Healthy Vegan Brownies: Fudgy, Oil-Free, & Gluten-Free

March 2, 2018

These healthy vegan brownies are created with two unusual and wholesome ingredients.

Cooked black beans replaces most of the flour and avocado replaces the oil component. What you end up with is a fudgy, delicious, dairy-free, gluten-free, oil-free brownie.

There are many ways you can make these healthy vegan brownies your own. You could add chopped walnuts or non-dairy chocolate chips.  You could also replace the maple syrup with 3/4 cup of vegan sugar for a sweeter brownie.

Whatever you decide, no one will ever guess that they are eating a black bean avocado brownie. I call it desserts with nutritional benefits!

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Healthy Vegan Brownies – Fudgy & Oil-Free

Healthy Vegan Brownies, Fudgy, Oil-Free & Gluten-Free
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These delicious, fudgy, healthy vegan brownies have two secret ingredients. Avocado instead of oil and black beans instead of flour and don't worry, you would never know black beans were an ingredient.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
  • 1 15-ounce carton cooked black beans, well rinsed and drained
  • ½ of small avocado
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup oat flour (or gluten-free, wheat or white flour)
  • 2 flax eggs
  • ⅛ cup soy or nut milk
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup pure maple syrup (or ¾ vegan sugar)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
Optional add-ins - walnuts & dairy-free chocolate chips
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Lightly grease a 9 x 9 baking dish and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  3. Add all the ingredients except the optional add-ins to a food processor. Puree for approximately 2-4 minutes. You want it smooth and it will be thick.
  4. Evenly distribute the batter into the baking dish.
  5. Bake for 30 -40 minutes or until the the top is dry and the edges start to pull away.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool for 30 minutes before removing from the pan.
  7. Store in an airtight container for a couple of day or refrigerate to keep longer.
  8. *Two flax eggs can be made by combining 2 tablespoons of ground flax and 5½ tablespoons of water. Put into the refrigerator for 10 minutes to thicken.





7 thoughts on “Healthy Vegan Brownies: Fudgy, Oil-Free, & Gluten-Free

  1. Oh my gosh! I can’t wait to try these. They look delicious and even with my limited cooking skills, I might be able to pull these off 🙂

    1. Thanks Grover for taking the time and letting me know, and thanks for being part of our health & wellness community!

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