Monday, August 29, 2011

Black Bean Brownies

There’s no way around it, I LOVE CHOCOLATE. It is truly one of my weaknesses. Fortunately, veganism does not mean you have to give it up, just be more discerning about what kind and in what form you are eating it. These brownies, adapted from, are not only gooey and chocolaty, they are jam packed full of fiber, protein, and omega 3’s—making them ideal for a not-so-sinful treat.


  • 2 cups cooked black beans or 1 (15.5 oz) can (drained and rinsed)
  • Egg Replacer—equivalent of 3 eggs
  • 3 Tbsl vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup cacao powder
  • ¼ cup ground flaxseed
  • 2 Tbls chia seeds
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ cup evaporated cane juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 Tbls agave nectar
  • ½ cup chocolate vegan chocolate chips

Don't eat the batter, don't eat the batter, don't eat the batter. Okay, a little lick won't hurt.


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 8x8 square baking dish
  • Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips in blender or food processor
  • Stir in chocolate chips
  • Spread evenly in greased pan
  • Bake for about 60 minutes* or until the top is dry and the edges begin to pull away from the sides of the pan.
  • Let cool for 10 minutes

Happy Eating!

*the directions on called for a 30 minute baking time. These where still pretty much batter after 30 minutes, probably because they are a bit higher in moisture. I took them out of the oven around 60 minutes and they were wonderful and gooey. If you like yours a little firmer, check them every few minutes until they are the consistency that you like.



    The New York Times this morning had article reporting that a high use of chocolate leads to a lower rate of heart attacks. It's official: Chocolate is the new wonder drug!

  2. Julie, this is fabulous news. :)