Looking for the best Low Fat Chocolate Brownies? Look no further! These super-easy healthy black bean brownies are low in fat but high on chocolate satisfaction – the perfect guilt-free treat if you are watching your weight.
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Picture this scenario. You are on a weight loss mission. You are doing really well… until the chocolate cravings hit. Have you been there? I know I have!
These Low Fat Brownies – an oxymoron I realise – are perfect if you want to get your chocolate fix without ruining your good intentions. They are also super easy to make – just take a look at the recipe video.
These healthy brownies are delicious served just a little bit warm – 10 seconds in the microwave does it for me! Perfect with a cup of coffee or tea.
Healthy Brownie Ingredients
These chocolate brownies contain a (not so) secret ingredient that’s the key to their success. Have you guessed it? Hint, the answer is below!
Black beans! Black bean brownies are naturally gluten free, low in fat – under 4% – and high in fibre. But don’t let that put you off – they are also squidgy and gooey just like a good brownie ought to be.
Apart from the black beans you will also need:
- Large eggs, at room temperature (free)
- Sweetener – my preferred brand is Sukrin but you can use any granulated sweetener which is used at the same ratio as sugar in baking. Sukrin Gold is ideal for this diet brownie recipe. Four tablespoons equal 2 sins.
- Brown sugar. I think the brownies taste better with a little real sugar in them. Two tablespoons come in at 6 sins but if you prefer you can use all sweetener instead.
- Cocoa Powder – 3 tablespoons which come in at 7 ½.
- Baking powder – 1 teaspoon is ½
- Vanilla extract or paste (optional)
- Chocolate glaze – for a little added indulgence you can drizzle the brownies with some Sweet Freedom Choc Shot which is .5 Sins per teaspoon.
These brownies are practically dietary if you make them using with Sukrin Gold sweetener! They are under 100 calories per portion with 4g of fiber.
There’s 3 Weight Watchers SmartPoints and just under 80 calories per serving. These black bean brownies are also naturally gluten free and dairy free.
Do they TASTE like black beans?
Nope! They taste just like chocolate brownies, albeit a little less dense since they are not loaded with butter and chocolate.
My children were completely fooled which goes to show that you can have your cake (or brownie) and eat it too. If you fancy a little something sweet without any guilt you should give these a go.
How to make Low Fat Brownies
Full measurements and instructions can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page. Please take a look at the steps and video before attempting this recipe!
STEP 1. Preheat the oven to 180C /350F. Spray a square brownie tin (I used a 20cm one) with Fry Light and line with baking paper, letting the paper hang over the sides.
STEP 2. Add all the ingredients – black beans, eggs, sweetener, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and vanilla – to your food processor, or a blender.
STEP 3. Blitz for 30 seconds or as long as needed to create a smooth thin batter.
STEP 4. Pour the batter into your prepared tin and bake for 30-35 minutes until risen. A skewer inserted in the centre should come out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes then lift out using the paper.
STEP 5. Drizzle with Sweet Freedom Choc Shot if you are using. Dust with a little icing sugar or cocoa powder, slice and serve. Put any brownies you are not serving right away in an airtight container and eat within five days.
- Chocolate Orange Brownies: add the zest of two oranges and a little orange oil.
- Mocha Brownies: add a teaspoon of espresso powder and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon.
- Black Forest Brownies: fold in some black pitted cherries
How long do these brownies keep?
These low fat brownies keep really well for up to five days… if they last that long! Cool completely and transfer to a cake tin or other lidded container for up to five days. I found they actually became yummier over time!
Are they suitable for freezing?
Yes! Cool completely, slice and wrap them in grease proof paper and then a layer of foil (don’t add any glaze or icing sugar).
Defrost at room temperature and reheat for a few seconds in the microwave before serving.
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Low Fat Brownies
- 400 g | 14oz tin black beans drained and rinsed
- 4 tbsp Sukrin Gold or other granulated sweetener | .5 syns per tbsp
- 2 tbsp brown sugar 3 syns per tbsp (can replace with sweetener)
- 3 eggs
- 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder 2.5 syns per tbsp
- 1 tsp gluten free baking powder .5 syns
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- icing sugar to dust optional
- Fry Light to grease the tin
- Sweet Freedom Choc Shot to drizzle (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 180C /350F. Spray a square brownie tin (I used a 20cm one) with Fry Light and line with baking paper, letting the paper hang over the sides.
- Add all the ingredients to a blender or food processor and blitz until you have a smooth, fairly liquid, batter.
- Divide between your muffin tin, filling only halfway up or pour into the prepared loaf tin. Scatter a few frozen berries over the top (they will sink into the batter slightly as the brownies bake).
- Pour the batter into your prepared tin and bake for 30-35 minutes until risen. A skewer inserted in the centre should come out clean or with a few moist crumbs.
- Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes then lift out using the paper.
- Drizzle with Sweet Freedom Choc Shot if you are using. Dust with a little icing sugar or cocoa powder, slice and serve.
I made these for myself but my kids had most of them – so good and full of fibre too!
These are cooked so regularly by the family, and they’re really easy to make, I get my 2 and 4 year old to help!
Claire Sanderson says
Omg I made with all sweetener, no sugar. It was outstanding. That is the highest compliment I can give.
I would serve to anyone. It is healthy and delicious.
Lucy Parissi says
That’s quite the compliment thank you so much!
Fleur Daly says
Omg amazing…. How can black beans taste so good…. Amazing thank you.. Family wants these every week
Lucy Parissi says
I have made these twice in 10 days 😀 thanks for your lovely comment