Yep, that’s right. Black bean brownies. The combination of black beans and cocoa powder may seem a little odd, but in fact these gluten free, vegan gems are surprisingly delectable. And, with only a few simple ingredients (including protein-rich superfoods), they are delightfully guilt-free, too!
So, if you must satisfy your sweet tooth, step away from that boxed brownie mix and grab your can opener.
BLACK BEAN BROWNIES (from the Minimalist Baker)
- 1 15 oz. can (~ 1 3/4 cups) black beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 large flax eggs
- 2 Tbsp flaxseed meal (ground, raw flax meal)
- 5 Tbsp water (room temp)
- 3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted (or sub other oil of choice)
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder (the higher quality the better)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- Optional toppings: crush walnuts, pecans or semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 °F
- Lightly grease a 9×9 baking pan or standard size muffin pan (not mini)
- Rinsed and thoroughly drain black beans
- Prepare 2 flax eggs by combining flax meal and water in the food processor. Pulse a couple times and then let rest for a couple minutes.
- Add remaining ingredients (except for toppings) and puree for about 3 minutes until the mixture is a smooth consistency. Scrape down sides of food processor as needed.
- If the batter appears too thick, add a Tbsp or two of almond milk or water, then pulse again. You’re aiming for a smooth yet thick consistency. Not runny.
- Pour the better in the baking pan or (if using muffin tins) evenly distribute the batter into each cup of the muffin tin.
- Optional: Sprinkle with toppings of choice.
- Bake for about 20-26 minutes, or until the top is dry and the edges retract from the wall of the pan.
- Remove from oven and cool for 30 minutes before removing from pan.
- When they’re ready to remove, use a fork. Note, the insides will be fudgy.
- Once cool, store in an airtight container for up to a few days. Refrigerate to keep longer.
Notes: For more pazazz, add 1-2 Tbsp of almond butter, peanut butter or avocado (in the food processor). You won’t regret it 🙂
NUTRITION INFORMATION (does not include toppings or extras)
- Calories: 140 calories
- Fat: 6 g
- Carbohydrates: 22 g
- Sugar: 9 g
- Sodium: 163 mg
- Fiber: 7 g
- Protein: 5 g