I was never the biggest fan of sweet things, my mother lovingly recalling the many times I demolished the whole bowl of olives at dinner parties when I was just three. I would love to have a birthday cake once a year topped with as many berries as possible, but apart from that, pancakes and apple strudl, I would hardly ever eat anything sweet. Now that I have started on this vegan journey, I have seen so many posts, videos and displayed of scrumptious looking cakes proudly advertising “100% VEGAN”. So I decided, why not give it a try?

In my first instalment of vegan desserts I decided to go after the classic Brownie. How could I make a brownie without using any animal products? Easy, use avocado and black beans instead. If you are more of a visual learner, I have also made this video with some kick-butt music by my good friend Graham Moes.

For this recipe, (which makes six brownie cupcakes, because I have no other baking tray) you will need the following

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 bar of black chocolate
  • 3 spoons of Cocoa powder
  • 2 spoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 Teaspoon of baking powder
  • Walnuts

and a blender.

ingredients for vegan brownies

Step 1 :

Blend the avocado and black beans in your blender. I hope it is better than the five dollar one in my apartment, because it took several attempts, constant forking and slight insanity.

Step 2 :

Add everything else into the mix.

Step 3:

Put the goo into the baking trays and top with walnuts

Step 4 :

Shoot! Forgot to preheat the oven to 200 °C

Step 5 :

Place the tray into the oven for 20 minutes. (Checking back frequently)

Step 6 :

Enjoy the scrumptious, cruelty free, veggie filled brownies!