By the Chef Marshall O’Brien Group

These fudgy brownies are gooey and flavorful—both kids and adults will love them! They are also a better alternative than prepackaged brownies, since they have more nourishing ingredients like whole wheat flour, beans (but no one will know!) and healthy fat (coconut oil).

Serves 12


  • 1 15-ounce can low-sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries, finely chopped (They are easier to chop when frozen.)
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8x8-inch baking pan.
  • Combine all ingredients except cherries and chocolate chips in a blender or food processor and blend until very smooth.
  • Stir chocolate chips and cherries into brownie mix; batter will be thick.
  • Pour into pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until they begin to pull away from edge of pan. The toothpick test will not work because they are so fudgy.
  • Cool for 10-15 minutes before cutting.

Chef Marshall O’BrienThe Chef Marshall O’Brien Group is a dedicated assembly of professionals based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, committed to the goal of using nutrition to get kids and families to lead happier, healthier lives.