Super-Chocolatey Whole Foods Vegan Brownies

Super-Chocolatey Vegan Brownies I’ve been on the hunt for a good black bean brownie recipe since those disastrous ones from the Happy Herbivore. I love Lindsay Nixon’s recipes, but every once in a while, she has a serious flop (umm, her chocolate chip sponges, er, cookies). These brownies are awesome–whole foods, nutrient-dense, and sooo chocolatey. Why would anyone make brownies from a box mix when you could have something this delicious?

This recipe is my adaptation of Chef AJ’s Outrageous Brownie recipe from The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition, by Julieanna Hever.

Super-Chocolatey Whole Foods Vegan Brownies
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Super-Chocolatey Whole Foods Vegan Brownies
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
  • 1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 + ¼ cups pitted dates (I use Deglet Noor)
  • ½ cup hot water
  • 2 tbsp flax meal
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • ½ cup finely chopped raw, unsalted pecans (or walnuts)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Process beans, dates, and hot water in a food processor until smooth.
  3. Add flax meal, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and cocoa powder. Process for 30 more seconds.
  4. Add applesauce and flour, and process until just combined. I added a little water to make the batter smoother and a little thinner.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Pour batter (it will be thick) into 8 x 8 greased baking pan. Sprinkle chopped nuts and additional chocolate chips, if desired, on top.
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

3 Responses to “Super-Chocolatey Whole Foods Vegan Brownies”

  1. YAY!!!!! I can’t wait to try them!

  2. Mommo says:

    Looks like another good one here! Thankfully I have black beans in my food storage although…no dates. hmmmm???? What can I use instead…..don’t reply here….email or fb me. Please?

  3. Raquel says:

    Wow! I thought it was me. I also made the HH brownies and had to throw them out. I am again inspired since you said you liked this recipe. I saw this in my FOK recipe book and wondered if it would be good. Wish me luck!!

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