Vegan Black Bean Banana Brownie Recipe

Vegan Black Bean Banana Brownie Recipe

When I first heard about black bean brownies I have to say I was a bit intrigued. I love food with a creative flare, especially those that have a healthy twist on things. It took me a while to finally give it a try but when I did I have to say I was shocked at how good it tasted (nothing close to black beans). This vegan black bean banana brownie recipe is my own version of flare. I promise you will love it. 

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As a food blogger I’m constantly trying different combinations of foods, flavors, and ingredients. This fully plant powered vegan brownie is made with both black beans and bananas. A combination thats delicious, sweet and fudgy, making these one of the best brownies I’ve ever had. Not to mention they are full of healthy fibers, plant proteins, and a ton of other feel good ingredients. 

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When I first made this recipe it was a total flop. It was so soft that you had to eat it with a spoon. Don’t get me wrong, it was still tasty but a little too gooey for my liking. After a couple of tries I got it right. What can I say, some recipes come out perfect but other take a few tries. Luckily the flops are still enjoyable in our home. 

Vegan Black Bean Banana Brownies |

These vegan black bean banana brownies are 100% flour less, nut-free, dairy free, free of refine sugars and 1000% delicious. It’s so good its hard not to eat the whole thing. When I make these, I like to add a scoop of banana ice cream and if I’m really feeling creative I will make the chocolate sauce from my raw vegan chocolate dipped strawberry hearts recipe and drizzle it on top. So yummy! 

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Vegan Black Bean Banana Brownie Recipe
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A simple flour less brownie recipe. This is great for gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free baking. Made with wholesome ingredient high in protein, fiber, and other good-for-you ingredients.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 9
  • 3 cups black beans (2 cans black beans)
  • 2 bananas
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 8-10 soaked dates
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Pinch of Himalayan Sea Salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Make sure you've rinsed and drained your black beans. Add them to your food processor.
  3. Add remaining ingredients (banana, coconut oil, cocoa powder, maple syrup, soaked dates and vanilla) and puree until smooth for about 3 minutes. Last add 2 tsp baking powder and pulse until blended thoroughly.
  4. Pour the batter into a 9x9 square baking dish and smooth the tops with a spoon or your finger.
  5. Optional: Sprinkle with crushed walnuts, pecans or chocolate chips.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top is dry and the edges start to pull away from the sides.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before cutting and removing from pan. They will be tender, so remove gently. Enjoy!
Store in an airtight container and refrigerate to keep longer.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 296 Fat: 3.6g Saturated fat: 2.4g Sugar: 23.2g Fiber: 10.9g Protein: 11.8g Cholesterol: 0g


I hope you give this black bean brownies a try and if you do please tag me on Instagram @LiveSimplyNatural, I love to see what you guys are baking in the kitchen. Stay tuned for more healthy plant-based recipes and other tips on eating well and living life naturally :)


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Health Benefits

Black beans are very high in fiber and protein. They are also rich with vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, calcium, iron, and manganese. Black beans also have high levels of flavonoids, which have antioxidant abilities, particularly anthocyanin, and contain some omega-3 fatty acids. Black beans aid in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. Consuming black beans can also aid in digestive health and the regulation of the body’s blood sugar levels. They are beneficial for various nervous system functions, reducing the chances of birth defects, neutralize the negative effects of sulfites, and even prevent impotence (Erectile dysfunction) in men.


  • Holly Posted August 9, 2017 11:40 PM

    This recipe was wonderful! Rich, dense, and delicious. I even left out the 1/4 c. of maple syrup and they were still nice and sweet.

  • barbara davis Posted August 9, 2017 12:22 PM

    was delish, took longer than 25 mins to cook but i did put an extra banana in because they were very ripe and needed to be used. Great recipe thank you

  • Sang Alalem Posted June 26, 2017 2:36 AM

    Aw, this was a really nice post. Finding the time and actual effort to make a great article… but what can I say… I hesitate a whole lot and never seem to get anything done.

  • Julia Dennis Posted March 2, 2017 5:58 PM

    Excellent recipe! I was skeptical about it not sticking together without eggs/flax eggs, but it has a nice soft texture without being too crumbly. I added a few spoons of brown sugar just to sweeten it a little more, and it is a tasty recipe! Also the banana flavour is quite mild also which I like.

    • Vanessa Posted March 2, 2017 7:24 PM

      Awesome Julia! So happy you liked it :)

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