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Vegan Fudge Brownies

A chocolate lovers’ favorite snack

Growing up I remember my mom would always make these box brownies that were so heavenly. I am a chocolate lover so brownies have always been a favorite snack-like dessert. In my normal day-to-day life I am always making desserts that are technically challenging and time consuming. Making these brownies made me remember that baking does not need to be difficult and making delicious desserts doesn’t always need to be complicated!

These brownies are super fudgy and delicious, just one square should satisfy all your chocolate cravings for the day… hopefully. Using melted dark chocolate in the batter adds that fudginess and makes these brownies a chocolate heaven. 

Ingredients:

  • Dark Chocolate: The quality of dark chocolate you use will make a significant difference in your brownies. A cheap chocolate is not going to give the depth of flavor that comes with high quality chocolate. I really like using the Guittard 72% dark chocolate made with coconut sugar. It is rather dark so if you want your brownies to be a bit lighter I would go with a 60% dark chocolate. Although, using at least 70% cocoa will provide a robust chocolate flavor.
  • Coconut Oil: Using coconut oil will act as a butter replacement. It is more common to use oil in brownies because it gives more of a cake-like, crumbly texture. Coconut oil will create a moist, fudgy texture. If you want a less fudgy brownie, stick with an unsaturated oil such as olive oil or sunflower oil. You could also try using a mix of both unsaturated oil and saturated to get the best of both worlds.
  • Coconut Sugar: As a natural sweetener, coconut sugar imparts a caramel-like flavor to the brownies while maintaining a lower glycemic index compared to refined sugar.
  • Plant-based Milk: My go-to is always going to be organic soy milk for texture and nutritional purposes but any plant-based milk will work fine in this recipe.
  • Flour: Opt for an all-purpose or a gluten-free alternative based on your dietary needs.
  • Cacao Powder: Enhance these brownies with cacao powder, which has a more intense flavor than cocoa powder and is packed with antioxidants. While cacao powder and cocoa powder are very similar in spelling, they are quite different. Cocoa powder is heated to a much higher temperature compared to the latter. Cacao powder involves less processing and is ground from fermented cacao beans. It is healthier than cocoa because it is not exposed to heat, meaning it still contains all its antioxidants and nutrients.

I love how simple and easy brownies are to make. If you are craving chocolate or want to make a dessert for someone, these can be your new go-to. I hope you enjoy making these and eating them as much as I do!

Vegan Fudge Brownies

These vegan brownies are super fudgy and delicious!!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 80 g dark chocolate
  • 50 g *oil of choice
  • 250 g coconut sugar
  • 150 ml plant-based milk
  • 8 g vanilla extract
  • 120 g all-purpose flour
  • 60 g cacao powder
  • 8 g baking powder
  • 1 g sea salt
  • 100 g chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line an 8×8 inch square baking pan with parchment paper
  • Melt dark chocolate in a heat proof bowl over simmering water
  • To the chocolate, add oil, sugar, milk, and vanilla extract. Mix well until it is silky smooth.
  • In the same bowl, sift in flour, cacao powder, baking powder, and salt. Add chocolate chips and fold until everything is incorporated.
  • Pour batter into prepared baking tin.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool before cutting.

Notes

*I have tried this recipe with coconut oil (a saturated fat) and sunflower (unsaturated) and they result in different textures. Coconut oil will make these brownies much more fudgy whereas an unsaturated oil will make them a little crumbly.
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