There’s somethings so special about developing a recipe that is both freaking delicious and healthy. It’s like winning the lottery.
If you know me in real life (oh, well, also if you know me via Instagram) you know BAKING is my passion. I have a huge love for traditional recipes (made with butter, sugar etc), but I also like changing ingredients, experimenting with new flavors and trying trendy recipes. And these are definitely trendy right now.
Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce my healthy brownies with black beans, the most decadent & healthy brownies EVAH!

Healthy brownies with black beans and chocolate.
Top these brownies with chocolate and hazelnuts!


Exactly, my friend. These bad boys do not contain flour at all and that means they’re gluten free.
But theres’ more…

They’re not just vegan (I also tested the non-vegan version though) and gluten free, they contain a “secret” ingredient: black beans!
Whenever I mention it, everyone face’s like the emoji ‘😱’. “How can black beans make such a delicious dessert?” they ask.
Well, easy-peasy: the legumes here just give the perfect fudgy and moist consistency.
Oh and let’s talk about their flavor. I have two words to describe it: RICH & DEEP. They’re seriously amazing, chocolatey and …nope you can’t taste the beans.
Now, they’re not extremely sweet because of the amount of unsweetened cocoa powder (but I like bitter and so do some of my friends), therefore make sure to drizzle some 75% (or less) dark chocolate on top to add extra sweetness (or add a few extra grams of maple/agave syrup or brown sugar). Another option? Put some chocolate chunks in the batter (after blending)!

My healthy brownies with black beans served with chocolate on top
Cut it in 12 pieces


Maybe you’re wondering if family and friends, knowing these were made with black beans, a weird ingredient for a dessert, approved. Yup, they did!
I must admit I’m always extremely happy when I make a recipe that please everyone’s palate.
When I told them I used black beans (of course I made sure no one was allergic to legumes), they opened their eyes wide. lol always so fun to see their reactions.

Vegan black bean brownies food photography
And you’re done!


There’s nothing easier than making this dessert. Can you believe you’ll only need …a food processor? That’s it, ridiculously simple.
There’s basically just one step toward the best black bean fudgy brownie:

  1. Add all the ingredients to a food processor – in order: black beans, coffee (optional), cocoa powder, agave or maple syrup, a pinch of salt, coconut oil, vanilla extract, baking powder and the egg substitute (or eggs if not vegan) – and blend;
  2. Bake at 175°C
  3. Share with friends and family, tell ’em the secret ingredient and ENJOY!
The texture of these black bean protein brownies
Look at the texture!

Vegan black bean brownies

Delicious, healthy, gluten free vegan black beans brownies. Ready to fall in love?

You’ll only need a food processor!

Course Dessert, Snack 

Cuisine American, Vegan, Vegetarian 

Prep time 10 minutes 

Cook time 20 minutes 

Total time 30 minutes 

Servings 12 brownies 

Calories 1450 kcal


  • 240 gr Cooked black beans (drained)
  • 3 tablespoons Espresso coffee optional
  • 60 gr Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 50 gr Agave syrup (or maple) or brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 30 gr Melted coconut oil (or another light oil)
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons Ground flaxseeds
  • 6 tablespoons Water

To decorate:

  • About 30 gr Dark chocolate to drizzle on top
  • Hazelnuts, pistachios or other nuts

If you’re not vegan use 3 whole eggs instead of water + flaxseeds


  1. Preheat the oven at 175°C (350°F)
  2. Make the egg substitute by combining flaxseeds and water, let it chill for 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. In a blender, gradually add all the ingredients – except the egg substitute and baking powder: black beans, coffee, cocoa powder, agave or maple syrup, a pinch of salt, coconut oil and vanilla extract, and mix for a few seconds.
  4. Add baking powder and the egg substitute (or eggs if not vegan) and blend again.
  5. Grease a 20cm x 20 square cake tin (or a rectangular one) and pour the batter.
  6. Bake for 20/25 minutes or until cooked perfectly (test with a toothpick)
  7. Let it cool and drizzle some melted chocolate on top. Decorate with chopped hazelnuts or nuts of your choice.

By: Healthylittlecravings

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