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The Ultimate Vegan Chocolate Brownies – Let’s dive into chocolate goodness or to be more precise, let’s talk about brownies because these are my absolute favorite.
Zoom in a pile of tasty homemade vegan chocolate brownies served on a beautiful serving plate.
Ever since I was living with my parents and before I went to college, brownies with Ghirardelli, have been a favorite dessert choice in our home, in case we had to make dessert.
It didn’t matter to us that they came out of a pack. My mother made the best brownies I ever tasted and it was a ritual.
Vegan Chocolate Brownies
Two brownies were served on a pile of two beige plates and another two on a creased gray tablecloth with a jar of chocolate chips spread across the bench or table.
And the greatest part was that after the mixture was whisked with some neutral oil and egg and the batter was placed in a plastic (silicone) baking dish, there was always some leftover batter in the bowl and me and my siblings did a great job at vanishing it.
Back when I was in my second year in college, I decided to go vegan but my chocolate cravings were insane. I urgently needed to satisfy my chocolate cravings.
By that point, I had been busy in the kitchen on my own and I thought brownies don’t look challenging to make, right?
But boy I was wrong. If I exclude the eggs, butter and oil, these actually were a bit hard to make, well at least to make them perfect.
It took me lots of trial and error to find the perfect vegan chocolate brownies recipe and I’m proud to share it with you now as a treat.
Full of Chocolate Vegan Brownies
These brownies feature a robust 3X amount of chocolate in three forms:
-Melted chocolate chips
-Whole chocolate chips are added last to the mix, just before they hit the oven.
The more chocolate goodness these contain, the better for me. I have found the perfect sweet spot.
There are some other perks that I absolutely dig about these sweet babies, besides being super delicious and vegan.
- Their upper top has a crunchy and crackly crust that is nearly a must for all brownies. Soft and chewy tops that resemble a cake are not my cup of tea and you won’t find anything of this type here.
- The second thing that I love about these are the edges, which I know it sounds weird but they are something I always look forward to trying because they are delish and crunchy (they are more exposed to oven’s heat compared to the middle parts).
- Last but not least, the fudgy and rich center of heaven. I’m also a center fan and so it’s hard for me to resist these, I want a full pan for myself. It’s so worth sparing a second to give these a shout-out as the centers are rich, fudgy, chewy and I can’t resist because they are perfect.
Believe me, I’ve made these a zillion times so what I’m telling you is not an exaggeration, these are the best vegan brownies I’ve ever made and they are so good that you won’t notice the butter and eggs missing at all.
The Best Vegan Brownies Ever
Preparation time: 15 min, Cooking Time: 30 min. Total cooking time: 45 minutes, Servings: 16 brownies
These are the top vegan brownies here, a 3X dose of chocolate that will surely satisfy all your longings for chocolate. A crunchy crust and a liquid fudge-like center packed with chopped walnuts and chocolate chips.
- 1 cup whole wheat flour (for pastry)
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tbsp flax seed, ground
- ⅔ cup chocolate chips plus an extra ½ cup, split
- ¼ cup + 3 tbsp water, separated
- 7 tbsp cocoa powder
- 3 tbsp applesauce
- 3 tbsp vegan butter or margarine
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ¾ tsp salt
- 3 tbsp applesauce
- 1 ½ cup coconut or vegan sugar (in granules)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
- Preheat your oven at 350F/175C and line an 8X8” baking tray with parchment paper. Keep aside.
- In a medium bowl mix in all the flour types, baking soda, and salt. In another smaller bowl, mix the flaxseeds and the water to make an egg-like mixture and deserve.
- Mix the ⅔ cup chocolate chips, cocoa, margarine, apple sauce and ¼ cup water in a big microwavable bowl. Don’t worry about mixing them heavily, just toss them together.
- Microwave in 30-sec increments until the chocolate is nearly melted, whisking well between each part. The total time should take up to 2 minutes. Once the chocolate is melted, you may notice some small bits of unmelted chocolate here and there but this is fine. Mix in the sure and whisk well. Finally, add the flax mixture and the vanilla extract and whisk well until there are no lumps left.
- Incorporate the flour mixture to the chocolate mix and stir using a large spoon. The mixture may be quite dense and thick at this point. Add in the chocolate chips and walnuts (optionally) and place the mixture into your lined baking pan. Even out the surface with a large spoon or spatula and press to cover all corners.
- Bake in the oven for 28-20 minutes or until you insert a stick in the center and it comes out clean. Allow cooling on a wire rack for min. 15 minutes before serving. Avoid serving and eating them all at once.