This Healthy Vegan Black Bean Brownies Recipe is rich, fudgy, and ultra chocolatey! Brownies made with black beans are prepared with less than 10 ingredients which means they’ll be ready in no time! Black bean vegan brownies can be made sugar free as well. Fudgy Black Bean Brownies are easy, delicious, and thanks to black beans, even healthy too! If you love fudgy brownies, these are the best! See the tips below for making them with applesauce.
I never thought I’d be coming to you with a recipe for brownies made with black beans. And yet, here I am! Every time someone tastes them they love them. But the next question is, “What’s the ingredients?”
Do I lead with black beans? No, I leave that til last! Because who wants to think they’re eating brownies with beans! And yet, they’re so good, they always ask for seconds!
Making Chocolate Brownies
Sometimes I’m about all the chocolate. But most of the time I’m looking for ways to feed myself that chocolate in a way that’s as healthy as possible, without sacrificing taste.
It’s hard to imagine brownies made with black beans, but that’s what I did. In fact, that’s how this Black Bean Brownie Recipe came about. Of course, I knew I had to make these black bean brownies vegan too!
Do you love healthy desserts? Personally, I think the healthiest thing we can add to our diet is fiber. I’ve had a passion for fiber for quite awhile. In fact, that’s one reason I have such a thing with using chickpeas.
And now I’m even sharing a black bean dessert! That passion has grown even more intense since listening to Dr. Garth Davis on the Rich Roll Podcast.
This healthy brownie recipe is a favorite, but here are some more healthy dessert options:
- This Easy Healthy Brownies recipe is AMAZING!
- You’ll love this Healthy Strawberry Banana Bread recipe
- Dairy-free Chocolate Chia Pudding is a great go-to dessert
- Serve these Blueberry Crumble Bars for breakfast or dessert!
Here’s some expert tips to help you make these BlackBean Brownies as easily as possible:
- Use the whole can of beans, including the brine (it serves as an egg replacer)
- Make this into gluten free black bean brownies by subbing the flour with gluten-free baking flour
- If you love walnuts, add 1/4 cup chopped walnuts to the batter
- If you prefer a less “fudgy” texture to your brownies. omit the bean brine and replace with 1/4 cup sugar free applesauce
- Make these into flourless black bean brownies by subbing almond flour for the flour (I do not recommend coconut flour). No flour brownies are that easy!
- Use extra dark cocoa powder for an even richer brownie
- You know I love peanut butter, so I definitely like subbing coconut oil for some PB sometimes
- To make black bean muffins, simply pour the batter into greased muffin tins and reduce the baking time to 25 minutes.
There’s so many ways to make these best Black Bean Brownies unique to you and your needs! Just experiment until you find the way you like to make them best. I also love to serve these brownies with a dab of Coconut Whipped Cream on top!
How to Make Vegan Black Bean Brownies
I use a food processor to make this easy black bean brownies recipe because it creates a nice, smooth batter (including the beans). You’ll need less than 10 ingredients for this recipe and these are:
- coconut oil
- black beans (15 oz can)
- sugar (you can use coconut sugar)
- chocolate chips
- cocoa powder
- all-purpose flour (but whole wheat pastry flour would work too)
- ground flax seeds
I imagine you have several of these recipes right in your pantry. Note: It’s true I’m making these black bean brownies with flour, but you’ll notice that it’s not too much. It’s so easy to make this recipe gluten-free by using a 1:1 gluten free baking flour!
Sugar Free Black Bean Brownies
The recipe for vegan bean brownies includes granulated sugar. Of course, you can also sub coconut sugar. Some studies have shown that coconut sugar is better regulated by the body.
Alternatively, you can make black beans brownies no sugar by using Swerve in the recipe. Just substitute 1:1 with sugar to reduce the sugar dramatically.
If you want it to be truly sugar free, you’ll also need to find sugar free chocolate chips as well. I really enjoy Lilly’s dark chocolate chips made with stevia.
You would think that these healthy black bean brownies would be loaded with protein because of the black beans, however, they only deliver 3g of protein per brownie. Compared to most desserts, that’s not bad.
However, if you want black bean protein brownies, feel free to add a quarter cup of plant-based protein powder. It will boost the protein level up to 5g of protein per brownie.
Are You Getting Your Fiber?
According to Dr. Gregor (and many other nutritional experts) most Americans are not getting enough fiber. In fact, on average, we’re consuming about 15 grams of fiber a day. That’s not a lot when you consider the recommendation of 30-35 grams per day.
So, how are we supposed to up our fiber game?
I’m convinced that adding fiber is the way to go, but that doesn’t mean we have to give up some of the foods we love. That’s where these black bean brownies come in. Whereas the average brownie has less than 1 gram of fiber per serving, by including black beans in the ingredients, these simple Black Bean Brownies boast nearly 4 grams of fiber per serving.
Next on my list? I’m going to make a black bean chocolate cake!
Do Black Bean Brownies Taste Good?
They’re not just good…they’re crazy good!
So, in summary, these brownies are:
- full of fiber
- easy to make
What else could you ask for!
Looking for a more indulgent brownie? You will love this amazing Vegan Brownies Recipe!
As you can tell, we love these Black Bean Chocolate Brownies!
I hope you love this recipe as we do! Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!
Vegan Fudgy Black Bean Brownies
- Heat your oven to 350F. Spray a 9 inch square baking pan with vegetable cooking spray.
- Combine the coconut oil and black beans in a food processor. Pulse until smooth.
- Add the sugar and chocolate chips to the food processor. It will be a bit bumpy, but pulse for a few seconds (up to 20 – 30 seconds) to break up the chocolate chips. You can always chop the chocolate chips into pieces on a cutting board if you prefer not to put your food processor to the test.
- Add in the cocoa powder, flour, ground flax, and cornstarch. Give the mixture one more pulse until the ingredients are combined.
- Pour the brownie batter into your prepared pan, using a spatula to get it all. Bake for 40 – 45 minutes, until a tester inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Once the brownies are done, remove them from the oven and set aside to cool before serving. Serve warm (or not – they’re delicious either way).
- Store brownies in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Individual brownies can be frozen. Allow them to cool, slice them, and place on a tray. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes. Then transfer to a freezer bag. They will keep in the freezer for up to 2 months.
The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.