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Easy Black Bean Fudge Brownies (high protein, gluten & oil and refined sugar-free)

  • Author: Jasmine @ Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 9


Melt-in your mouth good, jam packed with plant protein and oil-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, sweetened with dates. You NEED these, right now.


1 cup gf rolled oats
1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 15 ounces (1 can/carton) cooked black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1012 Medjool dates, pitted (see notes)
2 ripe medium bananas
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate (I used 72%, it will be melted)
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbs unsweetened nondairy milk, more if needed
  • 1/4 cup chocolate protein powder (optional see notes)
  • 2 tbsp cacao (or cocoa) powder
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Serve with (optional):


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line your baking pan with parchment paper (see notes).
  2. Place oats, shredded coconut, and dates into a high speed blender and run until ground into a meal.
  3. Melt chocolate: place chocolate into a double boiler and mix continuously until smooth or microwave in intervals of 15 seconds, mixing in between, until melted. Be careful, it may easily burn!
  4. Add the chocolate + all of the remaining ingredients into the blender and run until smooth. You may need to scrape down the sides.
  5. Place into the lined pan, level out the top, and bake for 25 minutes, until firm to the touch.*
  6. Remove and cool for 20 minutes before slicing and serving.
  7. If you would like to dust with the banana powder, be sure the brownies have cooled completely, and dust with a small wire sifter.
  8. Serve with a tall glass of non-dairy milk, freeze dried or fresh fruit, and/or banana ice cream!


If your dates are not soft, soak them in hot water for 15 minutes to soften up.
The pan I used was 9 x 13″. Cook time will vary based on pan size.
If you want to exclude the protein powder, just use 2 more tbsp of cocoa or cacao powder instead 🙂

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins