black bean cookies 2Vegan, Gluten-Free, Raw Fusion

A few months ago I decided to try Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Black Bean Brownie recipe (as seen on the Dr. Oz show) as a healthy dessert alternative for my husband.  He liked the taste of them but not the texture, as he’s more of a crisp cookie enthusiast.

Yesterday I decided to adapt this recipe to make cookies and am pretty excited about the result!

While it’s easy to buy canned beans (although finding ones with no added salt can be tricky) I am a huge advocate for enhancing the bioavailability and nutritional value of beans, by soaking and sprouting them.

Why all the extra work?

All grains, beans, nuts and seeds have a protective barrier that makes these items only “potential foods”.  The outer shell, skin or peel has phytic acid and other anti-nutrients that are designed to keep away insects and shield them from damage from humidity and over-exposure to the elements.  These anti-nutrients are not poisonous, per se, but they are irritating to the stomach and can keep you from getting the full array of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants.  I go into more details in my blog “Nuts about Walnuts”  and you can see me demonstrate the process with lentils at this video.  You probably already soak your beans overnight or during the day – this is just an extra step (germinating them in a paper-towel lined colander) that will ensure that the foodstuff is brimming with living energy and enzymes.

Grain-Free Goodness

With many more people going gluten- and grain-free, I love the idea of being able to bake something using beans as the base.  Chia seeds are the “glue” that hold together the batter, making these eggless and vegan.  And date paste instead of sugar is truly a sensible sweetening solution that we teach in the Natural Wellness Academy.  I made these “Raw Fusion” by creating a tantalizing icing using coconut butter, coconut nectar and natural coffee flavoring (I used Frontier brand but you can also make a strong espresso) I also added some powdered wheatgrass to the mix to boost the nutritional value and slow down sugar absorption.

Note:  If you don’t have the ingredients to make the icing, just spread some nut butter between 2 cookies for a perfect dessert!

Soaked and sprouted black beans boost nutrients and enzymes!

black beans soaked sprouted

Chocolate Cappuccino Cookies

Makes about 24 cookies


  • 2 cups cooked unsalted black beans*
  • 10-12 medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • ½ cup unsweetened cacao (non-alkalized)
  • 2 TB. raw almond butter
  • 2 TB. maple syrup or coconut nectar
  • 2 TB. ground chia seeds
  • 1 ½ tsp. alcohol-free vanilla extract
  • ½ cup water
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • Coconut oil for greasing pan
  • Optional: add 2 TB. powdered greens or wheatgrass for added nutrition

*Ideally you will make the black beans from scratch, soaking and sprouting them and cooking without salt.  You can replace with canned or frozen black beans but make sure they are salt-free.

Icing Ingredients:

  • 3 TB. coconut butter
  • 2-3 TB. coconut nectar (can replace with raw honey)
  • 1.5 tsp. alcohol-free vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tsp. coffee extract

Directions:  Pit and soak dates in the 1/2 cup of unfiltered water (see above) for 10-20 minutes.   Pre-heat oven to 305 degrees.   In a blender or food processor add the black beans, dates, date soak water, almond butter, sweetener and cacao powder.  Blend until smooth.  Stir in the remaining ingredients and let sit for 10 minutes to allow the chia to absorb some of the moisture in the batter.   Grease 2-3 cookie sheets with coconut oil.   Using a large spoon, put 1 1/2 spoonfuls for each cookie and round them out slightly.  Check after 20 minutes to see if they are the consistency you enjoy.  (My husband likes them very crisp so mine took closer to 30 minutes).  Using a spatula, remove them to a cooling rack or plate while you mix the icing.

In a bowl combine the icing ingredients, using a whisk or a fork until well blended.  Spread over cooled cookies.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes for icing to harden.  If you keep outside of the fridge, the icing will become soft but these are still quite good either way!

Cookies with Cappuccino Icing!

black bean iced (800x450)

If you enjoyed this grain-free cookie, check out my Iced Peppermint Quookies, made with quinoa!

LindaJoy Rose (Academy Founder and Natural Wellness Expert)

LindaJoy Rose, PhD is a therapist, author, professional speaker, international trainer, and healthy living expert with over 25 years of experience. As the former Director of International Development for the American Board of Hypnotherapy, she is a pioneer in the field of subconscious dynamics and clinical hypnotherapy, implementing training and certification in many countries across Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Dr. LJ has appeared numerous times as the Healthy Living expert with the Tampa NBC affiliate and syndicated Daytime TV show, local media coverage, and over 100 videos on the super-information site,

She is the author of eight books, including Your Mind: The Owner’s Manual and Raw Fusion Living: Recipes for Health Eating, Natural Weight Loss and Anti-Aging, and contributes regularly to the popular worldwide news service, The Huffington Post.

With a grant from the Astra-Zeneca Foundation, Rose successfully launched a healthy lifestyle retraining program at one of the nation’s largest and most respected clinics. Having overcome a debilitating auto-immune disorder through lifestyle changes and self-care, she subsequently developed a practical and delicious eating philosophy and teaches popular classes with food demonstrations, world-wide.

In 2013, she launched the online and onsite Natural Wellness Academy with certifications in Holistic Health and Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy and with students and graduates in almost 20 countries.

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Dr. Rose is also a volunteer docent at the Florida Holocaust Museum and resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and 4 furry companions.

"From training therapists internationally in the fields of psychology and hypnotherapy to being an online mentor for two West Coast Universities, to founding the Natural Wellness Academy, teaching has always been my passion, I enjoy nothing more than informing and inspiring prospective coaches and therapists."

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