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Vegan Peanut Butter Brownies

This recipe was inspired by the leftover jar of black beans I found in the fridge. It's an excellent option for diabetics, pre-diabetics, or anyone who wants to reduce their sugar intake while still satisfying a sweet tooth. This is a super easy recipe for when your fridge is near empty and overdue for shopping. From doing research that inspired this recipe, I've explored yet another of the many versatile ways to make vegan brownies! Who knew you could turn black beans and quinoa into a delicious decadent brownie? I hope to dedicate future blogs to showing you some of the other ingredients you can combine to make fudgy brownies and flourless brownies!

Vegan Peanut Butter Brownies

Dairy-free, egg-free, refined sugar-free, gluten-free

Yield: 12 brownies

Prep Time: 5 mins

Bake Time: 30 mins

Total Time: 35 mins


  • 1 can (15oz) black beans, drained and rinsed (or approx. 1 1/2 cooked)

  • 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp flaxseed meal + 6 tbsp water)

  • 1/3 cup quinoa flour

  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cacao powder

  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • 2 tbsp date syrup

  • 1/4 cup plant milk

  • 2 tbsp applesauce

  • peanut butter

  • dairy-free dark chocolate, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease 12-cup muffin tin and set aside.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flax egg and let rest for a few minutes to gel.

  3. Once the flax mixture has reached a gelled, egg-like consistency, add to food processor along with the remaining ingredients (except for peanut butter). Blend until turned into a thick, smooth texture.

  4. Distribute the batter between the muffin tins, filling to 3/4 of the way.

  5. You may place a chunk of dark chocolate on top of each brownie or bury in the middle.

  6. Drizzle a teaspoon amount of peanut butter onto each brownie.

  7. Bake for approx. 30 mins until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

  8. Let cool in the pan for 10 mins before removing.

  9. Enjoy with a glass of milk!

Did You Try This Recipe?

Let me know how it went! Comment below and share a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #thelittlechive

With love,


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