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Rich Cacao Almond Brownies Gluten-Free and Whole Food Plant Based

Author: Molly Patrick of Clean Food Dirty Girl


  • 1 banana
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or more if you want them a little sweeter 60ml
  • 2 cups canned black beans 340g, Crazy, right? Trust me - they work!, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder 40g
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup almonds 75g, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut 25g
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds 12g


  • Preheat oven to 350° (175°C)
  • Place the banana, vanilla and maple syrup in the food processor and process until smooth.
  • Add the black beans, cacao powder and salt and process until totally smooth, about a minute or two.
  • Pour mixture into a mixing bowl and place the almonds and coconut in the food processor (don’t worry about washing the food processor).
  • Process the almonds and coconut until the almonds are chopped up to your liking.
  • Add this to the mixing bowl, along with the chia seeds and stir until everything is incorporated.
  • Line an 8 x 11 (20.3cm x 28cm) pan with parchment paper so that it covers the bottom and sides of the pan (or opt for an equivalent silicone baking pan) and pour in the brownie mixture.
  • Bake for 35 minutes.