Gluten-free Walnut Bean Brownies


After making the Gluten-free Soda Bread from my eBook there were two cups of navy beans leftover. What to do, what to do? I decided to try an egg-free walnut meal brownie using the extra beans. These brownies came out even better than I had imagined. Everyone ate them up, even the picky eaters. We love the walnut flavor, but you could most likely substitute another nut meal. If you want to use something like brown rice flour it would probably work but you would have to experiment. (Maybe you would need less?)

Walnut Bean Gluten Free Brownies

Egg-free, Gluten-free, GFCF

Puree walnuts in a food processor to make 1/2 cup meal, plus 1/2 cup for topping (optional). Remove walnut meal and set aside.

Add to blender or food processor:
2 cups room temperature cooked navy beans (soak in hot water first if beans are cold, then strain) Note: I think red or black beans would work also.
1 tsp Chia Seed Meal (I grind my seeds in a Magic Bullet or coffee grinder)
1/4 cup grapeseed oil or coconut oil, liquified
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 tsp vanilla liquid stevia
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp apple cider vinegar

Puree very well.
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup walnut meal

Puree. Scoop into greased square baking dish.

Optional: Top with extra walnut meal or dairy-free chocolate chips.

Bake at 325 for about 30 minutes.

Store in the refrigerator.

♥, Kelly


  1. says

    Great recipes, Kelly!

    Going to try those bean brownies soon. I haven’t tried bean-based brownies yet although I truly want to.

    And I would absolutely steal those oven mitts. They match the colors in my kitchen and dining.

    Hope you have a lovely rest of the week,


  2. says

    Yum! I’m trying to do no (or really close to no) sweeteners right now due to allergies and some other stuff, so I’m really intrigued by this recipe. Do you think I could add more stevia and omit the honey? I might try it and let you know. :)

  3. says

    I have a bunch of leftover black beans in the fridge so I am totally going to try this. I am less-than-impressed with my previous version of black bean brownies so I’m looking forward to a change :)

  4. Anonymous says

    Hi Kelly, I made these with some changes and they were very good, although wet, so I baked for an additional 10-15 minutes.

    For the honey, I used 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce and an extra 1/4 tsp vanilla creme stevia.

    For the apple cider vinegar, I used lemon.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  5. says

    I just heard from my osteopath that many digestive issues happen b/c people don’t get enough beans in their diets. See? It’s a good excuse to make these! They are necessary for good digestion! :-)

  6. says

    Kelly – I finally made your Irish Soda Bread recipe last night, and I can’t believe how good it is! I’ve made bread and cake from beans before, or from coconut flour, but never had I tried a recipe combining the two. What a perfect texture and taste! This is definitely my new favorite grain-free bread. I can’t get over how well it turned out! Thanks for a super recipe :) I’m going to try a chocolate version next I think…

  7. says

    Jana, I used honey and some molasses, and they were really good. I need to get some stevia. This was a great recipe. Next time I will make them ahead so I can leave them in the fridge to firm up for a while.

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