Black Bean Cupcakes: Gluten Free and Sugar Free

5 / 5 (2 reviews)

Black Bean Cupcakes Anyone?

Who knew you could make cupcakes from black beans?ย  I sure didn’t. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I will say this though… do not… I repeat DO NOT tell people what is in these cupcakes before they taste them.ย  Wait until after they are finished then politely ask if they enjoyed them.ย  My husband and kids didn’t have a clue and they loved them!

The key to making this recipe work is making sure there are no lumps in your batter. SO my little trick is to use your blender to mix this one up my friends… it will make life much easier! You can thank me later. ๐Ÿ™‚ Guess what… these Black Bean Cupcakes have NO FLOUR and NO SUGAR in them either! NO JOKE!!


Why black beans?

Black beans are full of fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin B6 and phytonutrients! There is NO cholesterol in black beans and they help decrease the risk of heart disease. This is a “healthy” alternative to your regular every day cupcake! PLUS it’s a great way to add some nutrition without your family even knowing it!

And don’t worry… you aren’t loading up on sugar to make these tasty! This recipe calls for some HONEY to naturally sweeten the cupcakes (you can make this batter for cake as well). One you’ve mixed everything up, pour it into your pan. A little trick is to thump the pan on the counter several times… this will smooth out the batter and let those little air bubbles pop!

These will taste better if you let them cool overnight. The texture will be better the next day! I’d love to hear what you think about these Black Bean Cupcakes… actually, more importantly I want to know what your family thinks! Let me know if the comments below!

NOTE: There are 5 eggs total in the recipe, but you’ll be dividing them up. AND use cooked black beans… not uncooked black beans!

Thanks for the inspiration Accidental Huswife!

Black Bean Cupcakes: Gluten Free and Sugar Free

5 / 5 (2 reviews)
Prep Time: 20 mins | Cook Time: 18-20 mins
Yield: 24 cupcakes | Serves: 24


  • 1 1/4 cup (cooked) rinsed black beans
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons Cocoa Powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 7 tablespoons butter


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. To prepare the batter:
  3. In a blender combine 1 1/4 cup rinsed black beans, 3 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp salt, 6 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1 tsp baking powder, and 1/2 tsp baking soda.
  4. Blend until there are absolutely no lumps.
  5. In a bowl whip together 1/2 c honey and 7 tablespoons butter.
  6. Add 2 eggs and whip until smooth.
  7. Pour butter mixture into bean mixture and combine until it's nice and smooth
  8. Pour into cupcake liners (about 2/3 full) and bake at 325 degree for about 18 minutes.
  9. Let cool completely (overnight even).
  10. Frost and serve.


Make sure your batter is nice and smooth! And for an even better texture, let your cupcakes rest overnight! Enjoy this tasty flourless and non-processed sugar cupcake option! There are 5 eggs total in the recipe, but youโ€™ll be dividing them up. AND use cooked black beansโ€ฆ not uncooked black beans!

Ingredients: Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Beans, Butter, Chocolate, Cocoa Powder, Egg, Honey, Salt, Vanilla Extract
Meal Type: Desserts, Clean Eating, Gluten Free, Meatless
Categories: Cakes and Cupcakes, Oven

Comments & Reviews

  • sena

    Do they taste “chocolaty”? What type of frosting did you use? Would this recipe be considered gluten free?

  • Racheal

    We are gluten free and we have made similar black bean desserts. They are good usually the texture is a little different but come on they are made from beans, what do you expect! If you need to be gluten free these are, if all the ingredients are GF. Check the manufacurer on the vanilla that is something that may NOT be gluten free. I know weird, vanilla what should be in vanilla?

  • Heather @ Creative Family Moments

    JUST made this tonight and was FLOORED that no one could tell. They gobbled it up and asked for seconds! I actually didn’t have any frosting on hand, but did, in fact, have Nutella! Worked like a charm. Since my son has an intolerance to wheat this was awesome – none of that gluten-free aftertaste we find in cake mixes. Thank you for posting! And if you’re reading, Mrs. H, thank you too!

  • Miriam

    I felt the need to mention the beans are cooked. I saw a lot of people breaking their blenders on the site this recipe is from.

  • Sue

    These cupcakes are very must; hover, as a chocoholic I found the flavor to be mildly chocolate flavored. The frosting is needed to punch up the flavor. I may make them again, but I will increase the cocoa considerably.

  • Sue

    My copy of the recipe included a frosting made of 1/2 cup skim-milk heated with 15.5 oz. chocolate chips stirred until desired consistency.

  • Chris

    Do you know how many carbs per cupcake?

  • Ivonne

    can I use black beans from the can or do they have to be fresh?

  • Jen

    Amazing! I made it several times now, super moist, healthy, and dont even taste the beans.

  • Jen

    I am curious if there is a vanilla option for this cake? If so what beans do i use?

  • Emily

    these are awesome! but why did my cupcakes look great coming out of the oven but as they cooled they flattened alittle?

  • Chanel | Cultural Xplorer

    Who knew you could make cupcakes out of black beans? I am eager to try these!

  • Kevin

    “Sugar Free” is very misleading. Honey is just another form of sugar.

  • Maria

    This was my first time using black beans in baking and it was so good. I would have never known the difference and, actually, none of my family did. They loved them, even after knowing the secret. I did add mini chocolate chips because I love chocolate but I did not make the frosting. I didn’t miss it. I will definitely make these again.

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