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

  2. Hi Deana,

    Thank you for visiting my page and sharing your brownie recipe. I have to try it when I find chestnut puree, which I love! I hope you will like mine too!