Two Bite Black Bean Brownies

Seven bite sized black bean brownies topped with peanut butter frosting sit on a cream plate.

These super fudgy Two Bite Black Bean Brownies are full of delicious chocolate-y flavour and good for you fibre. Whip them up quick using basic pantry ingredients and top them with decadent Peanut Butter Frosting

*This delicious Two Bite Black Bean Brownies post was sponsored by Purolator Tackle Hunger. All opinions in this post are my own (and you all know how much I love football!)

The Purolator Tackle Hunger Game Day Program

If you have been reading this blog for any length of time, you already know that I love football. That’s why I was so thrilled to be asked to participate in the Purolator Tackle Hunger  game day food drive here in Calgary. The Purolator partnership with the Canadian Football League helps raise hunger awareness by collecting non-perishable food items (and cash donations!) for food banks across the country.  Since its beginning in 2003 the Purolator Tackle Hunger® Program has helped deliver the equivalent of more than 12 million pounds of food to food banks across Canada.

A Football mom tries on her son's football helmet on the football field.

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Sam’s last Junior game as a Kamloops Bronco. I just had to try on his helmet!

Always Have a Fall Back Play

So, what part can food bloggers play in the Purolator Tackle Hunger program? With so much emphasis on gathering food and donations at games across the country, there’s a need to reach a wider audience. We want to show that healthy and delicious food can be made from staple food bank items. 

The Game Plan

Each CFL team has a Purolator Tackle Hunger ambassador that volunteers throughout the community and promotes the program through the media. One rainy Friday practice, I met with Calgary Stampeders Offensive Lineman Derek Dennis to chat about his PTH connection. After seeing him greet fans and watching him during the press conference, I understood why he was their chosen ambassador. This giant native New Yorker has the kindest heart. He also remembers being on the receiving end of food bank donations during his childhood and knows the importance of the PTH program in the city of Calgary and across Canada.

Derek Dennis, Calgary Stampeders Offensive Lineman and Purolator Tackle Hunger Player Representative
with Derek Dennis, Calgary Stampeders Offensive Lineman

Know Your Routes

O-linemen are notorious for their gigantic appetites. Derek (nickname: Bonecrusher or DD) is 6’3 and weighs around 348 pounds. He didn’t get there by eating salads but he is fond of simple foods like white rice and lots of meat. On game day DD loves a large breakfast followed by light snacks throughout the day. These guys work really hard during games and having a full stomach when someone lands on you is never a great idea. That’s why small snacks that provide a lot of energy and a bit of protein are important.

Seven bite sized black bean brownies topped with peanut butter frosting sit on a cream plate.

Bonecrusher Inspired Black Bean Brownies

While we chatted I found out that Derek also has a sweet tooth, more specifically he loves brownies. I took a look at the Calgary Food Bank’s July ‘wish list’ and saw that peanut butter and beans were of high priority and was immediately inspired. I decided to combine them both in a Black Bean Brownie recipe while adding applesauce as a nod to Derek’s home city, the Big Apple.

Athletic Supporters

The saying goes, if you can’t be an athlete, be an athletic supporter. My job as a football mama (and food blogger!) was to provide vast quantities of food during training (like the time I had a kitchen full of boys chowing down on my Japanese Chicken Curry). However, the game days snacks like these chocolate chip cookies were always the most appreciated. The Calgary Stampeders have a real life football mama who brings baked treats to her cookie squad to practices. My friend Connie Fekete (@newfiehun) has been doing this for 8 years now and one of these days my plan is to join her with some Black Bean Brownies.

A football glove covered hand reaches out for a bite sized black bean brownies topped with peanut butter frosting sitting on a cream plate.

This year, my city’s team, the Calgary Stampeders Tackle Hunger game took place on August 17 and the equivalent of  40,537 pounds of food was donated to the Calgary Food Bank. I’m so proud of my city and thrilled to have such generous Stamps fans! 

Two representatives hold a giant cheque showing food donation amount at Calgary Stampeders Game August 17, 2019

More About the Calgary Food Bank

The Calgary Food Bank has been providing quality food and supplies to clients in need since 1982. Over the years, the need for the food bank has become greater than ever. During the latest downturn in the Alberta economy, the food bank saw a record 184,500 lives affected and provided 90,860 hampers to families and individuals in crisis. Fortunately, there are also many Calgarians who regularly respond by giving their time, money, and by donating food. Food bank volunteers ‘banked’ 148, 104 volunteer hours (a value over $4.4 million dollars) 
and assisted in delivering 9.4 million pounds of food in 2018.

If you are able to donate your time to the Calgary Food Bank visit HERE.

If you want to donate food, the Calgary Food Bank has a wish list of most needed items HERE.

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Yield: 4 dozen

Two Bite Black Bean Brownies

Two Bite Black Bean Brownies

These super fudgy Two Bite Black Bean Brownies are full of delicious chocolate-y flavour and good for you fibre. Whip them up quick using basic pantry ingredients and top them with decadent Peanut Butter Frosting.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 (14 oz) can black beans; drained and rinsed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 4 tbsp oil
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips

Peanut Butter Frosting (from

  • 1 stick unsalted butter: room temperature
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1 1/4 cups icing sugar


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Grease a 24 count mini muffin pan.
  2. Add all ingredients (except chocolate chips) to the large bowl of a food processor.
  3. Process until smooth, stopping periodically to scrape down sides of bowl.
  4. Fill mini muffin cups half full using a teaspoon. Wipe edges and spills.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool to room temperature.
  6. Frost with peanut butter frosting.

For the Peanut Butter Frosting (from

  1. Place stick of butter in the bowl of a mixer. Mix until creamy.
  2. Add peanut butter, salt, and vanilla. Mix again.
  3. Add in icing sugar and carefully turn onto low setting. Mix until all the sugar is incorporated, stopping to scrape down sides as needed.
  4. Transfer into a piping bag fitted with your favourite tip and place in fridge for about 10 minutes.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 119Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 88mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 3g

Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.

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  1. Sophie

    Black bean brownies are so good and your recipe is very intriguing. Will make some soon!


    1. Bernice Hill

      Wonderful, thank you for stopping by Sophie!

  2. Rebecca Blackwell

    I made these today because the idea of a fudge good-for-you brownie was too much to resist. They are absolutely DELICIOUS! But, more importantly, I love the message of this post! Thanks for such a great recipe and and even better message.


    1. Bernice Hill

      That’s awesome Rebecca, thank you so much for letting me know how they turned out. Enjoy!

  3. Kelly Neil

    That is simply incredible about the Tackle Hunger game!!! (although I’ll be honest I had a hard time focusing because all I could think about was the two bite black bean brownies lol). Kudos for being a great football mama and for sharing a great recipe!!


    1. Bernice Hill

      hahaha, focus Kelly! Seriously though, I was very happy with the final result of the post and the campaign!

  4. Terri

    I LOVE everything about this, Bernice! What a great idea to make recipes out of popular food bank items. And I love that you make them healthy. I always feel soo much better about eating sweets if they have healthy things in them!


    1. Bernice Hill

      oh me too! Especially when they are so small…I can eat 5 right?

  5. Kankana Saxena

    I love two bite individual size desserts! These brownie sounds so lovely and you used black beans.


    1. Bernice Hill

      yes! They’re so small and irresistible!

  6. Leanne @ Crumb Top Baking

    I don’t know a thing about football, but it sounds like a great program for a great cause! And these two-bite brownies are just calling my name Bernice. Because they’re only two bites, it means I should have at least three, right?


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