Adzuki Bean Brownies (Gluten-Free, Vegan and Macrobiotic)

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Adzuki Bean Brownies

We see a lot of black bean brownie recipes on the Internet and they are very popular especially among health and fitness conscious people. One day, I thought if we can use black beans to make healthy brownies, I should be able to use adzuki beans as well. This is what I came up with. If you are very sensitive to caffeine, you can use carob powder in place of cocoa powder.


1 cup adzuki beans, washed
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup coconut sugar or other natural sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch salt
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
Oil for the pan
Powdered sugar for dusting (option)


  1. Soak adzuki beans for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
  2. Drain water and replace with fresh water. Place on stove and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and drain water.
  3. Add water that is 3 times the amount of beans. Heat and bring to a boil again. Reduce heat, place a lid, slightly tilted, and cook until beans are tender for about 45 – 60 minutes. If you have a pressure cooker, cook for 10 – 12 minutes under pressure. Drain water through a colander.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C degrees.
  5. In a small bowl, place chia seeds and 6 Tbsp of water. Leave it for at least 15 minutes. This chia seed gel can be used in place of eggs (1 egg = 1 Tbsp chia seeds + 3 Tbsp water).
  6. In a food processor, place the adzuki beans, chia seed gel, sugar, cocoa powder, apple sauce, vanilla and salt and mix well.
  7. Transfer the brownie mixture to a bowl. Mix in walnuts.
  8. Transfer to an oiled 8-inch square pan and bake for 45 minutes. Cool the brownies.
  9. Dust powdered sugar on top and slice. Infuse love and serve!

Makes 9 brownies.


  1. So delicious I am going to have to give them a go this weekend. I made some super healthy gluten free brownies and they turned out really tasty. Here is the link to the recipe

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