Vegan Brownies

4.5 from 2 votes

Vegan Brownies

Wait! Don’t run away. These aren’t going to bite you. More than likely, you’re going to bite them. Devour them.

I’m not Vegan (really? you ask sarcastically). I honestly don’t think I could be, even for just a few days. Cheese is a food group, am I right?

I used to be scared of the word “vegan” as applied to baking. Nothing without butter and milk can ever taste good! Boy, was I wrong. Averie and Sally have both shown me you can make vegan versions of your favorite desserts, so when the opportunity presented itself, I wanted to give it a go.

At Christmas, I am in charge of assembling cookie boxes for all the teachers at school. Members of my committee deliver dozens and dozens of cookies to my house and I sort them into pretty boxes. One of the teachers at school is vegan…which makes me not want to deliver her a box of Christmas cookies laden with butter, eggs, and milk chocolate. While she has told me in the past she’ll break her rule once in awhile for a cookie here and there, a whole big box of something you don’t usually eat isn’t very Christmassy.

So I decided to go vegan, if only for one recipe.

Vegan Brownie

I, of course, went to Pinterest and found a few promising recipes. More often than not, the recipe called for some sort of flour or ingredient I had either never heard of or didn’t want to buy for just one pan of brownies. Then I came across my Zucchini Brownie recipe. And I remembered…it doesn’t have eggs. The brownies themselves don’t have butter.

Now, I could have just made those brownies and called it a day, but that’s not how I roll. Instead, I changed them up a little. I took out the zucchini and added applesauce instead. You can’t taste the applesauce, and it gives the brownies good texture. The original recipe calls for cocoa powder, but I wanted to amp up the chocolate flavor, since I was skipping the (butter-ladden) frosting. I added melted unsweetened chocolate and some semi-sweet chocolate chips to the batter. (Ghiradelli brand semi-sweet chocolate chips are vegan. I checked!)

The result? A fudgy, chewy, chocolatey delicious brownie. You’d never know they were vegan, and you’d never know they had applesauce in them. Now, they still have oil and sugar…so they aren’t totally guilt-free…but oil is better than butter, right?

{Please don’t answer that.}

Vegan Brownies

So the moral of the story is…try something new…you might like it.

{I meant in baking. Y’all know I’m not trying new food. I don’t roll that way. ;)}

Vegan Brownies

These Vegan Brownies have no eggs or dairy in them and you'd never know it. They turn out SUPER fudgy!
4.5 from 2 votes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 16 -24 brownies
Serving Size


  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 4 ounces about 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x9” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • Stir together oil and sugar. Stir in vanilla, cocoa, and applesauce. Add melted chocolate and salt, stir until smooth. Slowly stir in flour. Add chocolate chips.
  • Pour into prepared pan and bake 25-28 minutes. Cool before cutting.
  • Top with a sprinkling of powdered sugar for a pretty presentation!

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Vegan Brownies - this easy brownie recipe is dairy-free and egg-free, making them accidentally vegan! They are super fudgy and the perfect brownies!

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  1. I made these this morning and left out the chocolate and the choc chips. I only used 1 cup sugar (half raw and half caster) and use GF flour with 2 Tbs almond flour. Crunchy on top, chewy inside and super sweet these are great! Easy to make, and even easier to eat.