Rich, fudgy, ultra chocolatey, you will be swooning for these easy Vegan Black Bean Brownies. This simple black bean brownies recipe is made with less than 10 ingredients which means they’ll be ready in no time! Below you’ll find tips for how to make these sugar free as well. They’re 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.
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 beans, but that’s what I did. In fact, that’s how these Vegan Fudgy Black Bean Brownies came about.
I’ve had a passion for fiber for quite awhile. In fact, that’s one reason I have such a thing with using chickpeas. That passion has grown even more intense since listening to Dr. Garth Davis on the Rich Roll Podcast.
Do you know what he said that really caught my attention? Most of us would never have to deal with our weight if we focused on getting 35 grams of fiber per day.
Then there’s Dr. Gregor’s video, Do Vegetarians Get Enough Protein, where he points out that we’re getting more than enough protein, but missing the fiber target dramatically.
Here’s some expert tips to help you make these Vegan Black Bean Brownies as easily as possible:
- Use the whole can of beans, including the brine (it serves as an egg replacer)
- Make these brownies gluten-free 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 brownies by subbing almond flour for the flour (I do not recommend coconut flour)
- 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 Vegan Fudgy 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 these brownies because it makes the batter (including the beans) nice and smooth. 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 I think whole wheat pastry flour would work too)
- ground flax seeds
I imagine you have several of these recipes right in your pantry.
Vegan Black Bean Brownies Sugar Free
The recipe for these vegan black 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 these black bean brownies sugar free 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 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 an additional protein boost, 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 Vegan Fudgy Black Bean Brownies boast nearly 4 grams of fiber per serving.
Go ahead. Have another!
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!
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Vegan Fudgy Black Bean Brownies
- Heat your oven to 350F. Spray a 8″ 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.