Ooey Gooey Chocolate Brownies

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photo-e1362428609853Warning: These ooey gooey brownies are incredibly easy to eat and one bite may result in more bites and even more until you’ve taken more bites than initially intended.

This recipe is not only fantastic because these brownies are creamy and ooey gooey good, but because there is avocado in this recipe! Talk about one tasty source of healthy fats.Β  This recipe is actually a super tasty way to get your daily dose of healthy fats because it contains avocados and flaxseeds. Flaxseeds contain important omega-3 fatty acids that your brain requires to function properly, so eat these brownies and your brain will thank you. And rest assure, your taste buds will be satisfied too!

Ingredients (makes 12-16 ooey gooey brownies):

1 (15 oz) can black beans (I use Eden brand because cans are BPA free)
2 ripe bananas + 1 more to create banana chunks (3rd banana optional)
1/2 cup ground flaxseeds
1 ripe avocado
1/2 cup water or nondairy milk
12Β medjool dates (pitted)
3/4 cup whole-wheat flour*
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon vanilla extract or 1 teaspoon ground Tahitian vanilla*
1/2 cup cocoa powder
small handful vegan dark chocolate chips (optional)

*I have formed an obsession with ground Tahitian vanilla. It has been adding an extra kick of vanilla flavor to a large handful of my dessert recipes.


1) Preheat oven to 375Β°F. Place black beans, avocado, 2 bananas, pitted dates, flaxseeds, cocoa powder and vanilla extract in a high power blender or vita-mix and blend until smooth. Make sure you’ve got a sturdy high-powered blender on your side, because a little wimpy blender is not going to cooperate with you and you will get angry and frustrated with your wimpy blender.

2) Place this thoroughly blended mixture into a large bowl and set aside. You may be tempted to eat spoonfuls of your blended vita-mix mixture and this may be unavoidable. I can speak from experience. As long as you only eat a few spoonfuls, this should not affect the final product.

3) In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda and baking powder. Combine both mixtures and mix thoroughly. Cut up the third banana in small pieces and add the banana pieces into the mixture as to create chunks of banana in the final brownies (this is optional). Add chocolate chips and stir until they are mixed into the batter completely.

Spread onto a lightly-greased or parchment-lined glass baking dish. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the brownies comes out clean.

*I used whole-wheat flour to make these brownies, but oat flour or another gluten-free flour should work just as well for those who avoid gluten.



I made them into brownie muffins in this picture and topped it with dried banana slices. So good!


  1. Michael says:

    When something says Ooey-gooey, you know it’s gog to be good. Although, that barely looks like a brownie! It’s like fudge meets cake and a brownie interferes in the relationship.

  2. Nicole says:

    Made these today and love them! I think next time I’ll do two bananas for banana chunks because that was my favorite part. Delicious!

  3. Ashley says:

    I made this recipe last night. My vitamix had trouble blending and I had to add more water. Did you soak the dates ahead of time? What size dish did you use? Thanks for sharing so many wonderful recipes!

  4. Julie says:

    I made these with my Blendtec – it did great with the mix and my kids loved them. Thanks!

  5. Hi Ashley, I am sorry your vitamix was giving you trouble! I didn’t soak the dates ahead of time, but this is an excellent solution to your trouble blending with the vitamin and shouldn’t affect the outcome of the recipe πŸ™‚

  6. Michelle O says:

    Thanks for this great recipe. I am going to try it! I’m always trying to please 14 year old triplet boys! It’s the same old story, I want it to be nutritious they want it to taste good.
    Really appreciate the tip about Eden brand cans being BPA free!!

  7. Janet Pattison says:

    I am highly allergic to bananas. Is there something I can substitute for them in this recipe? Bananas are used a lot in healthier recipes….understandably….but I can’t even handle the smell of them. I’m just starting out so any help would be greatly appreciated πŸ˜€

  8. Debra Jean says:

    What does this brownie taste like with beans and avocado for ingredients?

  9. Holly says:

    Would love to make these gluten-free!

  10. Debbie says:

    Can you suggest anything that can be used instead of dates in this recipe as my daughter is allergic to them. Thanks

  11. marlin says:

    Can you subsistute coconut flour or almond flour for whole wheat. Thanks

  12. Katia says:

    Hi Talia,

    I am wondering if you have a suggestion for which gluten-free flour might work best with this amazing sounding recipe? Thank you.

  13. Michelle Lynn says:

    Tahlia – Bless You ;p) and youre Momma and Daddy – so thankful for each of you ! to life worth eating well and living for ;p) Michelle Lynn

  14. Dalia Kinsey says:

    This looks like a winning recipe. Do you know if the brownies freeze well?

  15. Valerie says:

    What can I use instead of flax seed ? As I am allergic to flax seed πŸ™
    Thanks! Cannot wait to try!

  16. Gina says:

    May I suggest a food processor? Should do the trick without having to add water or soak the dates. I think I may try this recipe very soon! I’ll let you know.

  17. Lynne says:

    I would like to post to Pinterest..I wish you had a “Pin it” button.
    Just getting started looking around your site…I’ll be here for awhile.

  18. Becca says:

    Hi Talia–thanks so much for this recipe! It’s in the oven right now, and it’ll be ready for when my kids come home from school. I just wanted to point out something about recipes: the ingredients are usually listed in the order they are used. If you would organize the recipe that way, it would make it easier for me to follow; I tend to be a scatter brain. Also, in the instructions, you don’t mention when to add the water. I just assumed I should add it to the vitamix before turning it on, and I’m pretty sure that worked. Anyway, keep these recipes coming. I can’t wait to share these with my kids, and I’m looking forward to exploring your site further!

  19. ann says:

    Since when if chocolate anything but vegitable?

  20. Kathy says:

    Black beans, did you drain them or did you use the liquid and the beans?

  21. Lisa Kellett says:

    This sounds wonderful! The only exception is that I am allergic to avocados, is there a substitute?

  22. Linda says:

    Do you have any suggestions for a substitute for the bananas, for those of us who don’t like the taste of banana in baked goods?

  23. Gigi says:

    Hi Talia, can almond flour be used in this recipe?
    Thanks you,

  24. Eugenia says:

    Hi, just wondering if you can make this with other than black beans? Maybe black eye peas? Thanks

  25. Iwona says:

    Interesting recipe. I think i will give this a go. I’ll let ya know what happens.

  26. Don Holmes says:

    I made these for me and my son tonight. I’m no baker, but they were fun and easy. I also added about an extra 1/4 of water and cooked them in a 8×8 glass dish. They were pretty thick and had to cook for about 45 minutes. I’m thinking 11×8 might be better. My son chowed them down, and I let him eat all he wanted. He had no idea what was actually in them. Made me happy πŸ™‚

  27. Lalita Permesar says:

    I made these and it is the best . I used oat flour and I think that made it so gooey . Thanks for sharing.

  28. Jessica says:

    Oh my goodness I can’t wait for these to come out of the oven!! I have some picky eaters and my pickiest one is licking the bowl clean!!! =)

  29. kim says:

    Hi Talia…thanks for all you do to promote healthy eating! Your dad’s work has changed my life! I’m so happy there’s another Fuhrman on the scene! As far as your recipes, I wonder if whenever baking powder is an ingredient, you’d consider listing it as “sodium free” baking powder. I buy this @ Whole Foods. When I became a nutritarian, I was stunned by how much sodium is where we might not expect it to be. Regular baking powder is very high in sodium. Thanks again for your efforts! Kim

  30. Esther Battisti says:

    Could you use coconut flour instead of wheat flour?

  31. Shane says:

    Thanks for this recipe! My first batch is in the oven! I had to use my food processor because my blender wouldn’t take the thickness. I just let the processor go until the batter was creamy. You’re right, the batter is good. My kids weren’t convinced…But they are leary of my healthy cooking… So we’ll see what they say when the brownies are out of the oven! Again, thanks! =)

  32. Mary Warns says:

    I made these brownies last night and my daughter and I LOVE them, I baked them in in 9 X 13 pan and they came out great. Thank you so much!

  33. Liz says:

    Hi Talia,

    Thanks for a beautiful recipe! Can’t wait to try. I have been trying to figure out what the Fuhrman take on Coconut Flour is?…I’ve just started hearing of that as a go to flour substitution when aiming for grain-free. I know what the take on Coconut oil is, (that it is a saturated unhealthful fat, as I’ve read the blogpost on the DP site) but wondering about coconut flour… I don’t know if this is the place to ask but I’d super appreciate it if you do respond!

  34. Adina Gunn says:

    I used my food processor and had no problems. I used a 9×9 size dish. I loved these the next day for breakfast! Thanks for this amazing recipe!

  35. deb says:

    do the uneaten brownies need to be refriderated

  36. Denise says:

    do you have any recommendations for cutting down on or replacing the dates? Seems like too much sugar to me. I fear trying to replace them because it seems that perhaps the consistency will be affected. What are your thoughts?

  37. Fatima says:

    Hi Talia ..this looks delicious! Can I do this recipe manually? As I don’t have a high powered blender. Thanks so much.

  38. dee says:

    Do you think you can mix these ingredients in a food processor?

  39. Anna says:

    Hi, I made these and they were so good! I noticed that you didn’t say when to add the distilled water so I just assumed it was right along with the wet ingredients (so you may want to add that in). Thank you for such a delightfully yummy and healthy recipe! πŸ™‚

  40. Greg Adams says:

    This recipe looks great but I have one problem w/ it, I am unable to eat avocados. Would / could you recommend a substitute filling for avocado or am out of luck?

  41. Joyce says:

    This looks so good, I’m sorry I am commenting on it before making it as I plan to let you know how it goes.. I am JUST Shocked ABOUT Ashley’d Vitamix.. had mine for 11 years and it hasn’t met anything that it can’t handle.. I’ll be back once this is made later this week.. My son will need a treat and this looks right up his alley.. I’ve always used black beans in a box mix, but wanted to get a way from Boxed process stuff.. THANK YOU for this recipe

  42. Chrisy says:

    Yes these were very ooey and gooey, my vitamix mixed up everything very well, but I think I will add some sugar to the dry mix. I didn’t find them sweet enough. Maybe my bananas weren’t ripe enough. But a very good recipe indeed.

  43. kim says:

    These are very tasty brownies! Next time I’ll add cinnamon & some chopped nuts.

    Step 1 needs to include the addition of the 1/2 c. of water in the blender.

    I used a 13″ x 9″ glass dish, but still had to bake longer than 35 mins. to get them done inside.

  44. Colleen Bain says:

    Do you have to have a Vitamix to make this or will a regular household blender work?

  45. Erwin Lyke says:

    I’m extremely impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself? Anyway keep up the nice quality writing, it is rare to see a nice blog like this one these days..

  46. Danielle says:

    These are in the oven, but I had quite a lot of trouble. Water is listed in the ingredient list, but not the directions. I guessed it went in the blender. Are the black beans drained and rinsed or do you include that liquid? It also stopped my new vitamix cold…well hot. Then the batter was so warm it melted my chocolate chips! I used a 9×13 dish, but I’m wondering if an 8×8 would have been better. What do you recommend?

  47. Jenn says:

    Talia, thank you for putting this up! I have just been getting into Eat to Live and am just beginning to make this a lifestyle and not just a diet. Your blog is so encouraging and I look forward to your future blogs!

  48. Zoe James says:

    Just made these and they were good – a depth of taste that was really satisfying, unlike more conventional recipes. Heeded the warning about wimpy blenders and used a food processor instead, which did the job perfectly.

    And I love the writing too, the joie de vivre shines!

    Thanks Talia!

  49. Hey Dee, hmmm I haven’t tried mixing the wet ingredients in a food processor for this recipe, but I think it could work if you don’t own a blender. The wet ingredients won’t be completely smooth/your brownies will be a tad chunkier, but you could try it and I think you will still have some very delicious brownies on your hands. (: Let me know what happens if you do!

  50. Hi Deb, yes leftovers should be refrigerated!

  51. Hi Liz, coconut flour is perfectly a-okay! As with Fuhrman approved grains such as oats and quinoa, coconut flour isn’t as high in nutrients as vegetables, beans or nuts (obviously), so just make sure to balance out your diet with plenty of colorful vegetables, fruits and other plant foods and to only have one (or two!) servings of these brownies (or another cookie or muffin recipe) each day.

  52. Hey Esther, coconut flour should work in place of the wheat flour!

  53. Hi Eugenia! Yes, black eyed peas would work too (:

  54. Hi Gigi, I think maybe almond flour + oat flour would be the best idea. Almond flour by itself could leave you with a brownie that is too dense/is even gooeyer that the original recipe! Let me know what happens if you make these with almond flour!

  55. Hi Linda, how about trying apple sauce instead of bananas?

  56. Hi Kathy, I drained the beans first!

  57. Hi Debbie, dried figs are an ideal substitute for dates. Or maybe Stevia?

  58. Sandra says:

    I was invited to a BBQ and was told to bring the most rich dessert ever. I was told nothing healthy…I made these Chocolate Brownies and everyone loved them. They all were saying how this is soooo bad for them. At the end of the dinner, I told everyone what was in it and nobody could believe it!
    Thanks for posting this!

  59. Hi Fatima, I don’t recommend doing this recipe manually, but a food processor might work!

  60. Hi Denise, you can try replacing some of the dates with Stevia or perhaps more bananas or you can simply use less dates and your brownies will come out less sweet. I hope this helps!

  61. I promise you won’t be able to taste the beans or avocado!

  62. Hi Janet, how about replacing the bananas with applesauce? That should work beautifully!

  63. Amy An says:

    Looking forward to trying these as I have had no luck with other black bean recipes, they never cook through for me.

    But – is it 1/2 cup flaxseeds that are then ground or is it 1/2 cup of already ground flax seeds.

    And I agree with the person who suggested listing the ingredients in the order they are used – that is traditional in recipes.

    Many thanks!

  64. Hi Amy, it is 1/2 cup of flaxseeds that are already ground. Yes! I plan on writing up ingredients in the order that they are used in the future. This is an excellent suggestion! I am slowly learning how to be a better food blogger πŸ™‚ I hope you enjoy the brownies! xoxo

  65. Hi Lynne, I am working on setting up a Pinterest account. I hope you enjoy my recipes!

  66. Hi Valerie, how about chia seeds?

  67. Jacqueline Dyck says:

    For my son’s Birthday I made a flour less Black bean chocolate cake,it’s awesome and no one knows at all unless you tell them! This looks good too! Although I would change the whole wheat as we don’t eat wheat πŸ™‚

  68. Carrie Oertel says:

    Hi Talia- My kids enjoyed the recipe and my three-year-old even licked his plate and asked for more! Thanks for sharing!

  69. Connie says:

    Oops, forgot the water, but still very good. My vitamix was able to handle it using the tamper, no problem. I also added chopped walnuts.

  70. Hannah says:

    Hi Talia, googled this recipe as soon as I heard you taking about it with Victoria on Main St Vegan!! Looks FAB.
    I’m never quite sure with quantities like “1 banana” or “1 avo” cos thy vary so much in size! Do you have estimates in grams for Europeans ;)?
    h xx

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