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I've decided to revamp my Recipe - Vegan Black Bean Brownies recipe in light of the current beer ingredient challenge (The CookingBites recipe challenge: beer). My original black bean brownies were written up just under 10 years ago (by 5 days!) and didn't include any beer. From my search for vegan beer recipes, I've come across numerous beer brownies... which got me thinking about my black bean brownie recipe.

This recipe was adapted from's Black Bean Brownie recipe. I found their original a little too expensive (in terms of cacao or cocoa powder), and way too sweet for my tastes. I also tend to cook my own beans from dry beans but you don't have to and the original doesn't. I'm assuming that your beans are cooked already.

Beans: It's one of those recipes that you can mix and match with, so if you don't have black beans handy, then red kidney beans or white butter beans work just as well. (Those are ones I have tried so far). The original recipe is designed to use a tin of beans. I prefer to cook mine myself, but just replace my quantities with a 'tin of beans' if using tinned beans.
Sugar: I prefer dark brown soft sugar for flavour, but I can't see why you can't use any sugar you want really. The orginal recipe calls for 2¼ cups of raw sugar. Well that's 500g of sugar by some sites and 450g by other sites. I don't like that much sugar, so I use about 300g at present.
Nuts: The recipe calls for 1½ cups of chopped hazelnuts. 1 cup is around 100g of chopped hazelnuts. You can mix and match as much as you like. If you can't have nuts, just use roughly chopped sunflower seeds instead.
Cocoa powder: The orginal recipe calls for 1¼ cups of cocoa powder. First time I made this recipe, that's what I used - the entire packet of cocoa powder... since then I have dropped it considerably without any issues. I find around ½ the container to be fine.
Beer: not all beer is vegan. In fact quite a bit isn't even vegetarian let alone vegan, so check your's out. Vegan beer directory A-F ). Of course there is no reason why you can't use a pale ale or even water.

225g wholemeal flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
300g sugar (I prefer dark brown soft sugar)
50g cocoa powder (make sure its sugar free)
4 tsp instant coffee powder (to taste)
175-225g of chopped nuts&/seeds as available
1tsp vanilla bean paste
200g cooked weight black beans
250ml dark ale/black beer (check it is vegan here Vegan beer directory A-F )

  1. Preheat the oven 180°C/350F. Grease & prepare your baking tins. I find 2 smaller sized trays better for this than 1 larger one because this recipe has a tendancy to cook from the outside in and leaves the middle runny or burns the outer edges to get the inner cooked.
  2. Mix all the dried ingredients together in a big bowl.
  3. Put the beans and vanilla in a liquidiser and add enough beer to cover them completely and have about 1cm on top, then puree until smooth.
  4. Add the beer bean puree to the dried ingredients and mix well. You should have a slightly runny, thick batter - rather than a dough.
  5. Pour the batter into smaller sized greased baking tins, so it is no more than 2-3cm thick. I find smaller sized trays better for this so that the middle cooks because this recipe has a tendancy to cook on the outside and leave the middle runny or burn the outer edges to get the inner cooked...
  6. Cook at 180°C for around 25-30 mins or so, turn round half way through cooking.
  7. Cool in the tray, then turn out and cut up. In theory it makes 24 square brownies of 5x5cm.
They freeze well.

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