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Black Bean Brownies

Black Bean Brownie

An ultimate plant-based dessert for chocolate lovers that uses black beans as the base – but your family and friends will never tell!

  • Author: Dr. Rosane Oliveira
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
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  • 1 3/4 cup black beans, cooked, rinsed
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup sucanat
  • 6 tbsp aquafaba
  • 3 tbsp applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Walnuts or pecans, chopped (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Add all ingredients except walnuts/pecans to a food processor and puree until smooth, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add batter to a nonstick brownie pan or tin.
  4. Sprinkle with chopped nuts if desired.
  5. Bake 20-25 minutes or until top batter becomes dry and edges pull away from the pan.
  6. Cool 30 minutes before removing gently (center will be moist).
  7. Store up to 3 days in an airtight container or refrigerate for longer.

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Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD

President & CEO, Plant-Based Life Foundation | Dr. Rosane Oliveira combines a lifelong passion for nutrition with 25 years of genetics research to create programs that help people develop healthy habits on their journey towards a more plant-based lifestyle. She is a Visiting Clinical Professor in Public Health Sciences and was the founding director of the first Integrative Medicine program at the UC Davis School of Medicine. She completed her postgraduate studies in Brazil and did her postdoctoral training in immunogenetics and functional genomics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.