These fudgy vegan brownies have an decadent chocolate flavor and delicious gooey texture! Made with healthy ingredients, including avocado oil and flaxseed eggs.
I went through a long phase in life of replacing all oils in baked goods with non-fat Greek yogurt. Yogurt is often used as a replacement for oil in any baked good that touts a ‘skinny’ or ‘low-fat’ recipe title.
While I don’t have anything against yogurt specifically (besides the fact it makes my nose red), these ‘skinny’ and ‘low-fat’ recipes sometimes defeat the point of making a dessert—a post-meal treat to be enjoyed. Usually in reasonable quantities.
Muffins that are ‘skinny’ will likely be eaten as breakfast or a snack, replacing a healthier breakfast of eggs and vegetables, or a snack of healthy fruits and nuts. ‘Low-fat’ desserts almost always equate with eating two brownies instead of one.
‘Skinny’ and ‘low-fat’ recipes are empty carbs with no real nutrition behind them, yet they give us permission to eat one (or two) too many. At least in my own past experience—these types of recipes are an excuse to replace normal meals because they are ‘healthy.’ Because, replacing vegetables with chocolate is the dream, right? We know that fats are good for our bodies. And cooked the right ways, they are delicious. So, why replace them with a cardboard dessert option?
It’s time to bring back the real desserts. Desserts with real sugar, not artificial sweeteners. Made with real oils and fats, instead of non-fat Greek yogurt. Desserts that taste delicious, but don’t leave you with the urge to eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Let’s delete ‘skinny’ and ‘low-fat’ from our vocabulary. At least, I am deleting it from mine!
So what happens when you make a dessert with actual sugar and oil instead of yogurt?
Decadent fudgy vegan brownies. That is what happens.
While this recipe does use regular sugar and full-fat ingredients, we do have just one replacement here that makes these brownies fit the vegan category. Eggs are replaced with flaxseed eggs. Flaxseed eggs might sound strange, but they are incredibly easy to make and take little effort at all.
And the good news for all you non-vegan folks out there? You can easily replace the flaxseed eggs with regular eggs!
Fudgy Vegan Brownies Grocery List
Here is what you’ll need to look for at the grocery store!
- ground flaxseed (typically located alongside other baking products, or in the health food section)
- natural peanut butter
- coconut sugar
- maple syrup
- avocado oil (olive oil or melted coconut oil would work as well)
- unsweetened cocoa powder
- vanilla extract
- whole wheat or all purpose flour
- carob chips or vegan dark chocolate chips (These can be trickier to find, and may require a trip to a health food store. Take a look at the ingredients list of dark chocolate chips and make sure ‘milk’ isn’t listed. You can also find carob chips on Amazon.
Be sure to let these brownies cool completely before cutting into them. Though the pictures here show a delicious mess of brownie crumbs, that is the result of being overly eager to cut into the pan.
Fudgy Vegan Brownies
Yield 12 brownies
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed + 5 tablespoons water
- 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup avocado oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup whole wheat or all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup carob chips or vegan dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- In a small bowl, stir together ground flaxseed and water. Let sit for 5 minutes, until thick. (Skip this step if using real eggs.)
- In a large bowl, stir together peanut butter, coconut sugar, maple syrup and avocado oil. Stir to achieve an even consistency.
- Gradually add in unsweetened cocoa powder. Stir in completely.
- Mix in vanilla extract and salt.
- Stir in flax eggs. (Replace with real eggs if not following vegan recipe.)
- Gradually add flour. Stir in completely.
- Fold in carob or chocolate chips of choice.
- Grease an 8x8 glass pan. Pour in brownie batter, evening out across the pan.
- Bake for 25-26 minutes, then check brownies. If an inserted toothpick comes out clean, they are done. If not, bake an additional 4-5 minutes.
- Let cool completely before cutting.
Serving Size 1 brownie
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 11.5 g
Saturated Fat 2.8 g
Unsaturated Fat 8.2 g
Sodium 67.2 mg
Total Carbohydrates 23.9 g
Dietary Fiber 2.8 g
Sugars 14.8 g
Protein 2.8 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.