Pumpkin Swirl Salted Brownies

These healthy low sugar Brownies with Pumpkin swirl are a must-try this fall! They are sweetened with just pure maple syrup and made with a secret ingredient that adds moistness, protein and fiber!

Ever wonder what a food blogging Dietitian does on her day off? She makes healthy brownies, of course. Actually, it wasn’t really my day off… Last week, I went to the eye doctor and I stupidly scheduled the appointment for 10am. I didn’t think about the fact that they were going to dilate my eyes and I wouldn’t be able to see anything–including screens.

So, I pretty much had nothing to do. No computer, no TV, no books, no magazines, and it was raining out, so no running. But there is a thing that I love to do that doesn’t require reading or seeing that well–cooking.

Pumpkin Swirl Salted Brownies are made with just pure maple syrup, black beans and oats. Completely gluten-free and high in protein and fiber. It's a tasty and healthy dessert! #dessert #blackbeanbrownies #brownies #pumpkin #falldessert

I’ve been wanting to create something with pumpkin since the beginning of September, and I’ve also been craving sweets with all of my marathon training. I decided to try to make moist and delicious brownie with a little extra protein and less fat.

What makes these brownies healthy?

Any guesses on the ingredient I used to make these brownies healthier?

It’s black beans! Now before you run away in fear, let me assure you that you won’t taste the beans. They just add a richness to the brownie without all the added calories and fat.

Plus, black beans are packed with protein and iron with black bean brownies and pumpkin. This healthier version of brownies is moist and full of protein, and you won’t like crap if you have more than one.

And the pumpkin swirl on top gives you just a hint of pumpkin flavor and all the nutritional benefits of this fall fruit. [Read more about why pumpkin is so good for you here.]

As an added bonus, these brownies don’t have any refined sugar. They are sweetened with pure maple syrup. I use maple syrup a lot in baking because I love the taste and a little bit goes a long way, in terms of sweetness.

How to make Pumpkin Swirl Salted Brownies

Okay now that you know why I used black beans, pumpkin and maple syrup, let me tell you a little bit about whipping up a batch of these brownies. It could not be easier!

All you need is a food processor and a muffin tin. All the ingredients go into the food processor and you process until you get a creamy batter. Put it in a muffin tin, add the pumpkin swirl and don’t forget the sea salt– it really brings out the flavors of these brownies.

I dare you not to mention that these are “healthy” and watch everyone’s reactions. They won’t even notice!

Pumpkin Swirl Salted Brownies are made with just pure maple syrup, black beans and oats. Completely gluten-free and high in protein and fiber. It's a tasty and healthy dessert!
5 from 6 votes

Pumpkin Swirl Salted Brownies

Course Dessert
Servings 12 brownies
Author Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD


  • 1 15-ounce can (1 1/2 cups) of black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened 100% pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • cooking spray

Pumpkin Swirl Topping

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened 100% pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • coarse sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
  2. In a food processor, combine the beans, oil, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, vanilla extract, unsweetened cocoa powder, salt, oats and baking powder. Process until smooth. 

  3. Coat a muffin tin with cooking spray. Pour the brownie mixture into each muffin cup until they are all evenly filled.
  4. Meanwhile, make the topping whisking together the pumpkin,  egg, maple syrup and pumpkin pie spice. Top each brownie with a small teaspoon of pumpkin topping. For the swirl, use to knife and make a swirling motion onthe top of each brownie.

  5. Bake for 30 minutes minutes. To see if they are done, stick a knife in the brownie.  It should come out clean when they are ready.

  6. Once the brownies are cool, sprinkle with coarse sea salt.


  • Reply
    Kelli @ Hungry Hobby
    October 3, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Yum these sound amazing!

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    Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy
    September 18, 2018 at 6:54 am

    Yum! These look absolutely delicious!

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    Kim Champagne
    October 16, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Could you use applesauce instead of vegetable oil?

    • Reply
      Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD
      October 16, 2018 at 11:40 am

      I haven’t tried that because I think the recipe needs a little bit of fat. But applesauce sometimes works as a fat substitute, so it might work here. Let me know if you try it, and how it turns out!

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    Tawnie Kroll
    November 6, 2018 at 10:38 am

    5 stars
    These were so perfect for the family dinner I had on Sunday night – thank you!

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    November 9, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    5 stars
    These are the perfect treat for the holidays and fall season! love the black beans in them!

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    Liz Shaw
    November 9, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    5 stars
    Oh wow- I know what I’m making tonight for a pre-weekend treat! These look incredible!

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    November 11, 2018 at 9:00 am

    5 stars
    These are incredible! Never would have believed there were black beans in here if I didn’t make them myself 😉

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    November 11, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    5 stars
    Well mine weren’t as pretty, but yummmmmm

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    Emily Kyle
    November 13, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    5 stars
    Black bean brownies are my favorite, but they are so much better paired with pumpkin! Yum!

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