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Supreme Black Bean Brownies (Easy + Vegan)

When craving something decadent and healthy treat, these Supreme Black Bean Brownies are perfect! Plus, they are vegan, gluten-free and so easy to make!

top down view of a group of gluten free black bean brownies on a white plate.

Why We Love This Recipe!

Hands down these are the best black bean brownies ever! They are full of all the chocolate decadence you could ever want, all while being healthy in just about every way.

What we love most is that they are:

  • flourless
  • eggless
  • gluten-free
  • made with the simple ingredients
  • virtually guilt free
  • & vegan

If you haven’t tried your hand at making vegan black bean brownies, I hope this will inspire you.

There are many black bean brownie recipes around the web for you to try. Here is my spin on this simple, decadent & healthy treat.

Adding a dollop of peanut butter only makes it better. Each one is full of fiber, protein, and essential vitamins and minerals.

top down view of ingredient for black bean brownies added to bowl of a food processor.

How To Make Easy Black Bean Brownies

Not only are vegan black bean brownies super healthy, but they’re super easy to make too!

Here is a quick overview with photos for reference:

Place the main ingredients in your blender/food processor. I know it doesn’t look too appealing, but…

top down view of brownie batter in food processor.

Once you’ve blended everything together, you’ll get the most amazing chocolate batter ever. Out of beans, no less!

It blends up to be the consistency of pudding, and you’ll probably be licking the bowl clean as I did. In fact, I can’t decide if I like the batter or the brownies better, both are delicious!

top down view of brownie batter added to muffin tin with nut butter swirl.

Place the batter into your prepared muffin tin, add a teaspoon of peanut butter to the center, using a toothpick to give it a little swirl.

Place in the oven and bake, and in no time your home will begin to smell like cocoa heaven!

top down view of freshly made black bean brownies in a muffin tin.

Once done, let cool a bit. They remind me somewhat of Reese’s peanut butter cups in brownie form (they were an old favorite before my transition).

Break one open and say Ahhh! They pair perfectly with a tall glass of milk or fresh seasonal berries.

And there you have it, delicious, guilt-free Supreme Vegan Black Bean Brownies! 

Top Tips

  • You may like to make these without the peanut butter swirl opting to mix in 1/2 cup or so of fresh raspberries, blackberries or blueberries to the batter for something different.
side angle view of cluster of homemade black bean brownies with nut butter swirl.

How To Store Leftovers

Store black bean brownies in an airtight container on the counter for up to 5 days. For longer storage, they can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.

Adjusting For Dietary Restrictions

  • Oil-Free: In place of oil, use plain unsweetened applesauce.
  • Nut-Free: In place of nut butter, use sunflower or cashew butter.

More Healthy Vegan Desserts!

top down view of black bean brownie split in half on a white plate.

If you try this easy black bean brownie recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.

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EASY BLACK BEAN BROWNIES (VEGAN + GLUTEN FREE)

Yep, there are black beans in these brownies! But you’d probably never know it unless you made them yourself. A truly decadent and healthy treat!

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 12 Brownies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Ingredients

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  • 1 can (15 oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 heaping cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons coconut* or neutral-flavored oil (or applesauce)
  • 1 heaping teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 flax eggs (2 tablespoons flaxseed meal + 5 tablespoons water)
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 12 teaspoons natural peanut butter or almond butter (divided), chilled

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Make your flax egg in a small bowl by combining the flax-seed meal and water, mix well. Place in refrigerator for at 5 – 7 minutes to set. Should be thick and goupy when ready.

Prepare your muffin tin by lightly greasing it with oil. Use muffin liners if you prefer.

In a food processor/blender, add black beans, flax-eggs, cocoa powder, maple syrup, oil, baking powder, and vanilla. Blend until creamy stopping to scrape down the sides as needed. The batter should be about the consistency of pudding, not too thick, not too thin. Mix in chocolate chips.

Fill each cup about 1/4 – 1/3 full. Use any remaining batter to make sure all tins are equally filled. Place 1 teaspoon of chilled nut butter in the center of each cup. Using a toothpick, chopstick, or something pointy, swirl the nut butter into the chocolate.

Place in oven on middle rack and bake for 22 – 25 minutes. Let cool about 15 – 20 minutes. Using a butter knife, gently guide the knife around the outside of the muffin making sure it is away from the pan. Gently nudge under each brownie with the knife and lift removing from the tin.

Makes 12

Notes

Oil-free: Use plain unsweetened applesauce in place of oil.

Nut-Free: In place of nut butter, use sunflower or cashew butter.

I found the nut butter does best when chilled before baking, otherwise, it’s very runny when trying to mix with the batter and won’t look as good once baked.

You can use 1/4 cup maple syrup and 1/4 cup of your favorite healthier sugar. The first batch I tried this way and it was slightly drier but not by much.

You may like to opt-out of using the nut butter swirl and adding in 1/2 cup or so of fresh/frozen blueberries, raspberries or blackberries.

*If using coconut oil, be sure it’s in liquid form. Make sure maple syrup is at room temperature or it will harden the coconut oil with its coolness.

If you don’t have flaxseeds or flaxseed meal on hand, try using 3/4 of mashed banana. You can also try using a chia seed egg. Mix 2 tablespoon chia seeds + 6 tablespoons water in a small bowl, set aside for 7 – 10 minutes to thicken.

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49 Comments

  1. This recipe is definitely a keeper! I couldn’t believe how I could not tell the difference from a brownie made with black beans versus one made traditionally.

  2. I made these yesterday and they are amazingly delicious! My husband keeps commenting that he can’t believe they’re made from black beans! One question…what would happen if I use less oil? I love the coconut flavor from the oil but trying to watch fat content.

    Thank you for sharing all your recipes. We’re really having fun trying them. ????

  3. Jess | Urban Alchemy says:

    Wow these look beyond incredible!! Pinned :)!!

  4. I just made these today too and mine also collapsed in the middle and were undercooked in the middle even after 20 minutes in the oven. I even did the toothpick trick and then seemed done but I guess not. They still taste really good though.

  5. I am a new vegan + have been gluten free for some time and I am so happy I found your blog! I am making 3 recipes this weekend, including the brownies. Thanks so much for sharing your recipes!

  6. Hello!
    is it possible to remplace the black bean for another kind of bean (like chickpeas or white kidney beans)

    i want to make the recipe tonight and i dont have black beans unfortunately!

    thank you ! (and sorry for my english it’s not y main language!)

    p.s I LOVE your website so much!!

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Absolutely, you can use chickpeas or white kidney beans in place of the black beans. The color may be a little lighter but it’ll will stick taste the same. Enjoy :)

  7. Lena Blue says:

    Hello Julie

    This is one awesome recipe I can’t wait to try! I only need to go and buy some cocoa ^^Which brand of cocoa did you use for these? Is it dutch processed or not?

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Use your favorite cocoa/cacao powder. I’m always trying new ones and used Ghirardelli here. Enjoy!

  8. Hey there,

    I’m a massive fan and make your recipes all the time! Sadly, when I made these the middle of them collapsed and became a big crater :( I followed the recipe exactly, do you have any ideas as to why this might be?

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Hi Becky, I’m sorry these didn’t turn out for you. Nothing like having expectations and it doesn’t turn out as expected. The only think I can think of is maybe the oven wasn’t completely heated or possibly altitude. Maybe you could try adding two teaspoons of baking powder and see if that helps. I hope you don’t give up and try it again with better luck!

  9. I just made these today. OMG!! These are the BEST tasting vegan brownies ever!! All I can say these won’t last long in my house.

  10. Thank you – my new favourite site. I’ve made this recipe and two others today :)

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Thank you Tashana! I hope you continue to enjoy everything. Cheers :)

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