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Fantastic Whole Foods Chocolate Vegan Brownie – Sugar-free, Oil-free, moist, chewy, healthy, chocolatey, and delicious.

If you have eaten vegan low-fat desserts before, you have heard of beans in brownies.  If you haven’t heard of this, welcome to the vegan revolution my friend because beans make brownies fantastic, and if you poke around my website a bit more, you will see that beans make us live longer too.

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Beans, beans, good for your heart… the more you eat the more you… live forever!

So this is really a double bean brownie – powdered cocoa beans plus a can of white kidney beans (cannellini beans) which thank you Vegan8 for suggesting!  are really better than the black beans I have used in the past.

White beans blend to a smooth consistency, with no black skin bits exposing your healthy chef secret.

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This is a great brownie recipe because it is so fast to make, tastes amazing and has a great moist soft texture.

The smell of these cooking is amazing, let alone the pleasure of biting into their rich fibre filled (instead of fat filled) soft fudgyness.

There is a lot of chocolate in these, yum.

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Dates instead of sugar.

Dates as sweetener is going to prevent you from having a sugar high and crash – studies show that dates help us keep our blood sugar at consistent levels.

Even though there is no sugar, these are still very sweet (perfectly so, actually, cancelling the bitterness of the chocolate).

So pony up kiddies, for some snacks that give you the super charge you need, to play and play, without any negative side effects.

Squares or bars.

To make these perfect little bars I used the Epicure Perfect Petites silicone baking trays.

Each tray makes 30 two inch by one inch bars that cook perfectly and pop out of their molds easily.  No greasing required.

This recipe made 50 bars.

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Image of the Epicure Perfect Petites silicone baking trays, filled with whole foods vegan fat-free bean brownies.
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The chocolate chips add decadence – something we are looking for in a once in a while treat, wouldn’t you agree?

Cocoa powder is full of antioxidants.

I really think we should all try to eat chocolate powder of some form daily, as I believe the iron and antioxidants are great for us.

I’m in my 40’s here and I need to prevent wrinkles when I can.  Backed by science people… 🙂

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Vegan white bean brownies fat free

Vegan Chocolate Moist, Soft Brownies - Dairy Free, Egg Free, Oil Free, Sugar free and Delicious

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, High Fibre, Vegan
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 50 2" x 1" bars
Calories: 55 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

Bake 25 minutes for a more fudgy/wet brownie and closer to 30 for a more dry/firm brownie.

Makes 50 2"x1" bars in the Epicure petite squares silicone or

Fills a 9" x 12" glass baking dish.

Adjust the number of servings and the ingredient amounts will re-calculate.


  • 19 oz cannellini beans can white kidney beans, drained but not rinsed.
  • 7 oz dates
  • 2 1/4 cups hot water
  • 1 cup pear sliced, leave peel on, or fruit puree like sweet applesauce
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 2 1/4 cups oat flour
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips dairy free


  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips dairy free


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  For 50 bars you will need a 9x12 glass rectangle dish, or 1 Epicure silicone perfect petites tray and 1 8x8 square dish, or two Epicure perfect petite trays. 

  2. Grind oats into oat flour.  

  3. Blend dates, covered with hot tap water, add the rest of the water to the food processor.  Before blending, squeeze dried dates to make sure there are no hidden pits - to save your food processor from damage.  7 oz of dates (the default for this recipe) is about 32 individual dates or 200g. 

  4. Add the ingredients except the chocolate chips to a food processor and blend for a minute. 

  5. Scrape down the sides and process for another 1-2 minutes until very smooth.

  6. Add 2/3 of the chocolate chips (save some for sprinkling on top), pulse a few times to blend in.  The more you process the less they will be chips and the more they will be tiny pieces.  

  7. Spread the batter into the pans, making sure to scrape out as much batter as you can, don't leave any of that goodness behind!  Spread the top of the batter flat and out to the corners of your pan. 
  8. Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips over the top to make your snack look and taste extra special.

  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes until slightly puffed up, and the top is firm.

Recipe Notes

Make your own oat flour by processing quick cooking oats in a high speed blender or food processor into a fine flour.  It's really easy to do this.  Measure the oats after blending.  

I used about a 1 1/4 cup of loose oats to get a heaping cup of finely ground oats (oat flour).  It tastes nice and fresh.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Chocolate Moist, Soft Brownies - Dairy Free, Egg Free, Oil Free, Sugar free and Delicious
Amount Per Serving (26 g one 2"x1" brownie)
Calories 55 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 72mg 3%
Potassium 98mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 0.1%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 2.6%
Iron 4.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Once you make this, leave me feedback on here and let us all know what you think!  Have you made any substitutions that worked well?

I would love to put some walnuts in this.

Or you can tag me on Instagram @veganenvy and with hashtag #veganenvy.

This recipe was inspired by the vegan8

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