These were great. I made them to bring into work on Vegan Baking Day and they were mistaken for catered brownies. I did bake them for 5 minutes less and substituted kahlua for the espresso powder and water. These are now my go-to brownie recipe.
wow - these are the best brownies i've ever made.
i didn't have any parchment paper - so i just greased my brownie pan. i would also recommend a little less baking time - if you like a gooey-er brownie.
i topped mine with chocolate chips before baking too.
also - i didn't have espresso powder - so i just used strong coffee in place of the hot water. worked fine.
Best brownies I've ever had. I'm a vegetarian, not vegan but I just love vegan desserts. I made them with coconut oil instead of margarine, added more cocoa and 50/50 raw sugar and agave syrup. I also made a double batch as I just knew I will like them a lot. Mine dont have that delicious looking crust on top and I think I baked them for too long thinking that the brownies will get the crust eventually. Next time I will bake them shorter and will definitely play around with this decadent recipe! Thank you!
These were absolutely decadent! Neither my husband nor I am vegan, but we strive for health, diversity, and joy in our cooking and eating. These hit each mark. I used all whole wheat pastry flour and we don't use margarine so I used canola oil. I added the walnuts and additional chopped, very dark, vegan chocolate. I baked at 350 for 30 minutes because we like gooey, chewy brownies. The big, melted chunks of chocolate made the overall product a little structurally weak when removed from the pan, but no one really cared. These oozed melted dark chocolate, were moist and chewy, and had a wonderfully cookie-like crust. This is my new go to brownie recipe. Thanks!
I am vegan. Ive tried brownies in the past - tend to be just as the author described - cakey..
anyway - after trying Simply Organic's boxed vegan offering and watching the thing come out to a 1/2 inch oily mess I found this recipe and tried it today. Very good - I might try some other options next time.. but really nice - and I love the parchment idea
So after finishing the brownies - I had a couple of questions:
- Mattie - have you tried this with agave or does that mess everything up. How about a brown sugar or raw cane sugar. I may try 1.25 cups next time.
- I would like a bit more chocolate flavor - not sure if I should just add 75% chips to the dough or if i should increase the cocoa -. 1 oz of the chocolate chunks doesnt seem alot - how about 2 ozs?
- the texture and moistness is just spot on - maybe I would do 5 minutes less next time. I made a slightly tart rasberry sauce and served it with vanilla coconut milk ice cream
New Work out?
Well, not only are these brownies the best ever, but I get a workout while stirring too! (A plus in my book, but does the stirring cancel out the brownie eating?)
Can't wait to make these over and over and over.
Thanks for sharing!!!
The craziest brownie recipe I have ever loved.
I eat in both worlds, but I have plenty of vegans in my life. These brownies rule. There's always a moment when I am making them where I lose faith, it feels like the dough is WAYY too stiff and it's not incorporating, but then I press it into the pan and bake it and they are lovely.
I have added chopped peppermints at Christmas (which melt but then become chewy molten minty pockets) and almond extract and fancy cocoa and lousy cocoa and they always turn out well. I have even had this recipe prepared as "special" brownies and they were... successful.
Thank you so much for a new vegan brownie paradigm.
I can't WAIT!
I just popped these into the oven about 15 mins ago!
Here's my substitution though, instead of using 1oz Semi-Sweet I used 1oz vegan friendly Dark Chocolate. (I have yet to find a vegan friendly semi-sweet, most have whey or milkfat, blerg!)
If my brownies turn out anything like how they batter taste then this is a 10!! This is also my first time making vegan brownies too although I am no stranger to vegan baking, so I'll be really excited to see how this recipe tests on my non-vegan friends! (They can't ever tell the difference when I bake vegan, I don't even bother to tell most people).
Amazing brownies. I took them to a memorial day celebration, and despite being the only vegan dessert on the table, they were the first to be devoured! I doubled the recipe for a 13x9 pan, used Energy Egg-replacer instead of flax, as I had it on hand, used Earth Balance tub margarine despite the recommendation not to, and added some vegan chocolate chips to the batter. I was doubtful about the excess flour, thinking they would be too dry, but my worries were unfounded. Exactly the recipe I was looking for, thank you!
I stopped reading at "margarine." Vegans would be better off with butter. Unless you are talking about Earth Balance, or a similar brand, you are using hydrogenated oil. If you want a true buttery flavor (instead of natural or artificial flavors) use coconut oil. It's actually really good for you.
This truly is amazing! Absolutely delicious... just perfect. Thanks a million for sharing Mattie! You have my eternal gratitude :)
Also, I once tried replacing the margarine with half ghee (not vegan, obviously) and half coconut oil. The result was divine.
Thank you so much, you're the best!! ♥ :)
These came out great texture-wise but I thought the chocolate didnt stand out as much although this might have been due to some substituting:
- used rum instead of vanilla extract
- used 1 C of raw sugar
- used 6 Tb of Olive oil
so i made these and they were great but they seemed a bit too cakey/dry and they didn't really look like the ones in the picture. still, we had no trouble demolishing the entire pan in about 36 hours!
i tried a second batch tonight with some adaptations and they came out just the way i love 'em:
- i halved the ingredients because the first batch came out about 2" tall in the 8 x 8" pan
- i lined the pan with tin foil instead of parchment
- i used 2 oz of chocolate chips instead of 1/2 oz
- i used 4 tbsp of earth balance
- i left out the egg replacer/flax (i actually intended to use it but forgot!)
- i baked them for 30 mins
by far the best brownies i've eaten - and so relieved to find a good vegan recipe that doesn't use applesauce (love applesauce on its own, hate it in cakes).
To Be Remembered
I make these brownies on a semi-regular basis. They are a lot of work, but I seriously appreciate the science behind it and all the thought that you've put into the recipe. So one night I had some friends over for dinner. A few days before I had made these brownies (and I make a double batch, because I don't have a pan to hold just one). I brought them out to nibble on (mainly to get them out of my apartment before I ate the whole pan) and we all nibbled and drank wine. They remarked that they were good. But!!! The true sign that these truly are the ULTIMATE brownies was that I just had them over again, 3 months later, and as we were talking about the cupcakes I had made that night, they were like "those brownies you made last time were the best brownies I've ever had". Yeah. These friends are not even vegan. Woot!
That's a long winded way of saying Thank You and YOU ARE A GENIUS.
holy crap i hope you're right
These look ridiculously good! I'm doing a vegan brownie showdown this weekend with this and a few other recipes to create vegan turtle brownies. I'll report back. thanks!
This recipe is awesome! My husband, who is not a vegan OR a big fan of chocolate, almost burned the roof of his mouth eating these out of the pan...
I accidentally added a whole stick of margarine, and they turned out wonderfully. I also omitted the walnuts and pressed pecans into the top of the batter (in half of the pan, for those who enjoy nuts) before baking and they were spectacular.
Oh lordy!!! I'm in love! These brownies were absolutely divine...
Thanks Mattie for another fantasmic recipe
These rock! They turned out so amazing I couldn't help tasting them again and again, though being on a diet *god help me now*. Thank you a LOT. This's the best recipe I've ever tried, beyond all comparison with non-vegan brownies I made once before and whatever else. Everybody thinking of giving them a try, you really have to!
LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM!
THANKSS! I just made them and they turned out amazing!
I didn't have margarine so I used 6 tbsp butter + 1 tsp of canola oil. My old recipe turned out like chocolate cake not brownies.
I love the crusty top. You can't tell that it's vegan!
I HIGHLY recommend it!! = D
These were delicious, really gooey and chewy the way I like them. I had to add a little extra water as the mixture was too dry but that was only change I made. Any suggestion for preventing the sides from getting to crusty? Do you think baking them covered with tinfoil would help?
golden flax meal
I haven't try them yet but they look delicious
Can you use no-egg replacer (like no-egg orgran) instead of golden flax meal because i have know idea where i can buy that or if we even sell that in Belgium ?
I found your recipe through Ashley at (never)homemaker. I love it. It is perfect, and I didn't change a thing :-) Okay, I did use tub margarine because in Australia we don't have stick margarine, but it worked out just dandy. I didn't use the bottom rack either because my oven burns everything on the bottom rack. But that just requires knowing your oven! Your recipe, as is, is great! I've always been disappointed with previous vegan brownie attempts, so I am smiling ear to ear.
AMAZING -- Thank you!
Wow. I just made these. Followed the recipe exactly. And they are the best vegan brownies EVER. Thank you. Before today, I've never been fully satisfied with vegan brownies, including many of my own recipes. I can't wait to tell everyone I know about these! :)
Mmmmmminor changes :)
Really delicious, time to replace my usual brownie recipe!
I used 7T of tub margarine, as recommended, and reduced the cooking time by 5 minutes or so.
I don't usually have instant coffee, so instead of the boiling water and instant, I made a fresh espresso and used 1/4C of that.
Instead of the nuts I added chocolate chips, which melted slightly when cooked.. for extra texture and richness. I'll try it with nuts next time.
I was worried about how flax seedy they smelled when just out of the oven, but it isn't actually very prominent in the taste.
They were crisp on top (not dry!) and gooey in the middle, just the way I like them, thank you. :)
Totally deserve the name "ultimate"
I too have been searching for great vegan brownies. And Thank you!!! This is totally it.
I have a question though. I live in Thailand and margarine here only comes in a tub. I tried it and it always come out a tad dry.
Is it because of the margarine or something else like baked too long?
Do you think adding some oil may help?
Thank you!! this is an awesome recipe!!!
Pretty good but watch your timings
These brownies were pretty good. Nice and chewy but I think the cooking time is a little long. I took mine out after 30 mins (and I have an over thermometer) and they were already too crusty for my liking.
I have a couple of questions:
What is the reason for cooking on 350 but on the lowest shelf? Can't you just cook the brownies for less time but on a higher shelf? This is the first brownie recipe I've tried that's used this method, so I'm curious to know why it's recommended.
Similarly, my arms got quite sore trying to work the cocoa etc into a paste and then forming the actual dough. Would the end result be affected if the 'paste' part was left out and the wet ingredients were just mixed into the dry in one step?
One other thing I realised about making this recipe - leaving the flaxseed to gel with the water for a few minutes makes all the difference! In previous recipes I've used, there's been no mention of leaving the mixture but I will start doing that from now on because it takes on a totally different, more egg-like consistency.
I'm going to make these brownies again, maybe cooking for 25 mins next time, but I'd love a response to my questions about the preparation/cooking method - thanks!