Flourless Vegan Black Bean Brownies

Flourless Vegan Black Bean Brownies- made with nutritious ingredients like black beans and avocado, these gluten-free brownies make for the perfect healthy treat. Each one contains 4mg of iron and 4 grams of protein!

Flourless Vegan Black Bean Brownies- made with nutritious ingredients like black beans and avocado, these gluten-free brownies make for the perfect healthy treat. Each one contains 4mg of iron and 4 grams of protein!

Last summer we had the pleasure of visiting Chattanooga which is just a little over a 3-hour drive from Athens. During our visit, we had some pretty incredible food but our favorite spot by far was a little plant-based cafe named Cashew.

We were only in Chattanooga for 3 days but we ate there twice because it was just that good. One of the desserts that I was most impressed with was their Flourless Black Bean Avocado Brownie. Sounds so healthy, right? Yeah, not only was it packed full of nutritional goodness but it tasted amazing to boot.

Naturally it took me several months before I perfected the recipe because I really wanted to make them entirely oil-free, while keeping the consistency and flavor as close to their version as possible.

Flourless Vegan Black Bean Brownies- made with nutritious ingredients like black beans and avocado, these gluten-free brownies make for the perfect healthy treat. Each one contains 4mg of iron and 4 grams of protein!

How to Make Flourless Vegan Black Bean Brownies

You will need either a food processor or blender to make this recipe as that is what breaks down the black beans.

  1. Combine a can of drained and rinsed black beans with the remaining ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand.
  3. Transfer to a lightly greased muffin tin and bake.
  4. Drizzle with melted chocolate or peanut butter (or both- this step is optional, of course) and enjoy!

Flourless Vegan Black Bean Brownies- made with nutritious ingredients like black beans and avocado, these gluten-free brownies make for the perfect healthy treat. Each one contains 4mg of iron and 4 grams of protein!

Flourless Vegan Black Bean Brownies- made with nutritious ingredients like black beans and avocado, these gluten-free brownies make for the perfect healthy treat. Each one contains 4mg of iron and 4 grams of protein!

Flourless Vegan Black Bean Brownies- made with nutritious ingredients like black beans and avocado, these gluten-free brownies make for the perfect healthy treat. Each one contains 4mg of iron and 4 grams of protein!

Can you taste the avocado or black beans?

I’m confident I could serve these to anyone and they would not know they are made with avocado and black beans. The maple syrup and cocoa powder do a fine job overpowering them.

That said, they don’t taste just like Betty Crocker so set your expectations accordingly and I promise you’ll be pleased.

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Flourless Vegan Black Bean Brownies- made with nutritious ingredients like black beans and avocado, these gluten-free brownies make for the perfect healthy treat. Each one contains 4mg of iron and 4 grams of protein!

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Flourless Vegan Black Bean Brownies

Made with nutritious ingredients like black beans and avocado, these gluten-free brownies make for the perfect healthy treat. Each one contains 4mg of iron and 4 grams of protein!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup avocado, roughly 1/2 medium-size avocado
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips, divided

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together maple syrup and ground flax seed. Allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  • To the bowl of a food processor, add the black beans, avocado, cocoa powder, coconut sugar, baking soda and salt. Pour in the maple syrup and vanilla extract.
  • Blend on high, adding apple cider vinegar as you blend. Continue blending until mixture is as smooth as possible, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl intermittently. Lastly, stir in ½ cup chocolate chips by hand.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F then grease a muffin tin for 12 brownies. Spoon the batter into each muffin tin and top with additional chocolate chips. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes, until firm on the edges. Set aside to cool.
  • Melt the remaining chocolate chips in a double boiler or by using small bowl in the microwave in 10 second increments, stirring in between. Drizzle melted chocolate over top of each brownie. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Nutrition

Calories: 156kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 200mg, Potassium: 154mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 5IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 52mg, Iron: 4mg
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
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