Chocolate brownies are popular in the US, whereas ‘blondies’ don’t contain chocolate (often instead use brown sugar and/or molasses). Although not health food, the most popular flavour is one made with walnuts, which give important protein and calcium to vegans, so is worth a go. Serve with cold plant milk, tea or coffee.
Choose palm-oil-free vegan butter to protect orangutans and other endangered creatures. Keep chocolate and other toxic ingredients (nuts, xylitol – best to use natural sugar) away from pets.
Beet Brownies (Crowded Kitchen) are made with vegan chocolate chips and the bright pink frosting is made from naturally sweet beets, which add moisture and veggies, although taste of chocolate. Don’t worry if your pee turns pink after eating beets, unless a medical condition.
Single Serving Vegan Brownie Recipes
Gluten-Free Vegan Skillet Brownie (Short Girl, Tall Order) is not only free from refined sugar, but a great recipe if you have a brownie addiction, because it’s a miniature brownie for one or two. So you can indulge in a gooey fudgy treat, but are no danger of eating the whole batch!
Raspberry Mocha Mousse Brownies (Addicted to Dates) are bite-sized treats, with layers of mocha (chocolate coffee) mousse, a homemade raspberry vegan jelly and a raw brownie, all covered in dark chocolate. Gluten-free.
Recipes for Vegan Blondies
Vegan Blondies (Lazy Cat Kitchen) are made with white chocolate and studded with raspberries (or blackberries, cranberries or rhubarb if wished – (don’t compost rhubarb leaves as they contain a toxin that could harm garden creatures – just bin where they will naturally biodegrade).
Cherry Bakewell Blondies (So Vegan) combine an American favourite with a classic English dessert. The almonds and cherry jam/cherries can be subbed with fresh raspberries, as a more affordable alternative.
No-Bake Vegan Brownie Recipes
Vegan Brownies with Peanut Butter Jelly (Addicted to Dates) combine layers of raw vegan chocolate with peanut butter and jelly, all in a chocolate shell. These goodies require no baking and are gluten-free.
No-Bake Vegan Caramel Brownies (Addicted to Dates) are made without gluten or flour, and feature a brain-healthy walnut brownie base. A gooey snack, with no need to turn on the oven.
No-Bake Vegan Nutella Brownies (Addicted to Dates) are ideal if you like this popular chocolate-hazelnut flavour. Made with just a few ingredients, they are free from gluten.
Where to Buy Vegan Brownie Mix
Just Wholefoods Organic Vegan Brownie Mix is made with gluten-free oat flour, cacao powder, brown rice and coconut blossom sugar. Just mix up with 200ml of oat milk, 2 tablespoons of natural syrup and 50ml of sunflower oil, then bake for 12 brownie bites. Recycle packaging with household waste or at supermarket bag recycling bins.
Renewal Mill Vegan Brownie Mix (US) is an inspirational brand that upcycles plant milk pulp, to make unique flours that are rich in fibre and protein. They also make this brownie mix with organic sugar, just mix in oil and water.