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Simple One Bowl Vegan Brownies

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Whether you’re vegan or just out of eggs these amazing one bowl vegan brownies will satisfy even the pickiest sweet tooth!

Whether you're vegan or just out of eggs these amazing one bowl vegan brownies will satisfy even the pickiest sweet tooth!

So I never make vegan anything. I mean I did accidentally make this tropical mango cake vegan, but 90 percent of the time I don’t even understand vegans. Because cheese. And milk. And bacon.

{And this is not a post where I’m going to get into a great philosophical debate on veganism so please restrain yourselves.}

But when my roommate went vegan at the beginning of the year I lost my blog recipe taste tester. Because most of my recipes are not vegan… #allthebutter

Eventually, her sad panda faces over missing out on cherry pie bars and mint oreo cheesecake bars got to me and I decided to try my hand at a vegan brownie recipe. And they were so.fucking.good. that we’ve legit made these things three times in 6 weeks.

Whether you're vegan or just out of eggs these amazing one bowl vegan brownies will satisfy even the pickiest sweet tooth!

And when I make one recipe that many times in such a short period that’s impressive. Especially with the number of recipe ideas I have floating around in my brain at any given moment. They were a raving hit with her coworkers and my biz besties at my business retreat in California last month.

I’ve even gone the extra mile and made them gluten free before, too! All you need is some good Bob’s Red Mill one-to-one gluten free flour and you’re set! I do prefer them with regular flour, though, just because I’m not a huge fan of the grittiness of gluten free products.

Whether you're vegan or just out of eggs these amazing one bowl vegan brownies will satisfy even the pickiest sweet tooth!

I adore the flavor profile of these vegan brownies, though. Sweet, but not overly so, and I was able to skip all the usual vegan ingredients I can’t stand {sorry coconut oil, you’re only good for pulling}. If you’re a coconut oil fan you can use that instead of vegan butter, whatever floats your boat.

I ended up tweaking this recipe by playing with the amounts and scaling back the sugar since even unsweetened applesauce kept these brownies nice and moist with just the right amount of sweetness. The end result? Vegan brownie perfection…and if you’re not interested in vegan brownies? Make these homemade fudge brownies instead. I like them both!

Whether you're vegan or just out of eggs these amazing one bowl vegan brownies will satisfy even the pickiest sweet tooth!

 

Whether you're vegan or just out of eggs these amazing one bowl vegan brownies will satisfy even the pickiest sweet tooth!

Simple One Bowl Vegan Brownies

Yield: 9 brownies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 1/2 cups flour*

Instructions

  1. In a microwave safe bowl melt butter, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, sugar, and salt for 1 minute, stirring until chocolate is completely melted.
  2. Stir in vanilla and applesauce until well combined. Then fold in the flour until no lumps remain.
  3. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs. 

Notes

*You can also substitute 1:1 gluten free flour for all-purpose flour here.

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