These healthy Black Bean Chocolate Fudge Muffins with Vanilla Frosting have no flour, eggs or butter and are 100% plant based. The recipe is very simple and even if you’re not good at baking, like me, it’s hard to go wrong with making these. If you are testing these out on others don’t tell them the special ingredient until after they have tried them. No one in real life has guessed the secret ingredient and everyone was unaware that they are healthy muffins loaded with nutrients, vitamins, fibre, protein and heart-healthy fats.
Out of all the recipes I’ve posted on Nest and Glow this is my favourite. This recipe I always reach for if I want to make someone an impressive delicious cake that tastes like it’s bad for you when actually it’s loaded with nutrition. Suitable for people on a gluten-free, vegan, plant based and general healthy whole foods diet.
Black Bean Chocolate Fudge Muffin Recipe
- Total time: 45m
- Yield: 6 muffins
- Calories: 290 cal
For the Muffins
- 1 tin / 240g cooked Black beans
- 3 tbsp Cocoa powder
- ½ cup / 40 g ground Oats
- 2-4 tbsp Maple syrup / date syrup / or any sweetener
- 6-8 pitted Dates
- 2 tbsp melted Coconut oil
- 2 tsp Vanilla extract
- ½ cup / 80g of Chocolate chips / chunks
- ½ tsp Baking powder
- pinch of Salt
For the Cashew Vanilla Frosting
- ¾ cup / 100g Cashew nuts
- 2 tbsp melted Coconut oil
- 1 tbsp Maple syrup / date syrup / or any sweetener
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- 2-4 tbsp Water, just enough to blend smooth
How to make
- Preheat the oven to 350 F / 180 C.
- Place everything for the muffins apart from the chocolate chips / chunks in a food processor and blend until smooth. You can use a blender if you don’t have a food processor but it will need to be blended in batches.
- Stir in the ½ cup / 80g of chocolate chips / chunks and then spread out in a lined muffin pan.
- Bake in the oven for 16-20 mins until a knife comes out clean when poked in.
- Blend all the frosting ingredients together then place in the freezer for 5 mins. It should then be a consistency where it doesn’t pour but is still spreadable. If the frosting is too runny, stir in some more melted coconut oil and chill.
- Then spread on top of the muffins. Garnish with some chocolate shavings.
- They are delicious while warm and gooey but still taste amazing cold and will last a few days in the fridge.
Black Bean Chocolate Fudge Muffin Video RecipeThese muffins may be high in calories, but one will satisfy a sweet tooth as they are made from whole foods. To make a healthier version you can leave out the coconut oil and chocolate chips. They will still taste great, but won’t quite have the same fudgy texture. I usually don’t eat cooked oil of any sort, but a tiny bit of coconut oil once in a while is fine.
The most common question I get about these muffins is if they taste of beans, and the answer is no! They really don’t even if you are looking for the beany flavour the cocoa and sweetness makes the healthy ingredient undetectable.
For the chocolate chips I slice up a very dark bar of chocolate. The higher the cocoa the better – I aim for something 80-85% cocoa. The bar I used for this recipe is 82%. Just make sure you use a vegan chocolate if you are not eating dairy.