Black bean Brownies – Yummy!

OMG.  Brownies.   I have really missed brownies…the chocolate…the moisture…the decadence…

Meet the black bean, savior of vegan brownies…

I have tried a variety of vegan brownie recipes, trying to avoid black beans. I mean, come on – back beans in brownies?  Then I caved in, and I’m glad I did!

As a side note, non-vegans have eaten these, not knowing they contained black beans and loved them.


  • 1 1/2 cups black beans (1 15-oz can, drained and rinsed very well)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
    • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
    • 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup chocolate chips
    • Extra chips


    1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

    2.Combine all ingredients except chips in a food processor, blending until completely smooth. Really blend well. I have tried a blender and a vitamix and while both work OK, the food processor just provides a better texture.

    3. Stir in the chips, then pour into a greased 8×8 pan.

    4. Sprinkle extra chocolate chips over the top.

    5. Cook the black bean brownies 15-18 minutes, then let cool at least 10 minutes before trying to cut.

    If they still look a bit undercooked,  place them in the fridge overnight and they will magically firm up!

Author: mduggan10

I have lived in a Victorian-era house, spent several years living on a boat, and now live at the top of a mountain. Throughout his all, I have been a coffee snob, a whole foods snob, and an instructional designer.

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