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Healthy Vegan Red Velvet Brownies

Healthy Vegan Red Velvet Brownies: Main Image

Quick Facts

Servings: 16
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cook Time: 40 min.
Total: 55 min.
Beans make these brownies rich, chewy, and moist, while beets add that perfect crimson color of red velvet cake.


  • Healthy Vegan Red Velvet Brownies1 cup red kidney beans
  • 1/2 cup cooked beets
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 4 Tbs apple sauce
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ground flax (put 1/4 cup of flax seeds in a clean coffee grinder, pulse until smooth.)
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
  • Vegan Cream Cheese Icing1/4 cup raw cashew pieces
  • 3 Tbs soy milk
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1 cup firm tofu, crumbled
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups vegan-friendly icing sugar


  • Healthy Vegan Red Velvet BrowniesPreheat oven to 350.
  • Spray an 8 8-inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a food processor, puree kidney beans and beets. Transfer to a large bowl.
  • Add remaining ingredients and mix by hand until smooth and fully combined.
  • Fold batter into the greased pan.
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, turning the pan halfway through.
  • When the brownies are done, test them with a toothpick. You want some batter to cling to the toothpick. Do not overbake.
  • Let cool completely. Refrigerate for one hour.
  • Cut into squares or use cookie cutters to make heart shapes.
  • Vegan Cream Cheese IcingIn a food processor, combine cashews, soy milk, lemon juice, vanilla extract, salt, and maple syrup. Pulse several minutes until it is a smooth, creamy texture. Add tofu crumbles and continue to pulse until thick and smooth.
  • Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Add margarine and icing sugar. With an electric mixer, blend until combined and thickened.
  • Refrigerate at least one hour before icing brownies.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 134
  Calories from Fat 81 (60%)
(15%)Total Fat 10g
(11%)Saturated Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
(0%)Cholesterol 0mg
(6%)Sodium 144mg
(5%)Potassium 167mg
Total Carbohydrate 10g
(12%)Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 2g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(9%)Protein 5g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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