Vegan Brownies

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I’m the first to admit that I’m not the hugest fan of chocolate . I enjoy it on occasion, but somehow I was born into that 0.00001% percent of the female population who usually prefers something fruity, caramel-y, cinnamon-y, or (my favorite!) vanilla-y when it comes to dessert.

I know.  

My chocolate-obsessed mom still cannot understand how we’re related.

Don’t get me wrong, I still totally like chocolate.  It has just always felt super rich to me, and I’m usually satisfied after a few bites. But that said, whenever those chocolate cravings do pop up, there is one recipe I love to make that always comes to the rescue.  It’s quick and easy to bake, it calls for simple everyday ingredients, it includes some healthier ingredients (including olive oil and avocado!), it just so happens to be naturally dairy-free and vegan, and it is basically everything you could ever want in a rich, warm, fudgy, chewy, decadent chocolate dessert.

Yes, you have got to try these vegan brownies.

I actually posted this vegan brownies recipe on the blog back in 2012, after making them for a vegan friend’s party.  I snapped this photo above (back in the days when I was in my linen phase!), carried them off to the party, and watched as everyone absolutely demolished them.

And by everyone, I mean everyone — vegans and non-vegans alike.  And I have made them dozens of times since, and the response is always the same.  People LOVE these brownies!!!

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Our readers over the past 3 years have been quite the fans of them too, as you can see from the comments below.  And I couldn’t agree more.Vegan Brownies | gimmesomeoven.com

As I said already, they are perfectly fudgy, chewy, rich, and chocked full of chocolate.  But I also love knowing that they’re made with a few healthier ingredients, like mashed avocado and olive oil (instead of butter), white whole wheat flour (or you could use all-purpose), and I’ve recently been trying out cane sugar in place of granulated.  And they still taste like a ridiculously decadent treat.

Bonus — they’re also vegan!

So whether you fall in the once-in-a-while or the omg-gimme-all-the-chocolate camp, I highly recommend making a batch.  I think you’re going to love ’em!

Vegan Brownies -- made easy with everyday ingredients, including avocado! | gimmesomeoven.com

Vegan Brownies

These vegan brownies are fudgy, chewy, and uber chocolatey. Plus they're quick and easy, and made with everyday ingredients!

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup pureed or well-mashed avocado
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour (or all-purpose flour)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup cane sugar (or granulated sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup water (I like to instead use 1/2 cup brewed coffee + 1/4 cup water)
  • 1 1/2 cups vegan dark or semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees F). Grease an 8-inch square pan with cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the pureed avocado and olive oil until smooth. Add in the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, salt, and water (or coffee + water). Stir until smooth. Fold in 1 cup of the chocolate chips.

Pour into the prepared pan and spread the batter evenly throughout the pan. Sprinkle with an additional 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips on top. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean (there may be some melted chocolate chips in there).  If you overbake, the brownies will have a cake-like texture.

Remove and let the brownies sit out for at least 20 minutes before serving. Cut and serve, or cover and store for up to 3 days.

 

Adapted from The Pastry Affair.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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  1. Lindsey — September 17, 2016 @ 9:57 pm (#)

    Gimme Some Oven – I love you guys. Your recipes have NEVER, ever let me down!

    These brownies were simply ahhhh-mazing. I honestly cannot get over the insane amount of deliciousness I pulled out of the oven. Anybody who is hesitant about the avocado, olive oil, and/or coffee flavor being overwhelming; just make the brownies – all you can taste is chocolate, chocolate, and a little more chocolate!

    I am not a vegan, and I did not have any vegan chocolate chips. However, I cannot imagine the taste would vary all that much. These are some of the best brownies regardless of the lack of butter, dairy etc. Do yourself (and your friends/family) a favor and make these brownies ASAP. I’ve given them to non-vegans, ‘anti-healthy’ food eaters, vegetarians, etc. and they all went nuts!

    Make sure you use a RIPE avocado – I was able to smash mine with a fork. I also used 1/2 Dark Cocoa powder & 1/2 Hershey’s Regular Cocoa powder…Everything else I did was exactly as the recipe stated. The only thing I MIGHT change next time is to reduce the amount of chocolate chips added (just to save on calories), but as they say, if it’s not broke don’t fix it…And these brownies are far from broken.

    They are nothing short of perfection.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 18th, 2016 @ 10:16 am

      Thanks for your sweet comment, Lindsey! We’re so happy you’re a fan of the blog and these brownies!:D

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