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Wonderful Fat-Free Black Bean Brownies with Fresh Strawberry Sauce

  • Author: Emily Honeycutt
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: 12 brownies 1x


  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/4 cups pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup organic fair trade cocoa powder *See Note Below
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3/4 cup oat flour or whole wheat pastry flour (oat flour will make a fudgier brownie, while whole wheat will make a cakier brownie; use GF oat flour to make gluten-free)
  • Serve with a scoop of your favorite vegan ice cream & Fresh Strawberry Sauce (optional)
  • Garnish with fresh mint; dust rim of plate with powdered sugar (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8×8” pan with parchment paper and allow about 1” of the paper to hang out on each side. Spray with a little non-stick cooking spray. This will allow you to lift the brownies out of the pan once they cool.
  2. Place black beans in food processor and with the blade running, stream in maple syrup. Process until smooth.
  3. Add the flax seeds, vanilla, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt process until well mixed.
  4. Add the flour and pulse until just until barely combined, scraping the sides as needed. Do not over mix. Pour into prepared pan. Bake approximately 40 minutes or until center is no longer jiggly when shaken gently and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean.
  5. Allow to cool completely before slicing. Cut into 12 rectangles.
  6. Top with a scoop of your favorite vegan ice cream and drizzle with Fresh Strawberry Sauce (see recipe, below).


Fresh Strawberry Sauce
Make this fresh, sweet syrup whenever strawberries are in season. Drizzle it over ice cream, pancakes or French toast. Substitute any seasonal fresh fruit for the strawberries including blueberries, peaches, kiwi and more!
2 cups fresh strawberries (substitute frozen, thawed organic strawberries if desired)
¼ cup pure maple syrup (more or less as needed depending on sweetness of fruit)
Puree in blender until smooth. Pour into a squeeze bottle and drizzle onto plate beneath brownies.

*Note: Visit The Food Empowerment Project at for a list of organic, vegan, slavery-free brands of chocolate and cocoa powders.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Vegan

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