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These Vegan Black Bean Brownies are so fudgy and decadent you won’t believe they’re actually healthy and so easy to make! They require just 9 pantry staple ingredients that are gluten free, oil free and refined sugar free!

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Beans in dessert is not a new thing by any means– one of my very first posts on the blog was actually this Chickpea Cookie Dough recipe! Beans really don’t taste like much… they usually end up tasting like however you flavour it. They have a great body and can have a really nice texture to them when blended well.

I’ve made brownies using pumpkin and avocado, and a rich brownie like chocolate cake using tofu… so next up I wanted to tackle some brownies made from beans!

And since I used to make this healthy brownie batter back in university with black beans every single night for dessert, I knew black beans would work really well with chocolate.

And yesss guys, they were a huge success!! Literally, my ideal brownie. Fudgy, rich and decadent. Plus, they don’t dry out at all even after a couple days!

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Ingredients in These Healthy Black Bean Brownies

These brownies are made with just 9 wholesome ingredients ya’ll, and I’m guessing you already have these in your pantry too!

  • Black Beans: a fiber rich base that replaces flour in brownies and makes them extra moist.
  • Flax meal: replaces eggs and holds this brownie together.
  • Peanut Butter: replaces butter, makes it richer and also acts as a binder.
  • Cocoa Powder: cause they’re brownies!!
  • Coconut Sugar: keeps these brownies refined sugar free.
  • Dark Chocolate: makes these brownies extra fudgy.
  • Nature’s Charm Caramel Sauce: a delicious sweet n’ gooey addition!
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How to Make Vegan Black Bean Brownies

My favourite thing about this recipe (other than the fact that they’re freaking delicious) is that they’re so easy to make in just the food processor! No stirring and worrying about over-mixing. Here’s a brief run down:

  1. Blend all the ingredients together into a food processor except the dark chocolate until combined and smooth.
  2. Add in the chocolate and pulse the mixture together.
  3. Transfer brownie batter into a 6×6 inch lined baking pan. Smooth out the top evenly using a spatula. Spoon caramel sauce on top, then spread or swirl it so it melts evenly.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes or until the top begins to get crackly. Cool completely before cutting.

And the Result?

 Slightly crispy edges and super fudgy and chocolaty on the inside… oh, and that gooey sweet caramel top just brings it up 10 notches.

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Extra Tips to Perfect Vegan Brownies

  • Don’t Let the Batter Heat Up: When blending, make sure the batter does not become too warm or the chocolate will melt into the batter and it can get pretty difficult to smooth out the brownie.
  • Use a Small Baking Pan: This keeps these brownies thick, moist and gooey. You CAN use a 8×8 inch baking pan but note that they will be thinner and you may want to reduce baking time by 5-10 minutes.
  • Use End-of-the-Jar Nut Butter: I’ve used both “runny” nut butter and the stuff at the bottom of a nut butter– I’ve found the dryer stuff to work really well in this recipe. Runny nut butter makes these brownies more moist and melt-y whereas the dryer stuff makes them more dense and truffle like.

How to Store Black Bean Brownies

Since these brownies have beans in them they should be kept in the fridge in an air tight container. Black bean brownies will last in the fridge for 5-7 days or up to 2 months in the freezer. Eat chilled, at room temperature or microwave for 15 seconds to get them warm and gooey.

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I hope you try and love these vegan black bean brownies as much as I do! They’re a great healthy dessert for when you’re craving something sweet but still a little more nutritious 🙂

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Vegan Caramel Black Bean Brownies


  • Author: Lisa Kitahara
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 9 Servings 1x

Description

These Vegan Black Bean Brownies are so fudgy and decadent you won’t believe they’re actually healthy and so easy to make! They require just 9 pantry staple ingredients that are gluten free, oil free and refined sugar free!


Ingredients

Scale


Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F (180 C). Line 6×6 inch baking tin or grease with oil. 
  2. Add all the ingredient except the dark chocolate into a food processor and blend until combined ans smooth. Scrape down the sides of the food processor as needed. 
  3. Add in the chopped chocolate and pulse blend a couple times to incorporate the chocolate into the batter. 
  4. Transfer brownie batter into baking pan. Using a spatula, smooth out the top. 
  5. Spoon some caramel sauce on top of the brownie. Spread or swirl the caramel over the top. 
  6. Bake for 30 minutes. Allow it to cool for 15 minutes before removing from baking pan. Place on cooling rack and cut into sliced when completely cooled.

Notes

  • Nutritional Information Disclaimer: Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated on an online tool (Cronometer).
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Category: Sweets
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: vegan, gluten free

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 brownie
  • Calories: 217
  • Sugar: 217g
  • Sodium: 260mg
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.7g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5.2g
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 25.5g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Protein: 6.5g
  • Cholesterol: 0.23

Keywords: brownies, vegan brownies, gluten free brownies, flourless, chocolate, dairy free

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I'm Lisa, a home cook, recipe developer and founder of Okonomi Kitchen. Here, you'll find a mix of classic and modernized Japanese recipes, and creative, plant-forward meal inspiration using seasonal ingredients. I hope to share more about Japanese cuisine and culture through food and recipes.


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20 Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing.. I made them tonight and added a date caramel sauce (I saw the suggestion in one of the posts) as I didn’t have what you suggested. They came out a little mushy but I think I didn’t cook them long enough. I used an 8×8 pain and baked for 30 minutes. Regardless. They were still Yummy..

  2. This was so good and so easy to make!! I didn’t have caramel sauce, so I omitted it but followed everything else. I used cacao so it was pure black and sprinkled a lot of fleur de sel. Will definitely make it again – so easy and so yummy!!

  3. I’ve made these brownies a few times already -they’re great for dessert during the week and made with ingredients that make me feel good about what i’m putting into my body! My friends absolutely loved these, they’re so rich and indulgent! I made Lisa’s soy sauce caramel to top these with, so delicious! Thanks for another amazing recipe!