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Vegan Black Bean Brownies {gluten-free}

Decadent, yet nutritious, vegan brownies, made with black beans and oats! They are  gluten-free, and extra-easy to make in a muffin pan (no cutting required!).

Make Fitness Food with Real Ingredients

The market for fitness “food” is swamped with a catchall of powders, goops, bars, and countless other processed, packaged wonder-eats, all promising ultimate performance for everyone from endurance runners, weight lifters, and weekend athletes.

But the greatest feat of strength and endurance is trying to eat any of it for days, let alone weeks or months, on end.

It’s so much more delicious, fun, economical, and effective to make and eat real food, throughout the day, to maximize performance.

Including dessert. For example,  Black Bean Brownies.

They are, quite possibly, the most luscious, fudgy, chocolate-rich brownies you have ever tasted. Savor the decadence, you deserve it.

Key Ingredients in the Vegan Black Bean Brownies

Meanwhile, this indulgence will be providing you with a host of nutrients that will power you through triathlons, marathons (of running, errands, chores, you name it), and leviathan loads of lifting (of weights, laundry, leaf bags), and everything in between. Here’s why:

Black Beans: You need carbs to fuel your muscles and protein to build and repair your muscles; beans have a perfect balance of both. They also have a low-glycemic index, are high in fiber, rich in minerals and vitamins, and cheap.

Coconut OilThe fat in raw coconut oil is mainly saturated, but it’s different from saturated fat from animal products. The saturated fats in coconut oil — known as medium-chain triglycerides — are absorbed by the liver, meaning they act more like a carbohydrate, supplying a high dose of energy without sugar.  

Further, coconut oil can raise the metabolism, potentially leading to a greater fat-burning effect.

(3) Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: We should all add more cocoa powder to our lives because it is a treasure trove of antioxidants, namely flavonoids. These antioxidants lower the oxidative stress of strenuous activities, shortening recovery time.

Now you have no excuses. Eat some brownies, the sooner the better!

More Amazing Vegan & Gluten-Free Brownies to Try

  1. Tiger Nut Flour Brownies {grain-free}
  2. Vegan Almond Flour Brownies {grain-free, gluten-free}
  3. Chickpea Flour Brownies {grain-free}
  4. 3-Ingredient Banana Fudge Brownies {grain-free, oil-free}
  5. Grain-Free Zucchini Brownies 
  6. Vegan Coconut Flour Brownies {grain-free, oil-free}
  7. 5-Ingredient Vegan Banana Brownies {grain-free, oil-free}
  8. Clean & Lean 70 Calorie Brownies
  9. Breakfast Blender Brownies
  10. Sweet Potato Brownies {grain-free, oil-free}
Yield: 10 brownies

Vegan Black Bean Brownies {gluten-free}

Vegan Black Bean Brownies {gluten-free}

Decadent, yet nutritious, vegan brownies, made with black beans and oats! They are  gluten-free, and extra-easy to make in a muffin pan (no cutting required!).

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes


  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup nondairy milk
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Optional: 2 to 4 tablespoons miniature semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease or spray 10 cups of a standard muffin tin.
  2. In a food processor, process the oat until they resemble flour, Add the drained/rinsed beans, coconut sugar, milk, cocoa powder, coconut oil, baking powder and salt; process until smooth, stopping to scrape down bowl several times.
  3. Divide batter equally among prepared cups. If desired, sprinkle tops with chocolate chips.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 14 to 17 minutes until puffed and centers are set. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely before removing from tin (centers will sink).


Storage: Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 dyas or the freezer for 2 months. If you add chocolate chips on top, refrigerate before packing for eating on the run (to keep them from being to melt-y).

Tip: An equal amount of brow sugar or maple syrup can be used in place of the coconut sugar.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size

1 brownie

Amount Per Serving Calories 138Total Fat 6.3gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 104mgCarbohydrates 18.9gFiber 3.1gSugar 7.8gProtein 3.9g

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Jenna G.

Tuesday 19th of January 2021

These are so yummy! And so easy. Thank you for all the recipes you come up with, I will make these again (a lot!)

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Jen Salem via Facebook

Sunday 24th of April 2016

Camilla V Saulsbury These look great! I am making these for sure!!! Thank you for sharing!


Thursday 5th of May 2016

Thank YOU Jen! :)

Colleen Gibney

Sunday 24th of April 2016

Will these pucks be in a new book? I make bars from the Power Hungry book all the time, and I'd buy a puck book or ebook. Love the format of the book; especially variations.


Thursday 5th of May 2016

You are giving me ideas, Colleen... :) I will keep you posted!

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