Fudgy Vegan Brownies

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These fudgy vegan brownies are rich and gooey, with the best edges ever! They’re easy to make with simple ingredients.

Vegan brownies usually sneak in ingredients we don’t expect in desserts.

So if chickpea or tofu brownies don’t make your mouth water, these fudgy brownies from the cookbook Fuss-Free Vegan by Sam of It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken might just hit the spot!

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There are no strange ingredients in these vegan fudgy brownies.

Vegan chocolate chips, good-quality unsweetened cocoa powder, dairy-free butter, almond milk, walnuts, and a few common pantry staples combine in a single bowl to give you rich, dark brownies that are flaky on top and gooey in the center. So good!

Want a decadent dessert experience you won’t even feel guilty about?

Heat and enjoy warm, gooey brownies with cold delights like our creamy vegan vanilla bean ice cream and healthy peanut butter cup smoothie!

Why You’ll Love This Vegan Brownie Recipe 

  • These fudgy vegan brownies are rich and gooey with the perfect flaky top—it’s truly hard to believe they’re vegan!
  • This vegan brownie recipe uses basic pantry ingredients. No strange vegan substitutes are needed. 
  • End your party on a high note with these seriously fudgy brownies. They’re good for any occasion, whether served on their own or with other sweets like vegan strawberry ice cream or caramel cheesecake martini!
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Ingredients And Substitutions For Fudgy Vegan Brownies

Vegan chocolate chips – For the most chocolatey bite, this plant based brownie recipe is made with vegan chocolate chips AND cocoa powder.

Vegan butter – Makes rich and ultra-fudgy vegan brownies. 

White sugarGranulated sugar adds just enough sweetness to the vegan fudge brownies. Coconut sugar also works. 

Almond milk – Almond milk substitutes regular milk in these dairy-free brownies. 

Vanilla extract – Rounds out the dark chocolate flavor in this vegan brownies recipe. You can also use almond extract to add complexity.

All-purpose flour – Feel free to use gluten-free all-purpose flour for GF brownies.

Cocoa powder – You can use Dutch-process or natural unsweetened cocoa powder.

Baking powder – These vegan fudge brownies are made with just enough leavener to give them a nice, thick texture. 

Salt – Enhances the rich chocolate flavor of the vegan brownies. Some also like to add espresso powder to their batter for the same reason.

Walnuts – They’re optional, but the added crunch of walnuts is fabulous with the gooey texture of these brownies.

Non-stick spray – For lightly greasing the lined baking pan. 

Serve these ooey gooey vegan fudge brownies with a quick raspberry coulis on top! Just blend fresh raspberries with agave and a bit of lemon juice, strain, and refrigerate until the mixture thickens a bit. 

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Tips For Making Vegan Brownies

Do Not Overmix the Batter

Mix the batter just until combined or when you no longer see streaks of dry ingredients. Overmixing can cause brownies to sink in the middle!

Cut the Perfect Brownies

For easier removal, line the baking pan with parchment paper and use the overhang to lift the brownies out. Allow them to cool completely before slicing. Cut the vegan brownies with long strokes instead of a sawing motion. 

Storage Tips

Let the fudgy vegan brownies cool completely, then cover them with foil or plastic wrap. For the best texture, store the brownies at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can also keep the leftover brownies in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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Plant Based Brownie Recipe FAQs

Can you substitute vegan butter in brownie recipe?

Sure! Use coconut oil instead of vegan butter to give vegan brownies the perfect fudgy texture.

How long do vegan brownies last?

Vegan brownies can last up to 3 months if frozen. 

Can you freeze vegan brownies?

Yes. Wrap each vegan brownie in parchment paper and store in a freezer-safe container. Thaw in the fridge overnight before serving. 

Which cocoa powder is best for this vegan brownie recipe?

This vegan brownie recipe works with Dutch-process and natural cocoa powder, but Dutch-process cocoa lends a deeper chocolate flavor.

What brownie mix is vegan?

There are plenty of vegan brownie mixes in the market. Check out Bake Me Healthy, Renewal Mill, Snacktivist, or Miss Jones.

More Delicious Vegan Dessert Recipes

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Fudgy Vegan Brownies

fudgy vegan brownies recipe
These fudgy vegan brownies are rich and gooey, with the best edges ever! They're easy to make with simple ingredients.
Louisa
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line the baking pan with parchment paper for easier removal. Lightly coat the paper with non-stick spray.
  • Melt the chocolate chips and butter in a small saucepan. Remove from the heat just as they melted to avoid burning the chocolate.
  • Pour the mixture into a bowl and add the sugar, milk, and vanilla extract. Mix well, then add the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Mix just until the batter comes together, then fold in the walnuts.
  • Pour the brownie batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs and the brownies are pulling away from the sides of the pan.
  • Allow your fudgy vegan brownies to cool before slicing.

Notes

  • Mix the batter just until combined or when you no longer see streaks of dry ingredients. Overmixing can cause brownies to sink in the middle!
  • For easier removal, line the baking pan with parchment paper and use the overhang to lift the brownies out. Allow them to cool completely before slicing. Cut the vegan brownies with long strokes instead of a sawing motion. 
  • Let the fudgy vegan brownies cool completely, then cover them with foil or plastic wrap. For the best texture, store the brownies at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can also keep the leftover brownies in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Excerpted from Fuss Free Vegan: 101 Everyday Comfort Food Favorites, Veganized. Copyright © 2017 Samantha Turnbull. Published by Appetite by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

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  1. cooking these now…they won’t “cook”. So far, been in for 45 minutes and still liquid. I followed the recipe, did not add the nuts. any suggestions?

    1. Hi Angela. I’m sorry your brownies won’t cook. Sometimes the oven temperature is different from what the display indicates, so even if you followed the recipe, the brownies will be undercooked. The brownies might also not set if the ingredient ratios are incorrect. Oh, and the size of the pan also affects the baking time!

      As for rescuing undercooked brownies, you can cover with foil and re-bake them in 3-5 minutes increments.

      If all else fails, you can get creative and use the brownies to make parfaits or trifles.

  2. 5 stars
    Made these for the first time and took them to my small group at church.
    I’m the only Vegan and every week I like my friends to experience food from “the other side 🤣”.
    They LOVED the brownies.
    Rich, chewy, moist and delicious.
    Will definitely be making these again and again and again.
    Thank you 🙏

  3. 5 stars
    Hi!

    First off these brownies are amazing!!! There’s one problem I run into constantly. Some part of the brownies come out just right. I can cut them without them crumbling. The rest seems like it needs to bake longer. I can’t cut them as easy and they fall apart. They also look and feel like they should bake longer. This happens within the same pan. I’ve followed the recipe exactly how it is. I’ve even let some bake a bit longer, but I still get the same results. Any clue of what I should do? My niece and I are determined to get these to perfection!

  4. Hi! these look delish. I am new to vegan baking and, looking at this recipe, I am not sure what ingredient is holding the batter together? There is no replacement for the eggs. What will baking due to bind this into a brownie? I was thinking of making them for Easter.

    1. Hi Gina! Vegan baking can be so intimidating – I know it was for me. But these brownies are held together with the melted chocolate and the nondairy milk. They were the best vegan brownies I’d ever tried and everyone I’ve tested them on feels the same. Enjoy!

  5. So funny, the video appeared on my facebook and I was like, huh, those look like my brownies, then I saw the image of my cookbook! Now I ask myself, how in the world did I recognize a brownie!?!?!?! Hahhaa. Thanks so much for sharing, and for the awesome video!!!

    1. haha I love that you can recognize your brownies! Of all the brownie recipes out there, you spotted yours. Well they are absolutely deLISH and I was so sad when they were gone – time to make more!