Decadent and Healthy: Gluten-Free Vegan Brownies with a Secret Twist

Who says you can’t have your brownies and eat them too? In this blog post, we’re going to share a delicious and guilt-free recipe for gluten-free and vegan brownies. But here’s the twist: we’ll be using black beans as a secret ingredient! These fudgy, chocolatey treats will satisfy your sweet tooth while providing a dose of plant-based protein and fiber. Get ready to indulge in a brownie experience that’s both delectable and nourishing.


  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) unsweetened almond milk (or any plant-based milk)
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) pure maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (60g) gluten-free flour blend
  • 1/2 cup (60g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (90g) dairy-free chocolate chips


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a blender or food processor, combine the black beans, almond milk, melted coconut oil, maple syrup or agave nectar, and vanilla extract. Blend until smooth and creamy, ensuring there are no lumps.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the gluten-free flour blend, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Pour the black bean mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir until well combined and no dry spots remain. Be careful not to overmix.
  5. Fold in the dairy-free chocolate chips, reserving a few for sprinkling on top.
  6. Transfer the brownie batter into the prepared baking pan, spreading it evenly.
  7. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on top of the batter.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs.
  9. Once baked, remove the brownies from the oven and let them cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.
  10. Once cooled, gently lift the brownies out of the pan using the parchment paper. Cut into squares or desired shapes.
  11. Serve and enjoy! These gluten-free and vegan black bean brownies are delicious on their own or can be served with a scoop of dairy-free ice cream or a dusting of powdered sugar.

Note: Store the brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or refrigerate for longer freshness.

With this gluten-free and vegan black bean brownie recipe, you can indulge in a decadent treat while nourishing your body with wholesome ingredients. The black beans add a delightful fudginess and boost the nutritional profile of these delicious brownies. So, gather your ingredients, preheat that oven, and get ready to impress your taste buds and your friends with these secretly nutritious and irresistibly chocolaty delights. Enjoy!