Black Bean Brownie Bites (Vegan, Gluten Free & Refined Sugar Free)

We’re just back from a fab weekend at Wilderness Festival, it was gloriously hot which is no less than a miracle by our UK weather standards!
If you don’t know it’s a foodie and wellbeing festival with amazing Michelin starred chefs, huge foodie feasts and incredible options for yoga, treatments etc. And some music of course –  it was amazing to see Robert Plant live (one of my all time music heros!)
So we basically ate lots of amazing food (more later), sat in the sun and soaked up the atmosphere.
As it’s my last week in my marketing job next week before going freelance we’re trying to be a bit more frugal and not spend as much money which was quite hard when there were so many temptations!
The highlights on the food front were; delicious shiitake mushroom dumplings with pickles, healthy veggie thali, vegan ‘duck’ sushi wrap and very yummy massaman Buddha bowl.

We also went to the Mae Deli (Deliciously Ella) tent and had a juice and obligatory avo smash on rye for breakfast with was not only healthy and tasty but good value too. Impressed.


So, have you made black bean brownies before? If you have I’m sure you’ll know how good they are but if not don’t be scared they’re super yummy and moist. I’ve been playing around with the recipe for a while and this is the final result and I couldn’t be happier! Super chocolatey, moist and gooey little brownie bites.
They include lots of goodies like; raw cacao, coconut oil, flax seeds, chia, and some nut butter. How yummy! So yummy in fact that I actually gave Andy a run for his money eating these (and you know he loves puddings!)
I really hope you like these chocolatey bites of deliciousness!!



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  6 servings
  10 minutes preparation time
  25- 30 minutes cook time


  • Chia egg;
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  •  3 tbsp water
  • Cake mix;
  •  1 can organic black beans in water
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup organic gluten free oats
  • 1/4 cup melted organic coconut oil
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar or sugar for choice.
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1/4 cup raw caco nibs
  • Toppings
  • Few crushed walnuts or Brazil’s
  • Melted vegan chocolate
  • Sea salt flakes
  • Thyme (optional)


  1. Pre heat your oven to gas mark 4
  2. Firstly make the chia egg but adding the chia and water to a small bowl – mix and set aside.
  3. Then add the beans, cacao, flax seeds, oats, baking powder, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, chia egg and coconut sugar to you food processor and blitz to combine everything thoroughly.
  4. Gently melt the coconut oil in the small sauepan and then add in the maple syrup and peanut butter- stir to combine then add to the food processor and blitz again.
  5. Finally add the caco nibs and give it one final pulse.
  6. Line a cup cake try with 6 cases then spoon the mix equally into the cases. Top with the crushed walnuts.
  7. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before topping with melted chocolate, sea salt and thyme (optional).

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  1. Sofia on October 5, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Hi! I love your blog and your recipes! I’m a fan of your buckwheat flatbreads! Prepping them like a boss! I want to make this but I’m going to cook the black beans myself so I’m wondering how many grams of rinsed black beans there are in a can. And also if I could substitute the coconut oil for coconut butter. Thanx for all the inspiration! ILYSM

    • Niki on October 19, 2017 at 10:29 am

      Hi Sofia
      Thank you so much, the drained weight is 235g and yes you can use coconut oil.

      Good luck!
      Love Niki xx

  2. Laura on September 3, 2017 at 10:48 am

    These look yummy!! I’m going to make them while it’s raining outside! Do you add the water from the black beans to the blender too or drain the beans first?

    • Niki on October 19, 2017 at 10:29 am

      Hi Laura
      Thanks you!
      You drain first.

      Love Niki xx

  3. Mitra on August 19, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    LOVE your blog Niki! Sounds like you had such a fun weekend 😉 And what a delicious brownie recipe! Love that you’ve added black beans

    • Niki on August 29, 2016 at 8:16 am

      Hey lovely!
      Aww thank you so much Mitra!
      Love as always, Niki ????

  4. Cassie on August 17, 2016 at 1:11 am

    Oh me oh me oh my! These look S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G. And I’m SO SO jealous you visited the Mae Deli!! It’s one of my DREAM destinations!

    • Niki on August 17, 2016 at 7:50 pm

      Thank you Cassie! And it was so good..such yummy food.
      Love, Niki ????????

  5. Amelia on August 14, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    Completely delicious and such great ingredients! I must try these.

    Nourishing Amelia | Food, Health and Lifestyle Blogger

    • Niki on August 17, 2016 at 7:50 pm

      Thank you so much Amelia!
      I’m totally addicted.
      Love,Niki ????????

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