Classic Vegan Brownies – Simple and easy

Moist, fudgy, gooey, chocolaty, delicious vegan brownies - the only brownie you need in your life. This vegan brownie recipe is simple yet decadent, and super easy to make.
vegan chocolate brownies

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Holla my lovely friends! Did you know that tomorrow is the international chocolate day?! Yes, international CHOCOLATE DAY. Thaaaaat’s basically international Maiko’s day.

To celebrate such a lovely day, I made this classic brownie recipe. Yes it’s vegan as always! I made bunch of chocolate recipes in the past week including chocolate muffins, chocolate layer cake, and more but I decided to share these delicious vegan brownies because a.) everyone loves brownies and needs one in their life. and b.) what could be more chocolaty than brownies. and c.) I bought a new camera and this was the very first recipe I shot with it and just couldn’t wait to show off the pictures.

Okaaaay yes the reason c is a big one and I have many pictures of my recipes I took with my old camera sitting in my computer waiting for its publish but I couldn’t wait to share these beautiful pictures my new camera takes! Aha.

vegan chocolate brownies
vegan chocolate brownies

Loooook at the beautiful crust on top, the moist centre, and the fudgy-ness, gooey-ness, chocolatey-ness that my new camera captures…. My first words after taking these pictures of these lovely vegan brownies were “omg, this is so angelic(melting heart)”. I bet you would have said the same.

Ok enough about my new camera! But if you would like to know which camera and lenses I bought to get these pictures, I’m creating a resource page for it and will update you right here soon! You’re very welcome:)

What is a real brownie – my first brownie

Can I be honest with you (as always, like I am a mysterious woman), this is literally my first ever brownie recipe I made. (not so mysterious, as always.) And if I’m honest with you, again, it turned out to be one of the easiest things I have ever baked.

Brownies weren’t introduced into my life until I found a little pink packet in a convenient store saying “Real Brownie”. The packet had a cute retro print of a girl on it and what drew me into the brownie was actually the design of the packet, not an actual thing inside, which was a brownie.

The thing is I had never had brownies until my late teen. (I was born in Tokyo and brownies aren’t something that your mom bakes all the time here!) And my first thought was, “why didn’t this thing come into my life sooner?! It’s Delicious. But what is a “real” brownie… Is this one not real?”, which question has not yet been answered till this day.

But I can confidently say this, that this vegan brownie recipe I made, IS a real brownie. In fact it tastes much better – so moist, fudgy, gooey, chocolaty and no dairy or eggs are used. If anything, this is more than real, this is the perfect brownie you only need in your life.

 

vegan chocolate brownies

How to make vegan chocolate brownies

How to make these delicious vegan chocolate brownies is quite simple. it comes with the least steps that brownies could possibly take, you can whip up the batter in 15mins, with simple ingredients.

To me perfect brownie has the moist, fudgy, gooey centre with nice thin outer crust.  As I always say, baking is science, all about mixing ratio of each ingredients. If the ratio of one ingredients is smaller or larger, even a tiny bit, it can drastically change the end result. So it is very important to measure your ingredients correctly.

Having said that, I have made loads of failed brownies, and you know when it comes to perfection, it’s always PERFECT if the products are made with LOVE. Like whatever kids make it’s delicious because they make it with joy and love. 

But wouldn’t hurt to have some tips to make better and delicious brownies would it?
Here are some tips for you to make these perfect vegan brownies.

Tips to make the perfect vegan brownies

TIP 1. Use dairy free dark chocolate

My first tip for you is to use dairy free DARK chocolate. This is because it may change the taste of the brownie slightly lighter in chocolate flavour if you use ones with plant milk in it. It is important to use dark chocolate for the maximum chocolatey-ness that this vegan brownie has.

I didn’t test my recipe with vegan milk chocolate but I highly recommend you to use dairy free dark chocolate with the shortest ingredient list.

And also look for dark chocolate that doesn’t contain sugar. Dark chocolate usually don’t contain sugar so it should be easy to find in the baking corner of your local super market, but if you absolutely can’t find any without sugar, it will work too but the result will be a little sweeter.

Tip 2. Combine 2 main flours

I like to use plain  flour and rice flour half and half pretty much every time I create recipes and this may be confusing for some of you. The reason for this is if I use only plain flour, the result is almost always a little too dry and light to my taste, and if using only rice flour, the result is a little too dense and soft.

So one day when I was baking a carrot cake, I thought the combination of these two might make the perfect texture. And it totally did! 

Combination of these two flours works for almost any baking goods and it’s my staple. It work perfectly for these vegan brownies too to make the moist, fudgy, gooey centre + light crisp outer layer. I also added tapioca flour in this vegan brownie recipe to make it extra moist and gooey.

Tip 3. prepare the soy milk

This one is a simple but often times forgotten process in baking. Before combining the wet ingredients and dry ingredients, take out the soy milk from the fridge and let it be at the room temperature.

This is because if the soy milk is cold, the melted chocolate and vegan butter can harden partially in the mixing process, resulting in uneven texture for the final product.

Always make sure that any liquid used in recipes are at room temperature unless instructed otherwise, so that mixing process goes smooth and nicely.

Tip 4. Vegan butter over vegetable oil

I used vegetable oil and vegan butter for this recipe and while both works perfectly, I preferred the vegan butter version better than vegetable oil. This might be because my brain is programmed that brownies are made with butter.. But it definitely gave that soft buttery texture to this brownie which I quite like.

You don’t know which vegan butter to buy? I gathered some information of my favourite vegan butters in the recipe post for vanilla pound cake with vanilla cream, so head over to the “What is used instead of butter?” section for more information!

Having said that, you can absolutely switch to vegetable oil of your choice if you prefer it for a lighter texture and taste.

vegan chocolate brownies

How to store these vegan brownies

To store these lovely vegan brownies, simply put them in an airtight container. At room temperature they will maintain the taste and texture for up to 2 days, so I suggest you to eat fresh:)

 In a fridge you can keep them for up to 4-5 days, and for a longer shelf life you can also freeze them up to 2-3 month. Just don’t forget to cut it into squares before freezing! Once frozen it will be hard to cut with a knife.

Can I make the vegan brownies gluten-free?

Sure you can! Simply swap the plain flour to rice flour, so you only use rice flour which is gluten-free. I’m making 2 gluten-free brownie recipes at the moment, which will be on the blog very soon! One of them is gluten-free, raw and no-bake, which I’m quite excited to share with you.

Meanwhile you are waiting, join The Chestnut Bakery mailing crew below to receive new recipes straight to your mail box so that you will never miss the gluten-free version of these lovely vegan brownies! Plus, you will receive a free recipe ebook 7 Days Porridge, pretty and delicious porridge guide by joining The Chestnut Bakery mailing crew. Hurray!

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You will LOVE these vegan brownies because they are:

– moist
– fudgy
– gooey
– crisp on the outer layer
– chocolaty
– super delicious

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vegan chocolate brownies

Classic vegan brownies

What you need:

Tools:

How to:

  1. Preheat the oven at 180C (356F)
  2. In a small sauce pan, melt the vegan butter on the low heat. Set aside.
  3. Add the vegan dark chocolate in a small bowl and place over a bigger bowl filled with 1/3 boiling hot water and stir to melt completely smooth. Set aside. Be careful not to burn yourself with the hot water!
  4. In a large bowl, add the plain flour, rice flour, cocoa powder, sugar, and tapioca flour and mix well with a whisker.
  5. Add in the melted vegan butter, vegan dark chocolate, soy milk and vanilla extract and fold together well the wet and dry ingredients with a large wooden spoon. 
  6. Pour the batter into the square tin and bake for 25mins. I baked this for several times in one day and 25mins gives the perfect crisp outer crust on top and moist centre.
  7. Take it out of the oven, let cool to room temperature, take it out of the tin, then let cool completely before cutting it into brownie squares.
  8. Share with your friends, family, if you can resist to eat them all yourself. Enjoy!

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Useful cooking tool for this recipe

Square tin

Square tins like this one here will do a brilliant work!

This one is 8inch wide so I think slightly wider than mine, so if you are using this size try baking for 23 mins instead of 25mins.

Mine has a removable loose bottom like the one on the right, which is very useful because it’s much easier to take out brownies and cakes!

And this one is CHAMPAGNE GOLD. How pretty is that!

Classic chocolate brownies - vegan and easy

Simple and classic vegan brownies with perfect moist centre and crisp crust on top.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Keyword: chocolate, easy, simple, vegan
Servings: 9 squares

Equipment

  • square tin

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven at 180C (356F)
  • In a small sauce pan, melt the vegan butter on the low heat. Set aside.
  • Add the vegan dark chocolate in a small bowl and place over a bigger bowl filled with 1/3 boiling hot water and stir to melt completely smooth. Set aside. Be careful not to burn yourself with the hot water!
  • In a large bowl, add the plain flour, rice flour, cocoa powder, sugar, and tapioca flour and mix well with a whisker.
  • Add in the melted vegan butter, vegan dark chocolate, soy milk and vanilla extract and fold together well the wet and dry ingredients with a large wooden spoon. 
  • Pour the batter into the square tin and bake for 25mins. I baked this for several times in one day and 25mins gives the perfect outer crust on top and moist centre.
  • Take it out of the oven, let cool to room temperature, take it out of the tin, then let cool completely before cutting it into brownie squares.
  • Share with your friends, family, if you can resist to eat them all yourself. Enjoy!
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4 Comments

  1. Christine
    10 July 2020 / 4:37 pm

    YUM!!! I’m definitely making these today!

    • Maiko
      Author
      11 July 2020 / 2:31 pm

      Thank you Christine! It’s so good, let me know how it goes:)

  2. 10 July 2020 / 4:41 pm

    I can’t wait to try these! I’m always looking for new vegan recipes to satisfy my sweet tooth!

    • Maiko
      Author
      11 July 2020 / 2:31 pm

      This recipe is super easy to make and best chocolate treat to satisfy sweet tooth, definitely!

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