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Vegan Black Bean Brownies

These vegan black bean brownies are super chocolatey, fudgy, and moist, and you can't even tell they're made with beans. This recipe is naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and ready in just 30 minutes too!
Course Brownies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8

Equipment

  • Food processor*

Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz can black beans (245 g after being drained and rinsed)
  • 2 chia eggs (2 tbsp ground chia seeds + 1/3 cup water)
  • 1/4 cup (60 g) peanut butter or nut/seed butter of choice
  • 1/2 cup (40 g) cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (45 g) oat flour (gluten-free if needed)
  • 1/3 cup (110 g) maple syrup (see notes)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp espresso powder (optional)
  • 2-3 oz (60-90 g) dairy-free chocolate chopped (or chocolate chips) + more for the top

Instructions

  • Watch the video in the post for easy visual instructions.
    Line a 9x6 inch (23x15 cm) pan with parchment paper (with an overhang on two sides) and preheat your oven to 350 °F (175 °C).
  • To make the chia eggs, combine 2 tbsp ground chia seeds with 1/3 cup (75 ml) of water and let it sit for a few minutes.
  • Meanwhile, add all ingredients (except the dairy-free chocolate and the chia eggs) to a food processor and mix for about 10 seconds.
  • Scrape down the sides of the food processor, add the chia eggs and mix again until well combined.
  • Now add the chopped chocolate (or use chocolate chips) and stir with a spoon. You can use 2 oz (60 grams) if you prefer the brownies less sweet or use 3 oz (90 grams) for sweeter brownies. I also added some on top for decoration.
  • Add the brownie batter to the pan and bake in the oven for 22-25 minutes. I baked mine for 25 minutes, and they came out fudgy, but not too soft. If you prefer them very gooey and fudgy, then reduce the baking time by a few minutes.
  • Let them cool completely (they will firm up once cooled), slice, and enjoy! They taste even better on day 2, so don't eat them all on day 1. :)

Notes

  • Oats: I used 45 grams of whole-grain oats that I processed in my electric coffee/spice grinder. You can use regular oats or store-bought oat flour.
  • Maple syrup: You can use any liquid sweetener of choice. If you have a sweet tooth, you can add up to 2 tablespoons of syrup in addition.
  • Peanut butter: Any nut butter like almond butter will work. For a nut-free version use sunflower seed butter or oil.
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Black Bean Brownies
Serving Size
 
1 brownie
Amount per Serving
Calories
200
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
7.8
g
12
%
Saturated Fat
 
2.7
g
14
%
Carbohydrates
 
23.5
g
8
%
Fiber
 
6
g
24
%
Sugar
 
12.7
g
14
%
Protein
 
6.8
g
14
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.