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!!!
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!
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! :-)
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!
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 ! :)
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?
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"?
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
Just made these and they turned out so well! I only had 99% dark chocolate, didn't add extra sugar and probably only put about half a tsp of instant coffee but they still turned out to be amazing. Can't wait to bring these to a holiday party I'm attending tonight...I'm the only vegan!
WOW! I made these for a friend who's a Vegan and they are incredible! So delicious, even for non-vegans. They have same consistency and very similar taste to real brownies. AMAZING!!
ps thanks for the detailed instructions
I just had to add thanks for saying when you could and could not use an electric mixer, I would've done all of it in the electric mixer if not for your warning!
Awesome in pyrex (lower temp shorter time) without
I was converting amounts to make your recipe in 3 glass pans that are 8x6, and I accidentally added nearly twice as much applesauce + baking powder to substitute for your flax, assuming you were trying to replace 2 eggs? (I just forgot I was out of flax). The conversion is supposed to be 1/4c applesauce + 1tsp baking powder per egg. But my batter was still extremely thick even with all the (unintentionally) extra applesauce - I had to push it into the pans with my hands. The parchment paper made it so easy to get out of the pans anyway!
Half my chocolate was a 100% dark bar that we had in the cupboard, and I didn't increase the sugar. But my vegan chocolate chips were pretty sweet even though they say they are semisweet (Enjoy life brand). I also used coffee instead of water, but I didn't boil it, I just got it hot (didn't want a burned-coffee taste). I ended up with a few lumps of imperfectly melted dark chocolate this way though, I figured they were ok but next time I might try to mix the chocolate/coffee over a pot of hot water on the stove. I also increased the vanilla by a 1/3rd, used 1/3rd demerara sugar that I had (the rest was white) and unbleached white flour (maybe that's the same as all-purpose?). I also used Earth Balance sticks, using maybe 1/4 extra because someone else mentioned it seemed to need more for EB sticks.
To convert metal pan recipes for glass I had read that you are supposed to do the same time, at 25 degrees cooler. I ended up doing 25 degrees cooler (325) for just 30-31 minutes instead of 35. I was really worried I undercooked them but when they cooled they were gooey like I wanted, and they didn't seem undercooked to me.
I loved them, (I made one pan with walnuts and it was my favorite). My non-vegan husband loved them and he thought they were so good he brought some in to his work "to show off."
Sorry for the long review but I was helped by people's substitution tips in their reviews so I thought I should add mine!
Thanks again for the awesome recipe!!!
I've made these brownies twice: once with the flax egg and once without (by mistake). I actually preferred the brownies without the flax, and I think removing it would make the recipe more accessible to people who don't keep special ingredients in their kitchen.
the best so far!
Thanks for sharing this recipe! I found it over at Neverhomemaker. These are the best vegan brownies i've tried to date. Just took them to a potluck and got raves. I did think they were a bit crumbly though, so i think i'm going to try them next time with an extra "egg" (which is normally dangerous). W'ell see! They'll be good either way! Thanks again!
What are some good substitutes for the chocolate a
The most luscious, rich, dense, moist, chewy brown
Bravo, Mattie, for sharing with us this superlative brownie recipe! Your recipe produces the most luscious, rich, dense, moist, chewy brownies ever! I'm recently vegan by necessity (due to diverticulitis) and have been bemoaning the need to give up my beloved pies, cakes, cookies, waffles, and most of all -- brownies. I assumed that I was doomed to a future of ersatz, non-buttery, artificial tasting baked goods -- until I made your vegan butter last week. That butter was so wonderful that I used it all within a week on my whole-grain toast, rice pilaf, pasta, roasted potatoes, and morning oatmeal. (For three days my husband thought I was pulling his leg and was actually using an imported European butter from Whole Foods!) So then I began searching Mattie's recipes for brownies -- after all, any person who can make vegan butter taste so superbly buttery probably has a very good brownie recipe. Mattie did not disappoint me. Earlier today I made this recipe (following it exactly, except for the substitution of 1 t. almond extract in place of the instant espresso), and while the brownies were cooling, I whipped up Mattie's creamy chocolate frosting. One hour later, the brownies were consumed and heavenly bliss was achieved! Thank you so much for this extraordinary recipe, Mattie! I foresee many, many years of baking and enjoying a variety of luscious pastries, cakes, pies, cookies, and brownies. I intend to try Mattie's pie crust next, and I've no doubt it will be as excellent as his butter and brownie recipes. Yes, there is indeed life after dairy butter! Thank you again, Mattie!
I woke up this morning, my parents having made a pan of box brownies. A new vegan I was CRAVING some chocolate, and I found this recipe. HOLY COW. So much better than the box brownies I've grown up on. Much more chocolatey taste. Only question, seeing as there is a lack of milk or eggs, is drying out going to be a problem? Should I freeze these if I'm going to eat them over time?
AWESOME! Thank you for a WONDERFUL recipe. I cannot wait to try with your Vegan Butter recipe vs earth balace which is what I had on hand.
Good, but missing something
I was pretty nervous when I put these in the oven since the dough was so insanely thick (I actually had to knead the flour in and mash it into the pan), and as it baked, the top looked all lumpy and weird, nothing like the pictures. Not sure if that's because I used Earth Balance buttery stick and subbed chia for flax. Despite that, I thought the texture and consistency on the brownies turned out to be very good; I baked them exactly 35 min, and they were dense and fudgy, and had that nice sugary crust on top.
However, the flavor just wasn't quite right. I think they're either not chocolate-y enough or not sweet enough, even though 1 1/2 cups seems like a LOT of sugar to me, esp for an 8x8 pan. If I ever try this recipe again, I will probably double or triple the amount of dark chocolate.
still not the same
These brownies DID get that crusty delicious top that most vegan brownies are missing, however they were still cake-y :( I usually don't follow recipes exactly but, knowing how temperamental brownies can be, I was very precise, and still fell short in my opinion. Yummy, but not the same density that I was hoping for.