Would you modify these in any way at 5,500 feet?
Followed recipe exactly. Why mess with perfection? You did the work, and I reap the benefits. Stayed up late baking these. It is now 12:30 am................but I wanted to let them cool per your instructions. You can't even tell they are vegan. Yummmy!!!! Had to stop myself. There's always tomorrow. Thank you so much
Yummy but dry - I must have made one too many alte
Thanks for this recipe and the clear instructions. I strayed from the recipe in a few ways:
- Used a flax / almond LSA mix instead of the golden flax meal, and baking powder instead of baking soda as this is what I had
- I used half plain flour and half wholemeal
- I used a 100g bar of ordinary dark chocolate as didn't have semi-sweet.
- I only used 3/4 cup of sugar as I always reduce this and the sweetness was great - probably also thanks to the sweetness of the chocolate that I used.
Also, I found I didn't need to use a hand blender to mix the chocolate + cocoa powder + margarine + sugar; it all mixed in really smoothly with the boiling water.
With the above, they've come out with a great flavour and the exterior has a good bite to it, but unfortunately they're pretty dry in the middle, and hard to eat without large gulps of tea. This is probably due to one or more of my variations above! Next time I might add a mashed banana to the chocolate mixture (using a blender this time) as I love the taste and have found it adds great gooey-ness in baking.
As I was making the chocolate mixture, I wasn't too sure if tablespoons of cocoa and margarine should be heaped or not as I don't have proper measuring spoons, but I erred on the side of level. Perhaps more margarine would be good next time. I did use heaped tbsps of the flax mix though, because it wasn't 100% flax (it's partly almond meal and ground sunflower).
Thanks again :) I'll definitely revisit this recipe and make little tweaks till I perfect it.
your recipe and the way you explain every step is perfect. Only the baking time/temperature does not seem to work properly. They came out overbaked with a slighty black (=burnt) base.
I placed the tray on the lowest postition, like you recommend/say in the recipe.
I put the brownies in a air tight container overnight, hoping they migh develop some softness. The next day they were even harder, like very old bread. Fail.
My oven is a basic oven, electricity, constant accurate temperature, no convection, no circulating air or similar.
Could it be that your 350 F aren't "true" 350 F, but more like 330-340F?
My old oven used to be cooler than the number on the knob promised.
I will give it another try, bake only for 25 Min at 330 and see how they turn out.
I still give this recipe three stars, mainly because I don't want to ruin your good overall rating and secondly because I really enjoy your writing. Only the outcome was a disappointment.
Maybe I should mention I did not substitute or replace any of your ingredients. This can't be the reason for the failure either.
I made these last night and HAD to sample them before taking them to a BBQ later today. Absolutely delicious. I omitted the espresso powder, as I didn't have any and they were still great! Highly recommend. Thanks!
Where did we go wrong.
We had high expectations of these brownies given the high recommendations and clear instructions. We used the same ingredients and followed the instructions but to our disappointment ours turned dry and pretty tasteless. Would you have any idea why this might be?
Thank you for this great recipe!!
I changed a few things to make it healthier (whole wheat flour, black bean pure instead of margarine and date pure and agave syrup instead of suger) - and they were so delicious.
Also I used chickpeas flour instead of flax seed and macadamia nuts.
I have to say - these are the best brownies I've ever made, better than all vegan and non-vegan ones, really fudgy and rich. Thank you so much!
I have unsweetened 100% cacao Ghirardelli baking bars. Should I add a little extra sugar or just try it as is?
Never Had a Better Brownie!
Made these for a cat shelter fundraiser and they were a huge hit (especially among my family). I omitted the espresso and used vegan chocolate chips for the semi sweet chocolate. I melted half of the chips in with the batter and left the rest whole. This was the first time I've used golden flax. I can see why it is preferred over regular flax. Even on its own it is so much nicer, no bitter taste. I've been putting it on my soy yogurt too. I love it. The amount suggested for walnuts seemed right, but I might add even more next time. The brownies were nice and chewy inside and crispy outside. They were as good if not better than the ones I get at my favorite vegan restaurant. Thanks so much for this recipe, Mattie. I can't wait to try some of your other recipes!
Amazing...especially with Oreos!!!
These turned out absolutely perfect. Like many on this page, I've been vegan for about a year and the brownies were just never the same. But this recipe was even better than egg brownies! All of my friends think so too. I subbed 1/2 C crushed up Oreos for the nuts and I didn't have espresso powder so I didn't use it. Oh my god. So amazing. Perfect texture, perfect taste. Mmmm.
I'm not really a brownie person, but these were absolutely scrumptious! Just the right chewyness and chocolatelyness...do I have to share?
Thanks for the vegan recipe! Made the following changes for a bit of a healthier version:
- 3 Tbsp. applesauce + 3 Tbsp. mashed avocado instead of butter
- coconut sugar instead of regular white
- whole spelt flour instead of white wheat (wheat allergy)
- omitted espresso
Final product... delicious! Thanks again!
All I can say is wow! I am eating one now and it is delicious. I added 2 tablespoons Brewers Yeast to it for an extra nutritional punch and because I am a breastfeeding mom and add it where I can to help boost my milk supply. I left out the coffee and I was conservative on the sugar. I replaced the nuts with a few extra vegan chocolate chips left whole due to a nut allergy in my house. Even with these small changes they were still incredible. The dough was very thick and I used my hands to mix it and press it in the pan and it created the perfect texture! Not only is it chocolate yummy with the flax and brewers yeast this is also a healthy treat. Thanks so much it is my new go to brownie.
best ever brownies
never had such a good brownies of course i added a 1/2 of rice milk came out ohhhh amaizing
This is the one!
In the 2 years since we went vegan, a decent brownie has eluded me - and I'm a good cook! These were just perfect! I made two batches, one with nuts and one without, and everyone in my family loved them. The only changes I made were to leave out the espresso (not coffee drinkers) and subbing pecans because I discovered I was out of walnuts. I will make these often!
Mine are currently in the oven.
Just wanted to check the quantity of boiling water, really 1/4 cup?
It wasn't enough to melt my chocolate, so I used a bain-marie.
Also, I ended up with a soft dough, that needed about 1/4 cup soya milk to slacken down to a thick batter? Thanks!!!
I made these for my daughter in law and her boyfriend. I am not vegan but these were so good I will probably use this recipe from now on. I did not have espresso powder but used coffee beans and ground them and the flax seeds together, worked fine. I had no problem with over/under doneness, they came out perfect.
We made these as instructed, for the full 35 minutes. Our oven must bake faster than others (we had it on convection-multi at 325). The brownies came out sad and overcooked :((((
They were good aside form that, next time we will bake for less time.
Baker's little helper added a warm dark chocolate ganache on top, which then solidified, and they improved.
These brownies are sooooo good! I even prefer them to the ones from my favorite vegan bakery in Brooklyn. Plus, they're super easy to make. I didn't have flax on hand so I substituted for eggs with 1/2 cup of applesauce and 2 tsp of baking powder and they still came out great! And I happen to be very particular about my brownies.
I could eat the whole pan myself!my
My husband and I have been eating vegan about nine months and have finally started indulging in some higher calorie goodies. We've both lost a good bit of weight and come off cholesterol meds, so we felt eager to reward ourselves in a way that wouldn't be cheating on our vegan diet. Your brownies were a hit! we substituted whole wheat flour, but they were delicious. I can't compare since I haven't tried them with regular flour, but we both loved them! Thanks for posting this great recipe!!
tried it twice now and both times worked perfectly - great flavour and consistency - many thanks!
literally the best brownies I have ever eaten!!! I used coconut oil and added chia seeds for a little extra crunch!
Tried and true and sinful too!
If I could give this recipe 10 stars I would. It's so damn amazing! I have done several subs, from extra cocoa and earth balance to replace chopped chocolate, to dairy free chocolate chips, no nuts, instant coffee, organic, not organic (tsk tsk). Even did it with earth balance in the tub and it worked exactly the same for me, turned out fab. THANKS MATTIE!!!
Thank You Mattie for sharing this recipe. These are the most amazing brownies I've ever had.
Recently turned vegan and after making these, I am so looking forward to trying out your other recipes. My non-vegan friends can't stop eating them. I better make some more soon. They keep well in an air-tight container in the fridge. This superb brownie formula is a 5 star vegan winner.
Ultimate brownies indeed. Greetings from the vegan kitchen in London. xxx
This was my first time making vegan brownies and I must say this recipe is pretty great. One thing that I didn't like is that the morning after I made them they were rocks. I followed the recipe word for word. Is that supposed to happen or is there something else I can do to preserve them longer?
SO so so so good. YUM. I ate some hot, warm and cold and delicious all three stages :) Total winner in my book. Next time I will try with coconut oil as I prefer cooking with that,and it sounds like it works fine :) Thanks so much!!!!
The way brownies were born to be...
I LOVE brownies. Every year my mom sticks candles into a pan of brownies for me instead of a regular birthday cake. Ever since going vegan however, most brownies are good - but they're missing that chewy, dense texture that really makes a great brownie. THIS RECIPE IS AMAZING. It nails that wonderful texture that brownies are meant to have... and the flavor is perfection as well! My non-vegan friends adore them. The only problem is that you can easily eat the whole pan in a couple of days! : )
One Tip.... wetting your fingers really helps to press the thick dough down into the pan.
Thanks once again Mattie!!!!!!!!!
ps. lining the pan with parchment makes the bottom of the brownies really nice... good idea!
I've tried my share of vegan brownie recipes and I've consistently been let down until now. "Ultimate" is the perfect word for this recipe. These were absolutely the best brownies I've ever made, vegan or otherwise!