This healthy Vegan Black Bean Brownies recipe is so rich, fudgy, and ultra chocolatey! Brownies made with black beans are prepared with less than 10 ingredients which means they’ll be ready for you to dive-into in no time! And guess what? 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!
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 til 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 wonderful texture
- Chocolate chips add a rich, chocolate flavor in 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 dab 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 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 use coconut sugar instead.
- 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 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 — Puse 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 – 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 – 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 aside to cool before serving. The brownies will firm up as they cool.
Here’s some expert tips to help you make the best black bean brownies as easily as possible:
- 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
- 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 for an even richer brownie
- You know I love peanut butter, so I definitely like subbing peanut butter for some coconut oil sometimes
- 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
My 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.
Here are a couple of ways to reduce the refined sugar content of these brownies:
- 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.
- Substitute 1 cup of medjool dates (remove the pits first) for the sugar. You’ll pulse them in the food processor and they’ll add natural sweetness.
Keto Black Bean Brownies
Here are my tips to make these healthy black bean brownies keto (or low carb):
- Substitute almond flour for the all-purpose flour
- Substitute a zero calorie sweetener, like Swerve, for the sugar
- Use sugar-free chocolate chips, such as Lilly’s dark chocolate chips made with stevia.
First vegan desert I have made, and it was great! 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 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. Of course, ompared 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 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 is to get 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!
Are Black Bean Brownies actually good?
If you’re worried these black bean brownies taste, well, beany, worry no more! You’ll get the added bonus of fiber, with the amazing decadent and delicious flavor of the best brownies ever!
So, in summary, these brownies are:
- full of fiber
- easy to make
What else could you ask for!
More Vegan Brownies
These vegan black bean brownies are amazing! And if you’re ready for even more delicious vegan brownies, start with these:
- You will love this amazing Vegan Brownies Recipe
- For something special, try these Meringue Brownies
- How about these Chocolate Banana Brownies for something extra healthy and tasty too
- These Crack Brownies are the most indulgent brownies ever, with lots of chocolate!
- Try this Healthy Brownie Recipe when you want something healthy and delicious.
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
- 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 – 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 – 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. 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 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.