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Hi Bold Bakers!
I don’t have a lot of limitations regarding what I eat but I know many of you do, so I’ve enjoyed compiling my best tips, tricks and ingredients to make all of your favorite recipes guilt-free. Although many of you loved my Best Ever Brownies, I’m empathetic to the requests for an egg-free alternative. Combined with the positive reaction to my Guilt-Free Twix-Bars, I’ve developed my wholesome and deliciously fudgy Vegan Brownies.
The best brownies are the epitome of chocolate heaven. While the thick, luxuriously yummy squares are usually achieved by mixing together a hefty amount of butter or oil with cocoa, flour, eggs and sugar, this recipe takes those ingredients and swaps them out for wholesome alternatives; the new ingredients create the same flavor and texture without the excess oil, sugar or eggs. In other words, this recipe is magical!
How do you make homemade brownies without eggs?
Eggs are used as binding agents in brownies but they are not necessary when replaced with the right substitute. In vegan brownies, eggs can be substituted with “flax eggs.” When flax meal is combined with water, it congeals together to create a gelatinous consistency similar to eggs. This process is called “blooming.” Once bloomed, the flax egg replaces the egg as the binding agent. For other egg alternatives, check out my handy and downloadable egg substitution chart.
Making a Delicious Gluten Free Dessert
I begin the recipe with almond flour (get my homemade almond flour recipe); the nutty, finely ground meal stays moist and flavorful right through the baking process. Into the almond flour, I add coconut sugar (a naturally unrefined sugar that tastes and looks similar to brown sugar), cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
Is all chocolate and cocoa powder vegan?
That all depends. Cocoa derives from toasted, natural cocoa beans so at its core, yes, cocoa powder is suitable for vegan desserts. The same goes for chocolate. However, both can often have added ingredients in it such as milk powder. It’s important to check the label for any unwanted additives when looking for your choice powder and baking chocolate!
In addition to a ton of melted chocolate, the wet ingredients include the above mentioned flax egg, almond butter, coconut oil, vanilla and maple syrup. All of these combine to make the fudgiest of decadent brownies. The almond butter and oil make this vegan recipe densely moist while the maple syrup adds just the right sweetness – without any extra sugar.
I think it’s easy to imagine how rich and chocolaty these brownies are. While this process may seem a bit unconventional, the flavor and texture is arguably even better than your same old brownie recipe. I cannot wait for you to sink your teeth into these brownies – they’re a luxury everyone can feel good about indulging in!
Check out my other Vegan Recipes and Guilt-Free Desserts: