A batch of these freshly baked homemade vegan brownies will satisfy your inner chocoholic! They're just like the brownies you remember from childhood - but veganized! Plus they're simple to make in just 30 minutes.
Can vegans eat brownies?
Is that what you're asking yourself right now?
A really good brownie is dense, fudgy and soft, just like the ones our grandmothers baked for us while growing up. But, traditional brownie recipes are laden with eggs and butter which are needed to emulsify and bind, and give brownies their dense texture.
The challenge with vegan brownies is getting that same dense, fudgy texture and rich chocolate flavor without the eggs and dairy products.
So with a bit of brownie science, and a twist on a few simple ingredients, I’ve figured out this dairy-free vegan brownie that you can binge on - without the guilt!
(P.S. Make sure you grab this free printable cheat sheet - it's packed with all my favorite substitution tricks to make just about any recipe vegan!)
This vegan brownie recipe is:
- 100% vegan, vegetarian, and dairy-free
- Gluten-free (when made with gluten free baking flour)
- Quick & Easy
- Rich, chocolatey, and totally delicious.
How to Make Vegan Brownies from Scratch
Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a mixing bowl, cream together your sugar, oil, and water.
Next, add in your dry ingredients - flour, salt, applesauce, vanilla, cocoa, and baking soda.
Mix very well to combine.
Pour the brownie batter into a greased 8x8 baking dish.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes, or until baked through.
Allow to cool on a wire rack before cutting into 9 squares.
And dig in. How easy is that?
I hope these chewy, chocolaty vegan brownies take you back to your childhood!
FAQs about Making Vegan Brownies
Can You Make Brownies Without Eggs?
Yes! I make vegan brownies without eggs by swapping in applesauce for a moist (and slightly sweet) binder. It replaces all the eggs and butter, which also helps cut down on calories and fat.
If you run out of applesauce, you can also try pureed prunes or apple butter. No joke!
(This is also a good time to mention that I have a free printable cheat sheet full of handy substitutions that you can use to vegan-ize your favorite recipes. Grab a copy here!)
Don’t worry about their flavors competing, you’ll hardly notice they’re even in these vegan brownies, because the chocolate flavor of the raw cocoa powder will easily overpower the flavor of the applesauce (or the pureed prunes or apple butter, whichever you swap in).
Is Pure Cocoa Powder Healthy?
This brownie recipe uses raw cocoa powder, which is naturally vegan. And it's also easy to work with - no mess with melting chocolate! But no worries, I promise you, it’s still fudgy and still dangerously chocolatey!
Cocoa powder is very healthy! In fact, it's an antioxidant superfood packed with polyphenols. So, we have even more reasons to gobble up the whole pan, don’t we?! 🙂
How long do vegan brownies last?
Freshly baked vegan brownies will last for about 3 to 4 days at normal room temperature. Make sure to store them in a covered airtight container to prevent drying out.
Can you freeze vegan brownies?
Yes! You can freeze them for 4 to 6 months if you wrap them tightly in aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap.
Tips for Perfect Vegan Brownies
Get creative with the mix-ins! Use this as a base recipe for your vegan brownies, and add your own twist. Toss in some dark chocolate chips, your favorite candies, or a swirl of caramel sauce for a whole new flavor!
Pick the perfect pan. I like to make my brownies in one of these silicone brownie pans. Nothing sticks and it's flexible, so it's easy to get the cooked brownies out without breaking them.
Use your favorite oil. I used coconut oil for this brownie recipe because I love that little bit of coconut scented flavor. But you can use regular vegetable oil or even olive oil if that's what you have on hand. In fact, these olive oil brownies are one of my most popular desserts.
Grab the handy cheat sheet. I get asked about vegan baking substitutions all the time- so I've created this free printable cheat sheet that you can use to make any recipe vegan!
Make them gluten free. Just use a gluten-free baking flour in place of the all-purpose flour to make this recipe 100% gluten free. I like this one from Bob's Red Mill - because it's easy to swap out 1:1 for regular flour.
Serve it with milk! Almond milk that is... or your favorite dairy-free milk. It's the perfect match for this chocolatey treat.
More Vegan Desserts:
If you love these vegan brownies, be sure to check out these other amazing vegan dessert recipes:
Easy Vegan Brownies
- 1 cup All Purpose Flour or gluten free baking flour
- ½ tsp Sea Salt
- ¼ tsp Baking Soda
- ½ cup Applesauce
- ¾ cup Brown Sugar
- ½ cup Coconut Oil
- ¼ cup Water
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- ½ cup Pure Raw Cacao Powder
- Start by creaming together your sugar, oil, and water.
- Add in your flour, salt, applesauce, vanilla, cocoa, and baking soda.
- Mix until well combined.
- Pour into a greased 8x8 baking dish.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes, or until baked through.
- Slice into 9 squares.
- Serve and enjoy!
Quick question! Can I sub something like quinoa flour or spelt flour, and would it always be the same amount? Thank you!
You could substitute quinoa flour for half of the regular flour. To bake with just quinoa flour, you really need to add more of a binder. If you want to experiment with that, this is a great resource: https://theheritagecook.com/gluten-free-3/gluten-free-baking-tips-and-hints/. Or you can use a gluten-free baking flour like Bob's Red Mill.