Fudgy Vegan Black Bean & Banana Brownies | A guilt-free Brownie Recipe

 These Fudgy Vegan Black Bean & Banana Brownies are flourless, dairy free, free of refined sugars and so addictive that you will feel tempted to eat the whole tray yourself.

Vegan Black Bean Brownies with Banana, Greek Yogurt and Coconut Caramel

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I have baked a lot of brownies in my life. I’ve baked and eaten the good, the bad and the ugly. Just about when I thought I had my favourite brownie recipe figured out – “puff” -comes this recipe for Vegan Black Bean Banana Brownies and blows my mind. And don’t get me wrong, I do like healthy food, but I also take brownies really seriously and I tell you, these Fudgy Black Bean Brownies live up to their name. They are soft, dense and taste super chocolatey with a hint of banana in the background.

Vegan Black Bean Banana Brownies with Greek Yogurt and bananas

These Brownies are flourless, dairy free, free of refined sugars and so addictive that you will feel tempted to eat the whole tray yourself.

These Vegan Black Bean Banana Brownies are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Look how rich, dense and fudgy they are! The best thing? These sinful-looking chocolate squares are actually super healthy and packed with good-for-you ingredients like coconut oil and black beans.

No, you cannot taste the beans in black bean brownies!

If you are worried that your brownies will taste of beans, I can assure you that they don’t. Seriously, baking with black beans has so many benefits! In addition to being gluten-free, a cup of black beans has only about half the calories that a cup of all-purpose flour has, plus it’s got 20% of your daily iron, plus it has a high protein content of 15 g. I cut my batch of brownies into 9 squares which are only 152 kcal each!  YES, this means you can eat as many brownies as you want. Theoretically. Due to all the fibre in the black beans, they are quite filling and I only made it halfway through my second brownie. I would say they make an excellent healthy snack in the afternoon that satisfies your sweet-tooth and leaves you with a good tummy-feeling. As these would totally pass as regular brownies, you can take these to any picnic or pack them for your kid’s lunches.

Fudgy Vegan Black Bean Brownies with Banana

Naturally sweetened with bananas, maple syrup and dates! 

The banana flavour in these vegan brownies is quite mild, which I like. Along with dates and some maple syrup, the bananas in the batter work more like a sweetener. I like my brownies semi-sweet and I found them perfect the way they are. I do recommend you try the batter, before baking the brownies. Depending on the ripeness of your bananas, you might want to add a bit more sweetener to them.

Vegan Black Bean Banana Brownies

At first, I was a bit sceptical about the brownies maybe not sticking together without any binding agents such as eggs/flax eggs, but these black bean brownies have the perfect texture: Fudgy, almost like a chocolate truffle and not at all crumbly.

As to the cocoa powder: I used a mix of unsweetened and Black Onyx Cocoa Powder to get a nice, dark colour. You can of course use just unsweetened cocoa powder and they will turn out just as good.

Fudgy Vegan Black Bean Banana Brownies served with Coconut Caramel

These fudgy Vegan Black Bean Brownies taste delicious straight out of the pan, but if you want to take them to the next level or serve them as a fancy dessert, I recommend to plate them with a dollop of  Greek Yogurt or coconut cream and a drizzle of homemade vegan coconut caramel. I mean, could this look any more tempting? I hope you get to try them yourself soon. Feel free to let me know how they turned out our share your pictures on Instagram using #cinnamonandcoriander.

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Vegan Black Bean Banana Brownies
5 from 21 votes

Fudgy Vegan Black Bean & Banana Brownies

These incredibly fudgy Black Bean Banana Brownies will be your new favourite sweet treat! The best thing: They are vegan and full of healthy ingredients. 

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine #Vegan, American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 9 portions
Calories 150 kcal
Author Kiki Johnson


  • 430 g black beans, rinsed and drained cooked from dry beans or canned beans
  • 10 dried dates, soaked in water over night medjool dates are best
  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled
  • 60 g unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 60 ml maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp chopped pecans optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and line a 9x9 square baking dish with parchment paper.

  2. Make sure you have rinsed and drained your beans well. Take the dated out of the soaking liquid and put them in the bowl of your food processor. Add all other ingredients apart from the baking powder and blend until you have a smooth paste. Add baking powder and mix thoroughly. 

  3. Pour the batter into a 9x9 square baking dish and smooth the top with a moistened spatula. Sprinkle nuts on top, if using.

  4. Bake brownies for 20 to 25 minutes or until the top starts to dry out and crack a bit and the edges start to pull away from the sides. Let cool and cut into squares.

  5. Enjoy the brownies with coconut whipped cream, greek yoghurt and vegan coconut caramel

Recipe Notes

I stored them in airtight plastic containers and put them in the fridge after one day at room temperature. You will find, that they taste especially good straight out of the fridge! 

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  1. Baohh!! Die sehen einfach super mega aus! Richitg saftig und schokoladig! Ich wäre wahrscheinlich auch niemals auf den Gedanken gekommen, dass es sich dabi um schwarze Bohnen handeln könnte 😉 Vielen Dank für das Rezept!
    Liebe Grüße, Anastasia

    • Hallo Anastasia! Danke dir! Ja, ich war auch richtig geflasht als ich die Brownies zum ersten Mal anschnitt. So richtige Schokobömbchen sind das. Ich hoffe du kommst bald selbst in den Genuss! Ich wünsche dir ein ganz entspanntes Wochenende. Ganz liebe Grüße aus Kanada, Kiki

  2. Liebe Kiki, ich finde die Idee deiner multikulturellen Küche toll und deine Fotos machen mich immer wieder hungrig. Deshalb habe ich dich für den Mystery Blogger Award nominiert. Ich hoffe, du machst mit. Es würde mich sehr freuen. Alle Infos findest du unter meinem Blog.
    Ich freue mich auf weitere schöne Beiträge von dir. LG

  3. Es liest sich super. Ich habe es gleich gepinnt und auf meine ToDo – Liste gesetzt! Danke für dieses tolle Rezept.

  4. Hey Kiki,
    sehr lecker und schön schokoladig 😋 die Bohnen schmeckt man wirklich nicht raus!
    LG steffi

  5. My little brother is a vegan. I’m always looking for recipes for him. I’ll have to print this one for later. Thank you!

  6. I can’t wait to try these. I’ve heard of them before, but yours have convinced me, they look totally droolworthy. Shared!

    • Thanks so much Jacqueline! They have been on my mind for ages and I am glad I finally gave them a try! These are by far the best healthy treat I have ever made and I am sure you will love them! Cheers, Kiki

  7. Wow! So rich looking. Chocolate is my favorite, making these for sure!

  8. You had me right from the title Kiki! No guilt brownies – I’m in! They make my mouth water and I nearly licked the screen. Beautiful photography Kiki x

  9. This recipe looks gorgeous! I’m always looking for treats and desserts that contain nutrients, so these brownies are perfect! Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks so much Cleo! Me, too! I love my desserts and always get really excited once I find a recipe that both tastes good and is good for my body. Hope you get to taste it soon!

  10. These look so fudgy! And I love how they are healthy with the beans and banana. Yum!

  11. These brownies look so decadent that I was surprised to discover that they were made from black beans and contained no refined sugars. I have friends who are vegan, and avoid refined sugar, so I plan to make these for them the next time they come to visit.

  12. Something new to me. Sounds interesting and yummy

  13. Wow!! These brownies look so fudgy and dense and delicious!! I love putting black beans in baked goods, but I haven’t done it in a while. You just made me want to do it again and I’ll be making your recipe!! It looks so good!

    • Thanks so much Elaine! I was really surprised by how fudgy they turned out. I really didn’t skimp on the beans in this one but still, no one was able to guess what the secret ingredient was. Hope they work just as well for you! Have a great rest of the week.

  14. Those look really promising! I’ve heard of using black beans in brownies before – started wondering if there was something in it… And these looks so fudgy! I may need to try this.

  15. If these taste anywhere near as delicious as they look, I’m sold! I never realized there were so many great vegan options for dessert. I’m definitely going to have to give more vegan desserts a try!

    • HI Claire! Thanks so much. I have only recently fallen into the rabbit hole that is vegan desserts. There are so many brilliant options out there.

  16. I actually don’t mind tasting the black bean in the brownie 😉 Seriously though, they look really rich — exactly how I like my brownies.

    Will it be alright if I soak the dates in some liquor, like rum or marsala, perhaps? Only for those times when I don’t intend to share them with kids. 😀

    • Thanks so much Neriz! Soaking the dates in booze? I like your style, lady! I would go for Malibu or rum and YES, you should totally go ahead and do it. DELISH!

  17. These brownies look like fudgy perfection! I’ve always heard people rave about baking with black beans but I’ve never tried it myself. I think I’m going to have to give these black bean brownies a try!

    • Hi Jennifer!Thanks, you are so kind! Yes, I finally pushed myself to try it even though I was really sceptical at first. Try them, you won’t regret it.

  18. Amazing – these have such a fudgy texture, and look especially irresistible with that caramel glaze on top. Such a great dessert, and impressive that it’s vegan and refined-sugar free!

  19. These would be the perfect brownie for me to top with tons of fresh homemade ice cream!

  20. These look delicious! I tried black bean brownies years ago but it looks like it might be time for me to give them another go. And I love that these are also refined sugar free and use banana to sweeten, sounds perfectly “guilt-free” to me!

  21. These look so rich and delicious. I’d have never guessed that they are made out of beans. I’ve to try them one of these weekends.

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