Vegan Black Bean Brownies Applesauce sweetened! yep, NO added sugar at all!
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.
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.
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:
- 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 ?
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 !
Those easy Vegan Black Bean Brownies are the healthy chocolate desserts you want right now ! It is low calorie, low carb and gluten free with NO sugar added. This fudgy chocolate brownie is simply sweetened with unsweetened apple sauce and stevia dark chocolate which brings each brownie square to only 5 gram carbs per serve and a 3 g of protein to keep you full for longer.
- 1 oz dark chocolate bars (sugar free or 85%) , melted, - see note for options
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 seconds burst, 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 apple sauce and
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 by 30 seconds burst, stir, repeat until melted and drizzle over the brownie!
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 caramelized.
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 a 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 as Sugar free chocolate made of stevia, it is sugar free ad it gives a perfectly sweet brownie without the extra carbs or sugar (get Sugar Free Lillys Bars here). 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.
Nutrition panel is for one square of Vegan Black Bean Brownies Applesauce using sugar free dark chocolate. This recipe serve 16 squares.