Photo of Festive Holiday Brownies by WW

Festive Holiday Brownies

Points® value
Total Time
35 min
15 min
20 min
We decorated these brownies with a festive holiday look, but they’re great any time of year—simply change the colour of the candies and sprinkles. The brownies themselves have a secret ingredient that deepens their chocolate flavour and adds a fudgy texture without fat: Canned black beans are pureed until smooth so that they seamlessly incorporate into the batter. To keep the marshmallows from falling off, we add them right after the pan comes out of the oven; they melt a bit, which sticks them to the top of the brownies.


Cooking spray

4 spray(s)

Canned low sodium black beans

1 cup(s), rinsed and drained

Plain fat free Greek yogurt

½ cup(s)

Vanilla extract

2 tsp(s)


1 large

Unsweetened cocoa powder

¾ cup(s)



Self-rising flour

½ cup(s)

Table salt

¼ tsp(s)

Mini marshmallows

1½ cup(s)

Chocolate candy

1½ oz, green and red (M&Ms or similar product; about 1/4 cup)

Rainbow sprinkles

1 tbsp(s), green and red


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper; coat the paper with cooking spray.
  2. Place the beans in a food processor; process until mostly smooth, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl as needed, about 1 minute. Add the yogurt and vanilla; process until completely smooth, about 1 minute. Add the egg; process until just combined.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the cocoa, sugar, flour, and salt. Add the bean mixture to the cocoa mixture; stir until a thick, smooth batter forms. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan. Bake at 350°F until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs, about 20 minutes.
  4. Remove the pan from the oven. Sprinkle the marshmallows over the top of the brownies. Cool slightly, then top with chocolate candies and sprinkles. Using the parchment paper, lift the brownies out of the pan. Cut into 16 squares.
  5. Serving size: 1 brownie