Simple Vegan Brownies Recipe

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This easy recipe for vegan brownies is perfect for any time of year. It’s simple to make and requires only 8 ingredients! The rich flavor will surely delight your taste buds with every bite!

slices of vegan brownies.

This vegan brownie recipe does not require butter, eggs, or chocolate. Even without them, they are rich and chocolaty! They are also healthier than box mix brownies.

Made with 2 secret ingredients that make these brownies the best vegan brownies: cacao butter & cacao powder. These superfoods add a rich chocolate flavor to this vegan version of traditional brownies.

    This recipe is for you if:
  • You love brownies
  • You are looking for an easy and simple brownie recipe
  • You want to use cacao powder and cacao butter for your desserts

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About This Recipe

  • Easy vegan brownies
  • Requires only 8 simple ingredients
  • Uses cacao powder and cacao butter
  • No eggs, no dairy
  • One bowl recipe
  • Baking time is 50 minutes

📋Ingredients

Here are the ingredients (amounts are in the recipe card below).

ingredients for vegan brownies.
  • Cacao Butter: Any cacao butter is ok. See below.
  • Oil: I use taihaku sesame oil for baking sweets. This particular sesame oil is squeezed raw, so it does not have the same color and aroma compared to common sesame oil (squeezed after roasting). You can use any oil that doesn’t have a strong flavor (such as vegetable oil).
  • Soy Milk: Use unsweetened soy milk.
  • Maple Syrup: Any maple syrup is ok.
  • Flour: You can use all-purpose flour or cake flour.
  • Almond Flour: Use blanched almond flour (no skin).
  • Cacao Powder: Use unsweetened cacao powder. See below.
  • Baking Powder: Use aluminum-free baking powder.

Is cacao healthy?

You may already know that cacao is beneficial for your health. The polyphenols contained in cacao is the one that makes cacao attractive.

Health Benefits of Cacao

These are some of the good things about cacao polyphenols:

Nowadays, high cacao chocolate, such as 70% 80% cacao, is easy to get at a store, and it is recommended to consume 25g (about 5 pieces) of it daily for health benefits.

Just eating high cacao chocolate daily and improving your health sounds easy and doable!

I will use excellent cacao products such as cacao powder and cacao butter for our fudgy vegan brownies.

Cacao Powder

cacao powder in a bowl.

The cacao beans are processed at low temperatures. The beans are crushed into small pieces and ground into fine powders to make cacao powder.

This way, it maintains the nutrients, minerals, and vitamins that are usually lost during the roasting process of cacao beans.

It is different from cocoa powder, which is processed at high temperatures. And it sometimes contains sugar and additives (depends on the brand, though).

Cacao Butter

Cacao butter in a bowl.

Cacao butter is fats extracted from cacao beans. It’s called “butter” because they are solid at room temperature. They melt above 30-35 C and become liquid.

Some are sold in blocks, some are sold in small pieces, and they look like white chocolate.

Both cacao powder and cacao butter may not be sold at regular supermarkets (not in Japan), so I recommend buying at Amazon or iHerb.

🔪Instructions

The ingredients are ready. Let’s make some brownies!

how to make vegan brownies.

First of all, preheat the oven to 160C/320F.

  1. Melt cacao butter in the microwave.
  2. Mix well with melted cacao butter, soy milk, oil, and maple syrup in a large bowl.
  3. Add all-purpose flour, almond flour, cacao powder, and baking powder.
  4. Sift them.
how to make vegan brownies.
  1. Use a whisk to mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients well.
  2. The batter should look like a nice melted chocolate mixture.
  3. Pour an even layer of the thick batter into a square pan with a rubber spatula.
  4. Bake for 50 minutes at 160C/320F.

I use a square cake pan with a removable bottom, but if you don’t have one, you can use any baking pan and line it with parchment paper to remove the cake from the pan.

vegan brownies in a cake pan.

Our vegan homemade brownies are here!

Place the pan on a wire rack and cool it completely before slicing and serving. 

Enjoy these delicious treats with your favorite drink or a scoop of vegan ice cream. If you wait until tomorrow or later, the brownies will be even more moist and rich in flavor, making it the best way to enjoy them.

You can keep them at room temperature or in the fridge (in an airtight container). If you don’t finish it in 5 days, make sure to wrap up any extra pieces before freezing for later!

Variations

vegan brownies with walnuts and chocolate chips.

The photo above has walnuts and chopped chocolate chips added to the brownies. I love mixing different ingredients, so next time, try with your favorite things, too! Here are my favorites:

  • Add chopped walnuts
  • Add vegan chocolate chips
  • Add chopped dry figs
  • Add mashed banana
  • Add marshmallows
  • Put the cookie on top of the brownies

Thanks for Stopping By!

slices of vegan brownies

This is my go-to brownie recipe and one of my favorite vegan treats…and vegan recipes! It always satisfies my sweet tooth! I hope you will try this at home and enjoy it with your family or friends. It’s super easy, so I’m sure you will love it!

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog♡. If you’ve tried this recipe (or any other recipe on the blog), please give it a star rating below!

Also, feel free to leave comments if you have any questions. I love hearing from you!

Chef JA Cooks is a Japanese food blog that shares simple, easy-to-follow, and healthy Japanese home cooking recipes, including vegan and vegetarian. From traditional Japanese recipes to modern recipes with step-by-step instructions.

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Simple Vegan Brownies Recipe

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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Servings: 16 pieces
Author: JURI
This easy recipe for vegan brownies is perfect for any time of year. It's simple to make and requires only 8 ingredients! The rich flavor will surely delight your taste buds with every bite!

Ingredients

Wet Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven:
    Preheat oven to 160C/320F.
  • Put wet ingredients: Microwave the cacao butter until it melts, and put A ingredients into a bowl and mix.
  • Add dry ingredients: Place a strainer on the bowl, add B ingredients, sift them, and mix.
  • Pour the batter: Pour the batter into a cake pan and lightly tap it on the counter to remove the bubbles.
  • Bake: Bake for 50minutes at 160C/320F.
  • Cool: Remove from the oven, place the pan on a cooling rack, and cool it completely before slicing and serving. 

Notes

  • Equipment: Square cake pan with removable bottom (18cm/8 inches)
  • Storage: It will last for 5 days at room temperature and one month in the freezer. 
  • Substitute: You can substitute soy milk with your favorite milk, such as oat milk and almond milk. You can substitute cacao butter with coconut oil.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 14.7g | Protein: 2.2g | Fat: 7.3g | Sodium: 10.7mg | Sugar: 5.3g
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vegan brownies
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