I love tahini.  I love chocolate. I love anything which sneaks a bit of extra goodness in (without anyone even noticing…) And that’s why I love that these delicious brownies have black beans in them 🙂 This recipe combines all 3 of those things and they come together to make an amazingly moist brownie with a deep, earthy undertone flavour from the tahini.  These 3 ingredients alone, contain soooo much nutritional goodness, it’s hard to believe that a chocolate brownie could be so good for you.  My boys can’t believe their luck when I say there is no limit on how many they want to eat in one go! My 13-year-old asked for another after saying he’d already had 5! I said no!! On the basis there would be none left for me 😉 !!

I hope you love them as much as we do!

Enjoy! Joanne x

black bean, tahini, chocolate brownies

Black Bean & Tahini Vegan Chocolate Brownies

The Balanced Kitchen
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 9 brownies


  • 480 g black beans 2 tins, drained
  • 140 g tahini
  • 100 g granulated molasses (do not use syrup) or use oconut or brown sugar
  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 40 g cacao powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp ground chia seeds
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 100 g dark chocolate chips


  • You will need a 20x20cm brownie tin & food processor for this recipe.  Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees C.
  • Place all the ingredients (excluding the chocolate chips) into a food processor and blitz until smooth.
  • Remove the jug from the food processor and stir through the chocolate chips.
  • Add the brownie mixture to the tin and evenly spread out the mixture with the back of a spoon.
  • Bake the brownies in the oven at 180 degrees C for 20-25 mins or until a skewer comes out clean.
  • Allow the brownies to cool for around 30 mins before serving.  They taste even better the following day when they have had a chance to cool completely in the fridge.  Just be sure to place a piece of kitchen roll in the bottom of a lidded container when storing to collect any moisture/condensation.
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