vegan hellfire brownies

by Kristina Sloggett

in baking, Dessert, Gluten Free

vegan hellfire brownies

I was having such fun baking from Natalie Slater’s Bake and Destroy cookbook, today I am sharing a brownie recipe from Natalie’s archives – can you tell why I chose this one? Anything that includes habanero, I am on board!

From Natalie’s sinstruction* below, you can use store-bought habanero oil. Because I have to be as complicated as possible, I made my own. My fingers burned for days. Totally worth it. These decadent brownies are amazing.

I followed the recipe as is, substituting only the regular flour for gluten free all purpose, which worked fine. I may have been a bit heavy handed in my ‘half cup’ chocolate chips too…

Take it away, Natalie:

If you’re looking for a devilishly decadent brownie with a spicy twist look no further than this recipe. The insides are ooey-gooey, the edges are nice and chewy – it is the exact opposite of the bland, crummy brownie I’d imagine they’d serve in hell. Overachievers may wish to infuse their own homemade habanero oil for this recipe, but my favorite sin is sloth so I took a shortcut and used bottled stuff. 

spicy habanero brownies

vegan hellfire brownies


2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
2/3 cup water
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon Boyajian habanero oil
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips


Preheat your oven to 350. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt together in a small bowl. Stir in the ground flax seeds. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, oil, water, vanilla and habanero oil.  

Stir the dry ingredients into the wet, the batter will be thick. Fold in the chocolate chips and scoop into a 9×9 pan lined with parchment paper or lightly greased.

Bake until sides are set up – the middle will look kind of wet and crackled – about 35 minutes.


*sinstruction – totally a typo, but it made me laugh out loud with how fitting it was, so I kept it.



{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Heather (Where's the Beach) October 23, 2013 at 5:48 am

Love that you left the typo 😉 And habanero oil? Hmm….want to send me some for Christmas teehee. Miss you lady!


2 Gloria Kersh October 23, 2013 at 8:58 am

Oh hot damn these look awesome!!! They will be in my future.. maybe this weekend!! Thank you!!


3 Heather @ Better With Veggies October 23, 2013 at 10:15 am

You know I have to make this, right? Habanero oil in brownies is genius! Thank you so much for sharing!!


4 Adam Amory October 23, 2013 at 10:15 am

I noticed AP flour in the ingredients but gluten free at the top of the page. May I swap this out with some GF Flour?


5 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 23, 2013 at 10:25 am

The name alone makes me want these. I love sweat heat!


6 Jamie October 23, 2013 at 10:30 am

Wow. Just wow. But now I’m thinking maybe I can use the chili chocolate I bought to make something like this? Whatever, these look damn good!


7 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 23, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Max and Tony love heat in their chocolate cake. I bet they would LOVE these! The texture looks perfect! Love you friend. I hope you’re doing well! xoxo


8 Erin October 23, 2013 at 2:43 pm

I searched multiple stores and could only find chipotle chili oil!!! What do you think?? Will is still work??? I’m dying to make these for my Halloween party this weekend!!


9 The Peace Patch October 23, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Sweet chocolate heat in a handful of yum…definitely must try these! I want one with ice cream…maybe your double chocolate cherry or pumpkin ice cream? Many thanks and hugs! :)


10 Kate | Food Babbles October 23, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Ooo!! I love pairing spicy peppers with chocolate and I don’t think I’ve ever had a spicy brownie. These sound utterly amazing!


11 Kath October 24, 2013 at 2:21 am

Hahaha, these brownies really look as if they were roastes in hellfire! 😀


12 erinwyso October 24, 2013 at 7:46 am

Looks amazing! I love spicy chocolate and these look ridiculously ooey-gooey and delicious!


13 janetha October 24, 2013 at 8:58 am

oh my gosh!! i have to make these for my vegan boys. they regularly have pepper eating contests so i know this would be a hit with them!


14 Dan from Platter Talk October 25, 2013 at 10:10 am

I’m trying these!! Thanks for sharing!


15 Tammy October 27, 2013 at 10:25 am

I adore the sweet hot combo!


16 Rachel @ Bakerita October 28, 2013 at 10:20 am

Phew, those sound and look AMAZING! I’m a spice wimp, so I may need to use a small amount, but dang they sound so good.


17 Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack! October 28, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Hot Damn! These sound so insanely good! Also, you can never be too heavy-handed with the chocolate chips. Duh. 😉


18 Kristina Sloggett October 31, 2013 at 1:01 pm

I am always heavy handed with chocolate :)


19 Denise October 28, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Hi. My friend just told me about your blog and also “Cooking With Mr. C.” on Facebook, also a blog. I just “Liked” his page and came to your site. It’s terrific. I love people who share blogs with each other. Denise


20 Kristina Sloggett October 31, 2013 at 1:00 pm

hello Denise, and thank you for saying hi! glad you stopped by, please keep in touch and let me know if there is ever a recipe you’d like to see or a food you’d like me to cook with! cheers, Kristina


21 Richa November 1, 2013 at 7:14 pm

oooooh i am all for spicy brownies!


22 punifa December 23, 2013 at 11:06 pm

I just made these, sadly minus the pepper oil – i made them for people who aren’t too keen on spice – and next time I make them (for myself) i’m definitely gonna seek some out to add in! i think that without the oil this is the perfect brownie base – they came out so dense and fudgey, with a lovely crackly top. I can’t handle a lot of sugar and these have way more than I usually put in anything, so I might play around with the amounts (and probably sacrifice the crackly top. ah well :p)


23 Stephanie January 22, 2014 at 11:43 pm

Would I be able to swap the canola oil for coconut oil? Can’t wait to try them!


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