Bangin' Black Bean Brownies

3 Ways to KICK the SUGAR HABIT + RECIPE 👊🏽(hint: you can still eat sweets)⁠

I like sweet stuff. Your homegirl grew up sprinkling snowy white sugar on her frosted flakes. The grit of the crystals in my mouth made me feel like I was overdoing it, so I swirled them around until I could only taste the sweet sand at the bottom of the bowl (am I the only one 🤔?). My brother was straight sugar–he’d put that thing in his soda 🙄⁠

Truth is, there is NOTHING good about processed sugar. It contains:⁠

🚫no protein⁠
🚫no essential fats⁠
🚫no nutrients⁠
🚫no vitamins⁠
🚫no minerals ⁠

It just robs you of health, can lead to the development of cancer, damages your liver, and more yuck.

So what did I do to kick the sugar habit and STILL satisfy my sugar tooth? ⁠

✔️I switched my sugar. I went from refined sugar to natural sweeteners–dates, raisins, black-strap molasses, chicory root, and coconut palm sugar & maple syrup (more sparingly) ⁠

✔️I did a 10-day raw fast cleanse to detox and reset my palate

✔️I learned to enjoy the natural sweetness from bananas, pineapple, and berries (THE BEST) and accept that I didn’t need sweets after every meal (it worked)

And I make these BANGIN’ brownies that always hit the spot 🤤

Try this recipe and let me know how you like it! Leave a comment and don’t forget to tag a photo #choosingmyhealth on Instagram. Enjoy, friends!

Recipe: Banging Black Bean Brownies

Servings: 6

Prep Time:  20 minutes

Good For: Dessert

Cuisine: Vegan



  • 2 cups cooked black beans
  • 1/3 cup oat flour (or almond flour)
  • 1/3 cup carob powder
  • ½ cup almond butter⁠
  • ½ cup dates or 1/3 cup coconut palm sugar ⁠
  • ¼ cup of plant milk⁠
  • ¼ cup of maple syrup⁠
  • 1 tsp of vanilla ⁠
  • ½ tsp of baking powder⁠

Carob Frosting⁠:

  • 1 tsp of vanilla ⁠
  • ¼ cup almond butter⁠
  • 1 tbs of carob powder⁠
  • 3 tbs of plant milk⁠


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Blend all the brownie ingredients together slowly in a food processor
  3. Scoop into a 6”x6” baking dish with parchment paper and spread
  4. Bake for about 30 minutes
  5. Once cooled (about 20 minutes), whisk all your ingredients together for the carob frosting and spread over your brownies. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts! Slice and enjoy 🤗⁠

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  1. Tracy

    Hey Mel,

    Tonight was my second time trying this recipe. My husband really liked it. Before we could finish the first pan he asked could I make another one. Thumbs up for a great recipe.

    Your vegan friend,

    • Melissa Webster

      Hey Tracy! So glad to hear! Thanks for sharing. Hope you’ve had a chance to make hubby a second. Or should I say, third!☺️

  2. keoshio johnson

    hi, this recipe looks so delicious. Are there any substitute options for the nut butter by chance? My little one has nut allergies.

    • Melissa Webster

      The nut butter is actually a sub for oil. I have not personally tried sunflower seed butter for this recipe, but it may do the trick for you.


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