Vegan Black Bean Brownies
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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Black Bean Brownies
- ¼ cup Coconut Oil + 1 teaspoon to grease the pan
- 3.5 oz Sugar-free Dark Chocolate see note for details
- 1 can Black Beans rinsed, drained (15 oz)
- 1 cup Almond Flour
- ¾ cup Unsweetened Applesauce
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1 teaspoon Coconut Oil
- ¼ cup Pecan Nuts roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons Sugar-Free Maple Syrup
Dark Chocolate Drizzle
- 1 oz Sugar-free Dark Chocolate melted – see note for options
Black Bean Brownies
- Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C).
- Line an 8-inch x 8-inch 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 in 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, and unsweetened applesauce
- Pour into the prepared pan and spread evenly.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes max.
- Cool them down for 5 minutes in the pan, then lift out the parchment paper to unmold the brownie.
- Place the brownie on a rack, and drizzle extra melted chocolate on top if you like. I melted my chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave. Go with 30-second bursts, 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, constantly stirring until it caramelizes.
- Spread out on parchment paper to cool.
- Sprinkle over the brownie after drizzling the melted chocolate.
- These brownies are getting super fudgy when stored in the fridge. I recommend storing them in an airtight plastic box in the fridge for up to 3 days or in a cookie jar in the pantry.
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Category:Brownies & Bars
Preparation:Under 30 Minutes
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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! 😊
It sounds delicious ! Thanks for sharing with us, XOXO Carine
Any ideas on using coconut flour instead of almond? I know coconut absorbs a lot of moisture.
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.
Do these hold together well? I’m curious since the recipe doesn’t call for eggs or flax eggs.
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.
Can I sub out the oil?
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.
Is almond meal the same as almond flour?
Yes almond meal, ground almond or almond flour are the same ingredients. Enjoy the brownies. XOXO Carine.
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.
Ah, and I apologize, Happy New Year!
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