This healthy Vegan Black Bean Brownies recipe is so rich, fudgy, and ultra chocolatey. Brownies made with black beans use only 10 ingredients, meaning they’re ready to dive-into in no time! And guess what? Black bean vegan brownies can be made sugar-free as well.
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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 then they’ll ask me something like, “What’s the ingredients?”
Do I lead with black beans? No, I leave that until last. Because who wants to think they’re eating brownies with beans? And yet, they’re so good, they always ask for seconds.
Why This Recipe is a Winner
- Black beans add an incredibly dense base to this dish
- Coconut oil gives this dessert a wonderful texture
- Chocolate chips add a rich, chocolate flavor to every bite
It’s hard to imagine brownies made with black beans, but you may never go back to traditional brownies again. Of course, it’s not enough to have just any brownies, I had to make these black bean brownies vegan, too!
I also love to serve these brownies with a dollop of Coconut Whipped Cream on top.
You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.
These easy vegan black bean brownies are made with only a few ingredients, including:
- Coconut oil — I used virgin coconut oil for added coconut flavor to these brownies
- Black beans — A 15-ounce can of black beans works great, or 1 3/4 cups of cooked black beans.
- Sugar — I use granulated sugar, but you can substitute coconut sugar.
- Dairy-free chocolate chips
- Cocoa powder
- Flour — I used all-purpose flour, but whole wheat pastry flour would work too.
- Ground flax seeds — You can substitute ground chia seeds if you’d like.
I imagine you have several of these ingredients in your pantry right now. Although it’s true I’m making these vegan black bean brownies with flour, you’ll notice that it’s not too much. That makes an extra dense brownie, that’s sure to please.
Use virgin coconut oil for a more defined coconut flavor or refined coconut oil for a more neutral flavor.
How to Make Black Bean Brownies
Here’s a summary of the steps involved to make this recipe:
- Pulse Beans and Coconut Oil — Pulse together the melted coconut oil and black beans in a food processor.
- Sugar and Chocolate — 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 to 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.
- Make the Batter — Add in the cocoa powder, flour, ground flax, and cornstarch. Give the mixture one more pulse until the ingredients are combined.
- Pour and Bake — Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan, using a spatula to distribute it equally across the pan. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until a tester inserted in the middle, comes out clean.
- Cool — Once the brownies are done, remove them from the oven and set them aside to cool before serving. The brownies will firm up as they cool.
Here’s some tips for these vegan black bean brownies:
- Make them into gluten free black bean brownies by subbing gluten-free baking flour
- You can add 1/4 cup chopped walnuts to the batter
- Make these into flourless black bean brownies by subbing almond flour for the flour (I do not recommend coconut flour). Making “no flour brownies” are that easy!
- Use extra dark cocoa powder (dutch-process) for an even richer brownie
- Sometimes I’ll sub peanut butter for half of the coconut oil
- To make black bean muffins, simply pour the batter into greased muffin tins and reduce the baking time to 25 minutes.
Sugar-Free Black Bean Brownies
Here are ideas to to reduce the refined sugars or to make keto black bean brownies:
- Zero-Calorie Sweeteners — Substitute Swerve 1:1 with sugar.
- Natural Sweeteners — Substitute 1 cup of Medjool dates (remove the pits first) for the sugar. You’ll need to pulse them in the food processor, and they’ll add natural sweetness.
- Flour — Substitute almond flour for the all-purpose flour for a low-carb option.
- Chocolate — Use sugar-free chocolate chips, such as Lilly’s dark chocolate chips made with stevia.
First vegan dessert I have made, and it was great! The family loved it. I took the left-overs to work so I wouldn’t eat them all. The guys at work were skeptical once I said the word vegan, but they all loved them. When they were done I told them about the black beans and the fiber, they couldn’t believe it!Jessie H.
Hands down, the best black bean brownie recipe I’ve made!Kerry A.
This has become my go-to brownie recipe!Terry
You would think these healthy black bean brownies would be loaded with protein because of the black beans, however, they only deliver 3g of protein per brownie. Of course, compared to most desserts, that’s not bad. 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.
Regarding fiber, the average brownie has around 1 gram of fiber per serving. Because of the black beans, these brownies boast nearly 4 grams of fiber per serving.
Are Black Bean Brownies actually good?
If you’re worried these black bean brownies taste beany, worry no more. You’ll get the added bonus of fiber, with the amazing decadent and delicious flavor of the best brownies ever.
More Vegan Brownies
These vegan black bean brownies are amazing! And if you’re ready for even more delicious brownies, start with these:
That’s it for these vegan black bean brownies.
Vegan Black Bean Brownies
- Preheat oven to 350°F. 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 to 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 the prepared pan, using a spatula to distribute it equally across the pan. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until a tester inserted in the middle, comes out clean.
- Once the brownies are done, remove them from the oven and set them aside to cool before serving. The brownies will firm up as they cool.
- 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 them 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.
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