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Black Bean and Oatmeal Brownies (Vegan+Gluten Free)

I like my savory dishes with a hint of sweetness and my desserts to have a little something salty going on. Last week I was in the mood for something a little chocolatey but not too desserty (anyone else feel me?) and these Black Bean and Oatmeal Brownies were born!

I ended up eating the brownies for breakfast and mid-morning snacks. They are full of protein and fiber so they are actually  perfect for the morning! You could easily add a handful of chocolate chips to make them more decadent.

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Black Bean and Oatmeal Brownies

makes 8 brownies

What you’ll need:

  • 1.5 cups cooked or 1 can black beans (drained)
  • 1/3 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tbs coconut oil, softened +extra for greasing baking dish
  • 2 tbs agave
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease an 8″x 8″ baking dish.
  2. In a medium bowl, use an immersion blender or potato masher to blend black beans until mostly smooth.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and stir until thoroughly combined.
  4. Transfer to baking dish and spread out evenly. Bake for 22-25 minutes, until top and edges are crisp.
  5. Let baking dish cool completely (you can pop them in the refrigerator to speed this us) then slice into bars.
  6. Enjoy right away or store in refrigerator.

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Topped with a little coconut butter and shredded coconut…Black Bean Oatmeal Brownies Vegan Gluten Free 4Anyone else a fan of the borderline dessert? I would love to hear what your favorite not-so-sweet dessert is!


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14 Responses to Black Bean and Oatmeal Brownies (Vegan+Gluten Free)

  1. Would it work if i subbed in 1 banana instead of the agave? These look fantastic though, the perfect savory dessert that makes a great guilt-free breakfast! (:

    • I actually don’t count the carbs or calories or any of that for my recipes. My motto is to count colors instead and focus on a balanced, whole foods diet. If you do want to find out the exact number, there are plenty of websites you can plug the ingredients into! :)

  2. These are so yummy. I surprised my family with these and didn’t tell them what was in them. They were so shocked. Now my 16 yr old says “hey mom when are you making those brownies?” Love it when he asks for them. I know he’s getting something healthy. Thank you.

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