Fudgey chocolately "healthy" brownies
I know, I know, just the heading makes this recipe sound unappetizing. But once you get past the idea that you’re putting beans in your baked goods, you’ll be hooked!
These black bean brownies are guiltless. But more importantly, they are decadent, moist, and they taste amazing.
Over the years my friend group has become more and more specific with our nutritional needs. We are dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, pescatarian, etc. I’ve always been the resident baker, but satisfying everyone is now a major challenge.
That’s where these chocolately squares come into play.
Keep the secret ingredient a secret
You know how some things are better left unsaid? The black beans hiding inside these brownies are one of those things.
I recently brought these brownies to a wine night hosted by a girlfriend and they were a total hit. No one asked what was in them, no one questioned the flavor.
Why? Because they tasted like brownies!
That’s when I asked the group to try to guess the main ingredient. They were stumped.
I admitted black beans were the secret. Then three things happened:
- A moment of horror.
- Obligatory jokes about the extra fiber.
- Serious praise for making this classic treat both vegan and gluten free (while still maintaining that rich brownie flavor).
Here’s the deal, you gotta go make a batch of these black bean brownies. But make sure to keep the ingredients a secret until after people tell you how amazing they are.
Other Noteworthy Versions
- Minimalist Baker: Vegan Gluten Free Black Bean Brownies
- Chocolate Covered Katie: No Flour Black Bean Brownies
These fudgey and decadent black bean brownies are a guiltless treat.
- black beans - 1 15oz can rinsed
- maple syrup - 1/3 cup
- coconut oil* - 1/4 cup
- vanilla extract - 2 tsp.
- coconut sugar* - 2 Tbsp.
- rolled oats (gluten free) - 1/2 cup
- cocoa powder - 2 Tbsp.
- baking powder - 1/2 tsp.
- walnuts, almonds, pistachios, etc (optional) - 1/2 cup
- salt (if nuts unsalted or not using nuts) - 1/4 tsp.
- ADD AFTER THE BLEND
- chocolate chips - 2/3 cup
- Preheat the oven to 350
- Rinse the black beans
- Add all of the ingredients to the Vitamix container
- Blend on high 1-2 minutes until smooth
- Add chocolate chips to the batter and mix with a spatula
- Grease an 8×8 pan and pour in the batter
- Top with more chocolate chips, nuts, or other toppings
- Bake at 350 for 15 minutes
- Check if the middle is set with a toothpick
- If not, bake for 2-3 min intervals until set
- Undercooked is better than overcooked with this recipe
- Wait patiently for 15 min before cutting and serving
- Snap a pic and tag #LifeisNOYOKE
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week
- Bring back to room temp to serve
Useful tips for Awesome black bean brownies
Baking is a precise science, follow the recipe. Don’t wing it.
If you truly want these brownies to be gluten free, make sure to check that your oats are processed in a grain-free facility. To make sure they are vegan, buy vegan chocolate chips and use agave instead of honey.
* You can use any sugar (raw, coconut, white, etc) and any oil (vegetable, canola, olive, grape seed, etc) that you have in your pantry.
Note: Your Vitamix is not smoking. It's probably the cocoa is just filling your lungs with delicious chocolate dust.
Feeling the love for baking with your Vitamix? Try this vegan banana bread!