Your Vegan Brownie Questions Answered
by Laura Barns
Is there anything better in life than sinfully-gooey vegan brownies? Thought not. If you’re new to plant-based baking, and the idea of making your own soft-yet crispy vegan brownies sounds like a pipe dream (pun sort of intended), fear not. We’ve got you covered, with answers to all your vegan brownie questions, queries and qualms below.
Can vegans eat brownies?
100% yes. You just might need to look a little further for some ready-made vegan brownies to buy, or you may need to get a bit more creative in the kitchen to substitute some of the non-vegan traditional ingredients.
Traditional brownies are gooey, fudgy with a little bit of bite. Some absolute plant-based geniuses over the years have discovered plants with properties that can easily replicate these textures, so you don’t need to miss out on brownies if you’re vegan.
What can you use to replace eggs in brownies?
One of the main ingredients in traditional (non-vegan) brownies is eggs. Luckily, there are loads of surprising ways to emanate the density that eggs add to brownies. Have a read of our round-up of the best ways to replace eggs in everything, and get cracking. (That one was actually an accident, but let’s go with it).
What brownie mixes are vegan?
Don’t fancy making vegan brownies totally from scratch, but still want that pinch of homemade satisfaction? We hear you. There are a few different vegan brownie mixes popping up on supermarket and health store shelves now, which is great for when you’re in a 50% effort kinda’ mood. Two we like are Borough Box’s Brownie Mix with Cacao and Flax, and Superfood Bakery’s Joy Makers Brownie Mix from Planet Organic, both available in the UK and beyond.
Can you make healthy vegan brownies?
Whilst the calorie count might not be the main thing brownie bakers are thinking about, there are definitely some chefs and foodies out there who have developed tasty yet healthy vegan brownie recipes. The two mixes mentioned above are both high in fibre and are low in refined sugar, great if those are important to you.
If you’d like a healthy vegan brownie recipe to make from scratch, Nadia’s Healthy Kitchen’s Healthy Vegan Brownies should 100% be your go-to. If you’d like a raw vegan brownie recipe alternative, try this bad boy from our favourite – The Minimalist Baker, complete with ganache.
What’s the difference between a brownie and a blondie?
Both brownies and blondies are prepared in almost the same way, and are baked, cut and presented similarly. But you’ll know the difference just by looking at the results – blondies are paler in colour while brownies are darker thanks to one key ingredient – chocolate.
Blondies are vanilla-based and the brownies are chocolate-based. Blondies share similar ingredients to brownies; both recipes call for flour, sugar, butter and eggs, with the vegan alternative calling for an egg replacer. Check out Val's recipe for vegan blondies with salted caramel and raspberries, then thank us later.
What’s the best vegan brownie recipe?
Well, it depends on who you ask. It might not surprise you to learn that we’re pretty fond of Val’s vegan brownies. If you’re wondering how to make vegan brownies from scratch, start here. These vegan brownies are everything the perfect brownie should be- fudgy, chocolatey and rich with crispy edges and a gooey middle. If that's not perfect we don't know what is.
Fancy something a little different (but equally tasty?). Val’s not done being a hero with the above. Her vegan brownie cookies are fudgy like a brownie, crisp and chewy like a chocolate chip cookie. They're deeply chocolatey, rich, fudgy and best of all, can be on your counter in under 30 minutes.
Any other brownie questions you’d like us to answer? Fire away in the comments.
By Laura Barns
Laura is our Copywriter, who is obsessed with the Hearty Roots Stew (and has been known to eat a double serve for lunch on more than one occasion). On her day off you’ll find her walking her puppy Ralph, stopping off at bookshops and cocktail bars along the way.