Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Overview of innovation

The Bambara Groundnut, or round bean, is widespread in Africa where it is known by various names. It has potential as a cash crop, owing to its nutritional composition, functional properties and antioxidant potential. 

Consequently, we at CPUT have used the Bambara Groundnut as a raw material to create several value-added products. These include dairy substitutes, baked goods, meat substitutes, and beverages. These products are gluten-, lactose- and cholesterol-free and have the potential to be rapidly scaled up to provide niche and alternative products that are nutritious and marketable. The Bambara groundnuts contain up to 60 % carbohydrate, 16 % to 20 % protein, low levels of oil (6% to 8%) and are a rich source of minerals and essential amino acids. Thus Bambara is viewed as a complete food.

Aonyx Foods is a Cape Peninsula University of Technology spin-off company that has been formalised as an opportunity to create a manufacturing business, vertically integrating with other sectors in the country.


Type of Intellectual Property protection
Innovation Opportunity Type
Agriculture, forestry and fishing
Crop and animal production, hunting and related service activities
Agribusiness and Agbio
Natural Resources
Other manufacturing
Technology Readiness Level
TRL 6 – Prototype tested in real-world settings
Brochures, business plans, prospectus or other documents