I was worried about how these brownies were going to come out because the dough was SO thick, but oh my was I wrong. I've been vegan for over two years and have tried various brownie recipes and none have matched up to that brownie texture and taste I have desired. I just made these with my boyfriend and... oh man.. I can't get over how amazing these are. These are like how I remember brownies being. They are nice and thick and fudgy. Delicious. Thank you again for this recipe :]! I will never use another!
These are very dark chocolate, chewy, dense brownies. I could not find espresso powder, so I made espresso and replaced the 1/4 cup of water with it. Also, I used canola oil instead of vegan butter, and added chocolate chips instead of walnuts, which did not make the brownies fall apart as one reviewer suggested. I had a 9x9 in pan and baked them for 22 mins. I cut them into bite size pieces for a party and they are amazing! I do think it is important to use a good quality chocolate for this recipe as it is an integral part of the flavor.
Left out the espresso and added chocolate chips and a little more water. One reviewer mentioned that they lacked something in taste. The brownies weren't too sweet when I first took them out of the oven, but, after sitting overnight, they were perfect-- best brownies I've made, vegan or not.
just made these but only had whole wheat flower. Not excellent but still better than most commercial mixes. They must be awesome with regular white flower. Can't wait to try it.
Did came out awesomly fudgy, but it somehow lacked something in taste, don't have the skill to know what. Not sweetness or chocolateness, maybe I should add some more salt or coffee. I did add a little bit more water, and use canola oil instead of margarine.
One thing though, I only had flax seeds and I couldn't grind them, so I left them overnight, which is said to have the same effect, and it seemed so, to a certain degree.
Well I really only made these because I wanted to make Mattie's double chocolate brownie chunk ice cream! ha ha ha I removed a couple of brownies at the beginning and diced them and put them in the freezer to remove all temptation of finishing the tray! These are gorgeous! I've made brownies before with fax seed for chew and they were good but not as good as these. After I'd made the mix without walnuts, I studded one half of the tray with walnuts (for myself) and left the other half plain (for my husband) so Jack Sprat and his wife lived happily ever after (if somewhat wider around the girth.) American husband said these were what proper brownies should taste like, so British wife was justly proud!
oh wow, I came up with a great experiment
So I used your chocolate mixture plus the flax mixture and baking soda, in the exact same way you used it in your recipe, however, I doubled it, and added it to a Namaste brownie mix I had laying around I got for super cheap. The flour used in it is gluten free fava bean, rice, and arrow root. Of course it has the sugar and cocoa already. But boy does that flour mixture make super fudgy dense brownies with a tiny bit of chew to them! Perfect! I had to share.
Just made these YUMMY brownies. I used half coffee and half water to replace the instant espresso. I also added a half tsp. of baking powder for a little rise. I used canola oil, 6 TBSP. Baked in 30 mins, Puuurrrfectly. Thanks for sharing.
These brownies came out wonderful. I didn't have instant espresso, so I substituted 1/4 t. almond extract. I checked them after 25 min and the middle still seemed soft, but I took them out anyway because of other posters' comments. I'm glad I took them out early because they cooled off to a perfect chewy texture. Sooooo yummy!
BEST VEGAN BROWNIES EVER!!
WOW, oh wow. I used an entire stick of Earth Balance and used half a bag of vegan chocolate chips, no coffee. I added 1/2 tsp of baking powder because I only have a 9x13 pan, and wanted some rise. I also used 2 tsp of vanilla instead of 1.5.The dough was stiff and I absolutely had to press the dough into the pan. I thought I made a huge mistake, baked it for 20 min., and my goodness, they came out PERFECT. Crusty on top, soft cake with enough "fudgy-ness" to them. I will never use another recipe again! Thank you so much for this!
So I followed the recipe exact with two exceptions 1) I don't use hydrogenated fats so I used earth balance instead, 7 tbs instead of 6, I think I'll use 8 next time as they weren't as fudgy/gooey as I like but I fully believe that is because I should have baked them for 25 instead of the 30 only because I don't use margarine and the water in the E.B. baked off too much.2) i used instant coffee, 2 teaspoons, divine! other than that I will play around with this recipe. I love it!
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