by Nerissa Oden

WARNING! Lovers, family, and children may ask for these brownies all year long! Even though they’re black-bean based, they still taste like pure chocolate.

Nothing says “I love you” better than a delicious chocolate treat for Valentine’s Day. This year, bake your sweetie some bliss they’ll brag about all year! Use this grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free recipe from the Bread-Free Bread cookbook to make a rich, dense chocolate brownie with a cake-like top.

If your lover enjoys the combination of chocolate and banana, use mashed fresh bananas instead of coconut oil. Please use organic and GMO-free ingredients, as well as an extract without MSG or vanillin (with an in on the end), whenever possible.

Romantics should use heart-shaped bakeware – and lovin’ singles may want to spread some love around using a heart-shaped cupcake pan. (Note: Monitor your brownies carefully while baking with these options, as the baking time will vary.)

Oh, and if you want special brownies – go to Colorado.



1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

3/4 cup cane sugar

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/8 teaspoon pure stevia powder (optional)


1¼ cups cooked black beans (or one 15-ounce can), drained and rinsed

2/3 cup solid coconut oil

2 large eggs

2 tablespoons vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease an 8½ -inch pie pan.
  3. In blender combine beans, eggs, coconut oil, cane sugar, stevia powder (optional), vanilla, and salt.
  4. Sift the cocoa powder over a medium bowl. Mix in the baking soda and baking powder.
  5. Transfer the black bean mixture to the bowl of dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  6. Use a spatula to transfer the batter into the prepared pan.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes.
  8. Serve immediately or let cool. Slice like a pie. Store in refrigerator.

Nerissa Oden is a citizen advocate for identifying your individual hidden food allergies (aka. food sensitivities.) Annual testing can be an important aspect of individual wellness. Visit her website,, or view her cookbook at


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