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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.

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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 avocado oil or 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!

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Vegan Brownies

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 -16 servings 1x

Description

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


Ingredients

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  • 1/4 cup pureed or well-mashed avocado
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil or 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 chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees F). Grease an 8-inch square pan with cooking spray.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Notes

Adapted from The Pastry Affair.

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225 comments on “Vegan Brownies”

  1. Hi, how much is the 1/4 cup mashed avocado in dl?

  2. I love this recipe..i make it often as I always have too many avocados to use before they go bad. Very moist. I use cold coffee for full amount of liquid and cut sugar to 1/2 cup. Thank you for a great recipe

  3. These are my favorite brownies! I make them all the time and it’s a crowd pleaser for sure. Thank you so very much. My friends always ask me to make these for parties.

  4. These are absolutely incredible!! My 3 and 4 year old kids love them, too! I used coconut oil and mmmmmmm!! Thanks for the recipe, these are my new favorite brownies!

  5. Loved the recipe, although theres too much water used and the time should 45 minutes.

  6. Fan-friggin-tastic! These brownies were utterly delicious. No one had any clue they were vegan or contained avocados, including my 10 year old nephew!

  7. Hi, really look foward to trying these – I am making them for a friend who is gluten free, dairy free and egg free. What should I substitute in to make sure that she can eat them?
    Thanks!

  8. Made this last night, Super tasty & easy to make! No one can believe they’re vegan!

  9. I’ve tried many vegan brownie recipes and they’ve never turned out like this one. My hunt for the perfect vegan brownies recipe is finally over! These brownies were just the right of sweetness and perfectly decadent! Thanks for a great recipe!

  10. Wow, you did a great job on this recipe. Thanks for sharing such an easy one!
    Dee xx

  11. One of my go to desserts for pot luck dinners. These brownies are always popular and are quick and easy to make. Most people can’t believe they are vegan as they are so delicious.

  12. Easy and Delicious… our family devoured them up!

  13. Made these brownies this week, they were AWESOME. Will defintely keep this recipe and make them again! Thanks for sharing.

  14. These vegan brownies are delicious! My family is a huge chocolate fan and brownie fan. And since our transition to a vegan lifestyle the hardest part has been not being able to go to our local grocery and pick up some baked goods. So I am now a cook and a baker for my kids (I’ve always been terrible at baking). But with this recipe there’s no disaster or going wrong. My kids loved it and now i have a go to treat for them. The only thing I would say that this reminds me more of a molten lava cake. The bread is not as dense as a brownie. So i would say this recipe is very versatile.

  15. The taste was great but it ended up more like lava cake than brownies. I even ended up baking for 40mins…any thoughts? I would still make it again. I love lava cake lol.

    • I just make this and turned our incredibly! I’ve been struggling to find a good recipe for vegan brownies and THIS IS IT! thank you <3

    • Did you use AP flour or wheat? I used AP and had to bake longer. My guess is wheat is a heaven denser flour and that’d cause a diff in bake/consistency. Still super yummy!

  16. OK, so I have not made these yet, but absolutely will. I got to devour them at a special dinner on a beautiful terrace in Barcelona. Thanks, Giimmesomeoven!!!

  17. I used coconut oil with the mashed avocado, and these turned out amazing! They are best the next day, so I’ve taken to making them the night before I want to serve or eat them. This gives them the opportunity to set up and become the right texture! My husband didn’t like them right out of the oven, but the next day he tried them and said they were delicious. If you still like warm brownies just heat them up a little before serving! So good!

  18. What’s the calories intake for this recipe?

  19. I love the idea to put avocados and avocado oil in the brownies. Also the coffee instead of water – brilliant idea. I will definitely have to try this recipe over the weekend. Thank you

  20. I just baked the brownies and they turned out spectacularly! It was VERY fudgy and chocolatey and delicious! I had no square pan though, so I had to use a round pan, but it still turned out well.

  21. Very Good! Will definitely be my go to brownie recipe.

  22. It was a yummy recipe, I use Candeler as the sweetener but halved the amount ‘n it turned out nice <3 tanxxx alo0t for the recipe it was easy 'n quick 'n super chewy 'n chocolaty <3

  23. Pretty good! A bit oily in flavour although perfect in texture.

  24. I figured that since I’ve made these brownies around 7 times now I should probably tell you how freaking amazing this recipe is! This is literally the BEST brownie recipe I’ve found and it’s the only brownie recipe I trust. My friends and co-workers rave about these brownies whenever I make them. I actually kind of feel like I’m scamming them because now they think I’m actually a good baker or something. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for this recipe!

    Also, a tip for anyone who wants to make this recipe: I’ve found that after baking them for 20 minutes, turning off the heat and leaving them in the oven as it cools will guarantee the perfect fudgy texture!

  25. I couldn’t get hold of vegan choc chips, so used the normal choc chips, and it tasted divine! I’ve been looking for the right eggless brownie recipe for years, and this is just perfect! Made two trays of it yesterday, and will be making more over the weekend to share with more family.

    Thank you so much!

  26. Truly excellent. I have been fully vegan since October. I used to bake often and have not really enjoyed the vegan versions of my favorite desserts. This is the first one that I’ve made that wasn’t merely “pretty good for vegan…” It’s just very good, period. Put some coconut whipped cream on it for something extra. Thanks for the great recipe!

  27. Yummmm. I used honey in place of sugar, and it was DELICIOUS!

  28. Love this recipe! I made it today and they are delicious. The texture is perfect and the flavor is the best of all vegan brownie recipes I have tried. Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe.

  29. Mid way, i realized i had no more cocoa powder, so i ended up making them with 3/4 cups of decaf coffee and they taste delishhh! Only thing, i double the recipe, would have needed extra time to bake. Bet they will taste awesome tho after a night in the fridge! Coffee brownies, yummy!!

  30. awesome !!!!!! love these brownies!!!!!!!!!!

  31. I love these!
    I cook for 20 mins and then turn off oven and then open it a little for them to cool that way! So delish! Thanks

  32. Delicious! Thank you!!

  33. Loved these. Have you tried using any gluten free flours to make them GF?

  34. I used almond butter instead of avocado and coconut oil instead of olive oil. Soo good! I love the use of coffee in this recipe. Also, another commenter suggested baking for 20mins and then leaving the brownies in the oven after turning it off— gave mine the perfect consistency!

  35. I think this is the best recipe i’ve ever tried for avocado brownies!!!!!

  36. These brownies are AMAZING! Not just vegan amazing but amazing!!

  37. I made this recipe last day and it came out really well. Can’t believe a vegan brownie can taste so yum. Amazing recipe. It was Gooey and chocolatey and delicious!

  38. I just made these brownies last night for my daughter’s college volleyball team. Some are vegetarians, some are vegans, and some follow a non-restricted diet. They are delicious! I love to cook and bake – this was my first attempt at a vegan recipe and I will never make the brownies the traditional way ever again!

    I just wish there was a way to share this on Facebook with my friends.

  39. Hello! I tried it and it turn out amazing! Do you know if we can freeze the rest of the brownies and how long can it stay in the freezer before it goes bad?
    Thank u so much!!

  40. The best brownies I have ever tasted!

  41. do you use coffee powder or freshly made coffee for this recipe?
    Also if I can’t get hold of vegan chocolate chip cookie, any other alternative i can add like some macadamia nuts

  42. This recipe is DELICIOUS!! This is the first time I’ve ever made a vegan dessert recipe and I am so excited about how amazing it tastes!! I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between these and brownies made with eggs and milk. A+!!

    Question though: like Courtney, our brownies ended up not being very firm/holding together well. We just put them in the fridge to see if that’ll firm them up a bit before serving tonight. Did I do something wrong to have this outcome?

  43. I made these brownies for my monthly men’s group dinner. Nine guys, only of whom is vegan. Big hit. One question: How well will they freeze?

  44. Could I substitute with almond flour or would that mess up the recipe??

  45. I substituted coconut oil for avocado so there was no oily taste. They were the perfect consistency. These were too good to be true. I finally found a vegan dessert recipe I LOVE. Had to stop myself from eating too many. THANK YOU

  46. Yummy! I just found out a week and a half ago that I can’t have dairy or eggs. This afternoon I got a sudden, intense craving for cookies or cake but all my recipes call for eggs and/or butter. I can easily substitute vegan butter but I have limited ingredients in the house to substitute for eggs, and this was a chocolate emergency that couldn’t wait for a trip to the store! Even most of the avocado brownie recipes I found require eggs. Your recipe was exactly what I needed and satisfied that crazy craving! I omitted the chocolate chips because the only ones I currently have on hand contain milk, but the brownies were still fudgy and delicious. I will definitely make these again.

  47. I made the brownies again today, and they turned out just as great as the first time. Obviously it wasn’t a fluke. Today I added frozen cherries because I wanted to use them up, and they seemed like they would be a good match with the gooey chocolate. They were. :)

    I’ve read a few of the other comments and I also baked for a little longer than recommended.

  48. Excellent! However I substituted the cocoa with 4 squares of melted dagoba unsweetened chocolate.

  49. Any idea on the replacement of flour to make it gluten free? Please help

  50. Can these be made with honey or maple syrup.

    Thanks,
    Maitri