Sometimes it seems like there are just too many options for dessert. After all, there are probably millions of different dessert recipes out there, including a large number that cater for the needs of vegans. How do you choose? Sometimes, it’s a matter of simply going back to the basics and by back to the basics – I’m thinking brownies.
Without a doubt, brownies make for a pretty popular dessert. In most cases, they’re fairly easy to make and many people simply rely on boxed brownie mixes. It’s even possible to make vegan brownies using a boxed mix, if you make a few adjustments and pick the right base mix.
That’s all well and good but honestly, brownies from the box are never as good as ones that you make yourself. Besides, you’re better off with recipes that are actually designed to be vegan. That’s why this list offers a roundup of some of the best vegan brownies recipes that food bloggers have to offer.
There are some fantastic recipes on this list, so if you weren’t craving brownies at the beginning, you probably will be by the time you get to the end of the list.
Mini Hazelnut Brownies
These first brownies come from fragrantvanilla.com and they’re a great example of the fun that you can have with a mini brownie pan. I’ve actually used one of these in the past and the small size of the brownies does make them pretty appealing for parties or other occasions. Of course, you could also make the same recipe in a normal pan for brownies, so you can just use whatever you have available. The recipe information on the site does give cooking times for each approach, so you shouldn’t have any issues.
Vegan Zucchini Brownies
Including vegetables in brownies isn’t going to sound especially appealing to most people but recipes like this tend to end up being better than they sound like. In fact, the creator of this brownie recipe had similar reservations but was completely taken away by the end result. Realistically, I think most people probably wouldn’t even notice the zucchini in the finished product, even though the vegetable helps to make the brownies a little bit healthier than they would be otherwise.
You can check out the recipe for this one over at theliveinkitchen.com.
Spicy Black Bean Brownies
Spicy chocolate is always a fun flavor and that’s exactly what you find in these brownies from veganosity.com. The use of black beans in brownies might seem a bit odd but this is one approach for making vegan brownies that taste great and have a perfect texture.
The great thing is that you don’t even taste the black beans, instead, it is all about the spiced chocolate. So, you could safely feed these brownies to a non-vegan and they wouldn’t even know the difference. Instead, they’d probably just think you make the best brownies on the planet.
Double Chocolate Oreo Brownies
If you want to make brownies more interesting, playing around with the flavors is certainly the way to go. After all, there are so many chocolate and double chocolate brownies out there already, why not make something a little bit more unusual? This recipe from anettvelsberg.com attempts to do exactly that. As with most brownies, the chocolate flavor with this recipe is still significant and intense but this time, you’ve also got flavor from the Oreos to contend with, which makes the dessert much more interesting and appealing.
Raw Cookie Dough Brownies
These brownies are different in just about every way imaginable. For one thing, you have those two different layers going on, one layer of cookie dough and one of a brownie base. That layering effect ends up looking pretty nifty and it’s nice to see the cookie dough flavor incorporated into brownies. At the same time though, this recipe is also a raw dessert. So, there is nothing that you have to bake. A side effect is that the brownies are faster to make, although they would have a different texture than traditional brownies.
If you’re interested in this option, you can check out the recipe at southerninlaw.com.
Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies
This recipe is actually another example of brownies that don’t require baking. This time, the key flavors are chocolate (not surprisingly) and peanut butter. So, they are a much healthier way to get those flavors than peanut butter cups would be. The brownies are actually pretty healthy and they are very easy to put together, so why not give them a try? The recipe for the brownies comes from dishingouthealth.com and you can find the nutritional information on the site as well.
Greek Yogurt Zucchini Brownies
One of the things that I love about Greek yogurt is that it is simply so versatile. You can use Greek yogurt in so many different dishes and it can often make recipes healthier or create a great texture. This recipe, from thebigmansworld.com, uses a dairy-free version of Greek yogurt, which means the brownies still end up being completely vegan. They also end up looking amazing, so they’re certainly worth trying out.
Cardamom and Orange Chocolate Brownies
These brownies come from tohercore.com and they offer a flavor that’s a little bit different. This time, you’ve got cardamom and orange, in addition to the chocolate flavor. These flavors all work exceptionally well together and these brownies even have their own chocolate frosting, which makes the whole thing that much better. This is also another raw brownies recipe, so it’s an option for anyone on a raw diet (or anyone that can’t be bothered with the oven).
Vegan Caramel Brownies
One of the most logical flavors to go with chocolate is caramel, so this recipe for caramel brownies shouldn’t come as a surprise. The recipe itself comes from veganfamilyrecipes.com and that site is actually a good place to go if you’re looking for vegan recipes in general. These particular brownies end up being rich and cakey while still having a fudgy element. Really, that’s an impressive combination of textures to pull off but the recipe seems to do it well. Besides, caramel just seems like it belongs in a brownie recipe.
High Protein Fudge Brownies
These brownies are a little bit different because the emphasis is on creating a healthy treat. In particular, the brownies manage to be high in protein, while also being free of dairy, gluten and refined sugar. The brownies also just use six ingredients, which makes the recipe pretty easy to create. Now, these brownies might not taste as amazing as some of the decadent recipes in this list but at least you don’t have to feel guilty about having dessert with this recipe.
If you’re interested in having a go at these brownies, the recipe can be found at avocadopesto.com.
Two-Layer Raw Chocolate Brownies
If you’re going to make layers with brownies, why not go with chocolate on chocolate? After all, we tend to turn to brownies because we are fans of chocolate to start off with. The recipe here is from ohsheglows.com and it is also another raw recipe for brownies. If you haven’t tried them before, raw brownies can seem a little strange but they do actually taste really good. Additionally, they’re a great way to get around all of the hassles of trying to bake brownies.
Chocolate Hazelnut Butter Brownies
If you like the taste of Nutella, these brownies from connoisseurusveg.com are a good way to go. In fact, the recipe even uses chocolate hazelnut butter as one of the ingredients. The author gives people the option of picking up a commercial brand or following a recipe on the site to make your own vegan chocolate hazelnut butter. Whichever approach you take, the brownies will probably end up tasting amazing. They also have the advantage of looking great.
Raw Mint Brownies
If you’re looking for a good flavor to go in brownies, it’s hard to go past mint. The recipe here comes from fitfoodiefinds.com and as the title suggests, this is also another raw brownie recipe. My favorite thing about this particular recipe is probably the bright green frosting. That frosting makes the brownies look much more interesting and makes them seem like a bit of fun overall. Besides, no one really expects bright green frosting on a raw vegan dessert, so that should be reason enough to try it out.
No-Bake Protein Brownies
With these brownies, the creator strongly focused on getting the chocolate flavor exactly right and from the descriptions, it sounds like she succeeded. The inclusion of protein in these brownies also works pretty well. In particular, this means that you have a dessert (or a snack) that actually ends up being somewhat filling. That should stop you from going back for seconds and thirds (in theory, anyway).
All of the details for the recipe can be found at feedingmyaddiction.com.
Chocolate Chunk Brownies with Pecans
These brownies come from veganmotherhubbard.net and the recipe is a fun one to make. The author notes that you could actually replace the chocolate chunks and instead use chopped pieces of any vegan candy bar. That approach would actually work really well, especially as vegan candy is becoming increasingly common. In fact, there are lots of options for variations with this recipe, so you could make it differently every single time you tried it.
Nutty Brownies with Raspberry Glaze
I found this recipe over at thevegan8.com and I especially love the bright color of the raspberry glaze. This is another raw brownie recipe but it is also a little bit different. As the creator of the recipe notes, most raw brownies make use of dates as a key sweetener. That’s great if you actually happen to like dates but not so good if you don’t. This recipe is a bit different because it uses alternative vegan options for sweeteners.
Because of the differences in ingredients, these brownies might be a good choice for anyone who doesn’t normally like raw brownies. Besides, the raspberry glaze is sure to win anybody over.
Chili Chocolate Brownies with Fudge Glaze
This recipe is another fun option for people who like a little bit of spiciness with their chocolate. The recipe comes from theconscientiouseater.com and the flavor choices certainly makes the whole recipe sound great. The fudge glaze in the recipe is optional, so you could skip that part if you wanted to. However, I don’t know why you would. After all, chocolate icing always makes brownies taste that much better.
Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies
I mentioned peanut butter and chocolate before, so here’s another recipe that takes advantage of the flavor pairing. This time, the recipe comes from minimalistbaker.com and the brownies themselves certainly do look amazing. The recipe itself is an approach for baked brownies and it’s also another recipe that uses black beans as a key ingredient. Personally, I think they would taste amazing, especially as the taste from the beans wouldn’t be evident.
These hazelnut brownies come from a recipe at lazycatkitchen.com and they are the result of a lot of trial and error, with the creator trying to make vegan brownies that have a similar taste and texture to non-vegan brownies. Despite the number of recipes on this list, that goal is quite a challenge because eggs really do play a key role in baking.
However, she certainly did manage to make some fantastic brownies, which even include liqueur and coffee in the mix. To me, the end result sounds great. Besides, alcohol in dessert is always really appealing.
Pumpkin Caramel Swirl Brownies
Caramel and chocolate might be a fairly common choice of flavors but you don’t normally see pumpkin added to the mix. But, this recipe from rickiheller.com attempts to combine those three flavors and actually does so exceptionally well. The brownies are a little more complex than some of the other ones on the list but, trust me, it certainly is worth the extra effort to end up with a dessert like these brownies.
Chocolate Chili Brownies
If you’re looking for another chili and chocolate options, these brownies from immigrantstable.com could work well. The brownies have a pleasant heat to them but that heat isn’t bad enough to scare off people who don’t especially like spicy food. The choice of ingredients in this recipe is also a little different than many of the vegan brownies on this list, so it’s worth giving these brownies a try for that reason alone.
Chocolate and Orange Brownies
I personally think that chocolate and orange is a flavor combination we overlook far too often. Thankfully, this recipe from barelynormal.co.za takes full advantage of those flavors in these brownies. The recipe itself is easy to put together and it actually uses many of the same ingredients that you would use in conventional brownies (but don’t worry, the brownies are still completely vegan).
No-Bake Nutella Brownies
Despite the name, these brownies don’t actually include Nutella. Instead, the brownies have a similar overall flavor, which (not surprisingly) comes from the chocolate and hazelnuts. The recipe is a raw one but the end result tastes so good that even kids like it. You can find all the details for the recipe at sprinkleofgreen.com, including separate information for the glaze and the brownies themselves.
Black Forest Brownies
This brown recipe comes from jesselanewellness.com and it manages to tick a lot of boxes nutritionally. In particular, the brownies are paleo and gluten free, while also being vegan. To make things even better, the recipe just contains six ingredients. The ingredient list and the fact that this is a raw recipe means that the brownies are exceptionally easy and fast to make. You can also make them in advance and store them in the freezer if you want to.
Protein Brownies with Vanilla Icing
Chocolate icing is normally the go-to for brownies but this vanilla icing actually manages to look even better. I love the way that it contrasts against the color of the brownies and it would be a fun choice for making something that’s a little bit unique. The recipe for the brownies is hosted at jackedonthebeanstalk.com and it’s certainly a good one to check out if you have the time.
Triple Chocolate Orange Brownies
How can you go wrong with triple chocolate anything? These brownies are a chocolate lovers dream and the addition of orange to the recipe makes them even more appealing (well, it does to me). The recipe is certainly worth trying, especially if it turns out as good as it looks in the images. All of the information that you need for making the brownies can be found at thevegancookiefairy.com.