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Easy Black Bean Brownies (Dairy-Free, Grain-Free)

  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


These Black Bean Brownies are dairy-free, grain-free and so decadently delicious. Nobody will ever guess they’re healthy, too!



  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup almond butter or sunflower seed butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup grain-free flour like almond flour, cassava flour, or tiger nut flour
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Spray an 8-inch by 8-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Combine the black beans, nut butter, applesauce, maple syrup, vanilla extract, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder in a food processor or high-speed blender. Process on high until the ingredients are combined (about 30-45 seconds).
  3. Stir in the chocolate chips and pour the mixture into your baking dish.
  4. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until the middle is no longer jiggly and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Serve warm or chilled. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.


These brownies will firm up after they are chilled in the refrigerator for about an hour. 

Store any leftovers in a tightly-sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Or, place any leftovers in a zip-top bag and freeze for up to 2 months. 

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Keywords: healthy brownies, black bean dessert, vegan brownies