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Best Black Bean Brownies | Vegan

These black bean brownies are fudgy delicious and can be ready in only about 30 minutes!

black bean brownies sliced and stacked on parchment paper

I know it sounds crazy to include a can of black beans in a brownie recipe, but don’t knock it until you try it. This unlikely duo is not only loaded with fiber but absolutely delicious!

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You’ll love these vegan brownies because they’re…

  • Perfectly sweet
  • Easy to make
  • Full of wholesome ingredients
  • Delicious
vegan brownies stacked on plate with brownie squares cooling on black rack in background

These vegan brownies are even gluten-free because I use oats instead of regular flour. So simple. So tasty.

How to make black bean brownies

A full list of ingredients, measurements, instructions, and a print button can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

To make these brownies, you’re only going to need a few ingredients, a blender or food processer, and your oven.

Begin by placing 1 cup of oats into your blender or food processor and blend for less than a minute until they are nice and powdery to make oat flour. I have lots of other recipes that use oat flour as well.

oat flour in vitamix

Next, drain and rinse one can of cooked black beans or use 1.5 cups of your own freshly cooked beans. I like to place my beans in a colander and run water over them to rinse well.

black beans in white colander

Go ahead and add the beans and all other ingredients (EXCEPT the chocolate chips and walnuts) to your blender or food processor. Blend until nice and smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed.

Hopefully, your blender has a tamper that allows you to keep the ingredients moving smoothly, so it doesn’t have to be stopped and started so much.

If the batter is just too thick, add a splash more of almond milk and blend a bit more.

black bean brownie batter in Vitamix blender on white background

My favorite blender is the Vitamix 5200 because it is so powerful, it can blend anything. I actually own two of them because I use them in the Food for Life classes I teach for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Spoon the batter into a mixing bowl and add the dairy-free chocolate chips and walnut pieces. Fold them together well with a sturdy spoon or spatula.

black bean brown batter in stainless bowl with red spatula

Evenly distribute the batter into an 8×8 baking dish lined with parchment paper to prevent sticking to the sides. Use a spatula or spoon to smooth out the top.

vegan brownies in white casserole dish

I like to sprinkle the top with a few extra chocolate chips and walnuts but that is completely optional.

Bake at 350°F for approximately 20-25 minutes until you see the edges begin to get darker brown.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool before serving.

black bean brownies stacked on white plate with baker's cooling rack in background

Your black bean brownie questions answered:

Q: Are black bean brownies vegan?

A: These are vegan because there are no eggs or dairy used.

Q: Can black bean brownies be made gluten-free?

A: Yes, and because we use oat flour in these, they are gluten-free.

Q: Can I make my own beans instead of using can beans?

A: Absolutely! This recipe calls for 1.5 cups of beans canned or fresh.

Q: What if my batter seems too thick?

A: This will make a pretty thick batter, but if you see that it needs to be thinned down a bit, simply add a tablespoon or two extra plant milk.

vegan black bean brownies on cutting board with glass of almond milk

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black bean brownies sliced and stacked on parchment paper

Vegan Black Bean Brownies

Yield: 9
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These black bean brownies are fudgy delicious and can be ready in only about 30 minutes!

Ingredients

Instructions

    1. Begin by placing 1 cup of oats into your blender or food processor and blend for less than a minute until they are nice and powdery to make oat flour. I have lots of other recipes that use oat flour as well.
    2. Next, drain and rinse one can of cooked black beans or use 1.5 cups of your own freshly cooked beans. I like to place my beans in a colander and run water over them to rinse well.
    3. Go ahead and add the beans and all other ingredients (EXCEPT the chocolate chips and walnuts) to your blender or food processor. Blend until nice and smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed.
    4. Hopefully, your blender has a tamper that allows you to keep the ingredients moving smoothly, so it doesn’t have to be stopped and started so much. If the batter is just too thick, add a splash more of almond milk and blend a bit more.
    5. Spoon the batter into a mixing bowl and add the dairy-free chocolate chips and walnut pieces. Fold them together well with a sturdy spoon or spatula.
    6. Evenly distribute the batter into an 8×8 baking dish lined with parchment paper to prevent sticking to the sides. Use a spatula or spoon to smooth out the top. I like to sprinkle the top with a few extra chocolate chips and walnuts but that is completely optional. Bake at 350°F for approximately 20-25 minutes until you see the edges begin to get darker brown.
    7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before serving.

Notes

Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 222Total Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gSodium: 286mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 5gSugar: 20gProtein: 6g

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Frank Kovacs

Saturday 23rd of January 2021

Mate, the recipe for the oil-free vegan and gluten free brownies was so easy to prepare. The brownies baked very nicely at 180'C' for 25 minutes.Taste test to follow, however the sponginess of the baked brownies tells me they will be delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe!! P.S. I didn't add so much sugar, rather I addef two tbsp of applesauce plus a extra 1/4 cup blended rolled oats to soak up the extra moisture.

Terri Edwards

Monday 25th of January 2021

Hi Frank- That's awesome! So glad that they came out a success. :D

Jessica

Wednesday 30th of December 2020

Can you recommend a gluten free alternative to oats?

Terri Edwards

Wednesday 30th of December 2020

Hi Jessica- Oats are naturally gluten-free.

Autumn

Sunday 27th of December 2020

Can I sub maple syrup for brown sugar?

Terri Edwards

Monday 28th of December 2020

Hi Autumn- Yes, maple syrup should work just fine.

Sharon Smith-Wollner

Friday 25th of December 2020

So easy to make. Found them to be moist and delicious!

Terri Edwards

Friday 25th of December 2020

Hi Sharon- Thank you for the great feedback, and I'm SO glad you enjoyed them!

JoAnn Buel

Wednesday 23rd of December 2020

Can I substitute coconut sugar for brown sugar? I cannot find vegan brown sugar

Terri Edwards

Wednesday 23rd of December 2020

Hi JoAnne- I think coconut sugar would be just fine to substitute.