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There are 2 squares of vegan black bean brownies on a small white plate with more brownies in the back, a coffee mug, a fork and a white and blue hand towel.
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5 from 4 votes

Vegan Black Bean Brownies

These deliciously rich vegan brownies are made out of black beans, oats and dates. They make for a perfect healthy alternative to the classic brownies. It's easy to make, so chocolaty and you won't even notice how good they are for you!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate, freezer-friendly, gluten-free, Vegan
Servings: 16 squares
Author: plantbasedjess


  • Food processor


  • 10 large Medjool dates pitted
  • 15 oz canned black beans rinsed and drained very well
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder + 2 tbsp
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 tsp pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup vegan dark chocolate chips plus more for topping


  • Pre-heat the oven at 325°. Line an 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 baking dish with parchment paper.
  • In a small sauce pot, combine the medjool dates with 1 cup of water and bring to a boil. Keep on boiling for about 7 minutes, uncovered, then mash the dates to form a paste. You want to remove from the heat and mash the dates when there is just a little water at the bottom of the sauce pot so you can create a moist creamy date mixture (see picture in the blog).
  • In a food processor, combine the date paste, drained black beans, oats, cacao powder, coconut oil, chia seeds, baking powder and salt. Process until smooth.
  • Then, add the chocolate chips and pulse a few times, just to incorporate them, but trying to keep some chocolate intact.
  • Transfer the brownie batter to the prepared baking dish, press gently with a spoon to even the dough and sprinkle with a few extra chocolate chips pressing with your hands to sink them in the dough slightly.
  • Cook uncovered in the oven for 30 minutes. Let sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before cutting in squares (cut in 9 or 16 squares).



  • Store the brownies in the fridge for up to 5 days or up to 3 months in the freezer (cut in squares before freezing for easy single portion sweet treats).