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Fudgy Black Bean Brownies

You won't believe these brownies. Not only are they decadently fudgy: they're vegan, gluten-free and they pack a load of plant-protein and fibre.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten-free
Servings: 16 brownies


  • Blender or food processor


  • 1 ½ cups cooked black beans (or one can)
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 6 tbsp aquafaba see Notes
  • 3 tbsp neutral oil canola oil works, or melted coconut oil
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • cup sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp ground coffee
  • ¾ cup dark chocolate chips


  • Preheat your oven to 180ºC and grease a 20cm x 20cm baking pan with vegan butter, or oil.
  • In a blender or food processor, add the black beans, ground flaxseed, aquafaba, oil, peanut butter and vanilla, and blend until smooth.
  • Mix the dry ingredients (cocoa powder, salt, sugar, baking powder and ground coffee) in a medium bowl.
  • Add the black bean mixture to the dry ingredients, and mix well.
  • Mix in the chocolate chips.
  • Scoop the mix into your prepared baking pan, and spread the batter out.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 35-40min, until a cake tester comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool completely before tipping out of the pan, and slicing into squares.


'Aquafaba' is the goopy liquid that you get when you open a can of chickpeas or cook chickpeas from dry. It's a great egg-replacer. But if you don't have any, water will do just fine when mixed with ground flaxseed.