My style of craving dessert is such that, when I want a brownie, I wanted it 10 minutes ago. The fact that a pan of brownies can be in my oven 15 minutes from any given moment is indeed a substantial contributor towards their “most baked” ranking.
Of course, the whole messy/gooey/chocolaty thing brownies have going for them certainly adds to their appeal!
This healthy vegan brownie recipe was initially conceived as a mix between my favorite brownie recipe of all time (which debuts in my upcoming cookbook!), and my ever-reliable, always delectable One-Bowl Brownies.
I decided to see if I could develop a one-bowl brownie recipe that was still fudgy and rich likes these two favorites, but that didn’t call for any dairy (i.e., milk or butter) or eggs.
I also wanted the recipe to be healthy, and it needed to be quick and easy to whip up. (I love these Sweet Potato Brownies, for example, but they do take some extra effort.)
Ta-da! These vegan brownies are THE ONE. They turned out to be some of the most delicious and most natural brownies I’ve ever baked.
If you find yourself out of milk or eggs, if you are in a hurry and need a brownie pronto (who doesn’t?), and of course, if you happen to be vegan, now you have a stellar brownie recipe to match.
(To those of you needing a gluten-free brownie or who don’t have any all-purpose flour on hand, check out my Paleo Brownies, which are grain-free, as well as these Avocado Brownies, which are made with almond flour.)
Homemade Vegan Brownies – Better Than the Box
These brownies have tiny meals and lots of cocoa powder, meaning they’re intensely chocolate and will melt right in your mouth. If you are a fan of boxed brownies, which also use cocoa, you’ll adore this about them.
To those of you more in the fudgy/chewy brownie camp, I’ve got you. I added a hefty helping of chocolate chips to this recipe, giving them more oomph.
If you’ve only been making brownies from a mix until this point, I hope you’ll still give these homemade vegan brownies a try. They take very little time to stir together, only use one bowl (even some mixes need more!), and—this is coming from someone who fully admits to loving herself a boxed brownie—no store-bought box can compete with the brownies you bake from scratch.
Conclusion: you don’t need to search for a vegan brownies mix (or any other mix). Make this recipe instead!
How to Make The Best Vegan Brownies
Whether or not you are vegan, you’ll love this recipe’s simple ingredient lineup and the splendidly chocolaty results!
- Cocoa Powder. The best and easiest way to achieve significant chocolate flavor. Plus, cocoa powder has a long shelf life, so if you add some to your pantry, you can make these vegan brownies over and over again.
- White Whole Wheat Flour. Whenever possible, I like to use whole wheat flour in baked goods. It brings added nutritional value like fiber and protein, which means I feel better about going back for brownie number two (and maybe three).
- Applesauce. Figuring out what to substitute for eggs in brownies was the trickiest part of this recipe. Unsweetened applesauce turned out to be my answer! Like eggs, applesauce adds moisture and binds the brownies. As a bonus, since applesauce is low/no-fat, it also made the brownies healthier.
- Canola Oil, Coconut Oil, or Melted Non-Dairy Butter. For simplicity, I developed this recipe with canola oil in place of the usual butter, though to be 100% honest, the lack of butter flavor was the one (tiny) thing I missed about this vegan recipe compared to my usual brownie recipes. To remedy this, you could try the recipe with melted non-dairy butter. If you don’t need the method to be vegan, use melted unsalted butter. OR maybe you won’t even notice (Ben certainly did not). They’re still pretty darn fabulous, even without the butter.
- Baking Powder. While not an ingredient used in all brownie recipes, here it’s needed for lift, especially since this recipe is made without eggs.
- Brewed Coffee. Anytime you add coffee to a chocolate dessert, it intensifies the flavor of the chocolate (but it won’t make the brownies taste like coffee). For a less intense brownie, use water or your non-dairy milk of choice.
- Chocolate Chips. An undeniably delicious addition to these vegan brownies. They also help create a more chewy texture.
1. Line a square baking pan with parchment paper and coat the paper with non-stick spray.
3. Add the wet ingredients and chocolate chips to the dry ingredients. Stir until incorporated and smoothly combined.
4. Stir in the chocolate chips, then add the batter to the baking pan. Bake, the vegan brownies for 15 minutes at 350 degrees F. Let cool in the pan for at least 1 hour (or pop them in the refrigerator for an even better brownie experience). Slice and ENJOY!
- To Store. Store brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can also store them in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- To Freeze. Place brownies in an airtight freezer-safe storage container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
Recommended Tools to Make This Recipe
- Parchment Paper. A layer of parchment paper makes it easy to remove the brownies from the pan.
- Baking Pan. This one (I own two of them!) makes perfect corners.
- Rubber Spatula. Great for scraping brownie batter into the baking pan.
If you’ll excuse me, we have precisely one vegan brownie left in an undisclosed corner of the freezer, and I need to set it out for my after-dinner dessert or (let’s be honest here), my afternoon snack!
If you try this recipe, please leave a comment to let me know how it turned out for you. Your comments and 5-star ratings are so critical to my site, and they keep me going too.♥
- 1/3 cup white whole wheat flour — whole wheat pastry flour or all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/3 cup brewed, cooled coffee — for the most chocolaty flavor; or swap almond milk or milk of choice
- 1/4 cup canola oil — or melted, cooled coconut oil
- One teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¾ cup dark chocolate chips — dairy-free if needed
Place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper so that the paper overhangs two opposite sides like handles. Lightly coat the paper with non-stick spray. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, stir together the all-purpose flour, white whole wheat flour, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt until well combined.
Add the applesauce, coffee, canola oil, and vanilla. Whisk until smoothly combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake the brownies for 15 minutes, until the edges are set, the center looks slightly underbaked, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out without any wet batter clinging to it (a few moist crumbs are fine). Place the pan on a wire rack and let crisp for at least 1 hour (these taste even better refrigerated overnight if you can stand the suspense). Lift onto a cutting board using the parchment handles. Slice and serve.
- TO STORE: Store brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can also store them in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- TO FREEZE: Place brownies in an airtight freezer-safe storage container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
Amount per serving (1 brownie) — Calories: 139, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Potassium: 130mg, Carbohydrates: 20g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 13g, Protein: 2g, Calcium: 37%, Iron: 1%
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