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Black bean brownies on a white paper towel with a white background.

Fudgy Vegan Black Bean Brownies (Gluten-Free)

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4.8 from 4 reviews

  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


These fudgy black bean brownies are super decadent and no one would ever guess that they are both vegan and gluten-free. Just blend the ingredients, fold in the chocolate chips and bake, with the end result being moist, chewy brownies perfect for topping with plant-based vanilla ice cream.


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  • 1 cup cooked black beans (for canned, drain and rinse)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free milk
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil (or melted vegan butter)
  • 3/4 cup oat flour (gluten-free if desired)
  • 1 cup maple sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (or cacao powder)
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp fine grain sea salt
  • 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Brush an 8 x 8 baking dish lightly with coconut oil or avocado oil, or line it with parchment paper.
  2. Blend the black beans, milk, melted coconut oil and vanilla. Place black beans, milk, melted coconut oil and vanilla in a high-speed blender and blend until perfectly smooth and no chunks or bits of black beans remain. Set aside.
  3. Whisk the oat flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl.
  4. Combine the two mixtures. Pour in the black bean mixture from the blender into the mixing bowl. Use a spoon or hand mixer to fully incorporate until no lumps remain.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.
  7. Bake. Bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Then, without opening the oven, lower the temperature to 350 degrees and bake for another 12 minutes.
  8. Allow brownies to cool. Remove the brownies from the oven and allow to fully cool in the baking dish before slicing and enjoying. To speed up the cooling process, I recommend placing the baking dish in your freezer for 30 minutes before slicing.


Store brownies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

  • Prep Time: 8
  • Cook Time: 22
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven