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Disco brownies! Vegan, gluten and refined sugar free

I’m here to talk to you about butter bean disco brownies.

I know what you’re thinking: Butter beans in brownies?! She’s lost it.

Well, unfortunately for all of you, I lost it a while ago. But as Groucho Marx said, “blessed are the cracked, as they let in the light”. And let me tell you: these brownies are the light.


You would not believe how many tries it took me to get to this level of epic brownie win. Making brownies vegan + GF + sugar free and tasty at the same time is HARD. Seriously – I’m talking people actually going “oh god, no more” and giving the brownies back to me. I tried making them with all sorts of different flours. Red lentil flour, almond flour, even chickpea flour. My advice? DON’T EVER USE CHICKPEA FLOUR. My mum spat them out and said “it tastes like a chocolate falafel”.


Anyway, about 1 month into my severely self-confidence diminishing epicly failing vegan + GF brownie journey, I had a lightbulb moment: butter beans. Butter beans!

I threw together buckwheat flour, butterbeans, coconut oil, cacao, coffee, maca powder, date syrup, flax seeds, sunflower seeds and peanut butter.

So I gave it ago, expecting the worst, and… they turned out amazing.

So I tweaked the ingredients slightly and made them again. And again.

They taste fudgy, chocolately, rich and nutty. Dense, decadent, chewy, moist. Aghhgrh – cue Homer Simpson drool. They really are that good.

And let me tell you how good they are for YOU, too – these brownies are powerhouses of nutrients, anti-oxidants and whole foods. They’re completely unrefined.

Due to the fact these are a powerhouse of nutrients, stimulants and feel-goods, I have aptly named them disco brownies. You shall go to the ball.

Maca powder is a natural stimulant and an adaptogenic. In herbalism this means that it’s a ‘stabilizer of physiological processes’ – the clue is in the name, basically. If you’re feeling all over the place, it will help you to feel more grounded. If you’re feeling hopeless and low, it will uplift you. Therefore I used a good heaped tablespoon of maca in these brownies (and you should, too).

I’ve spoken before about Cacao and how I think it’s gods gift. Not only is it raw, unprocessed chocolate in it’s natural form, Cacao contains agents that increase production of feel-good chemicals in the brain  that, with consumption, may improve aspects of cognitive function. Basically, cacao improves mental clarity as well as mood. The lecithin in buckwheat also works to improve clarity. ‘Brain fog’ is my main difficulty when I’m suffering, so I always reach for the cacao, buckwheat and maca trio.

If you don’t know the symptoms of magnesium deficiency, I would google them now. You may find you relate to nearly all of them. A lot of you will be deficient in this mineral and won’t know about it. Symptoms of a magnesium deficiency include anxiety, depression, irritability, headaches, insecurity, restlessness and sulkiness. I will be posting a lot of magnesium-rich recipes on here, but for now, the flax, buckwheat, and sunflower seeds in these disco brownies are a great source of magnesium.

Right, lets get down to business!!!



  • 2 cans organic butter beans
  • 3 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp date syrup (if you don’t have date syrup, use agave or maple – if you don’t have them, use cane sugar)
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tsbp organic peanut butter
  • flax egg (2 tbsp ground flax seeds mixed in water)


  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 2 tsp GF baking powder
  • 1 tbsp organic maca powder
  • 4 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tsbp fairtrade coffee grinds
  • pinch of salt
  • sunflower seeds

Optional toppings: peanuts, ground almonds, pistachios, dessicated coconut


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C and grease a 12 inch baking tin with coconut oil.
  2. Grind 2 tbsp of flax seeds and mix in a bowl with 5 tbsp of water and set aside (this is your flax egg).
  3. add all of the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl and set aside.
  4. In a blender, mix all of your wet ingredients (apart from the flax egg) until it is a thick, creamy mush. This takes a little patience.
  5. Add the wet ingredients into your mixing bowl of dry ingredients and mix together.
  6. Add the flax egg into the mix. This is the vegan ‘egg’ off the brownie mixture!
  7. pour the mixture into your baking pan and add toppings of your choice. I chose blanched almonds and dessicated coconut.


8. Bake in the oven for approximately 25 – 30 minutes.

When done, they should look like this! Plump and not too crispy round the edges. You should be able to stick a knife in the middle and not have any mush come out on the knife.

P1040384   ENJOY!


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