Chocolate Black Bean Cookies

Chocolate Black Bean Cookies

Cookies.. made from black beans?! Yes, it may sounds crazy but DON’T knock it until you’ve tried it!! These cookies taste amazing and most importantly, are full of super healthy ingredients and are quick & easy to make.


Straight out of the oven these cookies are super soft (and totally yummy, take it from me!!), but once cooled (and stored in the fridge), they firm up to become the most beautiful chocolate bites ever.




Black Bean Cookies


  • 1 tin black beans* (240g drained weight)
  • 2 tbsp nut butter - I used peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp milk of your choice
  • 2 tbsp coconut or olive oil
  • 2 tbsp oat flour (blended oats)**
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) xylitol***/sugar/stevia
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • Optional - chocolate chips, coconut flakes, chopped nuts


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 175 degrees C and add the black beans (drained and rinsed) to your food processor along with the nut butter, milk and oil. Blend until all the ingredients have combined.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients.. oat flour, xylitol/sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and cocoa powder before blending. Stir in any optional ingredients next.
  3. Spoon the mixture onto a greased baking tray or baking parchment creating 12 cookie shapes before baking for 20 minutes.
  4. The cookies will come out slightly soft so allow to cool slightly before transferring to a cooling rack and allowing to cool completely.
  5. Step 5
  6. Store the cookies in the fridge and enjoy, guilt free 


*I found black beans in Morrisons – My local Asda didn’t sell them!

**To make this recipe gluten free use gluten free oats.

***I used xylitol


Makes 12 Cookies.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving

Calories 95

% Daily Value

Total Fat 4 g


Total Carbohydrates 13 g


Protein 3 g


* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.




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  1. Laura
    August 16, 2013 / 10:33 am

    Hi Nic, these look amazing! I’ve got a nut allergy though – is the nut butter essential or could I make without/could you suggest an alternative? x

    • Nics Nutrition
      August 17, 2013 / 8:34 am

      Hi Laura! Great question. A seed butter should work – Like sesame seed? Let me know how it goes! Nic x

  2. Lou Wilkinson
    August 16, 2013 / 6:06 pm

    Made these today tasted amazing! My boyfriend also loved and didn’t tell him that there were black beans in them! You cant taste them at all! I added roughly chopped hazelnuts to mine. Will use a little more milk next time as I couldn’t really flatten them out (the mixture will not spread whilst in oven like some cookies do) so mine were more ball shaped but turned out nice! Try them!

    • Nics Nutrition
      August 17, 2013 / 8:33 am

      Hurray! So glad you liked them Lou! Thanks for your pic and comment – I’ll upload yours now! Perhaps the addition of the hazelnuts made them a little more dry? More milk could definitely be the way to go. Happy baking! Nic x

  3. EM
    August 17, 2013 / 11:06 am

    just made these….and just tasted…..absolutely delicious!!! Only one problem…..they’re so moreish its going to be hard to stop at one!! Love the undertone of peanut butter that comes through. Didn’t have any chocolate chips this time so will add next time to compare. Any healthy oaty biscuit recipes would be greatly appreciated, the boyf has requested 🙂

    • Nics Nutrition
      August 17, 2013 / 11:47 am

      Hurray! Your request has been heard loud and clear, thank you 🙂 SO happy you liked – and yes, MOREISH is an understatement 😉 hehe xx

      • EM
        August 17, 2013 / 1:13 pm

        thank you! boyf is specific….not a flapjack per say but an oaty biscuit ;D

        • Nics Nutrition
          August 17, 2013 / 1:22 pm

          Have you tried my breakfast cookies?? They’re oat cookies!!

          • Em
            August 17, 2013 / 3:12 pm

            Ooo i haven’t, will take a look…next weekend’s project!

  4. August 22, 2013 / 9:00 am

    Loved making the black bean cookies, tasted so delicious can’t wait to play around with quantities of extras! Think I went a bit coconut mad first time round! Very good recipe! One question where do you get your coconut oil from?!?? Xxx

    • August 22, 2013 / 4:59 pm

      Hi Amy! So glad you liked them 🙂 I get mine from Tesco or Waitrose or on line – I hope this helps! xx

  5. kagsema
    September 1, 2013 / 7:19 pm

    Hi Nic, I really want to try this recipe… please can you advise how many grams of stevia to use if I don’t use xylitol? thanks 🙂

  6. Liza salt
    September 3, 2013 / 11:39 am

    Just made these and I’ve eaten 6 of them already as they are so tasty – I served with extra PB and 85% cocoa choc chunks, sprinkles & shavings. All organic too. Thanks for another great recipe! *

    • September 3, 2013 / 4:47 pm

      Liza they look gorgeous!! (see pic above – with pb & sprinkles!) .. thank you so much, I can’t wait to get working on a white bean version now!! Nic x

  7. Annie
    September 6, 2013 / 10:23 am

    Excited to try these! Can the sugar be substituted for a liquid like honey or date syrup? A

    • September 6, 2013 / 5:33 pm

      Hello! I suppose so yes – I used xylitol as it’s a similar texture to sugar but way healthier. Do let me know if you try them! Nic xx

  8. Evelien
    September 7, 2013 / 8:59 pm

    I absolutely love all your recipes so was very excited to try these! I used honey instead of stevia though and the taste was really good but they turned out so dry? Like it was hard to swallow them.. Do you have any idea what went wrong or which ingredient I could use more/less of to prevent this?

    • September 8, 2013 / 1:38 pm

      Hi Evellen, aw I’m sorry to hear that – that’s strange as mine were really moist! Did you follow everything step by step? Do you have a hot oven? What oil did you use? Nic x

  9. Jo Sharp
    September 9, 2013 / 8:18 am

    Made a batch of these on Saturday night and OMG they are the best little chocolate craving fixer-upper ever! the boyf loved them and wouldnt have know they had black beans in them! I added some coonut to mine :o) will definitely make more again and maybe add some protein powder for an extra protein fix!

    • September 9, 2013 / 4:39 pm

      Hi Jo! Aw thanks for your lovely comment – would love to know how they turn out with protein powder! I’m working on white bean cookies this week!! Happy baking 🙂 xx

  10. Lizzie
    October 25, 2013 / 1:54 pm

    Hi Nic,

    I wanted to make these this weekend and was wondering if coconut flour could be substiuted for the oat flour?
    Lizzie x

    • October 25, 2013 / 6:36 pm

      Hello! Coconut flour is a weird one – it absorbs liquid like mad so you may need to add more egg white/milk to the mixture. Let me know how it goes! xx P.s to make oat flour just blend oats in a blender!

  11. Chloe Stamp
    October 28, 2013 / 9:21 am

    Hey 🙂 I’m really excited to try these as the feedback is so good and I get a very sweet tooth! I was just wondering if you don’t have a food precessor, do you think it would work in a normal blender or even a hand blender? Thanks!

    • October 28, 2013 / 5:38 pm

      Hello! Food processors are so cheap (£20!) and so useful, but a blender may work – I’m just not sure if the consistency would be the same.. sorry! Do let me know 🙂 xx

  12. Christina
    January 3, 2014 / 9:26 pm

    Just to say thank you as these are amazing-taste fantastic.I had never heard of black beans until this recipe but they will definitely be added to my shopping list.Have already told loads of people how fantastic they are & steered them to your website x

  13. Ashleigh
    February 11, 2014 / 7:43 pm

    Studying nutrition and dietetics and our life cycle nutrition class is about changing recipes to make them healthier. I have looked at loads of your recipies as a guide. Can’ t wait to make these!! x

    • February 12, 2014 / 6:07 pm

      Great! Don’t forget to reference me 😉 x

  14. Tasha
    February 12, 2014 / 6:53 pm

    I searched high and low in my local (huge!) Tesco and couldn’t find black beans! The closest I could find was black-eyed beans. I was too scared to try any other bean though in case it didn’t work properly! Any suggestions for bean substitutes? I really want to make these tonight!

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