Ultimate Vegan Brownies

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5.0

Brilliant recipe

tried it twice now and both times worked perfectly - great flavour and consistency - many thanks!

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5.0

nomnomnom

literally the best brownies I have ever eaten!!! I used coconut oil and added chia seeds for a little extra crunch!

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So glad these brownies worked out for you Tessa! Great idea on adding chia seeds!

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5.0

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!!!

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That's great that you've had such luck with substitutions in these brownies cupcakefdoom! You've got me thinking that I should make some variations of this recipe such as peanut butter brownies and cheesecake brownies. Thanks for the feedback!

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5.0

Divine Brownies

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

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I'm so happy these brownies worked so well for you Ana! I always love it when non-vegans like them too!

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4.0

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?

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Sorry they got so rock hard on you the following day Ramz. I haven't that issue when making them. It sounds like they may have been slightly overcooked for some reason, possibly due to an oven running a little hot perhaps. You might want to reduce the baking time by about 5 minutes next time. Thanks for your feedback!

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5.0

YUMazing

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!!!!

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5.0

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!

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Thanks so much for the feedback and tip mustBmagnets, I'm so happy these vegan brownies worked great for you!

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5.0

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!

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So glad these worked out for you Megan!

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5.0

I couldn't even wait for them to cool just a littl

I just made these brownies (and managed not to use every dish in my kitchen). (I did not use nuts or espresso.) I pulled them out of the oven, out of the dish and immediately cut them and ate one. Then I cut another one and at that too. They're so good I feel I should eat a vegetable. They're not just so much like the real thing it made me want a glass of cow's milk and I don't like cow's milk vegan or not. No one is available to eat them with me so I'm worried I'm going to eat them all before morning. I used almond milk but then I was wondering how chocolate almond milk would do. In hindsight that would be chocolate overload.

A lot of people are finding it hard to go vegan because they don't want to give things up. It's a victory when the vegan version is better than the non-vegan version.

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I'm so happy these worked out so well for you Kelly! Thanks!

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5.0

Really is the ultimate brownie...

I've been making these brownies since I ran across this recipe, and they are fantastic. My husband loves them. I thought I'd leave a note to say that I wanted to make them today and only had 1/4 cup of the vegan chocolate chips. I went ahead and did it, and they were still great! Another tip is that I've found in the past that the edges get more done, so now I put foil around the edges and that works well.

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Great idea about putting foil on the edges Statch! Have you seen that brownie tin that exposes more surface area to edges so every brownie slice has crispy edge on it? I can't make up my mind whether I like the edges more or the center more with brownies. Thanks for sharing and I'm thrilled that you like them!

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5.0

love!

These are so perfect...thank you! These stand up beside non-vegan brownies with pride. I used tub margarine in these cos that's all I had at the time and they were fine btw.

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So glad to know these worked out so well even with tub margarine asharpknife! Thanks for sharing.

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5.0

This is a 6 star recipe! I just made this (i'm actually eating a piece right now) and it's amazing. Fudgy inside and crispy outside. I don't think I ever enjoyed a homemade non-vegan brownie as much as this one. I followed the recipe to a tee (except used 5tbsp coconut oil + 1 tbsp nut milk in place of vegan butter) and they came out just the way they should. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

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I haven't tried these with a coconut oil/non-dairy milk substitution instead of vegan butter. It's nice to know it works. Thanks for sharing Bulut!

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5.0

Amaaazing!!!!!!!!

Oh god, this recipe is awesome. I made no subs and it turned out beautifully! Sticky, moist, gooey and crunchy on top..all the things a brownie should be! Thank you!!!

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So glad these brownies worked out for you Sammy!

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4.0

Aaagh! Wish I'd read the bit about the batter being "Very thick!" before over-panicking and nearly ruining my brownies :O Thought I'd misread the amounts for flour and hastily tried to "dilute" the mix by adding more hot water, melted choc etc. Luckily they still turned out ok but next time I will have to follow to a tee!

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Sorry zapplepie! I know- the batter thickness is strange. I could't believe it when the recipe evolved this way when I developed it. Non-vegan brownies use egg coagulation that is the primary structure builder. These brownies use primarily flour and flax for this which results in an unconventionally thick batter. Vegan batters and doughs tend to be thicker because of this factor.

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5.0

Best brownies!

These were the most delicious brownies I've ever baked (vegan and non vegan). Thanks for sharing the recipe with us Mattie!
I've just writed a new blog post about this recipe on my blog. Check it out and I hope you like how my vegan brownies came out! :-)
xo
Gemma.
http://www.cinnamongirldelights.blogspot.com.es/2013/03/the-best-vegan-brownies.html

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That's so cool Cinnamongem! Thanks so much for writing about them! I'm so happy they worked out for you. I love your food photography- especially the one that's looking inside the oven where the brownies are baking. By the way, the boiling water is used to melt the chocolate, soften the cocoa powder and dissolve the espresso powder all in one fell swoop. Thanks again!

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4.0

Awesome Recipe

I made these last night! Thanks for the great recipe :)

Because I don't own a 20 cm x 20 cm baking dish, I used two long loaf tins (about 30 cm x 10 cm). Otherwise I followed the recipe to a tee. Because of this change, I suspect that I should have reduced the baking time a bit because the brownies came out a bit harder than expected. Next time - because there will be a next time! - I'll buy a new baking dish or I'll reduce the baking time.

Otherwise, they taste lovely. Well done on an awesome site - I really appreciate the thought that goes into your recipes and the scientific approach you have in breaking these things down!

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Thanks so much for sharing sameshnaidoo! Yes, I suspect that since your rectangular baking dish had more surface area exposed, it probably caused the brownies to bake a little faster than normal and lose more moisture. These brownies are more sensitive to overbaking than regular brownies so there can even be slight variances between ovens and whether you use glass, ceramic or metal baking dishes. I developed these brownies with 8x8 inch glass and steel baking dishes. So glad you like Veganbaking.net!

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5.0

Yummy :)

I was a little skeptical with the texture before cooking, but they turned out super great ! .
Definitely the best brownies i've made, vegan or not
The texture and the taste are perfect for me ! :)

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I was skeptical when designing these brownies too when the recipe started to evolve into having a thicker and thicker batter. It turns out that since the batter doesn't have eggs to use up the water during coagulation like most traditional brownie recipes do, the batter ends up really thick. So glad they worked out for you Carlos!

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5.0

This was my first brownie recipe that i made and all went great. I was using carob and dark chocolate. Thank you, greetings from Romania...

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Congrats on your first batch of brownies abydeea! Glad they worked out!

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I am sooo disspointed

I'm not sure what went wrong. I have never followed a recipe so meticulously as I followed this one (except I used solid coconut oil instead of vegan butter, which sadly we still don't have here).
Reading the post and all the comments I had such high hopes.... but what came out of the oven was nowhere near soft and fudgey, more like chocolate bricks I could kill someone with.
What did I miss? where did I go wrong?? my old toaster-oven may be a bit off temperature, but not that much... Are you really sure about the 35 minutes baking? because I checked after 15 minutes and they looked quite baked to me, but then - I followed your instructions to the end...
I guess if it worked for so many people it must be me, but how? why?

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I'm so sorry to hear that they didn't work for you Hilli! The coconut oil probably wasn't a factor. The only thing I can think of is that your toaster oven may be a little to hot. The brownie batter has much less moisture than traditional brownie batter so it's extra sensitive to over baking. If you do get a chance to try it again, I'd suggest using another oven as a test. Thanks for the feedback!

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5.0

Will you marry me?

I have been vegan for 13 years. I consider myself an expert vegan cook. My veggie and omni friends and family enjoy my cooking and I'm usually in charge of Thanksgiving dinner, my family will even go meat free. But good quality brownies have been elusive, I mean my Achilles if you will. I've searched hi and low, and I had given up hope, then you came along. With your beautifully written recipe. I know that I should have followed it to the T but I didn't have any vegan butter left and I would have to fly 700 miles in order to get some (I live in a very rural part of the world). But I did have extra virgin coconut oil/butter, and if you like chocolate a coconut then this is would be a dream. I also didn't have walnuts and used pecans instead, I shouldn't have because pecans are way too soft. I say all that to say this "Will you marry me"?

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Sure Dee! As long as I can depend on you to make Thanksgiving dinner. I'm thrilled you like them so much! I'll have to try making them with coconut oil- that sounds amazing. Oh and toasting the pecans before mixing them in would probably keep them from getting soft if you're in a pinch and can't get walnuts. I'll chalk up "marriage proposal" to be equivalent to a six star rating;) I'm so glad this recipe has worked out for so many people!

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5.0

Fantastic recipe!

These brownies are incredible! The thickness of the batter did seem a bit strange to me, but they turned out just perfect. The balance of chocolate & sweet was right on. This is definitely the best vegan brownie I've ever made, and possibly one of the best brownies I've had overall. My next goal is to maintain this amazing goodness and just make them a bit healthier... I'll report if it works out!

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So glad you like them raqk8! I have a funny feeling they taste the way they do because they're not the healthest brownies on earth;) But I guess compared to butter and egg laden brownies they fare pretty well. Let me know it goes!

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5.0

Best brownies ever....

These are without a doubt the best brownies I've ever had in my life... vegan or not. To change it up a little I made them with a rocky road topping. Just before they're done in the oven, top with chopped nuts and mini vegan marshmallows. When cool, drizzle melted chocolate on top. Will definitely be adding this recipe to my favorites!

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I love your rendition Liz! I'll have to try that. So glad you like them!

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5.0

Yummm!!

I just made these and did a nutritional analysis. If you split this recipe into 16 servings, it's about 161 delicious calories per brownie. I already ate two!! :) Thx for recipe!!

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Thanks so much for the analysis superchargedRD! I would think it would be many more calories but I'll take it!

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4.0

Yummy!

I used carob powder instead of espresso powder, so my 2 year old could eat them.
These are great!

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thank you!

Today is the best day ever. After going through countless vegan brownie recipes and being let down every time, this one hits the bullseye. My search is over! Thank you, Mattie, for sharing your talent with the rest of us.

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Thanks Patrick! So glad these worked out for you!

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4.0

I didn't have espresso powder or vegan butter, replaced them with fresh ground coffee beans and canola oil. I didn't use flax seed - I find that chick pea flour makes a much better egg replacer. I added some hot chili powder also. The only problem I had was with the texture, they were kind of cakey, I cooked them too long, next time I'll cut the cooking time by 10 minutes or so.
The end result was delicious, they barely had a chance to cool before being mostly consumed.

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5.0

Ultimate Brownies...DEFINITELY!

Wow! I cannot begin to express enough thanks for this recipe! They were so chocolatey and SO very, very good. Although I am more vegetarian than vegan, my daughter-in-law is vegan so I wanted to prepare several recipes at Christmas that she could eat. Everyone loved these! I did substitute pecans for walnuts simply because I prefer them. Otherwise followed instructions exactly. Yum! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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5.0

Amazing!

Mattie, you're a vegan brownie genius! I've been trying to find a recipe that would replicate the chewy brownies we used to love as non-vegans, and this is exactly it. I used Earth Balance (one stick), the Good Life vegan chocolate chips and regular instant coffee (not espresso). I only let them sit in the pan for about 20-30 minutes (you were kidding about the hour, right? :->), then put them in the refrigerator to let them cool thoroughly, since we loved our chewy brownies cold. They're completely and utterly amazing! I thought they were fun to make too; I loved seeing how thick the batter got, and had never used parchment paper that way before. It was great -- no scratching my pan trying to use a spatula.

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So glad these worked out for you Statch!

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5.0

Really good

I have been eyeing this recipe for a while, but finally made it on Christmas Day. I made a few small substitutions. For example, I rarely use all-purpose flour. Instead, I used a mixture of oat flour and white whole wheat. I do not like nuts in brownies, so I added almost 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.

I had one 'issue.' I used vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips and they did not melt entirely once the boiling water was added. I added additional water, but still the chocolate did not melt completely. Finally, I was concerned that I was adding too much water, so I put the bowl in the microwave to melt the chocolate.

I am a bit of a 'brownie snob,' but I was very happy with these brownies. Thank goodness since the recipe is somewhat complicated. This was my 3rd vegan brownie recipe attempt and the most successful. Thanks Mattie!

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5.0

Yum,

These are fantastic. Rich and fudgey. I immediately wanted more. Since becoming vegan, I had been disappointed by brownies. Passed the 3 year old test easily. I used black cocoa powder instead of espresso. Making another batch now. Thanks!

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