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  • Makes 16 brownies

Black beans are a secret weapon of whole-food, plant-based bakers. Blended, they help create a fudgy base for chocolatey treats, such as Outrageously Healthy Brownies and these delicious vegan Mexican chocolate brownies. Cayenne pepper gives these rich brownies a little kick: Add more if you like the heat.

Craving more wholesome vegan desserts? Check out these 5 Scrumptious Plant-Based Desserts.


  • ¾ cup no-salt-added canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ¾ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • ½ cup pure cane sugar
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup white whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon powdered pure cane sugar (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with nonstick foil, extending foil over edges
  2. In a food processor combine beans, applesauce, and chopped chocolate. Cover and process until smooth. Add granulated sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla; cover and process until combined.
  3. In a small bowl stir together the next six ingredients (through cayenne pepper). Add flour mixture to chocolate mixture. Cover and process just until combined.
  4. Spread batter in the prepared baking pan. Bake 20 minutes or just until center is firm and edges are slightly puffed. Cool in pan on a wire rack. If desired, sprinkle with powdered sugar. Using foil, lift brownies out of pan. Cut into squares.

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Shelly3 months ago
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These are delicious! I’m going to make some to take on an ATV trip. Has anyone tried freezing them? I’d like to make them ahead and freeze them.

Angie3 months ago
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Easy and delicious. I love the earthy taste from the black beans and kick from the cayenne.

Sheilah5 months ago
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We love this recipe — so simple and easy, and just delicious. Works every time!

Julia5 months ago
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Delicious! I added agave syrup instead of the cane sugar but reduced the amount a bit. The brownies have a soft texture and we really liked the zing of the cayenne pepper. Will definitely make this again.

Tessa Rosalie4 months ago
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Hi Julia, do you think the apple sauce will make it sweet enough? I don’t eat any sugar, the applesauce will be OK, or do you think it will taste just like beans with chocolate maybe I’ll give it a try with half the dough.

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