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Black Bean Brownies Vegan and Gluten Free

by Heather

Vegan brownies with black beans – yum! This is such an easy recipe for vegan black bean brownies. The batter mixes quickly in the blender, making it the perfect healthy treat to make with kiddos, and enjoy anytime! No one in my family guessed that there were any beans involved in making this chocolate treat.

Vegan Black Bean Brownies No Eggs No Gluten

Vegan brownies with black beans

A healthy gluten free brownie made with beans! If you haven’t tried blending beans into your treats, today is the day you need to.

This brownie recipe is vegan since we’re using a flax egg instead of regular eggs. Want to use regular eggs instead? Read on below!

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Can you use a regular egg instead of a flax egg?

Yes, you sure can! We’re making the equivalent of 2 flax eggs in this recipe.

If you want to use regular eggs and not keep this recipe egg free, go ahead and add in 2 eggs.

The texture will be a touch more cake, versus the fudgy brownie you get with these vegan bean brownies.

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How to make fudgy black bean brownies

For the full ingredients list and step-by-step instructions, scroll down to view the recipe card below.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 8″ square dish by lightly oiling it, and placing parchment paper in to prevent sticking.
  2. Prepare the flax eggs by whisking the water and flax meal together. Let it sit for 5 minutes to gel.
  3. Into a blender add the maple syrup, oil, vanilla extract, black beans, cocoa powder, almond flour, baking powder, and sea salt. Blend until smooth. Scrape the sides down as needed.
  4. When the brownie batter is smooth, mix in the chocolate chips.
  5. Pour into the prepared dish. Sprinkle extra chocolate chips on top if you’d like!
  6. Bake for 28-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out nearly clean.
  7. Allow cooling before slicing into. Enjoy!
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Substitutions

Below you’ll find a list of substitutions that will work well in this vegan black bean brownies recipe.

If you try something different out, please leave a comment below letting us all know how it turned out!

Flax egg – Use 2 regular eggs instead.

Maple syrup – Honey works great as an alternative!

Avocado oil – Any neutral oil will work.

Black beans – Make this vegan brownie recipe into a blondie by substituting in garbanzo beans or white beans for the black beans.

Cocoa powder – Cacao powder works perfectly well as a substitute.

Almond flour – Try oat flour as an alternative.

Chocolate chips – Chocolate chips can be left out. An alternative would be to chop up your favorite chocolate bar instead!

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Black Bean Brownies Vegan and Gluten Free

Vegan brownies with black beans – yum! This is such an easy recipe for vegan bean brownies. The batter mixes quickly in the blender, making it the perfect healthy treat to make with kiddos, and enjoy anytime! No one in my family guessed that there were any beans involved in making this chocolate treat.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time28 mins
Total Time38 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: black beans, brownie
Servings: 9
Calories: 174kcal
Author: Heather

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 8″ square dish by lightly oiling it, and placing parchment paper in to prevent sticking.
  • Prepare the flax eggs by whisking the water and flax meal together. Let it sit for 5 minutes to gel.
  • Into a blender add the maple syrup, oil, vanilla extract, black beans, cocoa powder, almond flour, baking powder, and sea salt. Blend until smooth. Scrape the sides down as needed.
  • When the brownie batter is smooth, mix in the chocolate chips.
  • Pour into the prepared dish. Sprinkle extra chocolate chips on top if you’d like!
  • Bake for 28-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out nearly clean.
  • Allow cooling before slicing into. Enjoy!
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Nutrition

Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 141mg | Potassium: 248mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 2mg
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If you try this healthy vegan black bean brownie recipe, I’d love it if you left a star rating and comment below letting me know how it turned out!

XO

Heather

Originally published February 2013. Updated May 2022.

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Carly @ Snack Therapy February 11, 2013 - 10:05 am

I’ve always been a bit skeptical about the bean in desserts things.. Can you taste the beans? Is the texture like that of a normal brownie? I think I’m scarred for life ever since I made that chickpea cookie dough… It tasted like hummus with chocolate- blech!

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Fit Mama February 11, 2013 - 2:47 pm

You really can’t taste the beans in here at all! But, like I said, it’s good for a bean brownie. I wouldn’t say it’s exactly like a regular brownie… but that hasn’t stopped me from eating half the pan in a day… and wanting more 🙂

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danielle February 11, 2013 - 10:56 am

They look so fudgy and delicious!

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Andrea Kruse February 11, 2013 - 11:43 am

Nom, nom… I am drooling over my screen! I really love the big chocolate chunks adorning the top of your brownies. …and no one has to know there are black beans and good extra fiber in there.

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Fit Mama February 11, 2013 - 2:47 pm

No one would know unless you told them!

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Rebekah February 11, 2013 - 11:46 am

So glad you liked the brownies! My kids request them often. 🙂

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Fit Mama February 11, 2013 - 2:49 pm

I can see why!

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Erica February 11, 2013 - 12:19 pm

I’m going to be honest…I’ve made several versions and I was not a fan…..Maybe I should give them one more go? Yours look yummy

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Fit Mama February 11, 2013 - 2:52 pm

I think they deserve another try! I would try them with the mini chocolate chips mixed throughout and without the flour or just less flour to keep them more moist (although I think the flour helped with the texture). Let me know if they change your mind about them 🙂

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Erika February 11, 2013 - 1:17 pm

I’ve heard “yum” and “yuck” when it comes to bean brownies but I guess I’ll never know until I try them myself. Do you think instant coffee is necessary? I’m not a coffee drinker so I don’t have any in my house.

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Fit Mama February 11, 2013 - 2:53 pm

I don’t think so. I actually used regular coffee grounds since I don’t keep instant in the house.

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SeattleDee February 11, 2013 - 1:48 pm

Black beans in brownies?! this sounds so off-the-wall that now I must try the recipe. They look deliciously tempting.

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Fit Mama February 11, 2013 - 2:53 pm

I think you must!

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Jennifer Sikora February 12, 2013 - 7:53 am

I have heard so much about people making brownies with black beans. I am skeptical, lol. I guess I just need to try it out! Thanks for sharing

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Fit Mama February 15, 2013 - 7:47 am

I think you need to give them a try!

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Shelley C February 12, 2013 - 7:23 pm

Good choice – I just tried my hand at black bean brownies recently, too! Yours look fudgy and delicious!

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Fit Mama February 15, 2013 - 7:46 am

Thanks Shelley!

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Miz Helen February 14, 2013 - 5:04 pm

Your Black Bean Brownies look delicious, we will love them.
Happy Valentine Day!
Miz Helen
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colleen @ Secrets from the Cookie Princess February 15, 2013 - 11:20 am

These look awesome and I love that you just took a spoon to the pan and went to town. My kind of gal–that’s exactly what I would have done.

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janine March 25, 2013 - 5:09 pm

Thanks for the recipe… yours is the best black bean recipe I have tried! I make these about few times a month. 🙂

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