Black Bean Brownies

I had my friend & Food Stylist for my new & upcoming cookbook, Rachel, over for a taste testing/business meeting last week & this was the dessert served. It was so decadent & delicious! It’s a Black Bean Brownie! I served it with homemade vanilla ice cream & homemade peanut butter caramel sauce (From a previous post). Hope you enjoy this as much as we did!


Photo: Courtesy of Food Stylist Rachel Cournoyer

Brownie Ingredients:

3/4 cup cooked black beans (from a can)

1/2 cup olive oil

2 flax eggs (or 2 eggs)

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2/3 cup organic sugar

2 tsps brewed coffee

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup Enjoy Life mini vegan chocolate chips, divided (1/4 & another 1/4 cup)

1/3 cup g-free all purpose flour with xanthan gum added (or add 1/4 tsp gum to it)

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar, for dusting on top after baked (optional)

Earth Balance butter, for greasing the pan


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease an 8″ x 8″ square baking pan with the butter.
  3. In a blender, puree the beans with the olive oil.
  4. Add the flax eggs or eggs, cocoa, sugar, coffee, and vanilla extract.
  5. Melt half of the chocolate chips & add to the blender. Blend until smooth.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, xanthan gum if not in flour already, baking powder & salt. Add this mix to the blender & pulse until all melded together.
  7. Stir in the other 1/4 cup of chocolate chips.
  8. Pour into prepared baking pan.
  9. Bake at 350°F & until the edges are pulled away from the pan, look matte & the center looks glossy, approximately 20-23 minutes.
  10. Cool for 15 minutes at least, before cutting into it.
  11. Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar before serving if you want.

* I made these with eggs & without. The egg version comes out slightly richer & rises a bit more, but I prefer the flax eggs as I like to be vegan. You could also substitute 1 smooshed banana, as the egg, if you don’t mind a banana flavor in it.

This Recipe for the meeting was served with the homemade vanilla ice cream. It was so creamy! Here’s the recipe for that:

Ice Cream Ingredients:

1 cup almond milk

3/4 cup organic sugar

pinch salt

2 cups heavy cream (it will be creamier with this, but you could opt for the can of full fat coconut milk – whole can)

1 TBSP pure vanilla extract


  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender, then place in the fridge for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
  2. When ready to make ice cream, pour into ice cream maker, while already spinning & make for 15 minutes.

Top this ice cream onto the brownie & add the peanut butter caramel sauce over it. Oh My Word! Delicious!! Enjoy!!

Photo: Courtesy of Food Stylist Rachel Cournoyer

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