Vegan Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies

Who wants a healthy Vegan Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies?! These babies squash those chocolate cravings in their tracks. But the best part is they are healthy and packed full of amazing ingredients so you can feel good about eating your brownies.

This brownie recipe is super quick and easy with only one blender and a pot to use. Which makes clean up quick. I think everyone deserves a little chocolate in their lives. But most recipes for brownies are packed full of processed flour, sugar, and butter. These healthier brownies don’t compromise taste and pack in nutrients. A recipe the whole family will love.

I replaced the white flour with black beans and a little gluten-free flour. I know you are thinking that black beans sound disgusting in a brownie dish. But I put the taste test to my neighbors and the biggest critic, my husband. And they all loved them! So black beans for the win! They also provide fiber, protein, folate, and magnesium. I don’t know any traditional brownie recipe packed with that many nutrients.

brownie ingredients
making the brownies

I reduced the amount of oil in the recipe by replacing it with apple sauce. This is a trick I have used for years. I buy the organic apple sauce packs for lunches and it makes a perfect 1/2 cup portion for baking.

For the eggs, I used Bob’s Mills egg replacer. But you could use any egg replacer or use a flax egg instead and add in a 1/2 tsp more of baking soda to help it rise.

Frosting

The frosting is more like a cake frosting but I think that it puts a cool spin on the traditional brownie. I love how fluffy and thick it is. It is super simple to make if you are patient enough to let it thicken in the fridge. That is the hardest part of this recipe is waiting for it to cool. I just wanted to eat and frost it hot, lol.

brownie frosting
spreading the brownie frosting

Chocolate Cravings?!

Chocolate cravings are the most common type of cravings I hear women struggle with. Now I think a little chocolate in anyone’s world is a great thing. But if you are having to go to the store to buy chocolate on a regular basis you could be deficient in Magnesium.

Magnesium is a mineral needed for 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It impacts blood pressure, metabolism, immune function, and many other aspects of health. (1) It is very common to be deficient in this mineral as our soils that grow our food don’t have as much magnesium in the soil anymore.

Signs you are deficient in Magnesium:

  • Anxiety & Depression (2)
  • Muscle Cramps and Spasms (3)
  • Calcification of the arteries (4)
  • Sleeping Problems (5)
  • Low energy

Ways to get magnesium into your body:

  • Dark chocolate
  • Leafy Vegetables
  • Pumpkin Seeds and Almonds
  • Avocados
  • Magnesium Oil
  • Magnesium supplement

My Favourite Magnesium Supplement

There are a lot of magnesium supplements on the market. Some are super absorbable. Some are not. In my opinion, Magnesium Glycinate is the most absorbable form. Here is one site I found explaining why.

Okay, time to make this recipe!

This recipe pairs perfectly with a warm cup of my 20 minute homemade Apple Cider.

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Vegan Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies

Yields 25 squares

Vegan Gluten Free Black Bean Brownies packed with healthy ingredients that you can feel good about indulging on. This recipe is super quick and easy with only one blender and a pot to use. Which makes clean up quick. I think everyone deserves a little chocolate in their lives. But most brownie recipes are packed full of processed flour, sugar, and butter. These healthier brownies don't compromise taste and pack in nutrients. A recipe the whole family will love.

40 min

35 min

1 hr, 15 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 can organic black beans 398ML
  • 1/3 cup avocado oil
  • 1/3 dark black coffee brewed and cooled
  • 2/3 cup plant based milk
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup Cocoa
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup gluten free flour
  • 3 egg replacers (I used Bob's Mills egg replacer)
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • I used ones sweetened with stevia to cut down on processed sugar
  • Frosting
  • 1 can full fat coconut cream 398ML DO NOT SHAKE CAN YOU NEED THE FAT AND LIQUID SEPARATED
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • I used ones sweetened with stevia to cut down on processed sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Line a 8 inch square pan with parchment paper and spray with oil.
  3. Drain and rinse black beans and pour into a high powered blender or food processor.
  4. Pour the milk into a bowl and add 1 tsp of lemons juice. Then add your all your wet ingredients (plant milk, vanilla, coffee, oil, egg replacements, and apple sauce) into the blender.
  5. Pour your gluten free flour, cocoa, and baking powder last into the blender.
  6. Turn blender or processor on medium and blend until smooth. Try not to over blend.
  7. Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts into batter.
  8. Pour batter into your pan and bake for 35 mins until toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Place in fridge to completely cool before frosting.
  10. Frosting
  11. While the brownies are cooking, scoop out the coconut fat from the can leaving coconut liquid. (Can use liquid for a smoothie.) Make sure no liquid get s into your frosting or it will be too wet.
  12. Place coconut fat into a medium sauce pan.
  13. Add in chocolate chips and vanilla.
  14. Melt chocolate and coconut over low heat just until the chocolate chips start to melt. Remove from heat and stir until melted. You don't want them to burn.
  15. Pour into a bowl and place into the fridge until cools and thickens. Approx. 1 hour.
  16. When cooled and thickened whip with a whisk or electric beaters. Set aside.
  17. To assemble
  18. Take brownies out of fridge.
  19. Smooth frosting over brownies.
  20. Cut into squares.
  21. Can top with more walnuts if you like.
  22. Store in fridge in an air tight container.
  23. They keep for 5 days in the fridge.

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gluten free
egg free
soy free
seafood free
sesame free
mustard free
Sulfite-Free
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(1) https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/research-uncovers-low-magnesium-is-key-link-to-heart-disease-189181411.html (2) https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/evolutionary-psychiatry/201106/magnesium-and-the-brain-the-original-chill-pill (3)https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0915/p487.html (4)https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/research-uncovers-low-magnesium-is-key-link-to-heart-disease-189181411.html (5) https://drhyman.com/blog/2010/05/20/magnesium-the-most-powerful-relaxation-mineral-available/

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