Vegan black bean brownie...

I used to bake with red kidney beans, but then - why not black beans too? I came across a vegan bean  brownie recipe that used red kidney beans and decided to create my own take on the subject. 

While looking for that perfect structure of the brownie (moist, fudgy like), but also wanting to keep the recipe somehow healthy - meaning not using a ton of refined sugar or chocolate - I came up with the perfect recipe for fully plant based black bean brownie. 

vegan brownie

I'm already quite used to substituting eggs in recipes (on which you can find more detailed info HERE), but this time sugar wasn't a big challenge either - dates are usually the answer. An addition of banana makes the whole cake keep its moisture after baking. Also, my brownie version contains no fat whatsoever! 

Hope you'll try it and experiment yourself with different toppings (think all kind of nuts and dry fruit like goji berries or even raisins). This black bean brownie will come together for you in no time, but it will disappear in no time too! 

How to make it...

- 1 can no-salt-added black beans, drained, no need to rinse (or 1½ cups cooked)
- 1 cup pure dates (1 cup dates + ½ cup hot boiling water, put aside for half an hour then pureed)
- 2 tablespoon golden syrup (optional, depending on your "sweet tooth" and if you want brownie to be a little healthier simply omit this)
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ banana
- ¾ cup rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- chopped walnuts (or any other nuts of your choice, like hazelnuts, unsalted pistachios etc)
- vegan semisweet chocolate pieces (optional)


- Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Line a 23 cm (9-inch) round cake pan with parchment paper (or use a silicone cake pan).
- Combine the beans, pureed dates, half a banana, cocoa powder and golden syrup if using in a food processor, process just until smooth. 
- Add the oats, baking powder, and baking soda, stir with a spatula until combined, no need to blend it at this stage anymore.
- Put the batter into the prepared cake pan. 
- Sprinkle over with nuts of your choice and chocolate pieces (if using). 
- Bake for 35 minutes. Cool slightly before cutting. Best served warm.

✅ You can add some orange zest into the batter mix too, to make orange flavour brownie.


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  1. AnonymousJuly 10, 2022

    Made it today - but hazelnuts not walnuts. It is delicious!

    1. Glad you liked it! Pozdrawiam, Anula.


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