Recipe: Peanut Butter Brownies (Vegan, Gluten Free, Bomb AF)

I remember looking at the food pyramid as a kid and being really upset that the tiny tip of the triangle was how much sweets I “should” be having.  I was rebellious and I never let that food pyramid stop me from my dessert.  As the carefree nature of kid wore away and my health-conscious mind took over I knew there had to be a way to have my cake and eat it too.

The internet is an amazing thing.  It introduced me to this idea of healthy baking that has been a passion of mine for the past 8 years.  Lots of trials and plenty of error have gone into baking the perfect black bean, vegan, dairy-free brownie.  While I am not personally vegan or dairy-free, I am a little selfless when I am baking and cooking.  I think about the people (you) reading this blog and what your needs may be when seeking recipes.  Many of my clients and followers keep kosher and dairy-free desserts are useful.  Other followers are looking for vegan or lower fat options, others may want more healthful ingredients.  Whatever you are looking for, these brownies will satisfy most dessert lovers (I say most because there are usually outliers, it’s the scientist in me).

Tip: never tell people they were made with black beans.  Put it on the table, say they are brownies (not a lie).  If they ask just say it’s a secret recipe.  If they don’t ask, don’t tell.  Keep it a secret.  I know you’ll get excited and want to say “did you like them? they are made with black beans!”.  People get weird about that stuff, I learned to just not share details and let people enjoy healthful treats.


  • 1 can black beans, thoroughly rinsed and drained
  • 2/3 cup cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp soy/almond/coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips + extra to sprinkle on top (dairy-free if needed)
  • 2 tbsp flaxseed
  • 6 tbsp water


  1. Set oven to 350 degrees and oil or line a 9×9 baking dish.
  2. Grind flax seeds and combine into 6 tbsp of water and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes.  This acts as the egg, adding fiber and healthy fats.
  3. In a food processor or high powered blender, add black beans, peanut butter, cacao powder, coconut sugar, maple syrup, vanilla extract, salt, baking soda, milk, and flax egg.  Mix until the batter is completely smooth.
  4. Remove the blade and stir in the chocolate chips.  (If you need to transfer to a bowl and mix in, do not mix with the blade.
  5. Transfer to the baking dish, sprinkle some extra chocolate chips on top and bake in the oven for ~35 minutes.  Allow the brownies to cool completely before digging in.  They will be yummy and gooey.


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