My favorite base brownie recipe – a classic recipe everybody should have, these healthy vegan brownies are so rich and fudgy, while being gluten free and totally fruit sweetened.
Hi, beautiful friends! How’s your week going so far?! We’ve officially started the moving process. Luckily, the lot we built on is only about a mile from our current apartment, so that has definitely made the moving easy. My parents and brother are coming to help this weekend, so we should be totally done by Sunday.
I’ll definitely owe my family something sweet for helping us, and these vegan brownies would be absolutely perfect. Considering we’re between places, I could whip them together either at the house or at our apartment. One bowl, very few ingredients, nothing fancy required! But still rich, fudgy, and everything you want in a good brownie.
I have plenty of brownie recipes on my blog, and I truly love them all. I’m a cake-lover all the way, but LOVE brownie/bar recipes for their simplicity. As I was looking through past recipes, I realized that most of my brownie recipes had some additional flavor or component like frosting, almond butter (DEAD when I even think about how amazing those are), or sweet, silky caramel.
I wanted a classic vegan brownie, a base recipe that could be relied on when you need a fast, easy, but still super decadent and rich treat.
These are absolutely my new go to, classic brownie recipe, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have nailed it!
First of all, the ingredients list for these vegan brownies is short and sweet. The dry ingredients are a simple mix of banana flour and cocoa powder. I always use dark cocoa, for super powerful chocolate flavor, but regular would work fine too. Banana flour is one of my favorite ingredients. You only need half a cup, as it absorbs a lot of moisture. You won’t detect banana flavor, at all! It simply helps the brownies hold together and gives them just enough structure while still being super fudgy.
Next is the wet ingredients. Like most of my brownie recipes, I start with blended chickpeas. I know I know, many are skeptical of the beans in brownies thing. Trust me, though, they’re critical for these vegan brownies. The chickpeas blended with almond milk gives the thick, super gooey texture that is so amazing in brownies. You won’t taste chickpeas at all, there’s way too much chocolate going on for that.
Dates blended into sweet, thick paste give the brownies just enough sweetness. You’ll stir all of this into a thick batter, and that’s it!
The vegan brownies could go straight into the oven at this point, but I highly recommend the addition of chocolate chips. Ever since I found PASCHA chips I’ve been totally obsessed. I always use the 100% cacao chips because I don’t want added sweetener.
Can I tell you a secret? I think the chips MAKE these vegan brownies. Totally take them over the top. Getting the smooth chocolate flavor in the fudgy brownie, but then getting a chocolate chip in each bite just makes the brownie experience totally perfect. So, chips or no chips, the choice is yours! But if you’re on the fence, throw in some vegan chocolate chips and roll your eyes back when you taste how amazing it is.
These vegan brownies bake for about 40 minutes. They’ll still feel soft in the center especially, and the top will be nice and crackly. The hardest part of this recipe? You MUST let the brownies cool completely. Like, we’re talking at least an hour before even attempting to cut. This ensures that the brownies have time to firm up, so that you’ll be able to pick them up without having a gooey, chocolate blob mess.
So, put your patient pants on, wait an hour, and prepare for your new favorite brownie.
My favorite part of these vegan brownies is the texture. Slightly firm and a teeny bit crisp on the tops and edges, but SO gooey and fudgy in the center. Then those little chocolate chips have melted slightly but give just the slightest crunch, it is seriously the best classic brownie I’ve had. Ugh I sound really braggy. But it’s all these simple, healthy, delicious ingredients doing the work, here! Trust me and try them, you’ll see.
These vegan brownies are a classic recipe every dessert-lover should have on hand. Rich, fudgy, and full of chocolate flavor. With pops of those chocolate chips in every bite along with the ooey, gooey brownie base, they are perfection. Plus, how can you argue with 5 ingredients, all being healthy?! You just can’t.
Have a fabulous Friday and weekend, friends. Eat some brownies and be happy! 🙂
If you try this recipe, let me know how it goes/what you think! Take a picture and tag me @beamingbanana on Instagram. Happy baking!