Raise yo hand if you’re a chocolate addict like me? I’m team vanilla when it comes to cake and ice cream, but nothing beats a decadent truffle or fudgy brownie. This healthy brownie recipe is gluten-free, refined sugar-free, vegan, and is made with an absurd secret ingredient – black beans!

stack of vegan black bean brownie bites on wood board
For those of you who have never heard of this craze is probably thinking I’ve gone mad, but it’s surprisingly an amazing ingredient for brownies. I don’t know how anyone discovered this, but black beans can actually be a great substitute for flour in gluten-free baking; especially brownies.

coconut sugar, vanilla, salt, black beans, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, flax seed, and nuts on wood board

black beans in food processor

Tip:Ā The most crucial step in this brownie recipe is pureeing the black beans to the right consistency. The last thing you want are pieces of black beans in your black bean brownies! A food processor works great for this task, but if you do not have a food processor, I recommend a quality blender or mashing them with the backside of a fork. This method may take some more elbow grease, but it works!

hand mixing vegan brownie batter in glass mixing bowl

vegan black bean brownie bites on marble counter with nuts and chocolate chips

The flavor of cocoa powder masks any trace of black beans. In fact, these black bean brownies make a great pre-workout snack since this lovely legume packs in some fiber and protein. Just pop a couple in your mouth for a filling snack. Did I really just suggest eating brownies before working out? Why yes, yes I did šŸ˜‰ Try lathering on some almond butter for a delicious snack upgrade too. These brownie bites are chocolatey, fudgy, decadent, and flat-out delicious.Ā 

Not to mention super healthy, but that’s just an added bonus. šŸ˜‰

vegan black bean brownie bites with nuts and chocolate drizzle

hand grabbing vegan black bean brownie bite on marble background

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stack of vegan black bean brownie bites on wood

Black Bean Brownies

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Introducing vegan black bean brownies that are a healthy spin on the chocolatey dessert. This brownie recipe is totally gluten-free thanks to the black beans. You won't believe these brownies are vegan, gluten-free, AND refined sugar-free because these bite-sized brownies are so fudgy, chocolatey, and decadent!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten Free, Vegan
Keyword gluten free brownies, healthy brownies, vegan baking, vegan brownies
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 24 mini brownies
Calories 59kcal
Author Amanda


  • 1 15 ounce can black beans no salt added
  • 2 flax eggs 2 Tablespoons ground flax seed + 5 Tablespoons water, can substitute with 2 eggs
  • 4 Tablespoons coconut oil melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar (can substitute with cane sugar)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts optional



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Prepare flax eggs by mixing ground flax seed and water. Place in fridge.
  • Drain and rinse black beans in a colander
  • Put black beans in blender or food processor
  • Blend the black beans into a smooth consistency
  • Transfer black beans to a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add melted coconut oil and vanilla.
  • Remove flax eggs from the fridge and put in a bowl with black beans. Mix well.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine coconut sugar, cocoa powder, and salt
  • Add dry ingredients to mixing bowl with wet ingredients. Mix well.
  • Fold in chocolate chips and chopped walnuts
  • Spray your nonstick baking pan or mini cupcake tin with nonstick cooking spray
  • Fill cupcake tins about 3/4 full
  • Baker for 13-15 minutes
  • Check if brownies are done by inserting a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean
  • Remove brownies from oven and let cool for 15-20 minutes
  • Using a butter knife, carefully remove brownies from tin and let cool completely on a cooling rack


Brownies typically crumble if you try messing with them directly out of the oven. Let brownies cool completely before trying to remove from cupcake tin.


Serving: 1brownie | Calories: 59kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3.7g | Saturated Fat: 2.3g | Sodium: 24mg | Fiber: 0.8g | Sugar: 4.8g
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