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Say hello to your new favorite dessert! These delicious whole-food, plant-based brownies are so decadent and delicious with no added oils or sugar! They are packed with fiber and even have some protein from their not so secret ingredient, black beans. Now do they taste like black beans you might ask? The answer is not at all! Chocolate has a great way of stealing the show in this recipe and the beans contribute a perfect fudge-y texture.

To sweeten this recipe I use maple syrup, but agave or date syrup would work just as well here! While these brownies are more of a semi sweet, if you are looking for that sweeter bite you can double up on the chocolate chips, add 1/2 a mashed banana, or 2 tbsp of sugar if desired. I also used an avocado for the fat source instead of oil to make these brownies super creamy and decadent.

First start by blending the avocado, maple syrup, black beans, vanilla, flax "egg", and almond butter until creamy (may take a few minutes to get completely smooth)

Next add the dry ingredients and pulse till completely combined. Mixture will be thick!

Fold in the chocolate chips by hand.

Add a few chocolate chips to the top then time to bake!

Once it comes out of the oven, allow to cool for 10 minutes and drizzle with melted chocolate, chopped walnuts, and flaky sea salt.



Time: 10 min prep | 50 min bake | 10 min cool

Yield: 16 pieces


the wet

1 16oz can of black beans, rinsed & drain (about 1 1/2 cups)

2 flax eggs

2 tbsp ground flax seeds + 2/3 cup water

2 tbsp almond butter

1/2 cup maple syrup or agave

1/2 of a medium avocado

2 tsp vanilla extract

the dry

1/2 cup whole wheat pastry or oat flour for GF

1/3 cup cocoa powder

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

the garnish

1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

1 tbsp coconut oil

pinch of flaky sea salt

2 tbsp walnuts, chopped


Preheat oven to 350F.

Make your flax egg by grinding your flax seeds and adding to a bowl with water, whisk till well combined and let sit for 10 min to gel.

Add all of your wet ingredients to a food processor and blend for 1-2 minutes or until completely smooth and creamy.

Next add your dry ingredients minus the chocolate chips. Blend for 30 seconds till well combined.

Fold in your chocolate chips.

Add batter to a parchment lined 9x9 baking dish.

Bake for 50 minutes.

Allow to cool for 10 minutes. While you wait melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a small pan over low heat, stirring constantly. Drizzle over the top of the brownies. Sprinkle over the walnuts and salt.

Enjoy :)



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