Gluten-Free Black Bean Peppermint Brownies

Make my Gluten-Free Black Bean Peppermint Brownies Recipe with a light and creamy white chocolate cream cheese frosting and crushed candy canes on top for the perfect healthier Christmas or holiday treat. They’re quickly made with almond flour, maple syrup, and coconut sugar without refined sugar. You will never detect the secret ingredient and its nutritious twist.

Gluten-Free Black Bean Peppermint Brownies Recipe with white chocolate cream cheese frosting on a red platter.

My Gluten-Free Black Bean Peppermint Brownies Recipe includes a light and creamy white chocolate cream cheese frosting and crushed candy canes on top for the perfect healthier Christmas or holiday treat. The black beans are blended smooth and provide a fudgy texture with a very mild flavor. They’re made gluten free with almond flour and are naturally sweetened with maple syrup and coconut sugar without any refined white sugar or flour. They have far less sugar than traditional brownies and higher nutritional value.

You can satisfy your sweet tooth with healthy ingredients in these easy, fudgy peppermint brownies. And your guests will never detect the secret ingredient and its nutritious twist.

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Why You’ll Love This Gluten-Free Black Bean Peppermint Brownies Recipe

  • You only need a few major ingredients.
  • It is super easy to make for an impressive result.
  • The flavor-rich ingredients make it taste amazing!
  • All the ingredients are easily digestible for a gentle tummy.
Gluten-Free Black Bean Peppermint Brownies Recipe with white chocolate cream cheese frosting on a red platter.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Black Beans: You can use canned black beans or cook them yourself. 

Almond Butter: Swap with sunflower seed butter, peanut butter or cashew butter for a different nutty flavor.

Maple Syrup: Use honey or agave syrup as a sweetener alternative.

Light Olive Oil: Substitute with melted coconut oil, avocado oil, or vegetable oil for a different flavor profile.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Replace with white wine vinegar or lemon juice for acidity.

Egg: For an egg-free option, use a flaxseed or chia seed egg (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or chia seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons water).

Almond Flour: Replace with gluten-free oat flour or coconut flour for a different texture.

Cocoa Powder: Use regular cocoa powder or dark cacao powder for a richer chocolate flavor.

Coconut Sugar: Swap with brown sugar or date sugar as a natural sweetener alternative.

Vanilla Extract: You can use imitation or pure vanilla extract. 

Mini Chocolate Chips: You can use regular semisweet chocolate chips. or dark chocolate chips. Choose the brand that best meets your dietary needs.

Cinnamon: Omit or replace with nutmeg for a different warm spice.

White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting: For a dairy-free option, use a vegan cream cheese substitute.

White Chocolate Chips: Replace white chocolate melting wafers with dairy-free white chocolate or skip it altogether for a simpler cream cheese frosting.

Peppermint Extract: Use peppermint oil (food-grade) as a concentrated alternative to extract.

Gluten-Free Black Bean Peppermint Brownies Recipe with white chocolate cream cheese frosting

How to Make My Candy Cane Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Step 1: Make the Brownie Batter

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Line an 8×8″ square baking pan with parchment paper and grease the exposed sides of the pan.

Rinse and drain your black beans. In an upright blender or food processor, combine the black beans, almond butter, maple syrup, oil, apple cider vinegar , and vanilla extract. Blend until well combined.

Add the egg,  almond flour, cocoa powder, coconut sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt and blend again until the mixture is smooth.

Add the 1/3 cup of chocolate chips (mini) and pulse several times to fold them into the batter. You can sprinkle extra chocolate chips over the top of the brownie if desired.

Combining batter ingredients in a food processor.

Step 2: Bake the Brownies

Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and spread it evenly.

Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Allow the brownies to cool completely before frosting.

Spreading brownie batter in a pan.

Step 3: Make the White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the white chocolate wafers with coconut oil in 20-second intervals, stirring in between, until smooth. Let it cool slightly.

In a mixing bowl or the chopper cup with my favorite immersion blender, beat the cream cheese until smooth.

Add the melted white chocolate to the cream cheese and mix until well combined.

Gently fold in the whipped cream and peppermint extract (or essential oil) until the frosting is smooth and fluffy.

Bowl of melted white chocolate.
Mixing cream cheese mixture with whipped cream in a mixing bowl.

Step 4: Assemble the Brownies

Once the brownies are completely cooled, spread the white chocolate cream cheese frosting over the top.

Chill the brownies in the refrigerator or freezer until the frosting is set.

Cut the brownies into squares. Wipe your knife with a paper towel in between cuts.

Smash 1 dozen small candy canes and sprinkle them over the fudgy black bean brownies.

Serve and enjoy!

Spreading frosting over pan of cooled brownies.
Sprinkling crushed candy canes on brownie.
Gluten-Free Black Bean Peppermint Brownies Recipe with white chocolate cream cheese frosting on a red platter.

Peppermint Brownies with Black Beans Recipe Notes

Black Beans: Be sure to rinse and drain your black beans thoroughly. Using a high-speed blender or immersion blender will ensure they are blended smoothly and undetectable in the brownie.

Peppermint Extract: Peppermint extract can be strong, so start with a few drops.

Peppermint Candy: You can use candy canes or peppermint candy. You’ll want to sprinkle them on top of your frosting immediately before serving. The food coloring in the candy can start to bleed onto the white frosting over time and after being refrigerated together. If this happens, you can use a toothpick and swirl the melted candy into the frosting for a beautiful marbled effect. They will still taste delicious!!

Make-Ahead: These brownies can be made in advance and stored in the fridge. You’ll want to spread the frosting immediately after you make it. If you chill the frosting separate from the brownies, you’ll want to bring it to room temperature to make it easier to spread.

Refrigeration: Due to the cream cheese frosting, it’s best to store these brownies in the refrigerator. Place them in an airtight container to maintain freshness.

Airtight Container: Use a container with a tight-sealing lid to prevent the brownies from absorbing odors from the refrigerator and to avoid drying out.

Separate Layers: If stacking brownies, place a sheet of parchment paper between layers to prevent them from sticking together.

Freezing Frosting: If freezing, it’s recommended to freeze the brownies without the frosting and add it after thawing for the best texture.

Thawing: When ready to enjoy frozen brownies, let them thaw in the refrigerator or at room temperature for a few hours.

Consume Within: For optimal taste and texture, try to consume the brownies within 3-4 days if refrigerated. Frozen brownies can be stored for up to 2-3 months.

Can I use canned black beans for this recipe?

Yes, canned black beans work well. Rinse and drain them before blending.

Can I use this frosting recipe with my own brownie recipe?

Yes, you can add this frosting to your favorite brownies after they’re cooled.

Is almond flour essential, or can I use a different gluten-free flour?

Almond flour provides a unique texture, but you can experiment with gluten-free oat flour, coconut flour, or a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend.

Can I make these brownies without eggs?

Absolutely! Use a flaxseed or chia seed egg as a substitute. Mix 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed or chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water and let it thicken.

What’s the purpose of adding apple cider vinegar to the brownies?

Apple cider vinegar adds acidity, which enhances the leavening agents and contributes to a lighter texture.

Can I use peppermint essential oil instead of peppermint extract?

Yes, use food-grade peppermint essential oil sparingly, as it is concentrated. Start with a few drops and adjust to taste.

Can I make the frosting dairy-free?

Yes, choose dairy-free cream cheese and whipped cream alternatives for a completely dairy-free frosting.

Can I make these brownies ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the brownies and frosting separately, refrigerate, and add the peppermint candy before serving for a fresh taste.

Do you love peppermint? Here are more delicious desserts with candy canes:

Gluten-Free Black Bean Peppermint Brownies

Gluten-Free diet-friendly recipe
Make my Gluten-Free Black Bean Peppermint Brownies Recipe with a light and creamy white chocolate cream cheese frosting and crushed candy canes on top for the perfect healthier Christmas or holiday treat. They're quickly made with almond flour, maple syrup, and coconut sugar without refined sugar. You will never detect the secret ingredient and its nutritious twist.
5 from 1 vote
Servings 16
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes

Ingredients
  

Black Bean Brownies:

  • 15 oz black beans
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon light olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 2 cups whipped cream
  • 2/3 cups white chocolate melting wafers or white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 3 drops peppermint extract

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Line an 8×8" square baking pan with parchment paper and grease the exposed sides of the pan.
    Rinse and drain your black beans. In an upright blender or food processor, combine the black beans, almond butter, maple syrup, oil, apple cider vinegar , and vanilla extract. Blend until well combined.
    Add the egg,  almond flour, cocoa powder, coconut sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt and blend again until the mixture is smooth.
    Add the 1/3 cup of chocolate chips (mini) and pulse several times to fold them into the batter. You can sprinkle extra chocolate chips over the top of the brownie if desired.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and spread it evenly.
    Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
    Allow the brownies to cool completely before frosting.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the white chocolate wafers with coconut oil in 20-second intervals, stirring in between, until smooth. Let it cool slightly.
    In a mixing bowl or the chopper cup with my favorite immersion blender, beat the cream cheese until smooth.
    Add the melted white chocolate to the cream cheese and mix until well combined.
    Gently fold in the whipped cream and peppermint extract (or essential oil) until the frosting is smooth and fluffy.
  • Once the brownies are completely cooled, spread the white chocolate cream cheese frosting over the top.
    Chill the brownies in the refrigerator or freezer until the frosting is set.
    Cut the brownies into squares. Wipe your knife with a paper towel in between cuts.
    Smash 1 dozen small candy canes and sprinkle them over the fudgy black bean brownies.
    Serve and enjoy!

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Notes

Black Beans: Be sure to rinse and drain your black beans thoroughly. Using a high-speed blender or immersion blender will ensure they are blended smoothly and undetectable in the brownie.
Peppermint Extract: Peppermint extract can be strong, so start with a few drops.
Peppermint Candy: You can use candy canes or peppermint candy. You’ll want to sprinkle them on top of your frosting immediately before serving. The food coloring in the candy can start to bleed onto the white frosting over time and after being refrigerated together. If this happens, you can use a toothpick and swirl the melted candy into the frosting for a beautiful marbled effect. They will still taste delicious!!
Make-Ahead: These brownies can be made in advance and stored in the fridge. You’ll want to spread the frosting immediately after you make it. If you chill the frosting separate from the brownies, you’ll want to bring it to room temperature to make it easier to spread.

Nutrition

Calories: 308kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 8gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.001gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 138mgPotassium: 228mgFiber: 5gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 260IUVitamin C: 0.03mgCalcium: 103mgIron: 2mg
Keyword black beans, brownies, candy canes, cream cheese, peppermint
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