We know what you’re thinking. This dessert can’t possibly be tasty because it’s vegan, gluten-free and made with beans. But trust us on this one — these black bean brownies are just as rich and moist as ones you’d buy in a bakery. And at just over 100 calories and five grams of sugar per serving, you won’t feel guilty eating one or two. A pinch of sea salt will enhance the fudgy, chocolaty flavor, so don’t skip it!
Fudge Black Bean Brownies Recipe
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
1 15-ounce can black beans
2 tablespoons chia seeds
6 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
3/4 cup coconut sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease an 8-inch by 8-inch square baking dish with coconut oil. Set aside. Drain and rinse the black beans thoroughly and put them in a food processor.
- Combine the chia seeds and water in a small bowl and stir well. Set aside for at least three minutes, or until they start to form a gel. Add the chia gel to the food processor.
- Add the coconut oil, coconut sugar, cocoa powder, sea salt, baking powder and vanilla extract (all remaining ingredients except for the walnuts) to the beans in the food processor and blend until nice and smooth.
- Pour the batter into the baking dish and sprinkle with walnuts. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool at least 30 minutes before cutting the brownies into squares. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.