Red Kidney beans brownie and boiled red beans on blue wooden background.

For years now, Randall Beans has been a go-to for all things beans, including dozens upon dozens of mouth-watering recipes. We’ve even featured some tasty dessert dishes like Turtle Black Bean Brownies, Black Bean Peppermint Brownies and White Bean Chunky Cookie Dough.

Some people may look at beans at say, “Really? Beans for dessert? How can that work?” While sure, we don’t bet many people would line up for a bowl of beans after a main course, beans used cleverly in dessert recipes can be a dynamite addition.

So what is about beans that make them so ideal in your sweet treats?

Cut out flour

When the beans are pureed and mixed with other ingredients they form together to create a good binding agent for your batter. This allows you to cut out flour completely from most recipes. It seems like a strange concept, baking without flour. However, once you find a replacement for the binding you soon learn how replaceable and expendable flour really is.

Flour is a huge source of gluten. People who are gluten intolerant or on a gluten-free diet cannot usually enjoy these kinds of recipes because of it without bending over backward to find expensive or hard to find replacements. Beans are a cheap and easy workaround for accomplishing what flour does… better than flour does.

In addition, flour lacks in overall nutrition. While providing some protein and potassium, flour is high in carbohydrates and has fair amounts of sodium.

Beans add nice coloration

Using beans in your dessert recipes helps makes them look better! No joke. Black beans in brownies, cake or cupcakes add an extra depth of rich, dark coloration that will make them look all the more better to eat! That way, you also don’t have to add nearly as much cocoa powder.

You can even use red kidney beans to give your treats an amber hue. The creaminess of white beans can serve a similar role in cake or cookie dough, helping give them a creamy coloration.

If you are serving bean-based treats to a skeptic, it’s important that they pass the eyeball test and look just as good as they taste.

Health benefits

In addition to helping cut back on gluten and the amount of chocolate in your recipe, you also get to enjoy all the regular health benefits have to offer while still enjoying your sweets.

There really isn’t much beans aren’t good for! Beans are an excellent source of protein, iron, fiber and other nutrients while remaining extremely low in cholesterol and fat. Beans are also a good digestion aid and can help regulate body weight and blood sugar. Now, that won’t make what you are eating 100% healthy. However, these little extra benefits can help make your indulgences slightly more guilt-free.

You can have your cake and eat it too… so to speak.

Same look and taste

By far the best thing about using beans in your baked goods is that they allow you to take advantage of all of these benefits without sacrificing any look or taste! Using beans as a binder keeps your recipes fluffy, moist and delicious, just like the original.

Ready to give sweet beans a chance? The recipes featured above and many more are included in our free Holiday Sweets Cookbook! What better time to try something new than the holidays? And if you are making bean desserts, make sure you are using the best beans on Earth: Randall Beans. Our beans in a jar can be found across the midwest in a store near you. If you can’t find us, you can always have delicious Randall Beans delivered right to your door from our online store.

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This recipe can be made with either Randall Beans Great Northern White Beans or the Randall Beans Organic products.

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