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

READY IN: 1hr 50mins




  • Soak adzuki beans for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
  • Drain water and replace with fresh water. Place on stove and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and drain water.
  • 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.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C degrees.
  • 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).
  • In a food processor, place the adzuki beans, chia seed gel, sugar, cocoa powder, apple sauce, vanilla and salt and mix well.
  • Transfer the brownie mixture to a bowl. Mix in walnuts.
  • Transfer to an oiled 8-inch square pan and bake for 45 minutes. Cool the brownies.
  • Dust powdered sugar on top and slice. Infuse love and serve!


“We see a lot of black bean brownie recipes on the Internet. 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. For more healthy, gluten-free recipes, please visit my blog,”