Black Bean S’More Brownies – Gluten & Dairy Free

Brownies…. Who doesn’t love those  chocolaty squares of goodness?!!

Of course there is the age-old quandary… cake-y or fudgy?

We here like the fudgy style, which is what I have tried to recreate with a bit of a twist towards healthier ingredients.

A ratio  is a specific ratio if ingredients and sometimes a particular mixing method to bring about gluten-free baking success.  The Rally is a group of gluten-free bloggers who create recipes using ratios around a specific baked-good theme each month.  The bonus with ratios is those funny gums are not needed!

This month’s brownie bonanza is being hosted by Mary Fran at FrannyCakes, check out her site for links to all the other lovely offerings!

My ratio wound up being 1.3 beans | 1 egg | 1 oil | 1 cocoa | 2 sugar with 1 part being equal to 8 ounces.

One thing I discovered in baking my first batch… you can only go so far in reduced sugar for a fudgy brownie.  Reduced sugar makes a cake-y brownie.  And , um… if you don’t add enough sugar… they taste like… cocoa.  Not the best of flavors all by itself!

You can only go so far in making a brownie “healthy”.  Which is why I wanted to use beans for my base, adding fiber & protein to my treats!

Black Bean S’More Brownies

Yield: 16 – 2″ x 2″ brownies

9 – 10 oz black beans, cooked & cooled (or 1 can of black beans,rinsed & drained)

8 oz eggs (4 large)

8 oz grape-seed oil (1 cup)

8 oz cocoa (1 cup)

16 oz evaporated cane juice (2 cups)

1 TBSP vanilla

1 tsp salt if using home cooked beans, NONE if using canned

S’More Topping:

4 cups mini marshmallows

1/3 cup dairy-free mini chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life brand)

7 gluten-free graham-style crackers, broken into small pieces (I use Kinnikinnick S’Moreables)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease an 8×8-inch square baking pan.

Weigh eggs, oil, and beans right in blender container.  Blend until smooth.  Pour into a bowl and weigh out cocoa, evaporated cane juice, vanilla and salt if using.  Stir until completely combined.

Bake in preheated oven until the top is dry and the edges start to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 30 – 40 minutes.  Test with cake tester.  A few fudgy crumbs should stick to tester.

Sprinkle mini marshmallows over top of baked brownies then the chips & graham-style cracker pieces.  Put under broiler for 2 -3  minutes until marshmallows are golden brown.  WATCH CAREFULLY so the marshmallows & graham crackers do not burn!!

Let cool completely before cutting into 2-inch pieces.  Using a wet knife blade and cleaning the blade between each cut makes this easier.

This recipe was created to be on the not-too-sweet side on order to balance the ultra sweet s’more toppings.  If you intend to make these plain, reduce the cocoa to 4 ounces and proceed with rest of the recipe.

Blessings, ~Mrs. R (aka Aunt Mae)

Other gluten & dairy free posts you may enjoy:

Fudgy Coconut Flour Brownies with Raspberry Chipolte Sauce

Rice Flour Muffins

Almond Fig Scones

Classic Cream Scones

Rice Flour Muffin Variations

Mock Apple Pie

Williamsburg Orange Cake

Here is a list of all the other Ratio Rally participants and their brownie creations!

Adina from Gluten Free Travelette made Chocolate Brownie Pie with Orange Zest
Angela from Angela’s Kitchen made Gluten & Dairy Free Cream Egg Brownies
Brooke from B & the boy! made Triple Chocolate Brownies
Caitlin from {Gluten Free} Nom Nom Nom made Peppermint Brownie Bars
Caleigh from Gluten Free[k] made White chocolate and marshmallow brownies
Caneel from Mama Me Gluten Free made Triple chocolate brownies
Charissa Luke from Zest Bakery made Slutty gluten-free brownies
Claire from My Gluten Free Home PB&J Brownie Whoopee Pies
Claire from This Gluten-Free Life made St. Patty’s Day Marshmallow Swirl Brownies
Erin from The Sensitive Epicure made Mexican Cocoa Brownies with an Almond & Pepitas Crust
gretchen from kumquat made Salted Caramel Brownies
Heather from Discovering the Extraordinary made Nutmeg Blondies
Irvin from Eat the Love made Blueberry Citrus Marble Brownies
Jean from Gluten-Free Doctor Recipes made Blue Ribbon Brownies
Jenn Cuisine made Grain free brownies with no-bake ricotta cheesecake cream
Jonathan from The Canary Files made Vegan Marbled Banana Walnut Brownies
Karen from Cooking Gluten Free! made GF Chewy Crackled Top Brownies with Raspberry Puree
Mary Fran from FrannyCakes made Gluten-Free Hazelnut (Nutella) Brownies
Morri from Meals with Morri made Oaxacan Brownies & Mesquite Cacao Blondies
~Mrs. R from Honey From Flinty Rocks made Black Bean S’More Brownies
Pete and Kelli from No Gluten, No Problem made Caramel Mexican Chocolate Mesquite Brownies
Rachel from The Crispy Cook made Co-Co Nut-Nut Blondies
Shauna from Gluten-Free Girl made Gluten-Free Brownies
Tara from A Baking Life made Mint Chocolate Flourless Brownies
TR | No One Likes Crumbley Cookies Gluten Free Berry Fudge Brownies 

23 responses to “Black Bean S’More Brownies – Gluten & Dairy Free

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  4. What a flavor combination – it looks yummy! I like to use black beans for brownies, too. 🙂

  5. Smores + brownies = terrrific!

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  9. angelaskitchen

    Making them healthier… that means you can have two instead of just one, right? LOL! These look great! I like the idea of baking something that is a treat that can be made a bit more often. 🙂 And they look fantastic! I am always a sucker for the s’more flavors. Yum!

    • Oooo! I can have TWO!! I’m off to eat another one right now! My thinking is that if we are going to get a treat, at least there is something a bit more redeeming in ones made with beans or coconut flour!
      Blessings, ~Mrs. R

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  11. You and Joy the Baker sneaking beans into baked goods!

    These look incredibly decadent! (And sneakily healthy, sorta).

  12. I love that you combined brownies and s’mores! Two of my favorite camping treats! And the black beans – great idea, both for the nutritional boost, and the extra black color they gave your brownies. They’re beautiful.

    • S’Mores have been one of my favorite combinations since childhood and camping too!! Thanks for your kind words. 😀
      Blessings, ~Mrs. R

  13. mealswithmorri

    This is the perfect camp-out-in-the-living-room recipe, complete with epic s’more-ness to share in front of the fireplace.

    Love it!!!

  14. whoa, these look perfect! and the dietitian in me is very proud of your black bean addition. 🙂 why not be delicious and higher in fiber and protein, right?!

  15. thecanaryfiles

    I love black beans, and since I prefer my sweets to much less sweet than most, this recipe sounds right up my alley! Beautiful post and beautiful brownies – Thank you for sharing, ~Mrs. R!