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!

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

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  1. CG — June 8, 2015 @ 12:00 am (#)

    These look great! Has anyone calculated the nutrition facts by any chance?

  2. Becky A. — June 10, 2015 @ 7:57 pm (#)

    Just made these and they were super easy and sooo yummy! Had to stop myself from eating half the pan!  

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 12th, 2015 @ 10:45 pm

      That’s awesome, Becky! We’re so happy you liked them!

  3. Leah Passler — June 11, 2015 @ 9:44 pm (#)

    Yum!  Made them with walnut pieces instead of chocolate chips.  So easy and great!  Thanks

    • Hayley — June 12th, 2015 @ 5:17 pm

      Leah, that sounds delicious, we love walnuts!

  4. Sarah | Well and Full — July 1, 2015 @ 2:17 pm (#)

    LOVE the variation of using coffee instead of just water! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 2nd, 2015 @ 8:33 am

      Thanks Sarah, we hope you enjoy these! : )

  5. Yolanda — July 16, 2015 @ 12:08 am (#)

    Thank you for this recipe. As a vegan who has given up all baked goods because it’s difficult to find any not made with processed sugar, I have several questions:

    The instructions include Brown Sugar, but I don’t see that ingredient listed in the recipe. I have read all the comments to date and noticed someone substituted Maple Syrup for the Brown Sugar. (yay!) But where and how much?

    As I mentioned above, I don’t eat processed sugar, so I need suggestions on what to use as a sweetener instead of the cane or granulated sugar, without throwing off the dry to wet ratio. My preferred sweeteners are Agave Nectar, Maple Syrup, Mashed Bananas or another fruit. (I don’t like the bitterness of Stevia.) It is possible for me to use a wet sweetener? And if so, what dry ingredient do I need to add, to keep the balance?

    I also noticed that someone mentioned Lemon Juice in the recipe, but I don’t see it listed! How much Lemon Juice is used, and when? (I prefer the taste of lemon juice to apple cider vinegar, which is what someone else used as a substitute.)

    I liked someone else’s suggestion to use Walnut Pieces instead of chocolate chips. I have yet to find vegan chocolate chips made without processed sugar, so I had planned to leave them out of the recipe. I love walnuts or pecans. Good to know I can add them instead.
    I have tried to use code to create line breaks in this long comment for easier reading. I hope it worked. If not, sorry! I look forward to your reply.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 21st, 2015 @ 11:40 am

      Hi Yolanda! We apologize for the late response on this. And we apologize for confusion — Ali adapted the recipe some when she re-posted it. So it is actually just cane/granulated sugar (3/4 cup.) The recipe has been updated, but we just wanted to let you know! You could certainly use maple syrup or agave in these! We’d suggest using 1/2 cup of agave or maple syrup, and then reduce the coffee/water down to 1/2 cup, instead of 3/4 cup. Hmmm, not sure where you saw lemon juice in this recipe? There’s a possibility that Ali may have originally included it, but it no longer appears to be in the recipe. We hope this helps, and that you enjoy these — please let us know if you have any other questions!

  6. ann — July 16, 2015 @ 4:05 am (#)

    These were EXCELLENT.
    They were rich but not too sweet. 
    Everyone was asking for seconds, and thirds.
    We used the coffee-water combo and added a handful of chopped pecans.
    Thanks so much for the recipe.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 17th, 2015 @ 9:22 am

      Thanks Ann, we’re so happy you enjoyed these! And mmmm, pecans — great addition! :)

  7. Cristina — July 18, 2015 @ 8:04 am (#)

    I’m confused with the sugar mesurements! It says sugar and brown sugar, but in the ingredients list it only shows how much cane sugar to use. Is there a seperate measurement for brown sugar? You you just split the brown sugar and cane sugar?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 21st, 2015 @ 11:29 am

      Hey Cristina, we apologize for confusion — Ali adapted the recipe some when she re-posted it. So it is actually just cane/granulated sugar (3/4 cup.) The recipe has been updated, but we just wanted to let you know! We hope you enjoy them!

  8. Vivian — August 5, 2015 @ 12:21 pm (#)

    Ammmmmazing . . . .even the batter was delicious 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 5th, 2015 @ 10:58 pm

      Thanks Vivian, we’re so glad you enjoyed these! We think the batter’s the best part of brownies. :)

  9. Anna — August 17, 2015 @ 2:47 pm (#)

    Just made these and OMG, I know what I’ll be dreaming about tonight <3 Thanks for the recipe!! :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 17th, 2015 @ 10:08 pm

      Anna, we’re so happy you liked these! Thanks for giving the recipe a try! :)

  10. Karen — September 11, 2015 @ 5:48 pm (#)

    These look amazing! Do you think I could sub coconut oil for the olive oil?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 14th, 2015 @ 7:54 am

      Thanks Karen, we hope you like them, and yes, you totally could do that!

  11. Mardie — October 21, 2015 @ 8:24 am (#)

    I made these today and they were amazing! I paired them with some fig & orange spread which made a great combination with this rich and dark brownie.
    http://ietsie-petesy.blogspot.nl/2015/10/pin-to-test-vegan-brownies.html

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 21st, 2015 @ 9:46 am

      Thanks so much for sharing with us Mardie, they look (and sound) awesome! What a great idea to pair them with that fig and orange spread – yummy! :)

  12. Katie — November 3, 2015 @ 8:30 pm (#)

    Hi! These look so good but I’m allergic to avocado! :( do you think there is anything I could replace it with? Thanks!

    • Ali — November 4th, 2015 @ 2:04 pm

      Sure thing! You can just replace the avocado with any oil of your choosing. Enjoy!

  13. Lauren Patton — December 8, 2015 @ 9:56 pm (#)

    Looks yummy!! Can I eliminate the coffee, or substitute it for another ingredient? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 9th, 2015 @ 9:21 am

      Thanks Lauren! And yes, you can skip the coffee and just do the 3/4 cup of water. The coffee isn’t detectable, it just enhances the chocolate flavor. :) We hope you enjoy these!

  14. Kayla Noelle — December 10, 2015 @ 1:04 am (#)

    I am allergic to avocados would banana puree be an ok substitute? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 10th, 2015 @ 7:51 am

      Hi Kayla! We haven’t tried these with banana puree instead of avocado, but we think that should work fine. Definitely let us know how they turn out if you try it!

  15. Heather — December 20, 2015 @ 9:24 pm (#)

    Made these and love them!!
    Since they’re a little too chocolaty – what about using pumpkin purée in place of the chocolate so it’s more of a pumpkin – cinnamon flavor?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 20th, 2015 @ 10:52 pm

      Thanks, we’re glad you like these Heather! You could definitely add some pumpkin swirl to these that would be yummy! You can also do the sake with caramel/dulce de leche, jam, cream cheese, etc. We hope this helps!

  16. Candice Buchanan — January 11, 2016 @ 11:59 am (#)

    Ali, where did all of your recipes go???!!! I love the recipe index and all of your diet-based recipes but none of them are there anymore???

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 11th, 2016 @ 9:55 pm

      Hey Candice! We had some crazy technical difficulties on the site over the weekend, and we’re still working on them. :/ Stay tuned, we’re hoping to get it fixed ASAP!

  17. Sue — January 28, 2016 @ 2:16 pm (#)

    I follow weight watchers and was wondering if you could give me the nutritional info so I can calculate points? They look delish!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 29th, 2016 @ 9:16 am

      Hi Sue! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

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