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Vegan Black Bean Brownies (Gluten-Free Option)

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ou are going to want to make these delicious Vegan Black Bean Brownies as soon as possible. This recipe is made egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, and dairy-free, with a gluten-free option. Nobody will ever guess that these brownies are made from beans!

  • Total Time: 65 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x


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  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 1 15ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup almond butter or peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour (for gluten-free, use a gluten-free baking flour)
  • 1/3 cup 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. In a small bowl, combine the ground flax seeds and water. Stir and set aside for at least 10 minutes to gel.
  3. Then, 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. Add the gelled mixture of ground flax seeds and water. Process on high until the ingredients are combined (about 30-45 seconds).
  4. Stir or pulse in the chocolate chips and transfer the brownie batter into your baking dish.
  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the middle is no longer jiggly and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Serve warm or chilled. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.


  1. These brownies will firm up after they are chilled in the refrigerator for about an hour. They will also taste the sweetest when they are chilled.
  2. 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. 
  3. You can use garbanzo beans or any type of white bean instead of black beans, if you prefer.
  4. Be sure to use vegan chocolate chips or chocolate chunks in this recipe.
  5. Make these brownies the day before a party. That way, they have time to chill completely in the refrigerator which will make them so much easier to cut and serve the day of the party.
  6. If you aren’t vegan, you can use a regular egg instead of a flax egg. Or, you can use a chia egg instead of a flax egg. To make a chia egg, simply combine 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water.


  • Serving Size: 1 brownie
  • Calories: 249
  • Sugar: 17.3 g
  • Sodium: 199.5 mg
  • Fat: 11.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 33.5 g
  • Fiber: 6.6 g
  • Protein: 7.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg