Easy and Healthy Vegan Brownies (oil-free and egg-free)

chocolate brownies on white plate with almonds toppings
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Easy and Healthy Vegan Brownies. They are easy to bake, don’t require fancy ingredients, and are comforting when you’re craving some chocolatey taste.

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These easy and healthy vegan brownies are made using applesauce as fat instead of vegan butter or oil. These brownies have coffee granules,  use whole-grain flour,  have brown sugar, and top with unsalted almond nuts.  It has this dark chocolate look that is moist, with a soft chewy nutty chocolatey bite and crunch from the almonds with a mix of dark chocolatey sweet taste. 

I love how it turned out still moist with the applesauce and has a soft chewy and nutty bite. I have another recipe for brownies that you can check here I made moist and cakey because I love brownies.

This time I wanted to create brownies that have a deep chocolate flavor and taste with less fat which is why I choose applesauce. It is a good source of fiber and lower in calories. The twist of incorporating coffee granules in these easy and healthy vegan brownies really added a rich chocolatey flavor aside from the cocoa powder.

While many would think that whole-grain flour is not ideal for baking cake or brownies and works best for cookies the trick is to use 75 percent first of whole-grain flour in replacing the all-purpose flour. Also if you do not have whole-grain flour simply replace it with whole-wheat flour.

The benefits of whole-grain flour are that it has more nutrients and fibers because it has different processing than the regular all-purpose flour usually use in baking. It may also help to let the batter first rest for about 10 minutes before baking.

For a 100 g of whole-grain flour it has 12.2g fiber | 72.57 Carbohydrates | 1.87g Fat | 13.70g Protein | rich in vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5,B6) | calcium 34mg | iron 3.88mg | magnesium 138mg | potassium 405mg | manganese 3.mg | sodium 5mg | phosphorus 346mg | zinc 2.93mg

Easy and Healthy Vegan Brownies

Ingredients

  • ¾ cups whole-grain flour (options: any flour you prefer)
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1 cup natural brown sugar
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp coffee granules (option: powdered/instant)
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 flaxegg
  • 2 tbsp dairy-free soy milk (unsweetened)

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350℉ or 180℃.
  • Prepare the baking pan. Either grease your baking pan or put a parchment paper having extended on either two sides to easily lift the brownies after baking. For this, I use a 5×7 in glassware. 
  • Prepare a mixture of flax egg ( 1 tbsp flaxseed + 3 tbsp water mix and rest for 5 minutes) Set aside.
  • In a large bowl. Mix dry ingredients flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, coffee granules. 
  • In a medium bowl, pour sugar add vanilla, flax egg, dairy-free milk, and applesauce. Mix until well combined.
  • Pour the liquid mixture with the dry mixture slowly until everything is well combined. Try no to over mix the batter.
  • You may add chocolate chips. (optional) You can let the batter set first for about 10 minutes. I did this while preheating the oven.
  • I sprinkled almonds on top before baking. (optional)
easy and healthy vegan brownies
  • You can sprinkle chocolate chips (optional)
  • Transfer to your baking pan and bake for about 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean or it does not hold to the toothpick.
  • Rest for about 20 minutes before transferring into a cooling rack. In this case, I do not need to transfer mine.
  • Serve and enjoy.
piled up chocolate brownies

Notes for easy and healthy vegan brownies

  • If you do not have whole-grain flour, use whole wheat flour with the same measurement while if using all-purpose flour use 1 cup instead of ¾ cups.
  • For the sugar, white sugar can also be used in this recipe.
  • Adding coffee granules is optional.
  • If you do not have applesauce you can still use oil or vegan butter and the measurement is still the same.
  • If you have a nut allergy simply opt for chocolate chips instead or none. You may also add chocolate frosting if you prefer.

Nutrients

This vegan brownies can yield about 12 servings with 103 calories per serving. Fat 0.6g | Saturated fat 0.3g | Cholesterol 0mg | Sodium 104mg | Carbohydrates 25.3g | Fiber 1.4g | Sugar 17.3g | Protein 1.6g | Calcium 9mg | Iron 1 mg | Potassium 111mg

Nutrition calculation is based using an online calculator (verywellfit) and for reference use only.

chocolate brownies on white plate with almonds toppings

Easy and Healthy Vegan Brownies (oil-free and egg-free)

Easy and healthy vegan brownies made with whole-grain flour. It is rich in flavor, soft, chewy and with the right sweetness.
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 103 kcal

Equipment

  • 2 mixing bowls
  • spatula
  • measuring cups and spoon
  • baking tray

Ingredients
  

  • ¾ cups whole-grain flour
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1 cup natural brown sugar
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp coffee granules (options: powdered/instant)
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 flax egg
  • 2 tbsp dairy-free soy milk (unsweetened)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350℉ or 180℃.
  • Prepare your baking pan. Either grease your baking pan or put a parchment paper having extended on either two sides to easily lift the brownies after baking. For this, I use a 5×7 in glassware.
  • Prepare a mixture of flax egg ( 1 tbsp flaxseed + 3 tbsp water mix and rest for 5 minutes) Set aside
  • In a large bowl. Mix dry ingredients whole wheat flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, coffee granules.
  • In a medium bowl, pour sugar add vanilla, flax egg, dairy-free milk, and applesauce. Mix until well combined.
  • Pour the liquid mixture with the dry mixture slowly until everything is well combined. Try no to over mix the batter.
  • You may add chocolate chips. (optional) You can let the batter set first for about 10 minutes. I did this while preheating the oven.
  • I sprinkled almonds on top before baking. (optional)
  • You can sprinkle chocolate chips (optional)
  • Transfer to your baking pan and bake for about 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean or it does not hold to the toothpick.
    easy and healthy vegan brownies
  • Rest for about 20 minutes before transferring into a cooling rack. In this case, I do not need to transfer mine.
  • Serve and enjoy.

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Notes

Nutrition:
This can yield about 12 servings with 103 calories per serving. Fat 0.6g | Saturated fat 0.3g | Cholesterol 0mg | Sodium 104mg | Carbohydrates 25.3g | Fiber 1.4g | Sugar 17.3g | Protein 1.6g | Calcium 9mg | Iron 1 mg | Potassium 111mg
 
Notes:
  • If you do not have whole-grain flour, use whole wheat flour with the same measurement while if using all-purpose flour use 1 cup instead of ¾ cups.
  • For the sugar, white sugar can also be used in this recipe.
  • Adding coffee granules is optional.
  • If you do not have applesauce you can still use oil or vegan butter and the measurement is still the same.
  • If you have a nut allergy simply opt for chocolate chips instead or none. You may also add chocolate frosting if you prefer.
 
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Published by therunningbaker24

A hobbyist by heart. A plantbased runner who enjoys dairy-free baking. I like to run and write on the sideline and recently discovered my fondness of baking and making guilt-free desserts. Just like running I get the same relaxing feeling when I bake.

33 thoughts on “Easy and Healthy Vegan Brownies (oil-free and egg-free)

  1. 5 stars
    Yay for brownies!! Oh my gosh, I wish I had these right now – but you can bet I’ll be making these soon (and with the added chocolate chips on top too). I saw your comment above to try it with gluten free four. I’ll give it a shot and let you know how it turns out! I can’t wait.

  2. You had me at easy and healthy! I love brownies, so anything that makes them healthier is great in my book. These sound really good and I can’t wait to make them!

  3. 5 stars
    These look easy to make and so delicious! Some times after my runs I’m looking for a sweet treat that doesn’t negate all my hard work and these look like they will fit the bill! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Hi Julie, I have not tried using GF flour it can be tricky tho. My best advise is to use a GF brand that is tested for conversion like Bob’s Red Mill GF all-purpose flour that is 1:1 conversion. 🙂

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