Brownies make for the best treats, and these are even better as they’re high in fibre, packed with nutrients, and flourless. This gluten-free recipe makes about 16, and are delicious as is, or top with some peanut butter or tahini drizzle. This recipe is basically a ‘one bowl’ recipe, and only requires a food blender to prepare.

The black beans create a moist and gooey texture, and you won’t taste or notice them in these brownies. They do add a lot of minerals, fibre and essential vitamins, which benefits healthy bones, digestion, blood sugar, and heart health. Healthy snacking never tasted this good, and the best part is that it only takes a few minutes to prepare the batter, and get baking. Ideal for lunch boxes too!


  • 1 ½ C Black beans (rinse rinsed)
  • 1/3 C Coconut oil
  • ¼ C Honey
  • ¼ C Coconut sugar
  • ¼ C Cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Vanilla essence
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 2 Large free-range eggs
  • 1/3 C Chocolate chips

Preheat the oven at 175C. Add all ingredients except the eggs and chocolate chips to the OmniBlend jug and blend on low for about 20 seconds, till blended and all ingredients are incorporated in the batter Add the 2 eggs and blend again, until just combined. Pour into a prepared brownie tin (about 20x20cm), and sprinkle chips on top. Bake for 25-30 minutes.


Looking for a healthier treat? Then you should definitely give these brownies a try! Avocado is known for its health benefits, and the texture is creamy like …. yup, butter! We made these delicious Avocado Brownies that are deliciously moist, using avocados as a substitute for butter.


  • 2 small avocados (after peeling & pitting about 170 gram)
  • 3 free range eggs (room temperature)
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1,5 tsp vanilla essence
  • 3/4 C castor sugar
  • 2/3 C cocoa
  • 1/4 C cake flour
  • 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • handful of nuts, chopped


    Preheat the oven at 175C degrees, and line a square brownie pan (about 20x20cm).

    Peel and pit the avocados, and add to the OmniBlend jug.

    Add the eggs, oil, vanilla to the jug too, and blend on low for about 30 seconds, until you’ve reached a creamy and fluffy texture.

    Decant the mixture in a large mixing bowl. Sift all dry ingredients in a separate bowl, add the chopped nuts, and mix.

    Now, in 3 intervals, add the flour mixture to the wet mix, and fold in until all flour is absorbed.

    Scrape the batter into the prepared brownie pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. Be careful not to overbake, you want to avoid it getting too dry. We baked for 20 minutes, then turned the oven off and left it for 5 more minutes before removing from the oven to cool on a wire rack. All oven temperatures are slightly different though, so best to test with a toothpick.

    Delicous on its own as a coffee or tea treat, or serve as a dessert with cream & fruit. Store in the fridge.


    Working with so many restaurants and bars, we know how important staff is in any hospitality business. Learning about Brownies & downieS in Cape Town, which is not only a restaurant, but also a training center for youngsters with an intellectual disability to be employable in the hospitality industry, we felt proud to be surrounded by such wonderful organisations in our city.

    Don’t think you’ll be a guinea pig when visiting. All food is freshly prepared, and each of the delicious dishes is presented with attention to detail. Give it a try when you're in the area.

    We decided to bring some brownies after our visit, and used it for some new recipes.

    This smoothie makes you indulge in chocolate without the sugar rush, and with all the goodness of raw cocoa, pecans and almond milk. You can keep it in the fridge, which will make it even creamier.


    • 1 large frozen banana
    • 2 tbsp cocoa
    • 2 dried pitted dates
    • ¼ cup pecan nuts
    • 1 tsp vanilla essence
    • 1 cup almond milk

    For serving:

    Brownies & downieS brownie (use a ¼ or less for sprinkle) and 2 pecan nuts, all chopped up


    Add all dry ingredients and vanilla to the jug of your OmniBlend, and add half of the almond milk. Blend from low to high until smooth, and blend in the remainder of the almond milk. Add more almond milk if you prefer a thinner drink. Top with the chopped Brownies & downieS brownie and crushed pecans. 


    Keen to try more Brownies & downieS inspired drinks?

    Try the Winter Chocolate Brownie Vitamine Booster or the Brownie Dom Pedro Deluxe