Happy Herbivore’s Vegan Black Bean Brownies

March 26, 2010 by Keri

I’ve been wanting to try Happy Herbivore’s vegan black bean brownies for quite some time now, and tonight I decided it was time to make a batch. I would have preferred to make Lindsay’s recipe exactly as written, but due to my lack of ingredients I had to make a couple of changes.  Since I didn’t have canned beans, I used prepared dry beans.  I was also out of instant oats so I replaced them with steel cut oats.  To account for the lack of sodium in my prepared dry beans I should have added a little salt, but unfortunately I didn’t think of it until they were already in the oven.

When the brownies had cooled and it was time to try them, I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect.  They look so good, but bean brownies?!  Oh my goodness, they’re really good!  They aren’t exactly like the flour and egg replacer brownies that I’m used to, but a little less sweet and more dense.  They do taste healthy.  Mine weren’t as fudgey as others who have made this recipe reported, so I’m guessing it’s because I used cooked dry beans rather than canned.  To compensate I topped them off with a little vegan chocolate syrup and perfection!  The best part is that my two year old son absolutely loves these bean brownies and I’m so excited that they’re actually good for him!  I never would have thought to use beans in desserts; I’m so thankful that Lindsay shared her fabulous bean vegan dessert recipe on Happy Herbivore!

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  1. Tim Gier says:

    these sound fantastic! I will forward to my daughter, she loves to bake and will be thrilled to try a new vegan treat!

  2. Vegmom says:

    Hahaha, I just tricked my Hubby… showed him your picture…. He said “mmmm Those look like the best brownies ever”

    Then I told him, they were black beans… *smile* Thanks for sharing, I stopped baking for a while, but may have to revert to the oven and give these a try.

  3. Keri says:

    Thanks, Tim! Let me know if she (and you) likes them!

  4. Keri says:

    That’s too funny about your husband. I probably should have tricked mine, but he knew what they were so he was a little apprehensive at first. 😀

  5. Tim Gier says:

    I couldn’t wait for my next trip to visit my daughter so I made the brownies this morning myself. Simple & Delicious!

    I followed the recipe exactly except I added more cocoa than the recipe calls for after tasting the raw batter. I will use probably half the amount of cinnamon the next time I make them.

    Great texture & flavor – no black bean taste at all & just a hint of banana.


  6. Keri says:

    Your picture is far better than mine, Tim! It was late and I couldn’t wait until morning (for light) to take the pic because we all wanted to taste them right away/
    Glad you liked them! Her mac and cheese recipe is awesome too.

  7. Vegmom says:

    I finally made these and they are a total hit. Just when Hubby thought I’d totally lost my mind, I throw this one at him for dessert… ha ha..
    Thanks for sharing!!!

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  9. Sydney says:

    Because of my heart I’m doing the diet of Dr. Campbell Esselstyn which includes only plants and not one single drop of oil. No problem – but now it’s the Christmas season and everyone will be scarfing down rich desserts but me. So here is my answer! The brownies look great and I’m making them this morning. Thanks!