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Flourless Choco Chip Mini Brownies (GF and Vegan too)

This was the first dish that got (re)made for the Blogging Marathon. The first time, it vanished within minutes and the kids were keen that I bake it again. It was also one of the first bakes I made when I ventured into GF / Flourless Baking. Dana’s food blog opened up a huge window of learning for Vegan and GF Baking (and food in general for me), from where this bake is adapted. I halved the recipe, subbing the black bean with……..

Well, you need to read the recipe fully to know my GF base. I bet one would be surprised how its lent to a moist, subtly bitter yet yummy chocolatey mini brownie here on the blog.. Let’s get to the recipe now..


Other Brownies that you like on the blog: 

Flourless Choco Chip Mini Brownies – GF and Vegan


Adapted from here

Prep time (Including soaking of 10 hours) – 20 mins , Baking time – 20 ~24 mins , Makes – 16 ~22 mini brownies

You would need:

  • Black Channa (black chickpeas) – 1 cup
  • Flax egg – 1 (8 g flax seed meal whisked in 3 TBSP / 45 ml water)
  • Olive Oil – 2 TBSP
  • Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder – 2/3 cup less 2 tsp
  • Sea salt – 1/8 tsp
  • Coconut Sugar – Heaped 1/4 cup + 2 TBSP
  • Baking Powder – 3/4 tsp
  • Vanilla Essence – 1/2 tsp



  • Crushed Walnuts, Choco chip – as required



  1. Soak the Channa / Chickpeas overnight or for minimum 8~10 hours {I dont like using or buying canned chickpeas, so if you do canned stuff, please rinse and drain all the liquid out}. 
  2. If using raw chickpeas, pressure cook till soft but not mushy, drain and set aside.
  3. Prepare the flax egg whisking the flax meal in warm water and set aside for 10-15 mins.
  4. Pre heat oven to 165C (the temp that worked for me depending on this quantity).  Grease the mini muffin moulds or whatever pan you are using 
  5. In a blender, add the cooked chickpeas and rest of the ingredients except the topping, scraping down as you stop for a few seconds. 
  6. Slowly spoon the mixture into the greased moulds, topping with walnuts and / or chocochips as desired.
  7. Bake for 22~25 mins, mine were done in 18+4 = 22 mins (baking temperature varies from oven to oven)

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Also sending this to MLLA #123 hosted by Archana for Dec 2018. 

{MLLA was started by Susan of The well seasoned Cook in 2008 and has been hosted by Lisa of Lisa’s kitchen since February 2013}





  1. Gayathri Kumar

    I have seen brownies with white chick peas, but using brown us so new. The brownie has turned out super fudgy and so chocolatey. No wonder kids loved it.

  2. Priya Suresh

    Omg, this is ultimate, with black chickpeas simply superb Kalyani. And those brownie bites looks super fudgy as well.

  3. cookwithrenu

    I was looking out for a bean brownie recipe and now I have the best recipe. This flourless choco chip brownies look simply delicious.

  4. Varada's Kitchen

    They look just like brownies made with flour. They must taste great as they are very popular on vegan blogs. Brown chickpeas is a nice variation to black beans.

  5. That surely sounds fantastic!..using browns ones is a new one I haven't read before. Great bake!

  6. Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen

    That is a lovely share kalyani, i haven't experimented with flourless baking yet, will check that link you have given above.
    Those brownies sound fantastic!!!!

  7. Oh, that is such an interesting gluten free brownie recipe. Using black chana is a great idea. I've seen black bean brownies, so black chana must be a good Indian substitute for it. Protein packed and guilt free chocolaty treat.

  8. I have always been wanting to bake with the canned beans, since those brownies look so tempting… no wonder why the kids asked for it again…

  9. Sharmila kingsly

    Interesting and amazed by the ingredients so lovely..Definitely this is a show stopper..

  10. Who can say no to these fudgy and delicious brownies. Lovely share.

  11. Kalyani superb idea of using black chickpeas in brownie recipe.Thanks for sharing this.. will surely try your recipe.These look for delicious!!

  12. vaishali sabnani

    Interesting brownies ! Brown chickpea in Brownies is new to me and I am wondering if I could ever bake these ! They look perfectly baked and healthy .

  13. CookwithRenu

    Wow adding of brown Chickpeas in brownie is simply awesome. The brownies look chewy and so so chocolaty, no one will guess that it is flourless

  14. It's so creative using black Channa in BROWNIES.. I am planning to try out this recipe..

  15. Chef Mireille

    WOW – would never think of using black chickpeas in a brownie – I definitely want to see how they would taste as I cant imagine it!

  16. Suma Gandlur

    My guess was black beans but kala chana brownies are also interesting. Now both these versions are on my to do list as no one can guess they are flourless.

  17. This looks amazing. Using chickpea especially the brown makes it very interesting

  18. Looks like my comment did not go through. I loved the cake n want to try it soon. Thanks for linking it to mlla

  19. I have made a brownie with adzuki beans and no one could find out. Using channa is a super good idea. I am definitely making this one Kalyani.

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