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 www.ilkasblog.com for their Savory Sunday link up.  I hope you enjoy!

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Vegan Black Bean Brownies

Yield: 12 brownies

Vegan Black Bean Brownies

Ingredients

  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

Instructions

  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, 20174 months ago

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

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lboldz@gmail.com January 23, 20174 months 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:)

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Janelle @ Run With No Regrets January 23, 20174 months 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!

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lboldz@gmail.com January 23, 20174 months 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!

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Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner January 23, 20174 months ago

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

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lboldz@gmail.com January 23, 20174 months ago

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

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Annmarie January 23, 20174 months ago

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

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lboldz@gmail.com January 23, 20174 months ago

So yummy Annmarie!

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Celia @ Chicago Jogger January 24, 20174 months ago

Yum, i can definitely get behind healthy brownies!

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lboldz@gmail.com January 25, 20174 months ago

So yummy Celia!!

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