas full of nutrients: black beans and carob powder are high in fibre. Protein from the eggs. No refined sugar.

Delicious and smooth.

Great for lunch boxes: allergy friendly.

Super quick and easy to make.

Whizzed up in the food processor.

You could also put the super bean brownies into patty tins and bake brownie muffins (you may have to bake them for less time so they don’t over cook).

It’s taken me a few months to get used to the taste of carob but with the flavour combination with coffee…I’m really enjoying cooking with it!

These would be delicious with some maple and cashew ice cream (dairy free).

If you give these a whirl, let me know how you go.


Laura McDonald - Simply Failsafe author and creator

Super Bean Brownies
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Serves: 8
Healthy, fudgy carob brownies. Delicious! Makes 12-16 pieces.
  • 425g tin of black beans, drained and rinsed thoroughly
  • 2 free range eggs
  • 2 tbsp rice bran oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp decaf coffee (1 single shot)*
  • 3/4 cup carob powder, sifted
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup syrup**
  1. Preheat oven to 160c (fan-forced).
  2. Pour the rinsed black beans, eggs, oil, vanilla and decaf coffee into a blender or food processor.
  3. Process until smooth and scrape down the sides.
  4. Add the sifted carob flour, baking powder, salt and syrup and blend until or until combined.
  5. Pour the mixture into a lined baking tray and bake for 20min for a fudgy consistency.
  6. Cool and dust with sifted carob powder. Enjoy!
*I bought decaf coffee grounds and poured a single shot using my coffee machine. If you were to use instant decaf coffee, I could mix 2 tsp with 2 tbsp boiling water and dissolve.[br][br]**syrup: you could use maple or rice malt syrup.



2 thoughts on “Carob Bean Brownies”

  1. Hi Laura,

    Just wondering if you could use black beans that need to be soaked? I hunted for some in a tin but could only find them and they had an additive 🙁 or can you let me know of a safe brand.

    Thanks heaps,

    1. Hi Bronwyn. I’m sorry for the hideously late reply. I’m sure you’ve well and truely made these brownies by now. If you are going to use raw beans, I would soak them overnight and then cook them according to packet instruction (tinned beans are cooked and soft). If you just soak them, they will still be hard and I’m guessing won’t taste quite right in the brownies 😉 Have you checked out Woolworths Macro Organic Black Beans? Just beans and water and they are super affordable too. All the best, Laura x

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