Super Fudgy Minty Brownies ~ Vegan, GF, DF

Flour? Who needs it! Eggs? See ya! White refined sugar? Peace out!  Yes, it is possible to bake decadent brownies without these ingredients.  Check ’em out…

I finally jumped on the band wagon and made black bean brownies!  I’ve made chickpea brownies a few times and loved them, you can check those out here, but these have got to be one of the yummiest desserts I’ve made so far.  They’re moist, fudgy, chocolaty and vegan, dairy and gluten-free! I had a hard time getting all the batter into the pan without eating it all.  I then frosted it with mint-chocolate icing…to die for!

Now, these still are a treat, they do have a decent amount of sugar.  However, I no longer cook with white refined sugar, but instead use coconut sugar like this one which does not spike your blood sugar like plain white sugar does.beanbrownie5I also use gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO chocolate chips and a good, high quality cocoa powder.  It just tastes SO much better with high quality ingredients – and it’s better for you!

So let’s get to it…browniesPrint Recipe

Serves 9

1 15oz can of black beans, rinsed and drained
2 flax eggs – 2 1/2 Tbsp of flaxseed plus 6 Tbsp water
3 Tbsp of Earth Balance or coconut oil, melted
3/4 cup of cocoa powder
1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 Tbsp vegan chocolate chips

Mint Chocolate Icing
1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips
1 Tbsp Earth Balance or coconut oil
2-3 drops mint extract (optional)

Preheat oven to 350F.  Add flaxseed and water to a blender or food processor, pulse a few times and let it rest for a few minutes.  Add remaining ingredients except for the chocolate chips.  Blend until smooth.  The batter will be thick, but if you feel it is too thick you can add some water or almond milk a little bit at a time, you do not want the batter runny!beanbrownie beanbrownie2 beanbrownie3Grease an 8 x 8 inch baking dish.  Pour batter into the dish and sprinkle chocolate chips on top.  beanbrownie4Bake for about 25 minutes until the edges start to pull away from the pan.  Remove from oven and let cool.

For the icing, melt the butter and chocolate together.  Once melted, stir in the mint extract.  Smooth over top of cooled brownies.  Cut into 9 squares.  Try to stop at just one!beanbrownie6 beanbrownie8Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

Nutritional Info per square
205 Calories, 28g Carbs, 9g Fat, 6g Protein, 234mg Sodium, 15g Sugar

Please Note:  Nutritional info is gathered from MyFitnessPal and may not always be 100% accurate.  It is meant to be used as a reference only.


  • Laura March 12, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Oh dear lord, those look absolutely decadent!! I had a black bean chocolate cupcake yesterday and it was delicious and SO. MOIST.
    Also love that you paired the chocolate with mint – best combo ever besides peanut butter and chocolate. I wonder if I can get away with these for my hubby’s birthday coming up….
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • thehappyhealthfreak March 12, 2014 at 8:49 am

      Ohhh I will definitely add some PB next time…best combo ever!!
      Yes, I think you can sneak it past the hubbs. Mine liked it until I told him there were beans in it, then he got all weirded out…lol. If I don’t tell him what’s in it he’s fine. So that’s my only tip…what they don’t know won’t hurt them 🙂

  • Katherine March 12, 2014 at 9:39 am

    These look gorgeous and delicious!

  • cloudthyme March 12, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    These look incredible! Love the mint and coconut sugar!

  • trixfred30 March 13, 2014 at 3:51 am

    Come on – I can eat these and it’s healthy?!

    • thehappyhealthfreak March 13, 2014 at 10:22 am

      YES!!! They are so darn good too. There is sugar in them, so I wouldn’t eat the whole pan…well, I would, but that may not be considered healthy 😉

  • sweetkimplicity March 13, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Oh I have to try coconut sugar! This looks so good! Brownies are my guilty pleasure.

    • thehappyhealthfreak March 13, 2014 at 10:19 pm

      Coconut sugar is great! Not as sweet as white sugar but just right in my mind. These brownies will fulfill that guilty pleasure 🙂

  • rebelkalekult March 18, 2014 at 7:46 am

    These look amazing! I have been searching for a good black bean vegan brownie! =-P

    • thehappyhealthfreak March 18, 2014 at 8:37 am

      Awesome, thanks! They were super yummy 🙂 Let me know what you think!

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