These Vegan Black Bean Brownies are simple low-carb, healthy brownies sweetened with applesauce.
What Are Black Bean Brownies?
Black Bean Brownies are a simple dessert or snack where most of the batter is made with black beans to use less flour than classic brownies.
As a result, black bean brownies are low in carbs and high in protein and fiber.
Why You’ll Love These Brownies
These Vegan Black Bean Brownies are a delicious fudgy treat that everyone in your family and friends will love.
- No Eggs
Their fudgy texture and rich chocolate taste make them unmistakably brownies but one of their slices contains only 5 grams of net carbs and 3 grams of protein per serving to keep you full for longer.
How To Make Vegan Black Bean Brownies
It’s very easy to make these vegan black bean brownies, there are only a handful of basic ingredients!
- Black Beans – I used canned organic black beans, rinsed and drained. Any brand would be just fine.
- Almond Flour – also known as ground almond, it’s a low-carb flour that brings very few carbs. Prefer ultra-fine almond flour to avoid a gritty texture.
- Unsweetened Apple Sauce – I used organic apple sauce but it works with homemade applesauce as well. make sure there’s no added sugar. Organic unsweetened applesauce contains about 8 grams of net carbs per 100 grams. Given how little we use in this recipe, it doesn’t bring many carbs!
- Dark Chocolate – I made this recipe with sugar-free stevia chocolate, and I also tested 85% cocoa or 70% cocoa. Everything works perfectly. The darker chocolate you use, the bitter the brownie will be.
- Coconut Oil – prefer unrefined coconut oil.
- Baking Powder
- Pecan Nuts – or chopped walnuts if you prefer.
Making The Black Bean Brownie Batter
Start this recipe by rinsing and draining the black beans. You can do that in a sieve or in their can.
Then, melt the dark chocolate with the coconut oil in a mixing bowl.
To get them to melt you can either place them in the microwave for 30 seconds or put them in a bain-marie for 2 minutes.
Pour the chocolate mixture into the bowl of a food processor or blender and add the drained black beans, baking powder, almond flour, and unsweetened applesauce.
You can also include some of the chopped pecans or walnuts. Add a pinch of salt.
Blend the brownie batter until it’s consistent and sticky.
Line a square 8-inch x 8-inch brownie pan with lightly oiled parchment paper.
Pour the black bean brownie batter into the baking dish.
Brownie Batter Add Ons
It is optional, but you can also add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the batter, it brings a delicious flavor.
You can also add some dark chocolate chips or a touch of cocoa powder if you like your brownies ultra-chocolatey.
Baking The Brownies
Bake the vegan black bean brownies for 25 to 45 minutes in an oven preheated to 300°F (150°C).
Let the brownies cool down for 5 minutes in the pan. It’s essential to get the bottom of the dessert to cook fully.
Then, pull the overhanging pieces of parchment paper to transfer the brownies onto a cooling rack to let them cool down.
Making The Pecan Drizzle
To make the gooey caramelized pecan drizzle, start by melting the coconut oil in a small frying pan over low heat.
Add the chopped pecans or walnuts and maple syrup.
Cook them for 2 to 3 minutes until the maple syrup has caramelized.
Use a spoon to drizzle the caramelized pecan topping on the cooked brownies.
For ultimate decadence, add a drizzle of peanut butter or almond butter to the black bean brownies and serve with a scoop of plant-based ice cream.
These vegan black bean brownies can be stored for up to 5 days in the fridge.
You can also freeze them in individual containers and thaw them at room temperature. Or pop them in the oven for 5 minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are these brownies really keto-friendly as they are using applesauce?
Absolutely! There are a few key points to getting there.
– The applesauce must be without added sugar
– You will need to make small brownie portions
These vegan black beans brownies make 16 squares, one slice contains only 5 grams of net carbs and a tiny amount of 1.4 g sugar – it is a quarter of a teaspoon of natural sugar from apples.
You can use a liquid sweetener such as coconut nectar, agave syrup, or sugar-free maple syrup, but the taste won’t be as perfectly balanced.
No, there is no need for an egg, or flax egg in this recipe. The applesauce provides the binding.
No, ground flax or flax seed flour has too much fiber compared to almond flour. It would make the batter very dry and gritty as it would absorb too much moisture.
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Vegan Black Bean Brownies
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