Prepare to have your mind blown – black bean brownies are good, but these red kidney bean brownies are the best bean brownies I have ever had! Decadent and delicious, I still have some leftover in the fridge, yet I’m already excited to make them again.
That’s right, black bean brownie lovers, it turns out that red kidney beans make absolutely killer brownies. And not just fantastic by a healthier dessert standard, but fantastic by a regular dessert standard.
At the most recent Northarvest Bean Day, I was talking with a bean colleague (the best type of colleague, I think we can all agree), and he mentioned these brownies. I’m used to black bean brownies, and I was so intrigued that one of the first things I did after getting home was make these kidney bean brownies.
Bean Brownie Video
Red Kidney Bean Brownie Recipe
This is a recipe from Chippewa Valley Bean, and you can find the recipe for Byron’s Fudgy Kidney Bean Brownies on their website, here. In fact, it was Byron who told me about these, and he said his kids like them more than regular brownies. After making these, I can certainly see why!
My husband and I made this video because we loved the brownies so much. No, it’s not sponsored, just wanted to share some fun mind-blowing bean brownie ideas with fellow bean lovers!
I followed the recipe as is, except for two things:
- I used old-fashioned oats and just blitzed them first because I did not have quick oats on hand.
- I baked them in a brownie bite pan instead of an 8X8 pan because, well, why not?? When you feel compelled to own multiple arguably frivolous pans, you must use them whenever the chance arises to prove they were smart purchase decisions.
About Bean Brownies
When making bean brownies, the batter is often very thick. That is okay! They bake up well.
I also have a couple recipes on my site for bean brownies: Fudgy Peppermint Black Bean Brownies and Chocolate Chunk Black Bean Brownies with Cherries and Toasted Pecans. I like both of these, but I’ll just be perfectly honest – I liked Byron’s Kidney Bean Brownies better. The recipes I have use maple syrup instead of sugar, and I don’t add peanut butter and any/as much oil. So, they have a different texture and are not quite as sweet and decadent as these delightful kidney bean brownies. They are still a good treat, but I am inspired to rework them after making these brownies!