vegan brownie recipe

These brownies are amazing!

Wow, do I have something special (and super delicious) for you today! This may even become one of your new favorite recipes.

This new brownie recipe is decadent and delicious – and it also happens to be vegan, gluten-free, AND packed with fiber! AND it’s super simple and easy to throw together. But they have a SECRET INGREDIENT that you’ll never guess.

You won’t believe how good they are and they are made with BLACK BEANS. Trust me on this one, don’t wrinkle your face up, they’re delicious! But if you make these and plan to share them with others, I’d wait to drop the healthy ingredient info on them till AFTER they take a bite. You’ll probably get a lot more takers that way.

Note: I highly recommend using a food processor because the batter is thick and can be hard to stir. If you want to make these vegan, be sure to use vegan chocolate chips.

Vegan Black Bean Brownies

1 15-oz can (250 g) black beans, rinsed & drained

2 tbsp raw cacao powder

½ cup (40 g) gluten-free quick oats

½ tsp Himalayan salt

½ cup (125 g) pure maple syrup or honey

⅓ cup (80 g) nut butter (almond or PB work great)

2 tsp vanilla extract

½ tsp baking powder

⅔ cup (140 g) chocolate chips

Coconut oil (for greasing the pan)

Preheat your oven to 350ºF (175ºC). Prepare an 8×8-inch (20×20 cm) pan by greasing it with coconut oil.

Place all of the ingredients EXCEPT CHIPS in a food processor. Blend until completely smooth. Stir in the chips.

Scrape mixture into your prepared pan and place in the oven. Bake for 18-20 minutes before removing. Let sit for 10-15 minutes before cutting into 9 squares.

These are so delish. If you keep them in the fridge they will stay nice & fudgy.


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Jonathan Aluzas is co-owner of Arena Fitness, a fitness center that offers group training in Encino as well as personal training in Northridge.