These gluten free, vegan black bean brownies are full of healthy ingredients, fiber and protein. Whip up in less than 30 minutes. Easy to make and goes perfectly with a morning coffee or an afternoon tea. Oil free, dairy free, egg free brownies.
I made this easy recipe because I wanted a healthy brownie that I could eat with my morning coffee on a regular basis.
I wanted something that would make me feel good and didn’t give me a stomach ache.
So, these vegan brownies were born and are the perfect healthy treat for the brownie lover.
❤️ Why you'll love this recipe
- These fudgy brownies are super delicious and easy to make.
- They're egg free, dairy free, oil free, high in protein and gluten free (if you use gluten free oats).
- Can be whipped up in less than 15 minutes and only use one bowl.
- Go great with an afternoon tea or morning cup of coffee.
- Made with simple ingredients that are easy to find.
- Kid friendly and they won't even know it's made with healthy ingredients.
🍫 Ingredients and substitutions
- Can of black beans - Black beans add protein and fiber to this recipe as well as making them moist and dense.
- Peanut butter - We're replacing oil in this recipe with peanut butter. This adds a little extra protein to these brownies as well and cuts out the oil. You can also replace this with melted coconut oil or almond butter.
- Coconut sugar - Coconut sugar is great to use because it's less processed and still has its fiber and minerals intact. If you can't find coconut sugar, use date sugar, brown sugar or granulated sugar.
- Oat flour - To make oat flour, just blend ½ cup of gluten free old fashioned oats in a blender until it breaks down into a flour. You can also use whole wheat or all purpose flour.
- Pure vanilla extract - vanilla extract also works well.
- Baking powder - This helps give us a lift to the recipe.
- Cocoa powder - this also tastes good if you add a t couple teaspoons of instant coffee.
- Salt - just a little goes a long way. This helps to enhance all of the flavors.
- Soy milk - Use whatever non-dairy milk you have on hand if you don't have soy milk. Almond milk, oat milk and coconut milk also work well.
- Non-dairy chocolate chips - I love adding in vegan chocolate chips after the batter is smooth. It adds another layer of chocolate flavor and texture.
- First, make you oat flour by blending ½ cup of old fashioned oats in the blender until it forms a flour.
- Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients in the food processor and blend until smooth. You can also make these in a high-speed blender. Then fold in the chocolate chips.
- Oil (or use parchment paper) a 8x8" pan and pour the brownie batter in. Add some extra chocolate chips on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, or until the center is cooked. You can also oil a muffin tin for a different shape.
👩🍳 Recipe tips
- If you get the measuring cup wet before putting the peanut butter in it, it will help it to not stick to the cup.
- If you want to make these with less sugar, just cut the amount in half. They won't be as sweet but will still taste amazing.
- If you want to learn how to cook black beans in the instant pot, stove top or slow cooker, check out my article on how to cook dried beans from scratch.
- If you'd like some more tips on vegan baking, check out my vegan egg substitute guide for baking. It teaches you how to use ground flax eggs and chia eggs to replace regular eggs and more.
❄️ How to store
You can store these on the counter in an airtight container, or in the fridge.
These can also be frozen and then thawed by setting them out on the counter until they reach room temperature, if you make a big batch. Make sure to freeze them in a freezer friendly, sealed container.
🍩 Serving suggestions
These taste amazing if you cut them up into small bites and put them over a vegan chocolate mousse with coconut whipped cream.
Pair these with a nice cup of coffee or afternoon green or black tea like an English breakfast.
Top some dairy free vanilla ice cream on top of a warm piece of brownie and drizzle with chocolate syrup.
No, you won't be able to taste any black bean flavor in these in the brownies. The beans have a mild flavor and are then covered up with the cocoa powder, peanut butter and sugar.
As long as you use gluten free oats and you double check the cocoa powder, this recipe is gluten free.
Chickpeas or garbanzo beans make a great substitute for black beans since they have a neutral flavor.
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Easy vegan black bean brownies (gluten free)
- 15 oz black beans (drained and rinsed)
- 1 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
- ⅓ cup oat flour (see notes section)
- ⅓ cup cocoa powder
- ½ cup soymilk
- ⅓ cup peanut butter (if you get the cup wet before putting peanut butter in, it makes it easier to spoon this out)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 pinch salt
- ½ cup non-dairy chocolate chips
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
- In a food processor, or blender, process all ingredients except for chocolate chips. Add more soy milk if needed but not too much. Once mixture is smooth, fold in chocolate chips, but don't process.15 oz black beans, 1 cup coconut sugar, ⅓ cup oat flour, ⅓ cup cocoa powder, ½ cup soymilk, ⅓ cup peanut butter, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 2 teaspoons vanilla, 1 pinch salt
- Oil or line a 9x9" pan. Place brownie mixture in pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Check with a toothpick
- Take out of the oven and let it cool for a bit. It will firm up as it sits in pan and cools
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