The Absolute Best Vegan Brownies

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You've never tasted vegan brownies like this! Supremely fudgy and chewy, intensely chocolatey, and with a gorgeous shiny, crinkly top! Truly the best vegan brownie you'll ever try!
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Cooling 50 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 40 mins
4.9 from 111 votes

Are you ready for the absolute best vegan brownies to change your life?

If you’re wondering, does the world really need another brownie recipe?, the answer is no. But does the world need a supremely fudgy and chewy vegan brownie with a shiny, crinkly top? Yes, yes, I think it does! Because as far as I can tell from the internet world of brownies, such brownie has not yet been shared with the hungry masses.

I’ve shared several brownie recipes before, but these truly are the best vegan brownies I’ve ever tasted (perhaps best brownies, PERIOD). They feature everything I love about brownies: a fudgy interior, a flaky and crinkly top, a chewy structure, and intense chocolatey notes that make you close your eyes in satisfaction.

If you’ve been skeptical about vegan brownies (many are too dry, others are too oily, some lack structure and fall apart, others aren’t very chocolatey), I promise this is the brownie recipe for you! I tested it a whopping eight times to get it perfect, so I am confident you will love them.

PS: these are what I call “classic adult brownies.” They are extremely indulgent and rich, and feature only classic brownie ingredients (obviously excluding dairy). In other words, there are no black beans, zucchini, or oats. If you are looking for “healthier” brownies, I highly suggest using a different recipe (I won’t be offended!).

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Ingredients needed for the best vegan brownies

Dutch process cocoa powder

Dutch process cocoa powder is cocoa powder that has been treated with an alkali solution, which neutralizes its acidity. Cocoa beans are naturally acidic, and traditional cocoa powder (like Hershey’s cocoa powder) has a pH of 5.5. In contrast, Dutch process cocoa powder is neutral or slightly alkaline, with a pH of 7 or 8.

Dutch process cocoa powder tends to have a purer, more intense chocolate taste and fewer acidic notes. It also has smoother texture than natural cocoa powder. As a result, Dutch process cocoa deepens the chocolatey-ness of the brownies.

I firmly believe that Dutch process cocoa powder is required for the *BEST* brownies. You can make good brownies with natural cocoa powder, but for the best brownies (that’s what this post is about), you need the Dutch stuff.

Not convinced yet? Here’s what Serious Eats says.

The natural cocoas sold in American supermarkets tend to come from mediocre cocoa beans that have had almost all of their cocoa butter removed…[it’s] starchy and low in fat—about as rich and luxurious as a handful of chalk. The acidity often has a tinny quality, rather than one that’s zippy and bright.

In contrast, “Most Dutch-cocoa brands contain nearly twice the fat of natural styles, and often come from better-quality beans. The result is…higher in fat, lower in starch, and more aromatic all around, with a mahogany color and a flavor profile that emphasizes cocoa’s darker, nuttier, earthier tones.”

Note: most European brands of cocoa powder are alkalized, so if you live in Europe, you can likely ignore everything I said.

Valrhona. This is what I have been using for my brownies. I found it in bulk in the specialty baking aisle at Whole Foods, and that was the most affordable way to buy it. It is pricy, but worth it IMO. As you can see in. the screenshot from my video below, the Dutch process cocoa is significantly darker and richer looking than. the natural cocoa.

Other great options for Dutch Process Cocoa Powder (based on my research) include:

  • Droste (available in many grocery stores, such as Vons, Safeway, and Walmart)
  • Guittard (I’ve used this before in other baking recipes; available at Sprouts, Whole Foods, Safeway)
  • Bensdorp Royal Dutch
  • Nu Naturals (this one is fair trade)
  • Cacao Berry (doesn’t say “Dutch process” but is alkalized – same thing).
two bowls of cocoa powder on cutting board

Vegan Butter

A lot of vegan brownies use oil as a substitute for butter. Which makes sense on first thought. But, I’ve tried my fair share of vegan brownies that were simply too oily. That’s why I use vegan butter for brownies.

Yes, vegan butter is made up of plant-based oils, but it has other ingredients and properties that make it act more like butter than like oil. Plus, you’re getting that rich buttery taste, which is essential for the classic flavor and mouthfeel associated with brownies.

I’ve tried this recipe with Earth Balance vegan butter, Miyokos, and Country Crock Plant Butter.

All-Purpose Flour

Most traditional brownies don’t use a lot of flour, especially fudgy brownies. But, for vegan brownies, I use a little more flour than you might expect (1 ½ cups) because there are no eggs (which provide a lot of structure). Don’t worry, though, these brownies are not going to be cakey!

I am often asked, “can I swap the all-purpose flour with almond flour or oat flour,” and my answer is usually no. Or at least, no, not really.

Flours work in very particular ways, especially non-traditional flours and gluten-free flours. For instance, flour made from wheat is high in gluten and works much differently than “flour” made by grounding up high-fat, low-starch, gluten-free almonds!

Tip: In sum, unless you’re allergic to gluten, I don’t recommend substituting the all-purpose flour.

brownie ingredients on cutting board with text of each ingredient

Aquafaba

Eggs are one of the primary ingredients in classic brownies (some recipes use 4 whole eggs!), so the “which egg substitute do I use?” question was an important decision.

Most vegan brownies use flax eggs (flaxseed meal + water), and that’s what I’ve used in the past too with good results. Other vegan brownies use applesauce (I don’t love this as an egg substitute in most recipes) and some use plant-based milk.

However, once I did all lots of brownie research, I realized that eggs play several roles in brownies: they provide moisture, binding, leavening, AND structure. That’s when I decided that I needed to try using aquafaba, AKA the liquid from a can of chickpeas, as my egg substitute.

I typically use aquafaba as an egg substitute when I want to bring a light tenderness to baked goods (as in this tender vanilla layer cake, or this remarkably light banana bread). But we don’t want lightness with brownies. We want dense, rich, and fudgy. So what’s a girl to do?

To see how I used aquafaba to make the best vegan brownies, read more in thehow to get a shiny, crinkly top in vegan brownies” section below.

Speaking of fudge, if you love a fudgy chocolatey texture, you MUST try my no-bake Salted Chocolate Cream Tart!

a stack of the best fudgy vegan brownies

The secrets behind fudgy and chewy vegan brownies

Brownies made with just cocoa powder typically turn out on the cakey side, whereas brownies made with only melted chocolate turn out fudgy. This is because adding cocoa powder is akin to adding more flour to the recipe, and adding more flour makes for cakier brownies. In contrast, adding a melted pool of chocolate essentially adds more liquid, making brownies more moist, dense, and gooey.

But if you combine cocoa powder and melted chocolate, you get a little bit of both, which often results in chewy brownies. That’s what I do in this recipe, and the result is rich, fudgy brownies with a chewy bite. The chewiness becomes even more pronounced on day 2.

No offense to cakey brownie fans, but if I wanted a cakey brownie, I would make a chocolate cake. These are very different desserts.

Why I use dark chocolate in my brownies

I’ve always been a fan of using dark chocolate in my brownies, even before becoming vegan.

One, brownies made with dark chocolate are more chocolatey, as the cocoa flavor has not been diluted by milk and tons of sugar. Two, brownies made with dark chocolate (AKA eating chocolate) make for more flavorful, more intensely chocolatey brownies than brownies made with unsweetened baking chocolate. Since chocolate is the most essential ingredient in brownies, the quality of the chocolate matters.

Similar to my philosophy about cooking with with wine (I only cook with a wine I’d actually drink…but it certainly doesn’t need to be a fancy bottle), I believe you should only bake with chocolate you would actually eat. As Claire Saffitz, formerly of Bon Appetit, says, “I wouldn’t bake with an $11 artisanal bar…[but]…it should be delicious enough on its own to eat as a snack.”

I typically use 72% dark chocolate bars like this, but bittersweet baking chocolate bars like this also work. If you like your brownies on the less sweet side you could use dark chocolate up to 80% cacao content. If using something below 70%, you might want to scale back on the sugar by a few tablespoons.

And for outrageously good brownies, I also add in a smattering of chocolate chips. I love biting into a brownie that’s fudgy but also has a little chocolate nugget that you can bite into.

I used 63% dark chocolate chips like this. If you don’t want to buy chocolate chips or don’t have them, you can finely chop dark chocolate bars into small chunks. Or, you can buy dark chocolate chunks like this (70%) or this (67%). If you’re using vegan-friendly semisweet chocolate chips, scale back on the sugar by roughly 1/4 cup and/or use fewer chocolate chips.

a grid of 9 vegan brownies, with one brownie flipped on its side with fudgy interior shown

How to get a shiny, crinkly top in vegan brownies

The shiny, crinkly top is what so many of us love about brownies. They evoke nostalgic memories of boxed brownies eaten around the kitchen table. Plus, the texture is extremeley delightful: wispy, delicate, ridged, and flaky. When paired with a fudgy interior, the textural contrast is too good to describe in words.

However, the shiny, crinkly top is elusive. It’s a hit or miss with ordinary brownies, and almost mythical when it comes to vegan brownies. I have actually never had a vegan brownie (homemade or bakery-bought) with a crinkly top. Until now.

I did a TON on sleuthing (i.e., six hours of internet research) to figure out the scientific secrets behind shiny top brownies. Unfortunately, almost every single reason revolved around non-vegan ingredients.

  1. Many sources said you needed to whip the eggs and sugar together for several minutes. There’s a sciency explanation for this (something about the bonds between the sugar and egg proteins and the dissolving of sugar very finely).
  2. Several sources said you needed to use very hot butter to keep the brownie batter warm.
  3. A few sources said you needed to use milk chocolate (again, something about milk solids).

After some trial and error, I determined the secret to vegan brownies with a shiny, crinkly top is vigorously whipping the aquafaba and sugar together for several minutes. I typically whip aquafaba (by itself) for just 45 to 60 seconds (until it’s foamy) for cakes. But when I whipped it with the sugar for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes on high speed, it completely changed. The sugar dissolved, the mixture thickened and became glossy, and it started to hold its structure, rather similar to the consistency of beaten eggs.

This method has two benefits: (1) it produces the beautiful, crinkly top you see in these brownies; (2) it brings structure to these brownies (a lot of vegan brownies, including some I’ve made before, fall apart and don’t have a decent backbone to hold them together).

For extra good measure, I tried to keep the vegan butter warm when I added it to the other liquid ingredients (following the second most popular explanation I found online for shiny top brownies). This seems to make a small difference, but after 8 batches of testing these brownies, I think this factor is not nearly as important as whipping the aquafaba and sugar.

Tip: Use aquafaba from a can of unsalted chickpeas to avoid adding extra salt. If you only have canned chickpeas with added salt, scale back on the salt.

the best vegan brownies with a shiny top sitting on parchment paper

Step by step instructions

Sift together the flour and Dutch process cocoa powder.

bowl of flour and cocoa powder mixed together

Add the aquafaba and organic cane sugar to a large mixing bowl.

mixing bowl of aquafaba and sugar

Use an electric mixer on high speed to beat the aquafaba and sugar until thickened and glossy. Then, using a silicone spatula, fold in the vanilla, salt, and espresso powder.

mixing bowl of whipped sugar and aquafaba

Chop the dark chocolate and add to a heatproof bowl with the cubed vegan butter. The bowl needs to be able to fit snugly into a saucepan.

glass bowl of chopped dark chocolate and cubed butter

Melt the dark chocolate and butter in a double boiler.

To make a double boiler, add an inch or two of water to the saucepan – you don’t want the bottom of the bowl to touch the water. Bring the water to a rapid simmer (not a boil). Carefully lower the bowl of chocolate-butter into the saucepan. Maintain a rapid simmer and whisk occasionally, until the butter and chocolate are completely melted and glossy. 

Note: you can also melt the chocolate-butter in the microwave in 30-second increments, stirring after each round.

elted dark chocolate and butter in a glass bowl

Fold the melted chocolate-butter into the aquafaba mixture until well combined.

swirly chocolate mixture in a bowl with spatula

Add the flour-cocoa powder to the liquid ingredients. Use a silicone spatula to mix until just combined. The batter will be quite thick. Finally, add the chocolate chips to the batter (oops I forgot this step when taking photos!).

rich, thick vegan brownie batter in a mixing bowl with spatula

Pour the batter into an 8×8-inch (20×20 cm) square baking pan lined with parchment paper.

brownie batter in 8x8 baking pan lined with parchment paper

Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (176°C) for 34 to 37 minutes, until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs. Cool completely before slicing (see the “Tips” section).

flatlay of sliced vegan brownies with shiny top on parchment paper

Tips for the best vegan brownies

Sift the dry ingredients.

Cocoa powder is fairly clumpy, so to ensure a clump-free brownie batter, sift the cocoa powder and flour before combining them with the wet ingredients. This is especially important if using natural cocoa powder, which is clumpier than Dutch process cocoa. But if you read the section above, you know that I think the best brownies are made with Dutch process cocoa.

Measure your flour properly.

I use a digital scale for all baking and highly recommend it for the most precise results (baking + precision are best friends).

Tip: If you don’t have a digital scale, do not scoop the flour straight out of the bag or container. This always results in getting too much flour in your measuring cup, and too much flour = dry brownies. Instead, use the spoon and level method. Spoon your flour out of the bag/jar into the measuring cup until almost full, then use a butter knife to level it off.

Use the best quality chocolate you can find and afford.

I already talked about this at length earlier, so I’ll keep it short. Chocolate is the primary ingredient in brownies, so it’s important to use the highest-quality chocolate you can get and afford.

I promise you will get much tastier results if you use (1) Dutch process cocoa + (2) good dark chocolate that you enjoy eating, instead of (1) natural cocoa powder and (2) baking chocolate.

Line your baking pan with parchment paper.

This makes it easy to remove the baked brownies from the pan and slice them. Also, it doesn’t require you to grease the pan. These brownies are plenty decadent and don’t need any extra oil or vegan butter.

Don’t overmix.

This is a good policy for all baked goods. Overmixing the dry and wet ingredients aerates the the batter, resulting in cakey brownies.

Don’t slice brownies too early.

It’s tough to wait for brownies to cool. The chocolatey aroma wafts from your nostrils to your brain and begs you to demolish the warm brownies. But, if you slice brownies while they’re still warm, you miss out on peak brownie goodness.

For one, the brownies will likely be under-baked and have less structure. Think more gooey lava cake, less brownie. This is because brownies still baked once removed from the oven and they continue to set up during the cooling process. Two, the brownies will be harder to slice cleanly and be more crumbly. And third, the chocolate flavor won’t be as pronounced.

You can, however, do two things to speed up the cooling process and more quickly enter brownie heaven. After resting the pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes, you can (1) carefully transfer the brownie pan to a large shallow pan filled with an inch or two of ice cold water. This will help solidify the brownies more quickly. Or, (2), transfer the pan to the fridge for 20 to 30 minutes. 

Note: If you love chewy brownies, let these brownies cool for a few hours. The chewy texture sets up over time. These brownies are noticeably chewier on day 2.

bite shot of fudgy vegan brownies on parchment paper

Frequently Asked Questions

How can you tell when brownies are done?

Brownies are typically done when you insert a toothpick and it comes out with some moist crumbs and/or a tiny bit of thick batter (the latter could be the melted chocolate chips). If the batter is liquidy or runny, though, the brownies need about 5 more minutes in the oven.

If a toothpick comes out clean, the brownies sadly have been baked for too long. That’s because the brownies will continue to bake during cooling. The end result will be brownies that are a bit dry.

To avoid this possibility, I like to check the brownies 5 minutes before I think they’re going to be done. Especially when I try out a new recipe.

Tip: If you’re not entirely sure, err on the side of under-baking. The brownies willl continue to set up during cooling).

How do you get clean slices of brownies?

First, use a large knife (I use an 8-inch chef’s knife). Slice the brownies in one fell swoop instead of dragging the knife back and forth. The dragging method leads to more crumbs and uneven slices.

Also, you can try dipping your knife in hot water and drying it off with a kitchen towel before slicing. Repeat this process between every slice. I find that this method in conjunction with cooling the brownies on top an ice cold sheet pan (see previous section) yields the cleanest slices.

How do you store these vegan brownies?

To keep brownies as moist as possible, slice only the amount you’ll eat at the time of serving. Leave the rest of the brownies unsliced and store this block of brownies in an airtight container. This will minimize the brownies’ exposure to air, preserving moisture loss. 

If you don’t have a container big enough to fit the unsliced brownies, slice and and store pieces in an airtight container. Here’s why. With batch #4 of these brownies, I wrapped the unsliced block of brownies (and individual slices), in plastic wrap. For batch #5, I sliced all of the brownies and stored them in airtight containers, separating the stacks of brownies with a piece of parchment paper.

Batch #5 brownies stayed moister longer (batch #4 brownies dried out more quickly, especially the individually sliced ones), so I recommend storing brownies in airtight containers instead of wrapping them in plastic.

Brownies, stored in airtight containers, will stay good at room temperature for 3-4 days, but you can keep them longer (for 8-10 days) in the fridge. When refrigerated, the fudginess of the brownies intensifies (not a bad thing).

Can I freeze these brownies?

Yes, though, in my house, these brownies never last more than 3 to 4 days. If you’ve already sliced the brownies, transfer them to an airtight container. Cover each stack or layer with a piece of parchment paper, lightly pressing down. Defrost brownies at room temperature.

If you’re making these brownies for a future time and haven’t sliced them, tightly wrap the entire block of brownies in plastic wrap, then in aluminum foil.

a stack of the best fudgy vegan brownies sitting on parchment paper

Watch! How to make the best vegan brownies!

That’s everything you need to know about making the BEST VEGAN BROWNIES ever. I hope you found the information useful and I hope you will love the recipe! If you try it out, please rate and review it below and tag me with your remakes on Instagram!

The Absolute Best Vegan Brownies

4.9 from 111 votes
You've never tasted vegan brownies like this! Supremely fudgy and chewy, intensely chocolatey, and with a gorgeous shiny, crinkly top! Truly the best vegan brownie you'll ever try!
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Cooling 50 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Baking
Diet Vegan
Keyword: brownies, nut-free, soy-free
Serving size: 12

Ingredients

  • 8 tablespoons (120 mL) aquafaba (liquid from a can of chickpeas, use unsalted chickpeas)
  • 1 ½ cups (290g) organic cane sugar or pure cane sugar
  • 6 ounces (170g) 65-75% dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup or 8 tablespoons (112g) vegan butter, cubed
  • 1 ½ cups (180g) all-purpose flour
  • 7 tablespoons (42g) Dutch process cocoa powder*
  • ¾ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder**
  • 3 ounces (85g) dark or bittersweet chocolate chips, or finely chopped dark chocolate

Instructions

  • Line an 8×8-inch (20×20 cm) square metal baking pan with parchment paper and ensure there is some overhang on the sides (this will make it easy to lift the brownies out of the pan). Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C).
  • Sift the flour and cocoa powder together in a medium bowl.
  • Add the aquafaba and sugar to a large mixing bowl. Use an electric handheld mixer or a stand mixer on high speed and beat the mixture for 2 ½ to 3 minutes until thickened, glossy, and wavy ribbons frequently appear in the bowl.
  • Add in the vanilla, salt, and espresso powder, and fold with a silicone spatula until well combined (the espresso will continue dissolving into the mixture as it rests).
  • Assemble a double boiler. Grab a heatproof bowl that can be nestled into a saucepan. Fill the saucepan up with a few inches of water – not so much that the bottom of the bowl would touch the water. Heat the water on the stove and keep at a rapid simmer.
  • Add the chopped dark chocolate and cubed vegan butter to the bowl on top of the saucepan. Allow the chocolate mixture to melt, whisking occasionally until smooth and the chocolate is completely melted. Once the chocolate is completely melted, keep the bowl on the saucepan for an additional 30 to 60 seconds to further warm through.
  • Pour the warm butter-chocolate mixture over the aquafaba-sugar mixture and fold together with the silicone spatula.
  • Add the flour-cocoa mixture to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined (stop mixing once the flour traces are gone). Fold in the chocolate chips. Pour the batter into the lined pan and smooth out the surface with the spatula.
  • Bake the brownies in the preheated oven for 34 to 37 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with some moist crumbs and/or a tiny bit of thick batter (the latter could be the melted chocolate chips). If the batter is liquidy or runny, though, the brownies need about 5 more minutes in the oven.
    To avoid overbaking and since every home oven varies, I err on the side of underbaking and check the brownies 5 minutes before I think they're going to be done. My oven usually takes between 35 and 37 minutes.
  • Transfer the brownies to a wire rack to cool for 25 to 30 minutes. Then carefully lift the brownies out of the pan using the parchment paper handles onto the wire rack. Allow to cool for a further 25 to 30 minutes before slicing. Slice the brownies and enjoy!
    NOTE: See the “tips” section in the blog post for how to speed up the cooling process and the “FAQ” section for how to get clean slices.

Notes

* I included the measurements in grams for the Dutch process cocoa powder brand I used (Valhrona), but the exact weights vary a bit across brands.
** Coffee enhances the chocolatiness in chocolate and deepens the rich flavor (without tasting like coffee). If you don’t have espresso powder, you can substitute with instant coffee powder (use slightly more, about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 teaspoons).
Here is the espresso powder I use (also available at Target, Whole Foods, and Walmart). Check out this blog post or this post for more options. 

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140 comments on The Absolute Best Vegan Brownies

  1. Jeannette Dixon

    Made these for my coworkers and they could not believe the brownies were vegan. Delicious and I will make these again.

  2. Khanita Najaar

    Will definitely try this recipe. Looks absolutely delicious!

  3. Kate

    Wow! These look delicious! What type of vegan butter do you recommend? They vary so much with some predominantly coconut oil, some predominantly sunflower oil or rapeseed or Shea butter. All have such different results in my baking. Would love to know what you think is best? Thanks so much. Ps love your blog!

    1. Alice

      She has answered an earlier comment saying that she used earth balance :-)

  4. Lee Wang

    Hi Nisha! I made these and they taste great, but they’ve become rock hard overnight — the chocolate seems to have re-solidified. This has happened to me with an entirely different brownie recipe too (almond brownie cookies, to be precise), so I assume that the common problem is something that I’m doing. Any ideas?

  5. Rebecca

    These are so good! I’d basically abandoned the idea of brownies after a failed attempt to veganize a boxed brownie mix when I first went vegan, but I’m so glad to have them as an option again! I didn’t make them exact to the recipe because my family aren’t coffee drinkers (like we hate the smell of it too, so we don’t really want to keep it in the house) and we had all the other ingredients so we just added extra cocoa powder in its place. We also didn’t have the right size pan (though after tasting the brownies we did immediately buy an 8×8 pan, albeit a glass one, for the next time), but they still turned out so good. Super fudgy! Excited to make them again!

  6. Arkadia

    Wow they look amazing and totally on my list to try this week. Its a must!
    However, I do have a problem here. I am unsure what type of vegan butter to use as so far I have only used coconut oil in my baking. With questionable results. I live in the UK – can someone reading this comment point me in the right direction please? I wonder if Vitalite would work? :) Thanks a lot!

    1. Noo

      Go for a block butter instead of one in a tub, the tub ones have a really high water content and it messes with the science. You can get Naturli from Sainsburys or Flora Plant Block from most other supermarkets (I always use flora because they’re cheaper) which is a creamy yellow colour with either red writing (unsalted) or blue (salted).

      1. Arkadia

        Thanks, I will try to use a clock butter next time, I remember seeing Flora last time I was in Sainsburys.
        For my first attempt Vitalite was fine too.

    2. S

      I used vitalite. I think any vegan butter would work

      1. Arkadia

        Thanks a lot! I used Vitalite and went great :)

  7. Brianna

    I followed this recipe to the letter and it turned out fabulously. Will be making these again and and again.

  8. hope

    Hey, can I use salted aquafaba for this recipe?

    1. Nisha

      Hi Hope, you can, but I would omit the salt in the recipe, or at least go easy on it, just a pinch. Taste the batter before adding more salt.

  9. Walker

    Wow. These brownies might be the best brownies I’ve ever had in my life! And I love brownies—this is coming from the person who, as a child, joined Brownie Girl Scouts solely because of the implicit promise of brownies (the food). Jokes aside, I highly recommend this recipe, and following Nisha’s recommendation to go with Dutch process cocoa if accessible. Day two really amplifies the texture and flavor, in my opinion as well (but you gotta try them day one, of course). So chocolatey—swoon!

  10. Katharine

    Oh my, the only alkalized cocoa powder (Trader Joe’s Sipping) I have on hand contains sugar. Can I still use for this recipe?

  11. Sarah

    These are the best vegan brownies I’ve ever had and I’ve been vegan for a decade so I’ve tried a lot of vegan brownies. They’re super fudgey and the crackly top was exactly what I was hoping for. My kids loved these too (obviously). I’ll definitely be making these again!

  12. Sarah Taylor

    True to their name, these are the absolute best (vegan) brownies. Hands down these are the best brownies I have ever made – vegan or non-vegan. I made no substitutions, per Nisha’s suggestion in the recipe, and they turned out fudgy, rich, and even had that famed crinkled top I look for in a perfect brownie. I will be making these again!

  13. Debbie

    These are so good! Made the recipe exactly as advertised and it turned out better than any vegan brownie I’ve ever had, heck, any regular brownie I’ve ever had. They’ll be my go to for parties, bake sales, etc…

  14. Catalina

    I have been vegan for more than 10 years, never never never I found a good brownies, even around the world and yesterday for first time I did, you made my dream came true.
    Thanks Nisha, greetings from Chile

  15. Alice

    These worked out perfectly! I did have to bake them for a little longer (10 min longer) but that could just be our oven. I made them for a chocolate peanut butter lover’s birthday (he’s not even vegan) by melting a little peanut butter in the microwave and swirling it on top of the brownies before baking. Total success! They have an amazingly chewy edge and really have the taste and texture of non vegan brownies.

  16. Elsa

    Made these today and the flavor is outstanding! I also got that shiny crackly top which I love in a brownie, however I think the texture on mine was off. I followed the recipe closely but the brownies are not holding together well unfortunately, they crumble and fall apart really easily. I blame the vegan butter I used, I live in Germany and I can’t get my hands on Earth balance. Maybe next time I’ll try a different brand. Flavor is so good I don’t care if they fall apart, but I’ll test other brands of vegan butter cause this flavor needs the right texture!

    1. Elsa

      Update: after a couple more hours, the brownies hold up way better than they did when I first tried them. I had let them cool completely before, but I guess now that I let them sit even longer, they got more “compact” and don’t fall apart as much, so I would recommend leaving them be for at least 4 hours after taking them out of the oven. I know it’s so hard when they smell and look that good, but it’s worth it :) Just my two cents, maybe it was just me, but I thought I’d share :D

      1. Sarah

        Hi from Switzerland! Do you have the Flora brand plant butter? I used this and it worked really well :)

        1. Elsa

          Hi! I don’t think I’ve seen that brand in Germany but I’ll keep my eyes peeled next time I go to the store! Thanks for the tip!

      2. Shannon

        Elsa, I also live in Germany. Which setting did you use? Umluft oder ober/unter hitze? I don’t even remember the way American ovens I have been here so long. 😅

        1. Elsa

          Ober/Unterhitze! Umluft would make the top dry out too fast :)

          1. Shannon

            Dankeschön! I can’t wait to try these! Haben Sie dosen kichererbsen oder selbstgemacht vom trocken bohnen?

          2. Elsa

            @shannon: (sorry, I can’t seem to reply to your message directly) ich hab selber trockene Kirchenerbsen gekocht und das Wasser hierfür benutzt, aber ich denke, das von der Dose lässt sich besser mit dem Zucker aufschäumen :)

  17. Tamara

    Will substituting a gluten-free flour blend work in this recipe?

  18. Anisha G

    No words! Did not know it was possible to make vegan brownies taste so rich, and full and perfect! I made these for a weekend trip and I had to ration them so we could have some left for the actual trip 😄 Follow the recipe *exactly* and results are guaranteed, including that shiny crinkly top 😊

  19. Jackie

    Made these for my son’s birthday last night. He has dairy and egg allergies. Wow. Just wow. These are as good or better than any non-vegan brownie.

  20. Michelle

    If you’re reading the reviews and deciding whether to make this recipe, stop reading and go make this recipe. You’re not going to find better vegan brownies than these.

  21. MaryKate

    I made these gluten-free using Bob’s Red Mill 1:1, and while they did take longer to bake (about 15 minutes more, and I’ll try adding another 5 next time), they’ve turned out exactly as you describe — incredibly fudgy. This is my partner’s preferred brownie texture by far, and it works well, as the edges are good and crispy. I love edges, he loves the gooey middle, we’re both pretty happy. As a celiac baker, I think that this would work with most gf mixes that contain a stabilizing gum (xanthan or guar) but not as well with a gum-free mix. Glad to have a more fudgy brownie! I just wish I’d had some coconut milk ice cream!

    1. Kimberly

      Good to know about the extra bake time with gf flour!

  22. McKayla

    Absolutely smitten by these brownies. Brought these to a (socially distanced potluck) and they were demolished in a flash. My coworkers could not believe they were vegan.

  23. Fiona

    I don’t normally do this but just wanted to add my voice to the chorus – this recipe is exceptional. I’ve never had vegan brownies that have come anywhere close to this good before. Just incredible.

  24. Sophie Andrews

    I made this exactly as written, and it was great! Very, very rich. One thing I would note is that I left it in too long because I was waiting for “a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with some moist crumbs attached”. It never got there– there were globs of batter on my toothpick. I eventually just took it out anyway, but it was probably overbaked by 5 minutes. The minute range you gave was probably correct for me, but the indicator wasn’t. Lesson learned… err on the side of underbaking when it comes to brownies. Thanks for the recipes!

    1. LemonLime

      Same thing happened to me except I left mine in until I got the gooey crumbs but the bottom and edges ended up a little burnt. So bummed.

  25. jayati sareen

    Would I be able to add walnuts into this, I don’t want to add the extra chocolate chips as it would be too sweet. Would 100 grams of walnuts hold up?

  26. carlotta

    they are sooo delicious I’m impressed. Thank you for creating this recipe, I’ve been craving a vegan brownie like this for a very long time!
    I just found them a bit too sweet, probably the amount of sugar is needed to build the egg consistency with the aquafaba but I’ll try to reduce the amount of sugar next time, let’s see how it goes!

  27. Carla

    I just made these and was so disappointed, hoping for some assistance. I followed the recipe exactly, even weighed the dry ingredients in grams. I used Earth Balance sticks. The brownies were very gooey after 45 mins of baking. I finally took them out around 1hr 15 mins and they are still gooey. The top looks great but there is oil coming out at the bottom and edges. Any ideas what could’ve happened? The only things I could think – does it matter how long you beat the Aquafaba for? Could I have beaten too long? And/or should you let the chocolate/butter mixture cool before mixing into the sugar mixture? I’ve been searching for vegan brownie recipes for years and was really hoping this might be the one! I’ve had the issue with the oil separating and coming to the top/out the bottom or sides before, not sure what I could change.

    1. Tami

      Mine did the exact same thing. I live in high altitude. Not sure that was the difference. But anyways, I’m going to try it again, cutting back on the butter. They were too oily. It was sad though because with all that chocolate they weren’t cheap to make!

    2. Dana

      Dang. I trust this site with my life for recipes!! I made this for the first time for an event and the same thing happened to me. They’re too hard on the outside and way too soft/gooey/oily on the inside.
      This one was sadly a miss for me and now I don’t have a dessert to bring. Maybe I’ll break them up and put them in some vegan ice cream, blizzard style.

  28. Clara

    These are the best brownies I’ve ever had period. So fudgey, chocolatey, and insanely delicious. I made them for my vegan friend’s birthday and she loved them!

  29. Julie

    Cant wait to make these. Has anyone tried using a low carb sweetener such as erythritol or lakanto instead of sugar?

  30. Irina

    Amazing, out of this world!! The extra chocolate chips added an extra oomph of goodness. Any storage tips?

  31. Jessica

    I’m in absolute awe.

    I’ve been looking for a vegan brownie recipe for years and… I’m done looking. Nothing even comes close to this recipe. Truly, the best vegan brownies.

    Thank you, Nisha!

  32. Sara

    Hi! I can’t find vegan butter where I live – has anyone tried with vegan margarine and knows if it works well?

    1. carlotta

      yes perfectly

  33. Elena

    I made these and they turned out great even though I realised, while already in the process, that I only had 42g vegan butter left. Still moist. Only thing I would criticise is that they are a bit too sweet for my liking.

  34. Susan

    I made this recipe exactly as written and they are fabulous! Worth the extra steps (versus quick & easy brownies) – I have made 11 previous vegan brownie recipes and they aren’t even close to tasting like *traditional* ones. Great texture as well and they cut cleanly. Sooo good!

  35. lara

    DAMN these are FIREEEEE. finally a brownie recipe that’s better than the original ones! everyone 👏🏽 go 👏🏽 make 👏🏽 them 👏🏽 Sooooooo GOOD 🔥🔥😍

  36. Caitlyn

    This recipe is the truth! Super easy to follow and the results were delicious. So surprised at how fudgy and moist they were. Adding these to my chocolate fix list and never looking back.

  37. Natalie Carney

    I seriously am at a loss for words at how delicious these vegan brownies are!!! Everyone that tasted mine after trying this recipe couldn’t get enough and craved for more!! 🤤❤️ Easy to follow instructions, full of chocolatey and fudge goodness, with that flakey top layer we all want our brownies to have… 10/10 Deff recommend!!

  38. Melissa Morales

    So so good & easy to make! In love with these brownies!

  39. Serena

    This recipe is delicious and is definitely the best brownie I’ve ever had, vegan or not. I did forget to add the extra chocolate chips, but it was still so flaky and fudgy. Definitely recommend making this 💜

  40. Alice

    OMG. I loved making them. Thanks alot for your effort!
    The smell, the taste…awesome!
    But I had one problem. They took 5 more minutes since they were liquidy (sorry for any mistakes) after 37 min. I would say gooey when I checked after 42 min. Looked great. Very quick the whole center fall flat though (half as thick as the edges) Do you think I should have dared to leave them in the oven even longer?
    All the very very best from Germany, Alice

  41. Sara

    This was the most non-vegan tasting vegan dessert I LOVE IT!!!! I lowered the sugar by about a good 100g though because I figured there would be enough sweetness from the dark chocolate and the choc chips and it was perfect. Keep them coming!

  42. Jack

    Hi!

    I was wondering if the butter is unsalted or salted? And is fine sea salt replaceable with another type of salt?
    Thanks!

    1. Heather Roffey

      Scrolling, scrolling, scrolling down to the place where I can enthusiastically rave about these brownies. OMG. These are SO good. I added walnuts because my husband loves nuts in his chocolate. I did not even notice them among all the chocolately goodness this brownie brings together. Fortunately, there is enough aquafaba in the fridge to make another batch for breakfast. Thank you Nisha for taking the time to research and perfect this recipe.

  43. Jordan

    I only have access to vegan butter spreads in the tubs, would those work?

  44. Jason

    These brownies are amazing, thank you for doing the research and making a video sharing your finding!!! I do have a question, what would cause these brownies to fall apart?

  45. Mandi

    Made these this morning and on half – the adult half- I added the maple tahini icing from one of tour bread recipes. So yum!!! The kids ate entire tray- I have 3 year nephew with an egg allergy and your recipes always please him plus I know they are safe to take to family events! Thank you so much !

    1. Nisha

      Hi Mandi, so nice to hear that you and your kids loved these vegan brownies! It’s always a great feeling when you can work around allergies and share recipes that everyone loves.

  46. Marcela

    These were indeed the best brownies I’ve ever had. Every time I tried making vegan brownies they didn’t turn out really well, but this recipe…it’s a definite winner. I’m so happy I can finally enjoy homemade brownies which didn’t turn into cake and taste like pure chocolate!

    1. Nisha

      Hi Marcela! I’m so thrilled to hear that you think this is the best brownie you’ve had. I also think they taste like pure chocolate (which I love) so I’m glad you agree!

  47. Nicolette Schreier

    what kind of vegan butter did she use?

    1. Nisha

      Hi Nicolette, I used earth balance for this recipe, but have also used country crock plant butter in brownies before with good results.

  48. Jackie

    Hey Nisha, which espresso powder did you use? The instant kind? Thanks and can’t wait to make these! :-)

    1. Louis Berk

      I had the same question! 😊

    2. RPL Team

      Hey folks – Great question!

      Nisha uses Medaglia d’Oro Instant Espresso Powder for this recipe. We’ve updated the recipe card (see the notes section) with a link to this product on Amazon.

      1. Jackie

        Thanks for the prompt response!

  49. Janet

    Is there a way to omit the butter and sub a “whole food”?

    1. Jeananne

      I would use a nice, runny almond or cashew butter. Yum!

      1. Rene

        Good idea. Vegan butter is not much healthier than regular butter lol.

        1. Beth

          How about unsweetened applesauce?

  50. Jennifer

    GIRL you deserve an Emmy or an Oscar or at least a nice shiny metal for your OUSTANDING research and whole body contribution to excellence in recipe writing and construction. I am SO IMPRESSED, as always. Was going into a week of staving off the sugar demon but it can wait another week:) Thanks so much for a bang up job!👏

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