Vegan Black Bean Brownies

Vegan Black Bean Brownies

Ok, I know what you are thinking–

“Why would I want to eat a ‘healthy’ brownie when I could be eating a REAL gooey chocolatey brownie instead?” (My hubby told me the same thing this morning).

But what if the REAL gooey chocolate brownie is actually the healthy brownie?

No, not in a fantasy world where calories don’t count. These vegan black bean brownies are actually healthy brownies that DO NOT taste healthy, and I can say that with assurance, as they’ve been tested on three tough test testers— one picky preschooler, one picky and fiesty toddler, and one picky hubby. For the ultimate test, I am taking a batch of these vegan black bean brownies into work tomorrow (without revealing the “healthy” secret).  I am also planning on making these vegan black bean brownies for my daughter’s preschool Valentine’s Day tea party in a few weeks.  Be sure to stay tuned to my Instagram handle to see how it turns out.

And now onto the recipe…. I promise these vegan black bean brownies will not disappoint– and will not taste like cardboard, like some of the black bean brownie recipes I have sampled in the past.

I am linking this post up with Deb over at Confessions of a Mother Runner and Sarah over at A Whisk and Two Wands for Meatless Monday, along with Running on Happy & The Fit Foodie Mama for Meatless Monday.  I am also linking up with Angela over at Marathons & Motivation and Ilka at for their Savory Sunday link up.  I hope you enjoy!



Vegan Black Bean Brownies

Yield: 12 brownies

Vegan Black Bean Brownies


  1. 1 1/2 cups black beans (1 15-oz can or 350g, drained and rinsed very well)
  2. 2 tbsp vegan chocolate protein powder (10g) (I used chocolate vegan Shakeology)
  3. 1/2 cup Old Fashioned oats (40g) (sub quick oats if desired)
  4. 1/4 tsp sea salt
  5. 1/3 cup pure maple syrup (65g)
  6. 2 tbsp sugar in the raw (or sub for a pinch of uncut Stevia)
  7. 1/4 cup coconut oil (40g)
  8. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  9. 2/3 cup cacao chips (140g) (If not vegan, sub regular chocolate chips.)
  10. Optional: Additional cacao chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Combine all ingredients except cacao chips in a good sized food processor, and blend until completely smooth. Really blend well.
  3. Stir in the cacao chips, then pour into a greased (I used coconut oil) 8×8 pan.
  4. Optional: Spread extra cacao chips over the top.
  5. Cook the black bean brownies approximately 15 minutes.
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My preschooler was asking for seconds (I doubt she realized there were black beans in her brownies).  Do you have a healthy treat that you trick your kids into eating?  I would love to hear all about it in the comments below!

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Clarinda January 23, 20171 year ago

Sounds pretty easy! Does the coconut oil need to be melted, or does that matter?

reply January 23, 20171 year ago

Clarinda- It’s easier to blend together if the coconut oil is melted but if you have a heavy duty food processor it should not matter:)


Janelle @ Run With No Regrets January 23, 20171 year ago

I would love to try your brownies! I’ve seen black bean recipes but still can’t believe they taste like the regular “unhealthy” brownies!

reply January 23, 20171 year ago

Janelle- I have been a skeptic until recently and they were very yummy! You can always add more maple syrup to sweeten them up as well!


Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner January 23, 20171 year ago

I wonder if I could trick my older and wiser teens into eating these?! LOL Thanks for linking up today for meatless monday

reply January 23, 20171 year ago

Good luck with that one Deb– keep me posted!!


Annmarie January 23, 20171 year ago

Yaaas bean brownies are so yummy! Love that these are vegan!

reply January 23, 20171 year ago

So yummy Annmarie!


Celia @ Chicago Jogger January 24, 20171 year ago

Yum, i can definitely get behind healthy brownies!

reply January 25, 20171 year ago

So yummy Celia!!


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