Cosmic Coconut and Black Bean Brownies

So first off I have to confess something;

I have Zayn Malik’s new song PILLOWTALK on repeat. Like for real – It’s good. Not the actual content of the song, but his dreamy dreamy voice and the song is catchy or something…no really it’s just his voice. Although, I can’t bring myself to enjoy the music video, it’s just Gigi Hadid in yet another music video, and…another guy having his hot model girlfriend in his music video. C’mon the shits not original, get it together boys.

Also! I am what you call a “Mixer” which is a Little Mix fan girl. Yes I like to act like I am 12 and listen to awesome girl-pop music.

So if you know ANY One Direction and Little Mix history, Perrie Edwards from Little Mix was engaged to Zayn Malik from One Direction. That relationship ended bad last year a little while after he left One Direction…ohhhh DRAMA! I am obviously team Perrie, Girl PowerOh my god, listen to me – am I in middle school? Should I be pinning a poster of Harry Styles above my bed? On a serious note: I did have a poster of Billy Joe Armstrong above my bed in high school. 

Sorry, I feel like I should have put a warning at the beginning of this.

>>> GIRL ALERT! <<<

Just click the Pillowtalk link way up above and listen to the song, watch the video if you want. But the song is smooth and caaatchy. dangit.

…we were here because I was going to tell you about some weird brownies I made though right?


I know you remember those delicious Cosmic Brownies by Little Debbie. Chocolate Fudgy little squares with tiny multi colored candy coated chocolate chips. I think they are my favorite Little Debbie treat, no second favorite. Star Crunch(es?) are my favorite. Damn those things are delicious.

But today I made THESE! Heart Healthy Cosmic Coconut and Black Bean Brownies!


I just love creating something healthy (at least healthier) compared to the original, especially when it comes to sweets. Brownies are typically packed with sugar, eggs, butter and all kinds of other toppings and swirls. They are one of those sweets you can do anything with; brownies are like a super scrumptious blank canvas.


So why not start with a healthier blank canvas? I am a huge fan of the black bean brownie. They are typically flourless which is nice for all you gluten-intolerant people out there. I used melted coconut oil in place of butter, and maple syrup or agave instead of refined granulated sugar. A dash of decaf instant coffee here, a helping of shredded coconut there, we have all the goods in here.


Hi, I’m Maggie. The adorable hell-raising beagle pup. You have food? I love you.

First thing is first with these, almost everything is put into a food processor or blender and processed until smooth, you then add the coconut (or chopped nuts and chocolate chips, because you can always add more goodies) and pulse a couple times to combine into the batter. You then pour the batter into a greased 8 x 8 inch pan, top the brownies off with little candies, I used chocolate coated sunflower seeds – then slide the pan into a 350 degree oven for 35 minutes. You can get these brownies prepped, into the oven and out cooling in less than 45 minutes. Bam!


In case you were wondering about all the stuff going on underneath the brownies, this past weeks Illustration Friday’s topic was “Orbit”. This is how I brainstorming — somehow I managed to draw lipstick, avocados flying through space and a grocery list.

In the end I baked a pan of Cosmic Brownies, sooo I think that counts as a success?


Happy Saturday,

xoxo Rachael

Cosmic Coconut and Black Bean Brownies // Gluten-Free
Recipe Type: Baked Good
Author: Rachael Griffin
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The brownies are a breeze to whip up and come out tasting moist, flavorful and sweet. I love the fudgy consistency and the little bits of texture from the coconut and chocolate coated sunflower seeds.
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted (or butter)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons decaf instant coffee powder
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
  • 1/3 cup chopped raw walnuts, chocolate chips, anything (optional if you want even more pazazz)
  • Chocolate coated sunflower seeds, or candies to top the brownies.
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degreed fahrenheit.
  2. Grease an 8×8-inch baking pan.
  3. Place beans, eggs, coconut oil, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla, coffee powder and maple syrup in the bowl of a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Add the coconut and any other additions you would like and pulse just a couple times.
  4. Transfer mixture to the prepared pan.
  5. Top with little candies and additional coconut if you would like.
  6. Bake for 35 minutes, or until brownies are set in the center and a toothpicks comes out clean. Cool completely, cut into squares and enjoy!
  7. Store brownies in the fridge for 3-5 days.
Recipe adapted from (I love that name)


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