Secret ingredient brownies with lingon berries

Need a healthier dessert for the weekend? I don’t believe in complete elimination. Rather than eliminating whole food groups you can always find a healthier way around it. This absolute deliciousness is including a somewhat surprising ingredient. If you’ve already tried to replace the flour in a cake with chickpeas (garbanzo beans), you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t tried – you should! It’s adding a lot of nutrients to an otherwise not very nutritious dessert.

  • 60 minutes
  • 12 servings
  • 203 calories


  • 200 g dark chocolate (at least 60%)
  • 1 can (400 g) garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 eggs ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Powdered sugar for garnish (optional)


Garbanzo bean brownies

  1. Add the chocolate to a small sauce pan and heat over medium low. When it begins to melt, slowly stir with a spoon until it is completely melted.
  2. Preheat the oven to 170° C .
  3. Add all ingredients except chocolate to a blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Add the melted chocolate to the mix and blend into a thick batter.
  5. Line an 8” (20 cm) x 8” (20 cm) baking dish with baking paper (or lightly oil it with oil). Pour the brownie batter into the dish and smoothen out using a knife.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes (have a quick look after 25 minutes). To be sure, test the center with a toothpick or fork.
  7. Let the brownies cool a few minutes. Pull the edges of the baking paper in the edges to remove the whole brownie. Put it ona cutting board and use a knife to cut the brownies.
  8. If desired, garnish with powdered sugar.

Serve with fresh fruits, berries or some lovely walnuts. We topped ours with some highly nutritious lingon berries.

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Protein 3,7 g, carbs 25g, fat 10,2g

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  1. By Maria on Mon Jul 21 2014

    Ser jättegod ut! Men hur många kalorier är det i den?
    Med vänlig hälsning,

    • By Lifesum on Thu Oct 09 2014

      Hej Maria, Vi har fått många frågor kring detta så nu kan du se näringsinnehållet i receptet. Vi ber självklart om ursäkt för sent svar!

  2. By Christine on Wed Sep 17 2014

    how many calories??

    • By Lifesum on Thu Oct 09 2014

      We have just updated this info so now you can see the kcal in one serving. We hope you will enjoy it!

  3. By Roberto on Mon Sep 29 2014

    Where are the calories info??

    • By Lifesum on Thu Oct 09 2014

      You can check it now in the recipe:)

  4. By Frederikke on Tue Oct 07 2014

    Hi, where is the information on servings, calories and nutrients for this cake placed?

    • By Lifesum on Thu Oct 09 2014

      It took us some time but the information is now updated 🙂

  5. By Elsa on Sun Oct 19 2014

    Why can’t people see where the calorie count is…’s under the picture of the brownie.