Vegan Black Bean Brownie Pancakes.

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Oh dear. I may have outdone myself.

Vegan black bean brownie pancakes? Yes, I went there. And I’m soooooooo glad I did.

You see, I’m kind of a huge fan of brownies.
And I’m also kind of a huge fan of pancakes.
And I also have a huge crush on this thing called SUUUGGGAAAARRRRRR.
It’s like, Gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme. Gimme some more. STAT. [<- Thor voice]

Yes, I may have a severe pancake/brownie/sugar/chocolate addiction, and this may satisfy all of those cravings. But that doesn’t mean these pancakes aren’t healthy. Because they are. Yeah, I said it. Healthy brownie pancakes. You will die.

Vegan Black Bean Brownie Pancakes
adapted from my vegan black bean 2-bite brownies
makes 10 pancakes | 1 healthy serving or 2 moderate servings

1/2 of a 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 flax egg [1 Tbsp. flaxseed meal + 2/5 Tbsp. water]
1 Tbsp coconut oil [or sub canola]
scant 1/4 c cocoa powder
2-3 Tbsp flour [I used AP]
1/4 c vanilla soy milk
dash salt
1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp sugar + additional sweetener like Truvia [extra is optional]
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp finely ground espresso powder or instant coffee granules
1-2 Tbsp non-dairy semisweet chocolate, chopped

Method | Prepare flax egg by combining flax and water in a small bowl and letting it rest for 3-5 minutes. Next, combine black beans through espresso powder in a food processor omitting the flour and soy milk, and puree. Once combined, stir in the flour and soy milk until you have a pancake batter consistency, then add the chocolate. Give the batter a taste and adjust cocoa and sugar as needed. Pour batter in scant 1/4 c measurements onto a medium to medium-high heat greased griddle. The pancakes will bubble in the middle and become dry on the edges, that’s when you know it’s time to flip. Flip them gently as they are a more fragile pancake. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes and then plate for serving. Top with more chocolate shavings, chocolate sprinkles, peanut butter, agave nectar, or melted chocolate!

Sprinkle party, take 2.
Ey oh!

Wow you guys. Wow. Where do I even start?

These pancakes are moist.
They are rich, rich rich in chocolate flavor.
They are dense and a little crisp around the edges.
They taste like a friggin’, brownie.
Their deliciousness is multiplied by 1000 when doused in chocolate syrup.
They call for sprinkles. And maybe a cigarette afterwards.
OK I was kidding about the cigarette part. But definitely not the sprinkles.

Money money money money. Money! Money shot.

Whip it up baby. Make it for me…

Honestly, I could go on and on and on about these babies, but I won’t.
So instead, I’ll leave you with a few drool-worthy photos. That way you two can just have some time alone. You know, to yourselves, to get as intimate as you need to.

You’re welcome.

You know I couldn’t resist a little peanut butter on top…and it didn’t disappoint.

Enjoy these to the last bite, please! I know I did!

xo. dana.


Edited to add: Approximate nutritional information in entire batch without additional chocolate on top.
Calories 596
Fat 24 g [mostly from coconut oil]
Fiber 17 g
Sugar 34 g
Protein 18 g



  1. Um, these look delish and I want some NOW!

  2. I have a huge crush a little something called chocolate. Oh Dana, you’ve outdone yourself.

  3. Wow, Dana. I think you’ve outdone yourself. If only I had a can of black beans i’d be making these this weekend…

    • Quick! Go buy some so all of your wildest dreams can come true!

  4. “They call for sprinkles. And maybe a cigarette afterwards.” bahaha!
    Last night I dreamed I made black bean hummus. BUT I think I’d rather use my black beans for this! way to go girl!

    • YES! Priorities. Pancakes before hummus. Agreed!

  5. Tum! Great dessert idea!

  6. Holy Moly! These are amazing Dana! You had me at pancakes, but throw in some brownie and black bean! Woah. Must. Make. Now.

  7. Wow, those look incredible! Who wouldn’t want a brownie for breakfast? Or you know, any meal of the day :D

    • Who wouldn’t want a brownie for breakfast? My thoughts EXACTLY!

    • Yes and let me know how they turn out!

  8. Oh dear gosh! Now you’ve got my attention! Looking back at the brownie bites now.

  9. Holy flippin’ crap! These are to die for! I can’t wait to try the recipe! Thanks!

  10. Um.. I am not a vegan or anything of the sort but holy cow I want me some of these. Quick Question – since we are claiming they are healthy, do you have nutrition information??


    • Of course. I’d now added that information to the bottom of the post. Thanks for inquiring!

  11. You had me at black beans, then chocolate. And then you went and added peanut butter. Be still my heart, be still.

  12. Holy yum! Those look delicious and I love your photos! :)

    • Thanks! I’ve been flexing my photog muscles lately. Glad you like!

  13. Dana, I’ve always loved your blog, but the past few weeks have been especially ah-mah-zing. I think I’ve pinned every recipe this week. Keep up the great work!

    • thank you! and thank you for the support. I genuinely appreciate it! I’m trying to grow this blog into something more than just a hobby!

      • Well it’s working. I’ll continue to pin your recipes. I’ll also be making these Saturday morning with my boo. He too was impressed.

        • You’re too sweet! Well I hope you two enjoy these this weekend. They’ve made my favorites list for sure!

  14. I love my black bean brownie pancakes swimming in choco syrup with peanut butter atop or vanilla ice cream… Yum! This is an ultimate dessert that can be eaten for breakfast. Yey! Thanks for sharing!

  15. I found this last night on pinterest and I made it for breakfast this morning, YUMMMMMY!!!! I so loved them. I did not have espresso/coffee (and was feeding them to my 2yo) so i just used a little extra cocoa powder. The batter was very thick so i added a little more soy milk. This was so delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Oh that makes my heart glad! So glad you liked them. The batter is a little trickier to work with but if you are fragile they turn out beautifully! Thanks for sharing meredith!

  16. Dana! I just found your blog yesterday and have been reading ever since!! Ok, ok, there were some breaks in there for sleep anddddd making these pancakes!! I made them for breakfast this morning and it was literally like eating a warm, slightly doughy, healthier brownie! Awesome:) I topped mine with melted pb&coconut butter. I do have one question though, why do you use a T. of baking powder? Whenever I use that much, I feel like that’s all I can taste. Just wondering if it would be ok to make some of your pancake recipes with a little less? Thanks so much! I’ve added your blog to my favorites:)

    • Andrea, great question! I’ve used 1 T of baking powder in previous recipes to give them extra fluff. But I found that with this recipe you could easily cut it back if you wanted since they don’t end up puffing up as much as traditional pancakes and are more like brownies. So tweak them all you want! So glad you liked them! Feel free to make as many of my recipes as you’d like – let me know how they turn out for you :D

      So glad you found me and that you’ve been enjoying my site! It’s always great to hear from new readers. Hugs!

  17. Delicious, delicate texture! I added cinnamon. Thanks for this great recipe!

    • Yipee! Glad you liked it!

  18. Wow…where have these been all my life! Even my carnivore boyfriend devoured these! I warmed a little strawberry preserves in the microwave and drizzled over top. Too frickin good! (And actually I have to admit, the batter alone could make a really delicious pudding substitute (as I could imagine from the two pancakes worth of batter that I ate!)

    • Dee, I agree! The batter alone is incredible! I’m actually surprised any made it to the griddle before I straight up devoured it all. Glad you liked them!

  19. I just made these again while sleep-deprived. Forgot to add the flour, and they still came out yummy!

    • Yay! Thanks for sharing Rachael : ) Just imagine how much better they’ll be when you DO remember the flour : ) Happy pancaking : )

  20. These were so delectably chocolaty – and especially filling!
    I didn’t follow the recipe exactly, however, since I added the baking powder last somehow… and also used applesauce in place of the oil as not to waste it; it’d been sitting in my fridge for quite a while.
    Next time I’ll use oil, but still – this recipe is a keeper!!

  21. Oh my goodness, these look absolutely amazing! I wonder if I could replace the sugar with honey or agave nectar?

    • yes, likely. just monitor the consistency. If they’re too runny, add a little more flour to compensate : )

  22. Oh. A-my. A-god.

    These were incredible. I was going to use the rest of the black beans from the can to make some kind of Mexican-inspired lunch, but they’re now being reserved so I can have this again for breakfast tomorrow!

    I used gluten free flour, and completely forgot to put in oil (or an applesauce sub), but they came out utterly delish. Drizzled chocolate fudge sauce over them <3

    • haha, so great to hear! Thanks for sharing! I thought they were incredible, too. Need to make them again soon!

  23. I was wondering if I could sub something for the flax egg, I am not a vegetarian and I have no flax on hand. These look delish! Thanks!


    • I’d say just use an egg!


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