Molten Vegan Strawberry Black Bean Brownies

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It’s the return of the black bean brownie!

This one is vegan!

And molten!

With strawberries!

And so much chocolatey goo!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made black bean brownies and chickpea brownies…they’re just so tasty and so very healthful that it’s hard to tear myself away.

Molten Vegan Strawberry Black Bean Brownies | theroastedroot.net Gluten-free, refine sugar-free, egg-free and healthy! #dessert #chocolate

The very first time I ever watched Ina Garten, she was baking brownies for dessert. I remember her words of recommendation distinctly: undercook the brownies. Ohmygah, I LOVE this woman. <- was my reaction. When her brownies came out of the oven, she immediately grabbed a large spoon and scooped a hefty hunk of goo brownie into a bowl with gobs of ice cream. My tastebuds melted all over the place. Since that very day (a few years ago, mind you), I’ve been dying to try molten-y puddingy brownies.

I was inspired to make this dessert for two reasons: a.) I had a sizeable amount of black beans left over from a photo shoot, as well as some strawberries in my refrigerator that needed to be eaten up, and 2.) I wanted to bring a dessert to a dinner with friends that evening.

These turned out to be vegan by pure accident. I had used up the last of my eggs the morning I made these and had already been to the store and didn’t want to go back for a measly pile of eggs. I decided to go the vegan route, using flax eggs (ground flax seed + water) instead. I believe it was the flax eggs that contributed to the puddingness of the brownie, as I think they would have turned out cakier had I used regular eggs. If you attempt the recipe using regular eggs, you’ll still end up with a magnificent brownie, but you won’t get the same result.

All you do in order to make black bean brownies (vegan or otherwise), is rinse a can of black beans…

Molten Vegan Strawberry Black Bean Brownies | theroastedroot.net Gluten-free, refine sugar-free, egg-free and healthy! #dessert #chocolate

…add all of the ingredients (except for the strawberries) to a blender…

Molten Vegan Strawberry Black Bean Brownies | theroastedroot.net Gluten-free, refine sugar-free, egg-free and healthy! #dessert #chocolate

…blend until smooth…

Molten Vegan Strawberry Black Bean Brownies | theroastedroot.net Gluten-free, refine sugar-free, egg-free and healthy! #dessert #chocolate

Stir (don’t blend) in the chopped strawberries…

Molten Vegan Strawberry Black Bean Brownies | theroastedroot.net Gluten-free, refine sugar-free, egg-free and healthy! #dessert #chocolate

…resist the temptation to drink the batter by pouring it into a lightly-oiled baking dish, and bake that sucker up. All this batch needs is about 25 minutes in the oven.

Molten Vegan Strawberry Black Bean Brownies | theroastedroot.net Gluten-free, refine sugar-free, egg-free and healthy! #dessert #chocolate

After shooting these brownies, I took them – partially eaten, of course – to my friend’s house (the same friend I told you about yesterday) to enjoy with her parents and boyfriend. The tray served the 5 of us comfortably for dessert, as we had eaten a filling dinner beforehand, but if you want to be sure everyone has a hefty portion, I’d recommend doubling the recipe.

Molten Vegan Strawberry Black Bean Brownies | theroastedroot.net Gluten-free, refine sugar-free, egg-free and healthy! #dessert #chocolate

Get your goo on!

Molten Vegan Strawberry Black Bean Brownies | theroastedroot.net Gluten-free, refine sugar-free, egg-free and healthy! #dessert #chocolate

Molten Vegan Strawberry Black Bean Brownies

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Author: Julia
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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed meal
  • 6 tablespoons lukewarm water
  • 1 14- ounce can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and lightly oil an 8" x 8" baking pan.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the ground flax seed and water. Allow it to sit and thicken 10 to 15 minutes, creating vegan flax "eggs"
  3. Add the flax eggs and all of the ingredients for the brownies except for the strawberries to a blender. Blend until smooth.
  4. Fold the strawberries into the batter.
  5. Pour the brownie batter into the prepared baking dish and place on the center rack of the oven. Bake for 25 minutes, or until brownies reach desired done-ness.

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Comments

  1. Abby @ The Frosted Vegan

    Honesty time: I am scared of black bean brownies, eek! One time, someone from work brought some in and they were NASTY, so I’ve been turned off by them forever. BUT but but, I’m willing to give these a try, fo sho. Also, Ina is a queen and I love her. The end.

    1. Julia Post author

      YUUUUS! The edges are the best part of brownies! I’ve been meaning to get that brownie pan that maximizes all the edge area…I don’t know what you call those pans, but I want one like whoa!

  2. Francesca

    I just had a giant blondie chickpea kitchen fail (recipe not from here!) – Will have to try this one for round two.
    How can you go wrong with chocolate + strawberries!?

  3. Shannon

    Is it possible to use chia in place of flax seed? Would the measurements stay the same?

    1. Julia Post author

      You betcha, you can use chia seeds, and the measurement should be the same 😀 Let me know how you like the brownies!!

  4. Shannon

    I made these tonight for my family – very well received, especially when served with some banana nice cream. They were pretty liquidy though, more than the photo here. Is there anything I could do to make them a bit more solid?

    1. Julia Post author

      I have a few thoughts – were the beans fairly dry when you added them to the blender? Did you allow the flax and water sit long enough (were the flax eggs thick before you added them to the blender?)? Perhaps the brownies just needed more time in the oven. While I specify 25 minutes in the recipe, they may need more like 30 minutes depending on your elevation/oven settings. Let me know if you give the recipe another try!

  5. Joanne

    This totally looks like molten lava brownie. You wouldn’t even know there are beans in there! I officially declare this my favorite secret brownie weapon EVER.

  6. Yasmin

    Ok YUM!! to say the very least. Just curious if I can used uncanned black beans? and how I can go by that? do I soak them over night and cook them first? and what can I replace the coconut sugar with? does honey work?

    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Yasmin, So glad you’re interested in making the recipe! Yes, you can use uncanned beans – you’d need to soak the beans overnight and then cook them until softened. Use about 1 3/4 cups worth of beans (that’s about how much is in one can). You can replace the coconut sugar with regular cane sugar or a different crystallized sweetener, but I wouldn’t use honey or any other liquid sweetener, just because it will throw off the liquid ratio. Let me know how your brownies turn out!

      1. Yasmin

        Hi Julia 🙂 I know its been a while but I finally came round to doing this recipe, and to be honest I found it to be too ‘beany’ and not sweet enough. how can I make it sweeter?

        1. Julia Post author

          Hi Yasmin, you can add chocolate chips to the batter or more coconut sugar. If you don’t need to keep the recipe refined sugar free, you can substitute some (or all) of the coconut sugar for cane sugar, as cane sugar is much sweeter than coconut. My apologies the brownies didn’t turn out the way you had hoped.

  7. Yasmin

    Ok thats not an option because my family and I dont eat refined sugar BUT 🙂 everyone loved it! Taste buds I guess. Maybe Ill just dab honey on top of mine when I want my bite

  8. Vanessa

    I would love to try this recipe! If I made this using regular eggs, how many would I need?

    1. Julia Post author

      Ah great, I’m so happy to hear it! I’d recommend using 2 eggs. You can also follow this recipe: http://www.theroastedroot.net/black-bean-brownies/ Since you’re using eggs, I would recommend baking the brownies longer than 25 minutes to ensure the eggs cook through..in this sense, they won’t be as molten as you see in this recipe, but you can also add chocolate chips to give a molten effect. Let me know how it all works out!

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