These vegan black bean brownies are a delicious and indulgent treat. They contain no added flour or processed sugar! This is a healthy brownie recipe that the whole family can enjoy.
It doesn’t matter if I’m looking for a sweet treat at the end of the day or just coming out of the gym trying to find a snack that will feel like a reward…these vegan black bean brownies do the trick every time! I’ll show you how to make them below and I’m also sharing why anyone would be crazy enough to put black beans in a brownie recipe…it’s worth it, trust me!
Here is what you’ll need to make vegan black bean brownies:
If you are not worried about keeping the recipe gluten free or vegan you can use whatever kind of oats you like and also use whatever type of chips you like. You can also use regular honey in that case! I usually stick to gluten free options for this recipe because then it is delicious and more people can enjoy the results.
If you are trying to keep these black bean brownies vegan I’ve linked a bee free honey substitute for you! If you are looking for other options you could use maple syrup though I’m not sure how that would impact the texture!
- Black Beans
- Cocoa Powder
- Gluten Free Oats
- Honey (bee free honey)
- Coconut Oil
- Almond Extract
- Baking Powder
- Vegan Dark Chocolate Chips
How to make black bean brownies:
The process for making these delicious black bean brownies is simple and easy. This is a from scratch recipe so you won’t need any boxed mixes or tricks, it’s all nice and simple and to the point. Once you see how easy it is to make these tasty treats you won’t want to bake anything else! These brownies will be dairy free if you are using a vegan type of chocolate chips!
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Rinse and drain the black beans.
3. Blend beans in a food processor until VERY smooth. Add in the rest of your ingredients except for the chocolate chips.
4. Blend until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips.
5. Pour batter into an 8×8 pan that has been sprayed with olive oil.
6. Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean (not counting melted chocolate).
7. Cool then refrigerate, and cut in 2×2 pieces. These brownies are best served chilled.
How many brownies does this recipe make?
My vegan brownie recipe comes to about 16 brownies. I cut them into 2 inch squares to get that many, you can cut them up however you like, just know the nutrition and dietary info provided is for 16 servings from these ingredients.
These are meant to be a brownie bite, a sweet and indulgent treat, nothing that should be replacing a meal or anything like that! Keep that in mind when you are dividing them for your portions.
Why put black beans in brownies?
You are probably wondering who would be crazy enough to put beans in a brownie recipe…there’s a method to the madness I swear! Beans are a slow-digesting carb, which provides energy during your post-workout slump.
They’re also full of plant-based protein to help you repair and build muscles. Beans are high in fiber to help with feeling full longer and maintaining a healthy weight. Beans, especially black beans, are a great way to give any recipes a nutrition boost…even a dessert recipe like these brownies.
Finally, I include black beans in this recipe because they can easily take the place of the non-vegan ingredients that we’d need to finish the recipe. If you are looking for a gluten free or vegan way to enjoy brownies: you’ve found it!
Can I have these delicious brownies on Weight Watchers?
Of course you can! The great thing about Weight Watchers Freestyle is that you can have just about anything as long as you are tracking it. When I put this recipe together I calculated for the Weight Watchers Freestyle Program. These are the BLUE points, each brownie is 9 points.
If you are looking for ways to reduce the points in these brownies you can cut back on the oil and the chocolate chips since they are the biggest source of your points in this recipe. I’d recommend applesauce as a partial replacement for the oil and even half the amount of chips is going to give you a nice chocolatey treat to enjoy!
Are these 21 Day Fix vegan brownies?
Yes! You can have these delicious refined sugar free brownies on 21 Day Fix. Each one is considered a yellow container treat swap on the container programs.
If you are using them for 21 Day Fix and won’t be eating them all in time you can use parchment paper and wrap them up to freeze. They’ll thaw out nicely and then you’ll have a nice little treat for when you are craving chocolate.
Looking for more delicious and healthy dessert recipes?
If you are interest in desserts…as so many of us are…you are probably excited to try these vegan black bean brownies, I don’t blame you, they’re delicious. Once you give them a try you will want some more great healthy dessert recipes so I’m going to leave a list here for you to try. Come on back and check these out once you are done obsessing over these amazing brownies.
- Instant Pot Brownies
- Fudgy Espresso Brownies
- Peanut Butter Lava Cake Recipe in Egg Bite Molds
- Healthy Lava Cake Recipe
- Instant Pot Cheesecake
Black Bean Brownies
- 15 oz Black Beans rinsed and drained well
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- ½ cup oats gluten-free
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup honey bee free honey
- 1 teaspoon Stevia
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 10 oz dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350
- Rinse and drain the black beans.
- Blend beans in a food processor until VERY smooth. Add in the rest of your ingredients except for the chocolate chips.
- Blend until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips.
- Pour batter into an 8×8 pan that has been sprayed with olive oil.
- Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean (not counting melted chocolate).
- Cool then refrigerate, and cut in 2×2 pieces. These brownies are best served chilled.