Black Bean Brownies | No Sugar, Vegan, Gluten-Free

Healthy Black Bean Brownies | No Sugar, Vegan, Gluten-Free

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 9 servings

These super Healthy Black Bean Brownies are made with No Sugar, Vegan and Gluten-Free! Perfect for most restrictive diets! Diabetic-friendly.


  • 398 ml black beans 1 can, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 200 g melted baking chocolate
  • 1 Tbsp pure organic vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup nut milk or other plant-based milk
  • 1/2 cup whole raw hazelnuts ground in a coffee grinder
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch or GMO-free cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup lucuma powder this is a great sugar replacement that is a whole food, not an extract
  • 1/2 tsp fine grey sea salt
  • 1/2 cup raw organic walnuts coarsely chopped

Toppings (optional)

  • 1/4 cup raw hazelnuts + walnuts chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh organic berries


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch baking pan with a small amount of olive oil, and set aside.

  2. In a blender or food processor, combine the black beans and olive oil. Then add the melted chocolate, vanilla, and nut milk, and blend until smooth. (Alternatively, if you don't have a blender or food processor, simply warm up the beans to soften them and mash them with a fork. Add the olive oil, melted chocolate, and vanilla, and mash together.)
  3. Scrape the mixture into a mixing bowl. Add the ground hazelnuts, tapioca starch, lucuma powder, sea salt, and mix until smooth. Stir in the walnut pieces, if using.
  4. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan. Add chopped nuts on top if using. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Let cool in the pan completely, then refrigerate for a few hours before cutting into 9 squares.

Recipe Notes

Store in an airtight container, up to 3 days.

Although this recipe calls for lucuma powder, you can substitute it with 1/2 cup organic cane sugar or maple syrup, if sugar is not a concern.

Note: I do not believe anyone should worry about counting calories, but here is the nutritional information for one serving
Calories: 469kcal | Fat: 34g | Saturated fat: 9g | Sodium: 139mg | Potassium: 613mg | Carbohydrates: 37g | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 4g | Protein: 9g | Vitamin C: 0.7% | Calcium: 52% | Iron: 5.6%