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Vegan Black Bean Brownies

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


These vegan black bean brownies are more of a healthy treat than decadent dessert but you’ll them for a health-conscious treat or snack anytime of day!


  • 2 cups canned back beans, drained and rinsed (250 g)
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds (14 g) + 4 tablespoons of water
  • 1/3 cup oat flour (35 g)
  • 1/4 cup almond butter (60 g)
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder (30 g)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (95 g)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (75 g, plus additional for topping if desired)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (5 mL) 
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1/8 tsp salt


  1. Line a 7 or 8 inch square baking pan with parchment paper so it sticks out over the edges and preheat the oven to 375 F (190 C).
  2. Combine the 2 tablespoons of ground flax seeds with the 4 tablespoons of water, stir and let sit for 5 minutes to make a flax “egg”.
  3. Add everything except the chocolate chips (including the flax egg) to a food processor and process, scraping down the sides as needed until you have a thick, smooth batter.
  4. Add the chocolate chips and pulse a few times to combine or transfer everything to a bowl and stir to combine the chocolate chips. If you’d like any other add-ins such as walnuts, pecans or cranberries, mix those in now as well.
  5. Scoop the batter into the lined baking pan and spread the batter evenly using a spatula.
  6. Sprinkle some more chocolate chips evenly over the top and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  7. Let cool in the pan for at least one hour before cutting and serving.


Let cool completely before storing. Store in a sealed container at room temperature for 2-3 days, in the fridge for 5-6 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Use gluten-free certified oats to make the oat flour if needed. For a nut-free recipe, use tahini or sunflower seed butter instead of almond butter.


  • Serving Size: 1 brownie
  • Calories: 175
  • Sugar: 13 g
  • Sodium: 157 mg
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 26 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Protein: 5 g

Keywords: vegan black bean brownies, gluten-free black bean brownies