If you’re anything like me, then you have a huge sweet tooth and addiction to baked goods. However, since going vegan, it’s been very rare that I find a store or bakery that sells vegan desserts, let alone for a reasonable price. Thus I have been on a mission to create vegan desserts and sweets that taste AMAZING and don’t have crazy ingredients that are hard to find.
Today I would like to share with you my recipe for salted caramel vegan black bean brownies. I can honestly say that these are some of the best brownies I have ever tasted in my whole life. They are thick, fudgy, chocolatey, rich, and decadent. You will never think about brownies the same way again!
I know you are probably questioning the idea of black beans in a brownie recipe, but I can safely say that you can’t even taste them! Not one bit!!! The beans simply provide moisture and give a nice texture to the brownies. They replace the eggs, flour, and excess oils that would be used to make traditional brownies, without compromising any of the flavor or taste :). In addition, the use of beans makes for a super healthy alternative to traditional ingredients. They provide fiber, are a good source of copper, manganese, iron, magnesium, and vitamin B1, and add a bit of protein to your dessert!
And now for the most important part of the recipe, the thing that makes my salted caramel vegan black bean brownies to die for… yes, you probably guessed it, the salted caramel! But wait… caramel? That’s not vegan is it? Well the way I make it sure is! Plus, it is all natural and contains only two ingredients! I made the caramel for the salted caramel vegan black bean brownies out of medjool dates and water. If you are familiar with raw cooking then you have probably heard of date caramel before, and if not then you will no longer be missing out! Medjool dates have a very sweet and caramely flavor that works great in baked goods of any kind. By blending together the dates with just a little bit of water, a paste will form that tastes just like the sticky, gooey, unhealthy, artery blocking caramel the world is used to seeing, but this one is made from whole foods that are good for your soul (and tummy) ;).
So without further ado, follow along step by step with me to make salted caramel vegan black bean brownies, and find the full recipe detailed at the end of this post!
The first thing to do is gather the ingredients to make my salted caramel vegan black bean brownies! You will need coconut oil, vegan chocolate chips (just find some dark baking chocolate chips that do not contain any dairy!), oats (gluten free if need be), salt, black beans, coconut sugar (or any kind of sugar really), cocoa powder (make sure it does not contain milk!), vanilla, medjool dates, agave (or liquid sweetener of choice), and baking powder.
Grab a food processor and blend together the black beans, cocoa powder, coconut oil, salt, agave, sugar, oats, vanilla, and baking powder. Blend on high for about 3 minutes, or until a smooth consistency is formed. An easy rule of thumb is to blend until you can’t see bits of oats in the batter anymore.
Transfer the batter to a small bowl and wash off the food processor (we will be using it again soon!) In the small bowl with the batter, fold in the chocolate chips.
Set the batter aside and grab the food processor again. Place the pitted medjool dates into the processor and blend alone until small pieces are formed (it will end up being more like a piecey and sticky paste). Slowly add in the warm water until the desired consistency of the date caramel is reached. Make sure it isn’t so thick that you can’t spread it, but it should be able to hold its shape.
As a side note here, medjool dates do not have to be used if you can not find them or if they are too expensive. I found these medjool dates on sale at my local grocery store, and I am well aware of how pricey they can end up being! You can opt to use deglet noor dates instead, which are just the dried out packaged dates that you are probably used to seeing. If you use deglet noors, you just have to make sure that you soak them in water first before blending them up in order to ensure that a paste forms.
Grab a small pan (I used a loaf pan because I wanted the brownies to be thicker), and spread the batter out first. Then, spread the date caramel on top.
Finally, generously sprinkle some sea salt on top of the caramel! Bake in the oven at 350 for about 15-20 minutes. Let cool and store in the fridge (or just eat them all)!
Watch the how to recipe video for these delicious brownies and make them step by step with me!
Salted Caramel Vegan Black Bean Brownies
- 1 can black beans
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/3 cup agave
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 2 TBSP coconut sugar
- 2 TBSP cocoa powder
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Date Caramel Ingredients
- 20 pitted medjool dates
- ~1/2 cup warm water (will vary)
- sea salt for topping
Combine black beans, oats, agave, coconut oil, coconut sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, baking powder, and salt in a food processor. Blend until smooth and no oat particles are visible.
Transfer batter to a small bowl and fold in chocolate chips.
In clean food processor, blend medjool dates until a thick paste starts to form.
Add warm water slowly until date caramel forms. The amount of water used will vary with how much water the dates were holding. I used about a 1/2 cup of warm water.
Assembly and Baking
In a small loaf pan (I used an 8x4), spread out the batter evenly.
Spread the date caramel over the batter.
Sprinkle sea salt on top of the date caramel.
Bake the brownies at 350 for 15-20 minutes.
Store the brownies in the fridge and enjoy! 🙂