Monday, April 25, 2011

Rich, Dark, Fudge-like Brownies. And they're VEGAN!

If you love rich, dark,  fudge-like brownies that are also vegan, these are the brownies for you. The recipe comes from Vegan Cookies Invade your Cookie Jar, and is a great recipe for vegans and non-vegans alike.

 The brownie was thinner than a typical brownie, and was quite chewy. I brought these to my Environmental Vegetarian Club (no, I'm not a vegetarian, just in the club. Strange, right? But more on that in a little bit). Some people said the brownies were too dark, but some people absolutely loved them. I found the ones who loved the brownies loved dark chocolate, while the people who disliked them loved milk chocolate, hence their aversion to these very dark brownies.
 Why did I bring vegan brownies to an environmental and vegetarian club, you ask? Well, if you think about it, pretty much all desserts are meat free, and so the club leader asked me to make vegan desserts (no animal products at all. not even honey! O.O). It was quite a challenge at first, how do you make cookies without eggs, or butter?! But not to worry, as I've found several great books and blog who have tons of great (vegan!) recipes. 

Nom, nom, nom. :)

Espresso Fudge Brownies
from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar
3 oz semisweet chocolate
5 Tbs margarine, nonhydrogenated
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup soy milk
1 Tbs cornstarch
1 Tbs espresso powder
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup plus 2 Tbs flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
3 Tbs cocoa powder
Pinch salt

1. Preheat oven to 350˚F and grease a 8x8 pan
2. Melt butter and chocolate in the microwave
3. Whisk together soy milk, cornstarch, espresso, and vanilla until foamy.
4. Combine with chocolate mixture
5. Sift in flour, baking powder, and cocoa powder, and salt
6. Fold until moistened
7. Pour in to prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes


  1. And they're vegan! WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOO! :D I love a chewy brownie!!! YUM!

  2. Tiffany: Haha, Yes (!) they are vegan!!!

  3. Ah boo - this failed for me! Mixture was dry so added a couple of tbs of unsweetened apple sauce but it came out crumbly and far from fudge-like! Still smelt and tasted ok. Be good with dairy-free vanilla ice cream for dessert tonight!

  4. Julia: Hm, I wonder why the mixture was so dry. The batter was quite thick and moist So sorry it didn't work out, but hopefully it tasted good with the ice cream!

  5. mmm, vegan brownies... I'm trying to eat less dairy/eggs so this will be perfect for chocolate cravings!

  6. Hey, me again... just wondering, I was making these and noticed you didn't note down where the sugar went in - I whisked it in with the milk, but just wanted to let you know. Mine are in the oven right now. I can't wait.

  7. Erin: Yes, most definitely perfect for chocolate cravings! Oh, so sorry bout that. Hm, I don't seem to recall what the specific directions are, but what you did sounds about right! Hope the brownies come out well!! :D

  8. Just made these- they were delicious! Thanks for the recipe :)

  9. Lynne, I am going to have to try these! Love your blog!! I am 42 but once had a childhood and all 18 years of it were spent in Hawaii. Nice to find you : )


  10. I got the cookbook this recipe came from and made these tonight. They were great! I love milk chocolate and loved these (wish they had more chocolate.) Next time I will add more cocoa pwd as suggested in the book. I saw your picture to get an idea of what these should look like and it helped. Thanks!


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