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Vegan Black Bean Brownies Applesauce + No Added Sugar

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Vegan Black Bean Brownies Applesauce sweetened! yep, NO added sugar at all!

Vegan Black Bean BrowniesThose easy Vegan Black Bean Brownies applesauce sweetened have NO added sugar ! They are the healthy chocolate desserts you want right now ! It is low calorie, low carb and gluten free with a delicious chocolate fudgy texture. If you watch the carbs, a slice contains only 5 gram carbs and 3 g of protein per serve to keep you full for longer. So keep reading for the recipe !

Vegan Black Bean Brownies Applesauce sweetened : 1/4 teaspoon natural sugar per serve!!

I hear you ! WHAT? is that brownie really sugar free as she is using apple sauce. Well, yes and no. I should probably say refined sugar free or no added sugar. It depends what you are looking for. I am the one who love to control  the overall amount of sugar in my food and to focus on the unrefined sugar. I am ok to have a bit of natural sugar in my food but I do my best to develop recipe with very low total sugar.

Vegan Black Bean Brownies

So, those vegan black bean brownies applesauce sweetened  are the fudgiest brownie ever! Since I am trying to reduce eggs in baking I discovered amazing alternative like unsweetened applesauce. I buy an organic apple sauce which contains 9 g of natural sugar per 100 g. All that sugar is coming from the apple only which is a great healthy alternative to sweeten those brownie. Plus, apple sauce add an extra fudgy texture that I absolutely love. Vegan Black Bean Brownies

I used stevia dark chocolate in the recipe – it is a 100% sugar free chocolate made of cocoa powder and sweetened with stevia.  It is great if you want to avoid extra carbs/sugar in a recipe but keep it sweet. It melt perfectly, it is low calories and provide a delicious sweet taste without adding  sugar. As those vegan black beans brownies serve 16 squares one piece contains only 5 g of carbs and a tiny amount of 1.4 g sugar – it is a quarter of teaspoon of natural sugar from apples. Amazing right?

Fudgy, low calories and only 6 ingredients

I am addicted to vegan brownies ! Honestly, vegan brownies are the best. WHY? I realized that egg free brownies  are less chewy and more fudgy. My fudgy date brownies was my first trial, and this second vegan brownie with black bean and applesauce confirm my idea! Plus,  black beans are an amazing source of protein and iron so nutritionally you won’t miss your eggs.  I recommend a food processor to make this recipe but all you need are 6 basics ingredients: Vegan Black Bean Brownies Applesauce

  • Black beans – I used canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • Almond meal – also know as ground almond
  • Unsweetened apple sauce – I used organic apple sauce but it works with homemade applesauce too
  • Dark chocolate – I made this recipe with sugar free stevia chocolate and I also tested 85% cooca or 70% cocoa. Everything works perfectly. The darker chocolate you use, the bitter the brownie will be.
  • Coconut oil
  • Baking powder

It is optional but you can also add 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence in this recipe. I always think we should add extra vanilla in baking. I just love it. So now look at this fudgy texture, isn’t that amazing ?

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If you are a brownie lover as I do, but don’t want to indulge on a too sweet or calories loaded brownie, try this one ! You will love it. For an extra fudgy texture, store this in the fridge, you won’t regret it! Enjoy.

Watch the Vegan Black Bean Recipe video and make them now !


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Vegan Black Bean Brownies

Vegan Black Bean Brownies

These easy Vegan Black Bean Brownies are a healthy chocolate dessert, low-calorie, low-carb and gluten-free with no added sugar, only 5 grams of net carbs per serve.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 35 mins

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Black Bean Brownies

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Black Bean Brownies

  • Preheat oven to 300F (150C). 
  • Line an 8 inches x 8 inches square brownie pan with parchment paper. Rub a little coconut oil on it to make sure it does not stick. Set aside. 
  • In a small mixing bowl, add dark chocolate and coconut oil, microwave by 30-second bursts, stir and repeat until fully melted. If you don't have a microwave use a saucepan and melt under low heat until fully melted. Set aside.
  • In a food processor, with the S blade attachment, add all the ingredients: melted oil/chocolate mixture, black beans, baking powder, almond meal unsweetened applesauce  
  • Pour into the prepared pan and spread evenly. 
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes max. 
  • Cool down 5 minutes in the pan then lift out the parchment paper to unmold the brownie. 
  • Place the brownie on a rack, drizzle extra melted chocolate on top if you like. I melted my chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave. Go with 30-second burst, stir, repeat until melted and drizzle over the brownie!

Caramelized Pecan Nuts

  • Melt coconut oil in a small frying pan over low heat.
  • Add roughly chopped pecan nuts and maple syrup.
  • Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly until it caramelizes.
  • Spread out on parchment paper to cool.
  • Sprinkle over the brownie after drizzling the melted chocolate.
  • This brownie is getting super fudgy when stored in the fridge. I recommend to store in an airtight plastic box in the fridge up to 3 days or in a cookie jar in the pantry. 
Chocolate options: You can use any chocolate in this recipe. I tested 70% cocoa dark chocolate which gives the perfect sweetness, it's sugar-free and it gives a perfectly sweet brownie without the extra carbs or sugar (get Sugar Free Lillys Bars here affiliate link).  You can also use 85% cocoa chocolate for a bitter/less sweet brownie.
Sugar free/low carb: don't use maple syrup to caramelize the nuts. Use same amount of sugar free crystal sweetener like swerve. 
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Nutrition Facts
Vegan Black Bean Brownies
Amount Per Serving (1 brownie square)
Calories 108 Calories from Fat 66
% Daily Value*
Fat 7.3g11%
Carbohydrates 8.7g3%
Fiber 3.5g15%
Sugar 1.3g1%
Protein 3.2g6%
Net Carbs 5.2g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition panel is for one square of Vegan Black Bean Brownies Applesauce using sugar free dark chocolate. This recipe serve 16 squares.


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  1. 5 stars
    I didn’t have that size pan only a 6X9 so they were a little thicker. I used an avocado instead of the coconut oil and cocoa powder. I wasn’t sure if you check them like normal cooking putting a tooth pick in until it comes out clean????It never did so I just took them out after 20 extra mins. I cooked one date with a little water and vanilla to drizzle on top. I also added two dates to the batter and a pinch of salt. Will see how the taste, they smell fantastic! 😊

    • I didn’t try so it is hard to tell usually you need 3 times less coconut flour but not sure how it will go here. Let me know if you ry this! XOXO Carine.

    • Sure, apple sauce is an amazing egg replacement. You will be amazed by how it holds well and the delicious flavor of this brownie too. XOXO Carine.

    • No I am sorry my dear, this brownie recipe needs oil to come together and make a delicious fudgy brownie. Enjoy the recipes on the blog. XOXO Carine.

  2. 5 stars
    Just wanted to let you know that this is Delicious! I fell into your blog looking at the cheesy spinach balls, and have been using various recipes from here ever since.
    Thank you, for these, as and uncle to a young athlete who is SUPER health conscious, you have been an amazing resource! I made this the day before my nephew went back to college after winter break, and not a day after getting back, he asked me to send him more!
    I am not even going to try and list the recipes I have used, but will say this: Thank You!

    • Thank you SO much for this lovely comment! I am so happy to read you this morning. Enjoy the spinach balls and all the others healthy vegetarian recipes on the blog. Thanks again for testing my recipes and sharing them with your family. XOXO Carine.


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