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Black Bean Brownies (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

Updated: Mar 4, 2022

Every now and again I get a sweet tooth and actually feel like baking. When I do, I usually turn to this guilt-free, easy black bean brownie recipe. It is goof-proof (that is what I need, because I'm not the best baker) and it is made with absolutely no white/cane sugar! I first made these a few years ago and was SHOOK. I was not expecting them to be so good!

I've made them a few times and wanted to note that you can up the protein and add some hemp hearts for added texture and protein. I had some on hand one day and threw a few tablespoons of it in the food processor and enjoyed it!

Ingredients 1 1/2 cups black beans (one 15-oz can, drained and rinsed); I used Goode Foods black beans - they're local to Chicago and black-owned! 2 tbsp cocoa powder 1/2 cup quick oats or 2 individual/pre-packaged servings of Maple flavored oatmeal (I prefer the pre-packaged oats if you have them, because they turned out even better) 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 cup of maple syrup 1/4 cup coconut or vegetable oil ---I used vegetable oil 2 tsp pure vanilla extract 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup chocolate chips (Not optional aka omit at your own risk). You can also use dark chocolate squares or break up a dark chocolate bar. The best vegan chocolate I've tasted and used for this recipe, are by Kanda Chocolates (they're black woman owned by the way!) Makes 9-12 brownies

Instructions: - Preheat oven to 350 degrees - Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips in a food processor, and blend until completely smooth (a blender can work if you absolutely must, but the texture—and even the taste—will be much better in a food processor). My food processor is a nice size (6-9 cup, medium sized one).

- Stir in the chips, then pour into a greased 8x8 pan

- Optional but highly suggested: sprinkle extra vegan-friendly chocolate chips over the top

- Bake the black bean brownies 15-18 minutes for fudgy consistency or 19-23 minutes for cakey brownies.

- Remove from oven then let cool at least 10 minutes.

If you don't have dark chocolate chips on hand, you can break up a vegan-friendly dark chocolate bar instead! This chocolate I used is Kanda Dark Chocolate. It melted so well and tasted so good!

If they still look too fudgy in texture, you can place them in the fridge overnight and they will magically firm up! Enjoy! I ate them all in about 3 days😂

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