Black Bean Brownies

I’m not gonna lie, I had seen Black Bean Brownies before and was a bit skeptical about how they’d taste. Since it’s quarantine time due to COVID-19 in NYC and I have some extra cans of black beans, I decided to give it a try. I was honestly so surprised how easy it was to put this recipe together and how much the batter tastes like brownies! Only this recipe is gluten free, vegan, contains no refined sugar, is rich in fiber, and made with real food ingredients!

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This recipe is super simple- all you need to do is blend ingredients, place in a bread pan lined with parchment paper and bake! The baked brownies do need to sit for awhile to allow to cool and harden before cutting and consuming.

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Ingredients In Black Bean Brownies:

Black Beans: These black bean brownies, of course, contain black beans. Use a 15oz can of black beans. Opt for an organic option with minimum ingredients if you can. I have noticed a difference in this recipe depending on the type of black beans you use. After you drain and thoroughly rinse the brownies, taste them. If they still taste salty and like preservatives, boil the black beans for a few minutes and re-strain. This will help remove the flavor.

Rolled Oats: I use gluten-free rolled oats to make this recipe gluten-free. You can also use gluten-free quick oats.

Maple Syrup: Opt for a natural, one-ingredient maple syrup. You can use 1/4 up to 1/2 cup of maple syrup in this recipe. Adding 1/4 cup will not make this recipe very sweet. I recommend starting with 1/4 cup maple syrup and tasting the batter. If you want to add additional maple syrup, you can add more to increase sweetness.

Almond Milk: Use store bought or make your own almond milk. You can substitute the almond milk with any nondairy milk.

Cacao Powder: The cacao powder gives the black bean brownies their chocolate flavor!

Chia Seeds: Chia seeds are a great source of fiber and help bind the brownies together.

Baking Soda: The baking soda helps the brownies slightly rise. This is ingredient is not completely necessary.

Chocolate Chips: Use paleo or vegan chocolate chips. I used Enjoy Life Foods vegan chocolate chips.

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Directions:

  1. Remove black beans from the can. Place in a strainer and be sure to rinse thoroughly. Note: I have noticed a difference in the type of black beans used. If you are not able to remove the salty, canned taste of black beans just by rinsing, boil the black beans over medium heat for ~10 minutes and re-strain.
  2. Add all ingredients to a blender, except for the chocolate chips. Add maple syrup based on desired sweetness. 1/4 cup maple syrup will not be very sweet, add additional maple syrup if you’d like the brownies to taste sweeter. Blend ingredients until fully mixed.
  3. Line a bread pan with parchment paper. Place the batter in the bread pan.
  4. Bake brownies 350 degrees for 25 minutes total. After 15 minutes of baking, remove the bread pan from the oven  and add the chocolate chips to the top of the batter. Place back in the oven and continue baking for the remaining 10 minutes.
  5. Remove brownies from oven and allow to cool for about 1 hour.
  6. Cut into 9 brownies and enjoy! Store leftover brownies in the fridge.

I hope you enjoy this recipe, please comment and let me know if you give it a try! Or tag me if you make them on instagram @wellbymel_!

If you like this recipe, be sure to also checkout my Chickpea Cookie Dough recipe.

Black Bean Brownies

These Black Bean Brownies taste like brownies, only this recipe is refined sugar free, rich in fiber, and made with real food ingredients!
Course Dessert
Servings 9 brownies

Equipment

  • Blender
  • Bread Pan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 15oz can Black Beans
  • 1/2 cup Gluten Free Rolled Oats
  • 1/4-1/2 cup Maple Syrup based on desired sweetness
  • 1/2 cup Almond Milk
  • 2 tbsp Cacao Powder
  • 2 tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 cup Vegan Chocolate Chips

Instructions
 

  • Remove black beans from the can. Place in a strainer and be sure to rinse thoroughly.
  • Add all ingredients to a blender, except for the chocolate chips. Add maple syrup based on desired sweetness. 1/4 cup maple syrup will not be very sweet, add additional maple syrup if you'd like the brownies to taste sweeter. Blend ingredients until fully mixed.
  • Line a bread pan with parchment paper. Place the batter in the bread pan.
  • Bake brownies 350 degrees for 25 minutes total. After 15 minutes of baking, remove the bread pan from the oven  and add the chocolate chips to the top of the batter. Place back in the oven and continue baking for the remaining 10 minutes.
  • Remove brownies from oven and allow to cool for about 1 hour.
  • Cut into 9 brownies and enjoy! Store leftover brownies in the fridge.

Notes

  • I have noticed a difference in the type of black beans used. If you are not able to remove the salty, canned taste of black beans just by rinsing, boil the black beans over medium heat for ~10 minutes and re-strain.
  • The brownies do take about 1 hour to fully cool and take shape.
Keyword Black Bean Brownies, Gluten Free, Vegan

8 thoughts on “Black Bean Brownies

  1. What a great recipe! I personally loved it because it’s a healthy version of something that is otherwise usually packed with unnecessary ingredients and added calories. I loved it, but it my Husband and kids weren’t too fond of it. All that to say, this recipes probably isn’t one that you can trick family or friends with. They aren’t chewy, delectable brownies that we’re all accustomed to. They could have been a little sweeter, but I used homemade maple syrup, so that could have contributed to the overall lack of sweetness (which i actually liked!). I will definitely remake again for myself! 🙂

    1. Hi Nicole, I’m so glad to hear that you liked the recipe! I appreciate your feedback. I’m curious, did you put chocolate chips on top? I’ve noticed that these are necessary to get that extra sweetness and brownie flavor.

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