Vegan Brownies

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

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 |

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!

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

Vegan Brownies

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


  • 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


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.

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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

  2. Tina — October 12, 2016 @ 3:10 pm (#)

    You can only store this upto 3 days? Fridge it or room temparature? Also, I’m planning to mail it as gift. Is it possible?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 12th, 2016 @ 3:31 pm

      Hi Tina! These will probably last longer than 3 days if you refrigerate them. Also, if you freeze them before mailing, that’ll be your best bet to ensure they arrive fresh and in good shape. :)

  3. Press — November 17, 2016 @ 1:37 am (#)

    What if I don’t have oil can I use something else that isn’t oil

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 21st, 2016 @ 8:07 pm

      You’re welcome to use butter, these just won’t be vegan anymore. :)

  4. Mary — December 4, 2016 @ 5:54 pm (#)

    I am speechless. These are the best brownies out there. Delicious! Deliciuos! Delicious! Deserve all the thumbs up. I will be making these again. Thank you for this receipe!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 11th, 2016 @ 9:59 am

      We’re so thrilled that you loved them, Mary! :)

  5. Robin — December 15, 2016 @ 4:31 pm (#)

    These are phenomenal! I used coconut oil instead of olive oil and stevia instead of sugar, and they turned out beautifully! Thank you! I believe I will be making these for years to come.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 18th, 2016 @ 7:17 pm

      Thanks, Robin — we’re so glad you enjoyed them! :)

  6. fatcats — January 17, 2017 @ 1:14 pm (#)

    Yummy recipe. Moist and delicious. I made as noted but used with almond flour, instant espresso coffee and I made a date caramel sauce that I swirled in before baking. Will make again.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 18th, 2017 @ 9:52 pm

      We’re so glad you enjoyed them!

  7. JacqDanielle — January 22, 2017 @ 4:25 pm (#)

    Just made these I substituted with coconut flower and they are fall apart delicious 😋 thank you for this delicious recipe 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 22nd, 2017 @ 6:24 pm

      We’re happy you enjoyed them! :)

  8. Sarah Dyson — January 29, 2017 @ 11:46 am (#)

    Wow. These Brownies are amazing!!!! I have a 5yr old with an egg and nut allergy and I’m always hunting for new baking ideas for him. You should have seen his little face when he took a bite of one of these babies!!!!!! 😍😍😍😍 They are definitely his new favourite. Thank you for sharing. They are going to be hard to beat. They’re so easy to make as well, meaning he can make them with me next time. Yummmmmmy xxx

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 30th, 2017 @ 3:42 pm

      Thank you so much, Sarah! We’re happy you and your kiddo enjoyed these! :)

  9. Ali — February 6, 2017 @ 12:51 pm (#)

    Hello, this looks like such a wonderful recipe, I cant wait to try it! Do you think it would be okay to substitute mashed banana instead of avocado?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 6th, 2017 @ 3:54 pm

      Hi Ali! We haven’t experimented with using banana instead of the avocado, but we think it’s worth a try. If you give it a go, definitely let us know how these turn out! :)

  10. Elizabeth — February 24, 2017 @ 5:38 am (#)

    Thank you. 
    I make cakes and brownies all the time for my colleagues at work but my vegan colleague gets left out, so I try to find different cakes for her, I’ve only made her cupcakes before but this brownie recipe was fantastic. She ate half of it within 2hrs. Although mine took a bit longer than 20 mins, and it was hard to esmitmate 1/4 cup of avocado. But still very tasty she said! Thank you again. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 24th, 2017 @ 9:30 am

      Thanks for sharing with us, Elizabeth! We’re so happy these were a hit with your colleague!

  11. Staci — March 14, 2017 @ 5:16 pm (#)

    I’ve tried black bean brownies before and raw vegan brownies with dates and these are by far the best vegan brownies I have ever had! I don’t know how but these brownies beat even non vegan brownies! They are super simple to throw together (you can practically use just one bowl) and taste like you spent a ton of time on them. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 14th, 2017 @ 5:46 pm

      Thanks for your sweet words, Staci — we’re so happy you loved these! :)

  12. Monica — March 19, 2017 @ 3:20 pm (#)

    I just made these and they were great! I used 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce instead of avocado and oil. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 20th, 2017 @ 10:11 am

      Thanks for sharing, Monica — we’re glad you enjoyed them!


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