Vegan Black Bean Brownies with Walnuts
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Easy Vegan Black Bean Brownies with Walnuts

Here's the perfect scenario-a dense, moist brownie packed with cocoa, polyphenols and bean nutrition-protein, fiber, and even antioxidants! The beans replace the grains and some of the fat in this gluten-free, egg-free brownie. I guarantee that nobody will guess the magic ingredients-black beans-in this delicious treat. What a great way to get kids (and grownups) to eat their beans.~From Plant Powered for Life by Sharon Palmer
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Vegan
Keyword: black bean brownies, easy black bean brownies recipe, vegan desserts
Servings: 16
Calories: 151kcal
Author: EA Stewart, RD | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • One 15-ounce can black beans no salt added, rinsed and drained (or 1 3/4 cup cooked)
  • 1/2 cup honey or agave nectar I used maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil expeller pressed (I used expeller pressed high oleic sunflower oil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free dark-chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts I used pecans


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Spray an 8 by 8-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Place the black beans, honey, cocoa powder, chia seeds, vanilla, canola oil, and baking powder in a blender. Process until smooth. Scrape down the sides halfway through blending if needed.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.
  • Sprinkle the chocolate chips and walnuts evenly across the top of the brownies.
  • Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until the edges pull away from the side of the pan and the brownies are firm.
  • Cool for a few minutes, and slice into 16 squares.


Reprinted with permission from Plant-Powered for Life by Sharon Palmer.
To keep the nuts from getting too brown or burning, either stir them in to the batter, or place a piece of aluminum foil on top of the brownies half way through baking.


Serving: 1square | Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 192mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1.6mg