Vegan Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies

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Stack of Vegan Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies with walnuts

It seems ludicrous to make your favorite recipes just once, but when you’re a food blogger sometimes you don’t have time for repeats! 

But, after making a similar version of these black bean brownies a couple years ago I couldn’t help but try them again.

They’re fudgy, sweet, and still one of the best brownies I’ve had to date. Never mind they’re loaded with fiber, omega-3s and tons of other good-for-you ingredients.

Colander of rinsed black beans and food processor of flaxseed meal for making black bean brownies
Measuring cup of cocoa powder

Just last week I attempted a vegan gluten free brownie recipe that was a total flop. They didn’t set at all and sort of remained “soup” in the pan. So disappointing. The worst part? I’d wasted an entire bar and a half of my favorite dark chocolate and a decent amount of Earth Balance in the process. Not cheap, not cheap, not cool.

Then I thought, “Why would I make unhealthy brownies if I could make healthy ones that I know I love?” See, I do reason sometimes, especially when it comes to dessert.

Measuring cups of sugar
Food processor filled with batter for making Black Bean Brownies

These brownies are ridiculously simple to make.

They require a handful of ingredients you likely have on hand, and all you need is a food processor (or a blender) and a muffin tin.

Does clean up get much easier than that? Let me answer that, NO.

Muffin tin filled with Black Bean Brownies with half of them topped with walnuts
Batch of our Vegan Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies on a cooling rack

Besides being simple they’re insanely delicious. The edges have a slight crispness and the inside is all fudgy, chocolaty goodness.

Plus, you don’t have to dirty a knife cutting into them – they’re already baked into bite-size deliciousness. How convenient!

Showing the fudgy texture of the inside of one of our Black Bean Brownies

Enjoy these plain, with some vegan ice cream (coffee, chocolate, or vanilla), dunked in almond milk, slathered with peanut butter or topped with fresh berries (credit to my smart friend Arleigh for the berry idea).

Better yet, I have another idea for these beauties coming up next week. Wish me luck! In the meantime, bake these brownies and tell no one what’s inside…until they’re three bites in and begging for the recipe. Hooray for healthy deception!

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Platter filled with a batch of the Ultimate Black Bean Brownies

Vegan Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies

Black bean brownies (vegan and gluten-free) that require just 1 bowl and about 30 minutes to prepare! Healthy, easy, and delicious – the best kind of dessert.
Author Minimalist Baker
Stack of 4 Vegan Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies made with walnuts
4.78 from 640 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 (brownies)
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 3-4 Days


  • 2 large flax eggs (2 heaping Tbsp (~16 g) flaxseed meal + 6 Tbsp (90 ml) water as original recipe is written // or sub chicken eggs with varied results if not vegan)
  • 1 15-oz. can black beans (well rinsed and drained // 1 can yields ~ 1 3/4 cups)
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil (melted // or sub other oil of choice)
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder (the higher quality the better // such as this one)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 heaping cup organic cane sugar (slightly ground or pulsed in a food processor or coffee grinder for refined texture)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder

TOPPINGS optional

  • Crushed walnuts
  • Pecans
  • Dairy-free semisweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C).
  • Lightly grease a 12-slot standard size muffin pan (not mini // adjust pan size if altering batch size). Make sure you’ve rinsed and thoroughly drained your black beans at this point.
  • Prepare flax egg by combining flax and water in the bowl of the food processor. Pulse a couple times and then let rest for a few minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients (besides walnuts or other toppings) and puree – about 3 minutes – scraping down sides as needed. You want it pretty smooth.
  • If the batter appears too thick, add a Tbsp or two of water and pulse again. It should be slightly less thick than chocolate frosting but nowhere close to runny.
  • Evenly distribute the batter into the muffin tin and smooth the tops with a spoon or your finger.
  • Optional: Sprinkle with crushed walnuts, pecans or chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 20-26 minutes or until the tops are dry and the edges start to pull away from the sides. I found mine took about 25.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for 30 minutes before removing from pan. They will be tender, so remove gently with a fork. The insides are meant to be very fudgy, so don’t be concerned if they seem too moist – that’s the point. Plus, they’re vegan so it doesn’t really matter.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to a few days. Refrigerate to keep longer.



*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without toppings.

Nutrition (1 of 12 servings)

Serving: 1 brownies Calories: 113 Carbohydrates: 18 g Protein: 3 g Fat: 4.7 g Saturated Fat: 3.3 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.52 g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.58 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 194 mg Potassium: 176 mg Fiber: 4.6 g Sugar: 9 g Vitamin A: 0 IU Vitamin C: 0 mg Calcium: 60 mg Iron: 1.4 mg

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  1. Nicole says

    These are such a great snack! Make sure you run the food processor for the full 3 minutes to get the best overall texture! Everyone (toddlers included) in my home enjoys these!

  2. Becky says

    My little girls and I just made these this morning, and they were delightedly licking the batter off the mixing spoons…KNOWING there were black beans in there. My 5 year old is a clinically extreme picky eater, and I was blown away at her love for these brownies! They came out perfect, but I did have to add about 10 minutes baking time. That’s normal for us, for some reason. Will be making these weekly! THANK YOU!

  3. Christy says

    Just whipped these up last night. Honestly were so delicious, tasty, warm, fudgy, … just amazing!!!
    Great recipe! Thanks, as always!

  4. L.C. says

    I can’t wait to make these! I have only icing sugar right now, can that work as a sub for the cane sugar? Measurement similar? Thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, we aren’t sure that would work. It’s typically just used for frosting/icing. Let us know if you try it!

  5. Kelsey says

    Hi! I have enjoyed every recipe of yours that I try! I make a batch of these brownies most weeks with minor variations (I’ve been adding a couple drops of peppermint extract lately!). Could I make these in an 8×8 pan instead? Should I adjust temperature or cook time if I do? Thanks!!

  6. Kaitlyn says

    I have made LOTS of black bean brownies and these are BY FAR the best! I only had brown sugar on hand so I equally subbed for the cane sugar and added two tablespoons of flour to get what looked like the right brownie consistency and wow! So good. Fudgy and just the perfect amount of sweetness. I set up a toppings station with choc chips, sprinkles, nuts and coconut and let my three year old go for it. I will definitely make them again, and again, and again! Great recipe!

  7. Melissa says

    These were exactly what I needed – chocolaty, gooey & just sweet enough to hit the spot. Used my Ninja blender & made sure to blend a full 3 minutes for a super smooth batter. Also added a splash of leftover coffee to the mix & topped them with a mini vegan chocolate chips, walnuts & a sprinkle of sea salt.
    Will definitely make again.

  8. Elizabeth says

    Pretty good! While they’re not sweet like traditional brownies (compare 1/2 a cup of sugar to the 1-2 cups in a regular brownie recipe), they give a nice deep dark chocolate contrast when served with ice cream. Adding the semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used Guittard) also give a nice pop of sweetness.

    I used ground chia seed “eggs” instead of flax, since elsewhere on this site, it says the 2 are interchangeable.

    Like other bean brownies they don’t have a “crumb” (the photos on this post kind of look like they do, but mine didn’t and I don’t *think* you can get that texture without flour). Cooked for 25 min in my oven, they weren’t so much gooey as soft in the middle (again, to be expected since gooeyness comes from fat + sugar + flour).

    The directions to blend for 3 full minutes was very helpful – made for a much better texture than other bean brownies I’ve tried. I still don’t love the bean brownie texture on its own, but served warm with some ice cream, they made for a satisfying treat :-)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi! Some other readers have used dates in various ways in this recipe. You can search the comments by using the ctrl+F or command+F function on your keyboard. Hope that helps!

    • Heather Chrystie says

      I made these totally without sugar (it was an accident…) and they are still delicious. I did add in about half a cup of quick cook oats because of another recipe, and also added walnuts as well as chocolate chips. Have recommended this variation to everyone I know on a low-sugar diet!

  9. Marie says

    Perfectly fudgy, chocolatey, and not too sweet! I made my brownies in a glass baking dish which measure (roughly) 13inx9inx3in. They turned out over 1.5in. thick. Because I baked them in a glass dish, the total bake time was around 50 minutes – 1 hour to cook to my liking: cooked through with a fudgy center. Despite it cooking for much longer than suggested in the directions, they were fudgy, chewy and tasted amazing!

    Next time I make them I would stir a tablespoon or two of corn starch or oat flower because I like a crumb and some firmness to my brownies. I found it hard to pick them up with my hands and eat them cleanly without them falling apart. This didn’t keep me from eating half the pan, though!!

    I might’ve also added too much water while I blended the ingredients because my blender isn’t very high powered and wasn’t mixing everything in properly.

    Overall, I would make these again!!

  10. Sarah Killaire says

    Made these brownies this evening and I somehow forgot the baking powder but they still turned out delicious, fudgey and fluffy all at once so that’s a bonus! You can screw it up and it’s still delicious! Once cooled, I topped them with chocolate hummus for a little extra sweetness and it is divine! Will be making these again for certain :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Duncan, you can find this information by clicking “metric” beneath the ingredient header. Hope that helps!

  11. Sarah says

    I was scared to make these, thinking that there’s just no way black beans would be good – But I was WRONG. Wow these are amazing. So fudgey. Definitely will make again!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Lisa, we haven’t tried it, but LSA would be more likely to work out of those two options. Let us know how it goes!

  12. Nicole Karaszewski says

    This recipe was my first go with black bean brownies- and they were a hit for my kids (ages 3 and 9) and neighbors. I added a heaping teaspoon of cinnamon, and topped with chocolate chips and chopped pistachios. I mix in my Vitamix. I baked in a silicone mini-muffin 24 cup pan and 350 for 17 minutes- they were cakier than expected based on other reviews, and the texture was great!
    Has one tried these with dates or date syrup instead of sugar?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Nicole, some other readers have used dates in various ways in this recipe. You can search the comments by using the ctrl+F or command+F function on your keyboard. Hope that helps!

  13. Erin says

    These brownies are absolutely mind blowingly delicious!
    I am actually speechless…
    You would never know that they are flourless or made with black beans!!
    Now… not to eat the whole tray to myself!!

  14. Erika says

    I’ve made these several times–amazing!!!!!!!!! I use a mini-muffin tin to make 24 tiny brownies and bake for about 23-25 min. There are more crusty brownie edges that way :) I also use brown sugar, works great. To make them fancy, I dust with powdered sugar. They’re so cute and yummy, I frequently bring them to parties or give them as thank-you gifts. Thanks for a fantastic recipe!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, we aren’t sure that would work. It’s typically just used for frosting/icing. Let us know if you try it!

  15. Pip says

    LOVE this recepie!
    super simple and they turned out perfect.
    I’m about to make it for the second time. I added in some crushed walnuts and *chefs kiss* Yuuum!!

  16. Nora Serres says

    Absolutely amazing recipe, I’ve made them so often with great results every time! I usually make these in reusable silicone baking cups (from IKEA) which holds the shape really nicely. I’ve also substituted for chicken eggs with good results.

    Mine have also turned out much fluffier than the picture, it might be because I use a blender and the batter gets more whipped.

    For a topping, I sprinkle shredded coconut on top halfway through the baking time — doesn’t burn and sticks to the brownie :)

  17. April says

    I have been really curious about black bean brownie and today I’m gonna give it a go. Do you think that it will work if I bake the brownie in a bigger pan to make it super thin and dehydrate it later on to make brownie brittle? Thank you

  18. NolaRegina says

    These are the most delicious black bean brownies I have ever had. I like the fact that there is no flour in the recipe. They are moist and delicious. I use the dark chocolate baking powder and my family enjoys them. I make them almost every week!!

  19. Rebekah says

    Have been curious about black bean brownies for a while, finally took the plunge and these did not disappoint! Loved the fudgy texture. Next time I’ll definitely add nuts. Adding these to the “sweets” rotation.

  20. Flora says

    So delicious! I really enjoyed these brownies. They’re definitely more bittersweet than just a sweet brownie with a mild chocolate flavor. I liked it and thought it was a refreshing change, because most most brownies and desserts tend to be overly sweet and almost sickly to me. However, my mom didn’t. If you like a more dark chocolate flavored, less traditional brownie, this is a recipe for you!

    • Pat Doyen says

      These are amazing! I have made them a few times and because the recipe is great they are always consistent. I have even subbed in applesauce for the oil and it came out delicious!! Thank you, thank you, because it’s REALLY hard to find a decent vegan, gluten free, oil free recipe and yours worked!

  21. Annette says

    These brownies hit the spot. I used Lakanto golden sugar and walnuts. Also, I added too much water to thin the batter. I was concerned that they wouldn’t come out well. Heed the warning to only add a tablespoon of water to thin. I left them in the warm oven to allow extended time to cook. The middle sunk but that created a perfect spot for my “nice” cream. Mine were not very sweet and tasted better with a dollop of ice cream. I would make them again.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed them, Annette! Thanks so much for sharing your experience!

  22. mya valdez says

    Hi I tried to make this recipe and it just started to crawl up the sides of the muffin tin pan and didn’t cook at all. how would you describe to fix this

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Mya, hmm, is it possible your muffin tin is extra large and they needed more time to cook? Or could your oven temp be off? They should be moist/fudgy on the inside, but not uncooked.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Amanda, some other readers have used dates in various ways in this recipe. You can search the comments by using the ctrl+F or command+F function on your keyboard. Hope that helps!

  23. Doina says

    These are delicious and the texture is perfect, although I used generic cocoa and found them to lack a certain ‘oomph’. I’m going to add some maple syrup and instant coffee next time, or use higher quality cocoa. Baked in a brownie pan and 35 mins was perfect! I don’t think I’ll ever make ‘regular’ brownies again.

      • El says

        Not at all trying to be disrespectful, but the recipe really didn’t go very well for me. I’m not sure what or if I did anything wrong, but it tasted like a mouthful of cocoa powder and the texture was nothing like a brownie.

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          Sorry to hear that, El! So many others have enjoyed these, so we wonder if something went wrong? Did you make any modifications? Also, if you prefer sweeter brownies with less cocoa taste, you could add more sugar.

        • Aly says

          I am so sad to agree with El! I was stoked to try these after all the rave reviews. These are a big no from me…I love a good bittersweet dessert but all I tasted was unsweetened cocoa and even after baking longer than recommended it still seemed undercooked not fudgy. I triple checked everything thinking I must have done something wrong, but it went to plan. So disappointing!

          • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

            Hi Aly, sorry to hear that! Were the beans well drained? It almost sounds like there was too much moisture. Did you make any modifications to the sweetener?

  24. Giddy says

    Loved these brownies, very chocolatey and satisfying!
    I added a teaspoon of instant coffee to boost the flavour.
    Mine were done in 21 minutes.
    Bit of a pain to get out of the muffin tin – definitely grease well. I might try baking as a slice next time.

    Thanks for this recipe!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Giddy, we’re so glad you enjoyed them! Baking in parchment-lined muffin tins works well for getting them out easily.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Sarah, we haven’t tried it, but we think it would work! Let us know if you try!

  25. Sarah says

    I was a bit wary of these brownies at first because I’ve made some very untasty black bean brownies. I didn’t have baking powder, so I replaced it with baking soda and vinegar. Let me just say that I will definitely be making these again. Some of the best brownies I’ve ever eaten! Also pretty simple to make!

  26. Liva says

    Perfect. I have made these at least 3 times over the last few years and today I want to make them again. One of my favourite dessert recipes. I love to serve them with raspberries and icecream 😍
    Thank you for the great content!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Raspberries and ice cream sound like a perfect pairing with these! Thanks so much for sharing, Liva!

  27. Rachel V says

    I work for a non for profit, and with my job I promote healthy eating to under-privileged children. With this being said, I was asked to bring a healthy dessert to the Holiday Extravaganza Party. Most children & their families were shocked that this recipe tasted like regular brownies. As soon as I told everyone what was in it they were confused!! I’m so glad I found this recipe, it makes me feel better knowing that it’s vegan & gluten free & low in calories. A healthy treat to share with my students! I wanted to add a picture but I wasn’t sure how! Thank you!!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, we’re so glad to hear it, Rachel! Thanks so much for sharing that! You can tag us in a photo on instagram. xo

  28. Clarissa says

    The flavor was delicious! But the texture didn’t work out for me. I soaked dry beans overnight and cooked them, but they were still not soft enough for Those muffins. I made what looked like biscuits

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Clarissa, we used canned beans for this recipe. If using dry black beans, you would need to cook them first.

  29. Shantipriya says

    Hi, I’m wondering can you make this in a square 8″ baking tin ? and if so could you suggest an approximate baking time? Thank you.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Shantipriya, it might work! We’d suggest ~35-40 minutes. Let us know how it goes!

      • Nora says

        Hi! I tried this recently in a brownie baking pan and they turned out super well. ~35min was enough for me in the end, I first set my timer for 30min and then checked again a few times.

        Thanks for all of the amazing recipes :)

          • Claire Watson says

            Fantastic recipe. So yummy!
            I substituted the oil for 1 baby pouch of Ella’s Kitchen ‘the green one’ works brilliantly and its healthy, quick and easy sub!

          • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

            Thanks for sharing, Claire! We’re so glad it worked well!

  30. Melissa says

    Just made these and topped them with your vegan ganache from the no-bake vegan brownies recipe. Amazingly good!!!

  31. Teresa says

    Just made these today after being won over by the seeming ease of this recipe and rave reviews here. As the 1st “legit” / intentionally vegan thing I’ve ever baked (for a Mother’s Day gift), my expectations were low. MAN, was I pleasantly surprised. The batter was so fragrant and delicious I had to lick the bowl and all implements clean. And my mom (an accomplished vegan baker) was thrilled with her treat. I recommend a scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream on top for a sort of healthy Junior Mint experience. Thank you so much for the fabulous online find, this nonvegan (and black bean lover) will definitely make these again!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you both enjoyed them, Teresa! Thanks so much for the lovely review!

  32. Emily says

    Amazing! So fudgy. Baking in muffins tins is perfect for portion control and serving. Definately recommend adding chocolate chips. Also very messy and sticky to clean up, but worth it 😋

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed them, Emily! Feel free to use muffin liners for less mess =)

  33. Stephen D says

    Good and easy dessert which I’ve made a few times, but not my favorite minimalist baker dessert. It has a slightly one-dimensional beany-chocolatey taste. l. But if I were using a higher grade cacao that chocolately taste might be more rich and satisfying .* (I’m using trader joe’s cocoa)
    As suggested, I added 1/2 bar of dark chocolate to give it some gooy chocolate inside, and walnuts too. :)

  34. Sam says

    16g flaxmeal is more like 1tbsp not 2. The tbsp to g conversions are off. And as a whole, the flax egg instructions here don’t match what is linked. Please fix! I’ve actually made this before, it’s delicious, but I just remade my flax egg. Someone how I didn’t notice last time. Please fix! I’m looking forward to this next batch! :)

  35. Leanne says

    I made this with flax eggs, and it was a hit! I enjoyed these brownies with a scoop of nut-milk ice cream on top. Yum!

    I really don’t like baking, but I love food processing, so this was an excellent recipe for me! I’m making it for a second time today, with agave instead of sugar.

  36. Dana says

    Very good recipe, I made them with chicken eggs for lack of flax seed & coconut sugar, since I’m insuline resistant, and they were amazing. Next time I’ll make them with flax egg for more chewy texture & a bit more sugar, because the cocoa I used is quite bitter.

  37. Jen says

    I made the recipe and found the consistency to be very powdery, not gooey at all. I checked several other similar recipes online and found that they call for 1/4 cup of cocoa powder or less, instead of 3/4 cup, as listed in your recipe? Could this be a typo?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jen, it’s not a typo. But it does sound like it ended up too dry. Did you make any modifications? Or perhaps they baked too long?

  38. Missy says

    These are incredible!! I can’t imagine that I will bother making “regular” brownies again after making and devouring these. Soo easy and delicious! Made exactly as written. Texture is great. About to make another batch with a mini muffin pan to attempt to help with my portion control. Thanks for the great recipe!

  39. Camilla says

    I adapted this recipe into oil-free brownie cookies and they were amazing.
    Used peanut butter instead of oil
    Used 5 Tbsp of water to 2 Tbsp of flax

    Mixed in chocolate chips after processing!


  40. Vanessa says

    They are definitely tender and moist! I used eggs and pinto beans and they were just as delicious! I’m ashamed to say I finished half the batch in one sitting!! I am glad I found your website!!

    • Vanessa says

      I forgot to mention I also used hot chocolate packets I had lying around (4 to be exact) since it was my first time making brownies at all and during quarantine you get creative with what you’ve got!

  41. Britni says

    This recipe is AMAZING!! I love that it’s so simple and you’ve listed sub ingredients. My 2 and 5 year old LOVE these and so do I! I did make in an 8×8 so it took about 45 minutes then I let them cool all the way and stuck them in fridge. We did try them before fridge, so good but I personally like them nice and cold, so fudgy! My kids couldn’t get enough and today we will add some chocolate chips. This is soo good especially if you’re a dark chocolate love like myself. Thanks so much for this recipe. So simple and such a keeper! Oh, and we get to lick the spoon since theres no eggs! ✌ ❤

  42. Pamela E Babb says

    The brownies look great though I haven’t tried to make them. I would love to know the name and artist of that song though. Can’t find it anywhere.

  43. Tash says

    I used an immersion blender and blended the beans up with the (vegetable) oil. I also blended up 1/2c raw sugar with the beans. Then added 2 (chicken) eggs, and all other ingredients and cooked them in a mini muffin tin with dark choc chips for about 9-10 minutes. They’re quite nice. Although a little bit cakey. But a fudgy cakey.
    I’d make again but I do think flour brownies are a bit better ? but that’s not to say these aren’t good!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Tash, thanks for sharing! We think the cakey texture is due to the chicken eggs. Maybe try with flax eggs next time for a more fudgy texture.

  44. Susan W. says

    I was looking for recipes for leftover raw egg yolks and found this recipe for Black Bean Brownies. I subbed 4 egg yolks for the flax eggs and carob powder for the cocoa powder. I love the batter, it is thick and yummy. I read the cooking instructions carefully but somehow skipped Step 6: “smooth the top with a spoon or your finger.” I have a delicious batch of abstract-shaped brownies. I’ll try the flax eggs next time but I’m quarantined due to the Covid 19 pandemic, I’m trying to use what I have in the pantry before my next visit to the grocery store.

    • Judy says

      Absolutely delicious! Can’t believe it’s vegan! My husband and I ate the whole batch in two days. I added 1/4 cup of extra cocoa. We like things to be more dark chocolatey. Made these during covid shelter in place; super glad this recipe doesn’t need chocolate chips because there aren’t any in my house or in the stores. This recipe is phenomenal! Thank you!

      • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

        We’re so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Judy! Thanks so much for the lovely review!

  45. Kath says

    Delicious! They remind me of Japanese sweets that have bean in them, and I can imagine they would be great with icecream.

      • Sarah says

        ? Iove that these don’t require chocolate chips and that you included the amount of beans for those of us who use cooked dry beans…. And as always your kindness is heartening…❤

  46. Rachel says

    Hey there! Love your blog :) My pantry is fulll of dry red beans, can I replace the black beans in this recipe with the red ones? Thank you!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Claire, you would probably have to play around with the amount of dry ingredients, but it might work! Let us know if you do some experimenting!

  47. LeeAnn Patricia says

    This was a very easy recipe. My 13 year old loves to bake and we are on a vegan diet right now and she wanted to experiment with vegan desserts and she did it all by herself. They tasted very good and I hope my daughter and I can make them together next time.

  48. Emilie says


    I bet this recipe is DELICIOUS as-is. I avoid refined sugar so here are my modifications:

    – 3 tbsp raw, creamy almond butter instead of oil or butter
    – 6 dates and 4 prunes, soaked and drained and thrown in with the ingredients in the food processor
    – about 1/2 cup of unsweetened flaked coconut (because why not)
    – 1 tbsp coconut sugar (it gives the dried prunes and dates just that little sweet push they need)
    – I did go for the chopped walnut recommendation in my second batch but folded them in instead of serving over the top

    I served the batter with apple slices for a dessert and baked the rest and I honestly can’t get enough. This is one of those recipes I’m wondering where I’ve been my whole life, and how many more recipes like this I’ve been missing out on!

    Thank you, Dana, for always being a seriously reliable source. Every single time I look up a recipe online, I search for Minimalist Baker as the source.

    Emilie (also from Portland!)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, thanks so much for your kind words and lovely review, Emilie! We’re so glad you enjoy them! xo

    • Lisa says

      I tried with stevia in the raw. Tasted the batter and just not sure. I’ll let you know when they come out of oven. Hubby 61 just diagnosed with type 2 diabetes

  49. Beverley says

    Hi there. I made this for the first time last night – made it in my blender and it turned out great, except it was messy in the blender. I never thought about using my kitchenaid – would have been great in there I think (don’t have a processor). Anyway – the only concern I have is the sugar. Has anyone tried it with honey or maple syrup instead? Thanks again – tasted great and texture was perfect!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Beverley, thanks for sharing! We would recommend searching the comments to see what others have done in regard to maple syrup and honey. If you press “ctrl+f” on a PC or “command+f” on a mac, a find bar should pop up that allows you to search for specific words in the post and comments. Hope that helps!

    • Foodlover says

      Fyi maple syrup and honey are sugar, both are made up of glucose and fructose just in different compositions. Sucrose, table sugar is made up of both of these. Your body metabolizes them the same way.

  50. Juliana says

    So SO good.
    I’ve made these at least a dozen times a year since I found on your site in 2015! I’m only sad I didn’t leave a rave review earlier. I’ve send your recipe to so many people, even passed along today! I’ve made for birthdays, valentines, or just any occasion to have something sweet!
    My 4 year old loves these topped with chocolate chips so much.
    Ps We use chicken eggs a lot more these days and they seem to rise more.
    Thanks so much for all the amazing recipes.

  51. Jean says

    I’ve never had a recipe from you that hasn’t been genius level. What I particularly liked was the idea to put it in muffin tins, this way the portion sizes are controlled and I can limit my consumption. I usually eat 2 or 3 and then put the rest in the freezer. When I want one, I just gently heat it up in the oven (or microwave, if I am in a hurry!). Although i love baked goods, I don’t have a real sweet tooth, so I omitted the sugar and added a tablespoon of Stevia. The choc chips were sweet enough for me. I also made a second batch and experimented with less oil and adding coconut milk instead. Equally delicious, just more cake like and less fudge. Thanks again, Dana!

  52. Michelle says

    These are amazing!! I ended up making them in my mini muffin tin. They made a perfect 24. I cooked them for 11 mins and they turned out great! The second time I made them, I added a scoop of greens(powder + 2Tbsp water) to the batter (anyway I can sneak veg to my kids I will)! They were delicious both ways!
    Thanks for the recipe!!

  53. Jenin says

    This was a first for me! No flour brownies… Honestly, I really loved the batter before I cooked it! I would rate that 5 stars. I think next time I will make it a little denser and try freezing it to set a raw brownie! Cooked these are fudgy and delicious, and I was missing something texture-wise I might get used to if I keep eating them! ? I love your recipes, and Minimalist Baker has become a go-to for me. Thank you!

  54. Amanda nimmer says

    I keep having issues with them not seeming done all the way… I’ve cooked them even longer up to 30 minutes.

    Will they appear cooked when you are done baking them or must they cool completely following? I followed everything just as mentioned

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      The insides are meant to be very fudgy, so it sounds like you’re doing it right! Have you taste tested?

  55. Harlow says

    I am fully obsessed with the use of the muffin pan to make bite size brownies- I don’t think I’ll ever go back to using a flat pan- might try a mini muffin pan next time! Other honorable mentions: used an instant pot to make my own black beans, found out that flax and flax meal cannot be used interchangeably, and I used sunflower oil in lieu of coconut oil. <3

  56. Stacey says

    Hi Dana! I am looking forward to making this recipe, but only have chia at home. Have you heard of these working with chia eggs? I’m on a phone so I can’t search the other reader comments, but I would love to get your thoughts. Thanks!

  57. Karin says

    The only thing I did different was olive oil instead of coconut oil. Came out delicious!!! My husband, 3 and 4 year old kids loved it. I barely had one because they are it all but it tasted amazing soom going to make it again so I can have more than one :)

  58. Jennifer says

    Hi! I made these in a mini-muffin pan and reduced the cooking time to 10 minutes. They turned out beautifully, and it made about 30 2-bite sized brownies.

    Thanks for the great recipe.

  59. Rocio says

    Hi Dana! thanks for sharing this amazing recipe, from sure I will do it.
    But Ill do it with black beans bought by weight. Could you help me with those amounts?
    Thank you so much !!!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, I’m not exactly sure. The gram measurement is a 425 g can of black beans, drained. So I’m guessing that would be about 300g without the excess liquid and can?

  60. daisy says

    First of all, thank you Dana for making my transition to a cleaner diet so easy. There are no words to express the depth of my gratitude. I am thinking I really can beat this sugar addiction! That being said, do you think that subbing out dates for the cane sugar would work well? I am really trying to eliminate processed sugar from my diet. Keep up the amazing work!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Daisy, thanks so much for your kind words! Some other readers have used dates in various ways in this recipe. You can search the comments by using the ctrl+F or command+F function on your keyboard. Hope that helps!

  61. Erika_L says

    Absolutely delicious and so easy to prepare!
    I did have to add almost double the amount of water, could be that my heaped tbsps of flaxseed flour were too heaped :).. also, I substituted 1/2c of organic br sugar for 1 heaped tbsp of blackstrap molasses – just my way of incorporating it into my family’s diet for it’s mega benefits whilst avoiding any resistance *grin*. My husband couldn’t guess what the substitute for flour was and he loved them even more after the big reveal! My 2,5 yr old twins are fans too! Thank you for this mega alternative to a classic dessert option.

  62. Alexis Platis says

    I’d like to do these in mini muffin trays (for a toddler birthday), how long would you recommend I let them bake for?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Alexis, we haven’t tried them in a mini muffin pan, but another reader mentioned success at 350 for 12-15 minutes. Let us know how it goes!

  63. Elle says

    I made these brownies on Halloween for my newly vegan-ized husband. We were blown away by how good these are. I was too lazy to grind the organic sugar so I substituted regular white sugar, and I used vanilla paste instead of extract. Plus, I had some black cocoa powder on hand, so I added about 1 tablespoon of that too. I sprinkled the tops with chocolate chips and walnut pieces. Your description of how to tell when they are properly baked was spot on. Mine took only 20 minutes to bake and it was nice to know they were done. I let them cool completely before removing them from the pan, and they came out perfectly. Hubby requested I make them again today. Looks like I will be stocking up on black beans! Thanks so much for this recipe.

  64. Ceilidh says

    This is my second time around making these brownies. The first time I made them, I was at the cottage and used my family’s old (like, really old) food processor. The old food processor didn’t break down the skins on the black beans enough and left them with a less-than-pleasant texture. Plus, everyone was walking around with black bean skins stuck to the teeth for the rest of the night.

    This time around, however, I used my KitchenAid mini food processor and it did a much better job of breaking down the skins…to the point where they were undetectable. The flavour of these is great and the texture is dense and chewy. I found the recipe only made 8 standard muffin-size brownies (instead of the 12 listed). I baked them for 22 minutes.

    **Make sure you allow them to cool in the pan about 30 minutes before removing them! They will break if taken out of the pan if you take them out too early but hold together fine if you allow them to cool for a bit first.

  65. Elaine says

    This is a delicious brownie recipe! Thanks for sharing. I did as one other reviewer suggested and used cannellini beans in place of the black beans and it worked perfectly. I will definitely keep this as my “go to” brownie recipe!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Elaine. We are so glad you enjoyed them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  66. Bobby de Hamer says

    Made it last night and loved it! I also added some salt flakes (and the other suggested toppings!) on top which was delicious!

    Mine took 25 minutes but would definitely not bake them any longer to prevent the burnt cocoa taste. Oh and ofcourse let them cool like Dana says so they ‘set’. Tried one right out of the oven (impatient) and it was really soft and crumbly.

  67. Mary LaVoy says

    I made a few changes the second time around. Great Northern white beans made for a lighter texture. The cocoa gives the dark color, no need to use black beans. I added a half teaspoon of instant espresso powder and also a few dried prunes for depth of flavor. As always, topped with chocolate chips and pecan halves.

  68. Lilian says

    My spouse and I made this recipe countless times with these modifications:
    – We used leftover pinto beans from our taco night instead of black beans (I purposely began leaving out the garlic and onion when I made beans because I knew I would be making these brownies!)
    – Regular eggs instead of flax
    -No vanilla because we never had any :( – I do not consider this an improvement, but we worked with what we had
    -Maple syrup or honey in place of the sugar (and I think we reduced it to 1/3 cup?)
    -We omitted incorporating the salt but sprinkled pink Himalayan salt on top of the batter right before going into the oven
    -8×8 instead of cupcake pan
    -sometimes we added chocolate chips
    Definitely not vegan but 100% gluten free and they were amazing! We made them in our Magic Bullet which took a lot of patience as you can’t run the motor continuously but so worth it. It ought to be noted that it took a long time to puree the pinto beans but the velvety texture was so worth it.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, it sounds like something definitely went wrong. Did you make any modifications? Do you have a conventional or convection oven?

  69. bailey says

    I used cacao instead of cocoa powder and put mine in an 8×8 pan. It’s almost been 40 minutes at 350 and still don’t seem to be cooked yet… Any ideas?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      The cacao powder shouldn’t be the issue. I’m guessing it’s the 8×8 pan. These do work best in muffin tins. I’ll refer you to this recipe for cooking recommendations in an 8×8.

  70. Kalah says

    So good. I’ve made this recipe many times. I’ve made “cookies” out of them, and doubled the recipe to make in a 9×12 pan and bake for 40mins. I always add either a little spelt or oatmeal flour (and a little less sugar), which just makes them turn out a little more cakey and not so gooey.

  71. Liva says

    I love these brownies. Have made them more than once. I don’t even remember how many times. You’re recipes are no fail every time.

  72. Carla says

    I reduced the oil by substituting applesauce and they were still so good. They turned out to have more of a flourless cake texture. Very dense and soft. A little homemade hazelnut spread on top with some raspberries and my family devoured them. Sooo good

  73. Mira says

    These came out great! I followed the recipe as written, except we added peanut butter cups in between layers of the batter. Definitely made them not healthy, but made for a fantastic treat.

  74. Julie says

    I’ve never tried a black bean brownie before, and I am impressed! I’ll be making these again. I tend to go a little overboard with baked goods so I wanted something healthier than the normal brownie, and I’m glad I found this recipe. Substitutions: I used eggs instead of flaxseed, brown sugar instead of cane, and subbed one tbs of light olive oil for coconut, and I added chocolate chips on top. I didn’t do individual servings, but used a 9×9 pan (25 minutes was perfect), with a greased parchment sling, let them cool and then chilled the pan in the fridge before slicing (they sliced beautifully). Thanks for developing this recipe!

  75. Alex says

    I made this recipe (minus the nuts) for my friend that’s on the auto-immune protocol diet and they turned out amazing! So fudgey and rich and decadent. I added mini marshmallows on top during the last few minutes of bake time, then torched the tops afterwards for incredible healthy s’mores brownies. Will definitely make again! And I also used silicone muffin cups, which made taking them out a breeze.

  76. Mallory says

    These turned out delicious! My stepdaughter was requesting to make black bean brownies and we came across this recipe. The only modification I made was that we used eggs because we didn’t have flax meal to make the flax egg on hand. They turned out a little less fudgey as described, with a more cake-like texture – and still amazing! We’ll have to try it again with the flax egg just to see the difference. My skeptical husband even loved them – we will definitely be making these again!

  77. Midlife to Best Life with Carmen Reed-Gilkison says

    This recipe is phenomenal! If you love uber-rich, decadent (think molten lava cake) brownies,
    this is the recipe for you!

    I needed a chocolate fix and followed this recipe replacing the oil with unsweetened applesauce, and the sugar with maple syrup.

    I was in a hurry and didn’t want to mess with muffin cups so I put it in a loaf pan and cooked it for the recommended time. OMG! It is heavenly!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Carmen. We are so glad you enjoyed these! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! xo

  78. Helene says

    Sounds great! Is there an alternative to flax egg? To be honest I kind of hate flax seeds. I like all other seeds though. Could I use some other seed? Or regular eggs? Thanks!

  79. JourneyingTeacher says

    I simply cannot believe these brownies are made of black beans …no eggs or flour!! They were not only simple to make, they taste AMAZING! I’m trying to make better decisions in terms of eating choices! With this recipe there is no sacrificing! Thank you for sharing!

  80. Neerali Parag says

    I made these today for non-vegan friends. The brownies were a complete hit. They were blown away by the fact that there wasn’t any flour and instead beans and flax seeds were used.

    I am a complete novice in the kitchen and especially with baking, and so was very nervous about entertaining. I want to thakyou for the recipe and the inspiration to make something vegan, relatively healthy yet tasty for my friends and their 4 year old twin girls as well as my husband and 4 year old little boy. Thanks to you we had A successful dinner party.

  81. Katie says

    Just made these for a picnic with friends, followed the recipe exactly and baked for 20 minutes topped with walnuts. Have just eaten one chilled from the fridge and it is SO delicious and nice and gooey on the inside. I used a good quality fair-trade organic cocoa powder and the flavour is lovely. Will be serving them with blueberries or strawberries, I think that will go well. Love that they’re individual little cakes, it makes a nice change from brownie squares. Thank you!

  82. Hope says

    It’s a fantastic recipe as is. The only thing I did different was add 1 tsp of cinnamon. I adore it with chocolate. We are plant based and my kiddo cannot have gluten so this was a really great, simple recipe.

  83. Stephanie Ray says

    So rich and dark and fudgy! I even forgot there were black beans in it. My new favorite go-to healthy brownie recipe!

  84. Heather says

    Yummmm! I like to make a recipe as written before modifying. So, my first try I only subbed maple syrup for the sugar. However, I completely forgot the oil. I was bringing them to a work dessert party, so I knew I would be making another batch. They were good, but not as sweet as I knew people would expect. Maybe it was a problem with the maple syrup substitution.

    My second batch was amazing! I remembered the oil and added some extra brown sugar, along with the maple syrup sub again. Topped with vegan chocolate chips. They were a hit. No taste of black beans at all. A bit gooey inside. I used a good Dutch processed cocoa. And I made some of them in a mini cupcake pan because I was doing a double batch.

    I will definitely be making these again. I might try using dates as a sweetener.

  85. Shannon says

    Hi there
    This sounds like a GREAT recipe! I am looking for something to make for potlucks this weekend and I happen to have a bunch of dry black beans in my cupboard. I have all of the other ingredients too. I assume that using real eggs shouldn’t be a problem? As well, have you tried it with beans that don’t come from a can?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Shannon, other readers have used chicken eggs with success! We haven’t tried this recipe with black beans made from dried beans, but as long as they are thoroughly cooked, we think it should work. Let us know if you give it a try!

  86. Brooke says

    I loved this! I wasn’t sure it would be good after tasting the batter, but once it was cooked…heavenly!

  87. Andrea says

    I have now made this a number of times over the past year or so, I am currently sitting in front of the oven waiting for my fourth dozen to be done, as I am baking for my two daughters’ birthday party and one of their best friends has a complex range of food intolerances. This is one of two cake-type recipes her guts can tolerate, and she really likes it.

    The only change I made was to use chia instead of flaxseed, because that is what I had in quantity.

    Thank you for this recipe. I like eating, but not so much cooking and baking. Something like this is very achievable for a novice.

  88. Katy H. says

    I followed most of the recipe. I had to use olive oil because that’s what I had. I used dark chocolate cocoa powder because I thought it would help make it taste more “chocolate-y”. I had to mix it like one of the other commentors said with the nutribullet and separate bowl. To me, I can taste the beans and flax quite distinctly. The texture is fine, like fudgy brownies, but it tastes only very slightly chocolate. It tastes like if I were to eat black beans and Grape Nuts together. Please Help! I was going to try it again with canola oil, regular cocoa, and mixed better in a real food processor. Will this fix the flavor?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      That’s strange! Did you make any modifications? Olive oil can have a strong flavor, so perhaps that was aprt of it. Did you add chocolate chips or nuts? That tends to enhance the chocolate flavor as well. And did you use a good quality cocoa or cacao powder?

      • Melanee says

        Dark cocoa has a more mellow flavor as compared to regular cocoa. The dutching process takes the sharp flavor down. Try half reg and half dutched for cocoa.

      • Km says

        I made this amazing recipe last night. It tasted yummm. But when it was in the oven I saw it raised but as soon as I took it out all brownies flattened. I did it in cupcake pan using your exact recipe. Also I used fresh beans soaked overnight and pressure cooked. Please help me.

  89. Jodie Zoll says

    Can I substitute maple syrup for the sugar, or would that change the pre-bake consistency too much?

  90. Esmari Marais says

    Who thought you can bake with black beans! Super delicious. I used real eggs and mixed in hazelnuts and chocolate chips. The kids loved it.

  91. Stacey says

    I was curious if using brown sugar, golden or dark, would be an ok substitute for the cane sugar and if not, do you have a different sugar recommendation?

      • Lorri A says

        I’ve just made these for the first (of many) times. And I have a problem . . . . . how do I not forget myself on the whole batch. These are by far the best brownies I’ve ever made, vegan, gluten free, regular, these are THE best.
        Oh, and I substituted 90ml of aquafina for the flax eggs (am out of flaxseed atm) and brown sugar for cane.

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          Thanks so much for the lovely review, Lorri. We are so glad you enjoyed these! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! xo

  92. Ali says

    Hi Dana,
    I love this recipe and make them all the time. I made two batches in advance and had planned on freezing them. It says at the top of the post they will freeze well for up to a month, but I noticed a comment stating you haven’t frozen them. I was wondering if you are able to clarify. I would rather enjoy these and make more if needed to prevent waste! Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Ali, we haven’t tried freezing them, but have tried something similar with success which is why we indicated they could be frozen. Hope that clarifies!

  93. Kate says

    I love this recipe and have successfully made it several times in the past. They are so tasty.

    For some reason my last two attempts have failed. They end up as little chocolate puddles in the baking tin, although the sides cook through. Any suggestions?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, that’s rather odd! The only thing that might have changed in terms of the recipe is that it now says 1/2 heaping cup cane sugar where as before it might have been a more precise measurement (such as 1/2 heaping cup + 1 Tbsp). Hope that helps!

  94. lindsey lukacs says

    Love these! Will probably add a little more sugar or add agave next time if I make them for non -vegans who are quick to criticize. For me, they were great, really rich! I topped mine with chocolate chunks! I will definitely make them again.

  95. Sarah w says

    Loved these! This is the first time I’ve used beans in baking. I’m super impressed at the results! Can’t taste the beans at all.
    Few things I found while making them:
    My old nutribullet could not handle all the ingredients. I used the nutribullet to make the flaxseed ‘egg’, then I added the beans and melted oil and blended all the wet ingredients. I then mixed the wet and dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
    In summary: Great texture, super rich and so easy to make! ?

  96. ermine says

    These are really excellent. I had only half a can of black beans left (I used some to make some shrimp and veggie wraps, yum!), so I halved this recipe. I didn’t quite have 7.5 oz of beans, so I just added some prunes until I had the correct weight. The brownies turned out so nicely! The prunes added a sweet fruity undertone that actually turned out way nicer than I expected.

  97. Kristina says

    Made them and they were absolute chocolate heaven!! They were so goos I had to leave a comment and I never did this before – so that’s how good they were!! I used organic high quality cocoa, also cooked black beans (organic) and sprinkled on top with some vegan 70% dark chocolate- couldn’t tell they were made out of beans. And topped with fresh blueberries when serving, definitely deserve 5 stars! Next time I will top with some walnuts I bet it will be awesome as well

  98. Henrike says

    This is an amazing recipe, not overly sweet, baked up beautifully with edges and a fudge center. No need to bake even, serve batter alongside fruit as brownie dip. Thanks for this, this will be in our rotation.

      • Elizabeth says

        Ah but that one is not Dutch processed. Dutch processed = processed with alkali. The Repunzel brand says its non-alkalized. That means it’s a “natural” cocoa powder – the kind more traditionally used in the US. For a tasty Dutch process cocoa powder, try Divine brand or Lake Champlain – both fair trade and high quality :-)

  99. TeresaD says

    I made these and loved the texture and that they were quick and easy to make. I could not taste the beans and that was amazing. I used a food processor and made sure to process well, stopping several times to scrap the sides of the bowl.

    I personally did not like the amount of cocoa in the recipe I thought it made the brownies too bitter. (Disclaimer: I love milk chocolate, dark chocolate not so much.) However, my husband and mother-in-love loved them.

    I made a couple modifications using a chia seed egg instead of flax because I found out in the middle of mixing I was out of flax. I added cinnamon and used maple syrup instead of sugar.

    I will definitely try the recipe again with less cocoa. I saw a comment that recommended using dutch process cocoa, which I have. I also will try the date paste as a sweetener next too.

    Thanks for posting your recipe. The comments with substitutions and recommendations are helpful.
    I love finding healthy alternatives for my food vices!

  100. Jaime says

    I substituted Xylitol for the sugar, i’m doubled the recipe and put into a small cake pan. This is for a special birthday. I’m wondering how long it’s gonna take to cook it. I will find out in about 30 minutes. THANK U!

  101. Lisa says

    Hi! Thank you so much for an awesome recipe! I made them in mini muffin tins and the recipe made 24 — I took them to a party and everyone loved them! Yay! People couldn’t believe they had black beans!! Gotta make some more!

  102. Rebecca says

    I made these, but with red kidney beans, as black beans aren’t available where I live. I stirred in dried cranberries and chocolate chips, and baked for just 15 minutes (I tend to burn everything for some reason). They were really good: I enjoyed them but so did my omnivorous and junk-food loving teenage sons. I’m really pleased that bean brownies are popular in my house. It’s nice to bake for the family but I’m much more comfortable baking often when the brownies are basically a vegetable ?.

  103. Kalyani says

    Hey Dana ! we made this with some changes and LOVED it a lot.

    Thanks so much for a keeper. I have several bookmarked from your blog and keep hopping back to look for doable , vegan recipes all the time :-) stay blessed and keep posting those yummy treats !

  104. Lisa Lacroix says

    I made these and followed the recipe exactly. They were fantastic and looked just like the picture! Rave reviews from my co-workers who had no idea there were beans in them. I will make these again.

  105. Rachel says

    Beautiful recipe. Works every time and is loved by all who try them. My food processor broke down so I made these using the vitamin plus a coffee grinder for the flax. It worked very well.

  106. Ella says

    These were great, thank you!!! On a related note, I don’t use regular sugar in bakery recipes, I always sub for over-ripe bananas because the sweetness has fibre and goodness. Would highly recommend this as a sub if you’re not a fan of sugar. Those artificial sugar substitutes aren’t always what they’re cracked up to be. Love all your recipes! You make being a vegan fun.

    • Jennifer Wilick says

      How many bananas did you use I try to stay away from sugar and will not use artificial sugar as it is bad for you please advise I want to make these but not use sugar

    • Nicole says

      Hi, I am also not a fan of regular sugar and was wondering, Can you use dates in this recipe, you think?

      • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

        Hi Nicole, some other readers have used dates in various ways in this recipe. You can search the comments by using the ctrl+F or command+F function on your keyboard. Hope that helps!

  107. Rich says

    I just made this for the first time. It was very good, but a bit bitter. I used cacao powder. Pardon my ignorance, but would that make a difference, as opposed to using cocoa powder?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm that should not have made much of a difference as they can generally be swapped out for one another. Did you add more than the recipe called for or make any other recipe changes?

  108. Elizabeth - Vancouver with Love says

    I’ve been making these brownies on the regular for a few years and they’re STILL the best, most healthy brownies I’ve found. Thank you! I love them! x

  109. Susan says

    Yum. I’ve made these three times in three weeks. I used muffin papers and also modified to make more flavor/spice by adding all of the following:
    1 Tbsp finely ground coffee, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp ground ginger, 1/2 tsp ground turmeric, 1/2 tsp ground coriander, 1/4 tsp cayenne

  110. Cindy says

    These brownies are the best! I have changed it up a little using pyure organic stevia and also adding a chocolate protein powder. I sprinkle organic cashews on top! Makes for a great chocolate treat! I also make them in a blender because I only have a small food processor. Works great! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  111. LILA L MUMOLO says

    I just made these. I am not sure about the people saying you can taste the Black Beans. I couldn’t taste them at all. Followed the recipe and made sure i ground my sugar in a coffee grinder. Put all the ingredients into my Vitamix and it turned out nice and smooth. I cooked for 26 min and they turned out perfect. I topped mine with some non dairy chocolate chips and they were wonderful. I will be making these again.

  112. Lucy says

    Really wonderful texture but for me something is missing in the flavour department. I will use top-grade cocoa next time (used a decent one this time but I can probably find one with more flavour) and I’d likely increase the sugar to match the amount of cocoa–3/4 cup (this equals 1 TBSP of sugar per brownie–not an unreasonable amount in my books, but I know that not everyone is comfortable with even that amount of sugar and I respect that).
    I topped each one with a few walnut pieces and chocolate chips and Maldon salt flakes and they looked really beautiful. And again, A++ in the texture department.

    Enjoying your cookbook immensely. You are an extremely talented baker and cook!

  113. Crystal says

    This easy recipe has become a weekly staple in our house! Daughter and I have newly-found food sensitivities (13 in all), and these brownies have helped us deal, in a serious way!

    I sub avocado oil for coconut (one of our sensitivities of course) and even subbed applesauce one time, both with great results.

    I always toss all the ingredients in my Vitamix and use the tamper really quick to get a super smooth batter…I sometimes even sneak in a handful of spinach or another veggie just ’cause…and kiddos are none the wiser!

    I bake 24 mini muffins at 350 for about 12-15 min. Perfect! Thank you for your easy, adaptable, creative recipes!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Glad you enjoyed them! We haven’t tried storing them in the freezer, but if you test it out, report back!

  114. Melissa Palacios says

    Hi Dana,
    I’ve made these a few times and my friends and I love them! The only problem I had was I used a Kitchen Aid mixer; it didn’t blend the skins very well. Next time I will try my food processor. Two questions–would a blender work with a little liquid, and have you ever used agave or honey instead of sugar?

    Thank you!

      • Izzy says


        I would love to make these but I’d like to sub the sugar with honey or syrup but how much would you say?
        Also can you notice the coconut taste as my boy doesn’t like coconut

        Thank you,

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          Hi Izzy, either sweetener should work fine and you can use the same amount. We don’t find it has a coconut taste, but if you would like to be extra careful, you can use refined coconut oil which does not have much flavor. If you give it a try, we would love to hear how it goes!

  115. Alicia Croft says

    Thank you for this recipe! I use powdered stevia/xylitol mix (same amount) instead of sugar, and 1C of cacao/cocoa mix instead of 3/4C, and add 2 scoops of plant protein + a bit of warm water to make up for the extra dry (sometimes some dark, sugar free choc drops like today). Everything else the same. This is my go-to recipe for delicious healthy snack that feels like a treat (I freeze 2/3 of it). They are soooo so delicious (I too had tried many bean ones before that did not work) you really got it right, thank you!

  116. Kerstin says

    I made these today and they are quite intense but pretty good! My 3-year-old made them with me and she loved eating the dough before it went in the oven. But when we ate them she only had half. Probably because they are quite heavy. My 1-year-old ate an entire brownie and seemed so happy :-)
    Will make them again probably with maple or date syrup and maybe add some almond flour if it’s too runny.

  117. Chris says

    Thank you so much for this amazingly simple recipe. They come out perfect and delicious every time.

  118. Brie says

    These brownies are wonderfully fudgy! You would never know there was beans in them (for all you skeptics)! Never doubt the deliciousness of vegggies. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  119. Martha says


    I only have dried black beans. I bought them as they were cheap but found they took forever to cook no matter what I tried so wondering if they’d work here?

    I’m guessing I’d still have to soak them overnight but wondering if anyone had tried this recipe with dried black beans

    • Marcia Bales says

      Dried beans work, but they will never get soft if they are old. Check the expiration date. If it isn’t at least a year out, don’t buy it. I’m a bean aficionado, and anything using beans I have to try, including these bean brownies. I made mine from fresh beans and it worked out great. Thank you for including the amout of drained beans. This is the 4th recipe I looked at and chose it purely for the measurement of the drained beans. Glad I did. I made mine with real eggs.

    • Vicki says

      Yes. I soak them for 24 hrs. and cook them in the instapot using the pressure cook setting for 10 min. They turn out nice and soft – perfect for making these brownies.

      Also, like Marcia stated, “old beans will never get soft” no matter how long you cook them. I learned this fact from experience!

  120. Tamela says

    Have to admit, I did not read every single post – you seem to have hit the mother lode on comments!. Has anyone used agave syrup for sweetener? If so, how did that work out?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Tamela! If you scan the comments above, you’ll find that others have had success with agave and other sweeteners. Good luck!

  121. Micheala says

    I just made these (and subsequently almost burned myself tasting them before I was supposed to) and I used toasted carob instead of cocoa, as well as the only muffin tin I have (a jumbo one) and they turned out perfectly! I reduced the heat and lengthened the cook time so the bigger brownies wouldn’t cook on the outside too quickly and the insides would get at least somewhat done lol! But it worked well because they’re flawless! Since you have to use about 1.5x the carob to cocoa ratio I had to gradually add more water until the consistency was right. Topped with dairy free chocolate chips and gained 5lbs ;)
    Thanks for the recipe!! Awesome!

  122. Cheryl says

    Great, easy recipe. Delicious results! I didn’t have cocoa powder so I used carob powder (which is sweeter) and so I only used half the sugar. I would expect, due to the changes, that the results would be less “chocolatey” (and maybe less sweet) – and it’s true, they weren’t “decadent” tasting – but oh soooo goooood!! I’ll be making them often. :)

  123. Michelle says

    The best black bean brownie recipe I’ve made; even the picky 6 year old loved it. Needed to add 4 tbsp water while blending to achieve the correct consistency. Used my silicone muffin trays so no need to grease the pan. Quick and easy!

  124. Valerie says

    These are INSANELY good! I’ve done Chocolate Covered Katie’s recipe before and hers are also very good, but this time I wanted something that was grain-free and hers use oats. These have the best real brownie texture (probably thanks to cooking them in a muffin tin – smart AND automatic portion control!) They’re a tiny bit crunchy on the edges and perfectly fudgy in the middle. I used coconut sugar instead of cane sugar with no issues. Wow! I can’t wait to make these for unsuspecting friends who have no idea they’re vegan, grain free and made with BEANS! :)

  125. Scarlett says

    1. What oven settings are we supposed to use? Top heater with the fan or?
    2. When I cut it, the brownie collapse into a big hole. Is this normal?
    3. Is the batter supposed to be stuck together like a dough or sth else?
    4. For flax, do we mix with water only blend or blend flax only, add water later?

    Thanks, have a lovely day! XOXO

  126. Felicia says

    I have an unnatural affinity for beans. When I found this recipe for black beans in brownies, I just had to try it. I think I like them better than brownies from scratch recipe that I have been using! I’m not a vegan, so I opted to use two extra large eggs instead – still great! Next time, I may try a different oil. I found the coconut oil solidified quickly in the batter.

  127. Tina says

    These are AWESOME! Didn’t substitute a thing!
    I used one of those pre-cut brownie pans and made 9 brownies with this recipe. I still baked this for 30 minutes and they came out of the oven great :)

  128. Kim says

    I absolutely love this recipe and have made it several times. My daughter (who despises healthy food) gobbles these right up. I’ve also sent my husband off to work with them to give to his fellow soldiers. Thumbs up all around. My only question is why can’t a mini muffin pan be used? I have a Wilton silicone bite sized brownie “pan” that makes 24, and would love to use this recipe. Didn’t know if there was a specific reason why I shouldn’t, or if I can, and you simply just didn’t use it when baking your batch. Thanks!
    Also, I’m not a vegan and I am constantly making your recipes. Love them!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Kim! Glad to hear that these brownies have been a hit in your home! You can use a muffin pan, as well as a mini muffin pan if you prefer. The only thing to keep in mind when converting your recipe for the mini pan is that baking times differ depending on the size of the brownies, so make sure to keep an eye on the clock. If you make mini brownies, report back on how it goes!

  129. sam says

    Can you advise me how I can prevent my brownie tops from burning and how I can make a sweet batter that is as smooth as frosting? I’ve tried this recipe twice using artificial sweetener and paper muffin liners. The second time, I used truvia instead of a stevia extract. That allowed a larger volume of sweetener, which I thought would add moisture, since sweeteners melt. (I still used 1/2 the volume as prescribed for cane sugar). I also added 2 tbsp water to get a smoother texture which made the batter very sticky.
    But, again, the brownies tasted bitter and the tops burned.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Sam, it sounds like the artificial sweetener might be causing problems. For bitterness, try adding more sweetener. For burning, try covering with foil when baking. Hope that helps!

  130. Deb says

    I loved this recipe! The brownies turned out yummy :D I only had loads of black beans as I was supposed to use them in a black bean chilli but they wouldn’t soften. I did use coconut sugar instead of palm sugar and chia seeds instead of flax seeds, thoroughly lush and guilt free! I’ve shared this recipe to my local vegan thread too.

  131. Cristina says

    Have baked these about a dozen times. The only modifications I have done is to replace oil with applesauce (only if I am making them for, ummm, myself). I have brought them into work and they get gobbled up without anyone knowing they are vegan, gluten free, and contain beans. I usually do had a healthy amount of chocolate chips to them as suggested and rarely add the walnuts. Enjoy!

  132. Meri says

    Amazing work thanks Dana! This was my first all vegan intentional dish and I did this with a blender and used recipe pretty much as is. What a delightful perfect way to enjoy this treat. If you can restrain yourself they somehow taste even better the next day!

  133. Denise says

    In your ingredients list, the 1 15-oz. (425 g) can of black beans is grossly inaccurate. 1 can of black beans is more like 250g.

  134. Hendi says

    Hi Dana, this brownies looks very interesting. it’s kinda hard to find black beans in my country, can you suggests substitutes for black beans?
    (i’m sorry if my english is not good)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi! I would follow this recipe if you would like to make brownies, as there isn’t a substitute for black beans in this recipe. Hope this helps!

  135. Kerrin says

    Perfect brownies. Mine came out even better than the photo, with less sinking in the middle. The only changes I made were subbing coconut sugar and adding a few walnuts into the batter. Love the muffin tin idea, I’ll always do this now. This will be my go to recipe!

  136. Truth in Love Mama says

    These are my go-to easy allergy-friendly dessert! My son can’t eat most of the Top 8, so these are a lifesaver. After making them for a couple years, I would say definitely err on the side of undercooking versus overcooking these. They go especially well with coconut ice cream :) Oh, and be sure to tell people the secret ingredient ahead of time! I personally know 2 people who are allergic to legumes who obviously wouldn’t think to ask ahead of time if brownies contain beans.

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for this staple recipe!

  137. Joan says

    These are the best!!! I am not vegan but am trying to limit meat and gluten free and eat healthier. I will also say I am not much of a baker. I did use half xylitol and half coconut sugar as I didn’t have the sugar specified in the recipe. These were so insanely delicious and so healthy compared to a processed flour version. I had my hubby try one without telling him what was in it and he loved it. He was so shocked there were black beans in them. No black bean taste at all. Just decadent chocolate goodness. Yum!!!

  138. Sophia Butler says

    These puff up a lot (reminds me of souffle). Not really like a proper fudgy brownie, but still, not bad. Using dark cocoa powder would be better, as would adding chocolate chips

  139. Katherine says

    Hi Dana,

    I would love to feature this amazing Brownie recipe in our website GreenThickies. I will not be posting the actual recipes, but I will only use one image from the post, title, a small quote and link directly back to your post.

    Will that be all right?

    Thanks :)


    (P.S. I already read the FAQ, but just thought I would ask anyway) :)

  140. Christina says

    These brownies were so delicious! The whole family loved them, and they had no idea of the ingredients – until I told them following their last bite :). They were rich, moist, and full of chocolaty flavor. I followed the recipe exactly.

  141. Lee says

    SOFT COOKIES TOO: Thank you for this great recipe: I use navy beans which work great. Recently I added about 1/2 cup left over bean juice and 1/2 c oatmeal flour, refrigerated overnight and baked the next day at 350 for 30-35 minutes on a cookie sheet w/ parchment. It made delicious, soft cookies … as an alternative to brownies.

  142. Sue says

    I made these for friends over for dinner and they were amazing!! Got so many compliments! They are not too sweet which is good because the date caramel is so it is a nice balance. I made them the night before and they held up well. Didn’t crumble. A definite make again. Trust me, you do not know they are made with beans.

  143. Casey says

    I brought these to work and my coworkers could not believe they were 1.gluten free 2.vegan 3. Made with black beans(!?!)!!
    They turned out so well!! The texture and taste are both fabulous, my 10 year old nephew can’t get enough of them!
    Definitely going to be a go-to recipe for me :))

  144. Kendra says

    Delicious!! I added chia and made them with real eggs because I didn’t have flax meal, next time I’m going to try making them vegan. I was skeptical about the beans but they turned out great!

  145. LeKeshua says

    I seen the comment regarding someone keeping their baked brownies in the fridge over night and tasting amazing. Has anyone tried freezing them? Thank you!

  146. Steph says

    My brownies came out super tight so i ended up adding 4-5 tbsp. of unsweetened almond milk. Turned out great!

  147. Joe says

    I made these for the first time yesterday and they were delicious. My only problem was with how delicate they were. By the time I stored them in a container, they were practically crumbling apart. I think next time I will try to bake them a few minutes longer so they really set. Other than that, the taste was amazing!

  148. Alina says

    best every and easiest to make brownies I’ve found! Accidentally forgot to add coconut oil on my second go at these and they came out pretty awesome!

  149. Kyrie says

    Fantastic thick smooth chocolatey taste!
    I also note that the insides are pudding-like until they are cooled off. So do not worry for those who cannot seem to turn off the oven…

  150. Angela says

    Hi Dana,
    This recipe looks amazing! If I were to substitute the sugar with date paste, any other suggestions on how to tweak the recipe for a liquid sweetener?

    Thank you for your help!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Angela, a liquid sweetener will likely make them runnier, so we’d recommend compensating with more cocoa powder and/or some gluten free flour. Let us know how it goes!

  151. Gala says

    I made these tonight, but did not have all the ingredients and did not want to add fat. What I did: used 2 ripe bananas in place of the flax eggs and oil. Only two things I would do differently next time. I would buy a better brand of cocoa as I used Hersey’s (all I had) and I would not use baking cups, but rather put directly in the pan as the recipe suggested. Had I done this there would have been less sticking.
    My sister who is not vegan started eating these with the vegan ice cream I made and then asked what they were made from. When I told her they had black beans in them, she quit eating and said she could taste the beans. So, my advice, don’t tell your family and they will never know.
    Great recipe, thank you for sharing.

  152. Babette says

    Made these, awesome! Used 5 oz bittersweet choc chips for cocoa and oil (added with beans while blending and they melted while blending) also eggs for flax. They did not collapse like picture, but stayed domed. Put 4 chocolate chips on each after baking and spread when melted. They do NOT taste like beans, but like a really delicious brownie! Thank you so much!

  153. Veronica says

    I’ve been a bit dubious about black bean brownies, but these came out amazing. I made them for my last day at work and everyone went nuts for them and couldn’t believe when I told them what they’re made of (but I worked somewhere super open minded so it was a good kind of surprise!).

    I made a double batch in a muffin tin and wish I had made more. But little bits of them stuck to the pan, so the only thing I’ll change next time is that I might dust the pan lightly with GF flour.