Trick or Treat Recipe: Brownies

Happy Halloween! Trick your little one’s into getting their 5 a day with these delicious brownies.



2 x 400g cans black beans

1 tbsp vanilla extract

4 eggs

230g butter or coconut oil

180g light muscovado sugar or maple syrup

100g unsweetened cocoa powder

130g chopped walnuts

pinch of salt


  1. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.
  2. Grease a 20 x 30cm baking tin and line with baking parchment.
  3. Rinse and drain the beans
  4. Melt the butter or coconut oil gently in a pan and leave to cool a little.
  5. Now blend the beans, eggs, cocoa powder and maple syrup or sugar, vanilla extract and a pinch of salt in a food processor.
  6. Slowly add the melted butter or coconut oil whilst gently blending.
  7. Fold in all but a few walnuts if using and turn out into the dish.
  8. Gently spread out batter to fill the dish, sprinkle with remaining walnuts and bake for 30-45 minutes. The brownie should be firm to touch with the surface slightly cracked – but not too dry.
  9. Leave to cool, then cut into squares. Will keep for a few days in a tin at room temperature, and 1 week in the fridge.


*Recipe credit: Modified from Hemsley and Hemsley