Vegan Brownies

I already shared this brownie recipe from RecipeZaar, but we have modified it a bit (like cutting the sugar in half) and they are soooooo darn good and the easiest, fastest baked treat ever, that I just had to share again. Seriously these brownies are so fabulous and moist that you will amaze all of your non-vegan friends, and they are also so low in fat, sugar, and calories that you can feel good about serving them.


1 cup unsweetened organic applesauce (jar kind is fine)
1/4 cup vegan sugar
¾ cup organic pastry flour (Arrowhead Mills)
1/3 cup cocoa powder (Green & Black’s Organic)
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup vegan dark chocolate chips (Woodstock Farms Organic)
High heat canola spray oil (Spectrum)

1. Mix applesauce and sugar in a small bowl. Set aside. (It is important to do this first so that the sugar can start to dissolve in the applesauce.)
2. In a medium bowl (4-cup mixing bowl), place flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together until very well mixed.
3. Add applesauce into dry mix. Mix until just combined. Gently fold in chocolate chips.
4. Preheat oven to 350º. Spray an 8×8” square glass baking dish with high heat canola oil.
5. Scrap batter into the dish. Bake at 350º for 25-27 minutes.

1/16th of this recipe has 66 calories, 1.7 grams of fat, 1.1 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 grams of cholesterol, 1.2 grams of protein, and 6.6 grams of sugar.


11 comments untill now

  1. Rawmaste @ 2008-08-13 19:15


    Do think I could substitute the sugar with honey or agave nectar and the recipe would still work? I know that messing with a baking recipe can really ruin the end product. What do you think?



  2. I bet you could make it work. This recipe is pretty forgiving. I read online that to use agave in baking, you use 3/4 of the called for sugar in agave and reduce the liquid in the recipe by 1/4. Since I only use 1/4 cup sugar and no liquid, I think I would try a scant 1/4 cup agave. Let me know if you try it and what happens. Good luck!

  3. I made the brownies with Agave and added dried cranberries and carob as well. I used Brown Rice flour instead of white flour.
    The results are a yummy tasting treat. Not quite a brownie in my book. I believe it is from the brown rice consistancy. I am certain it would have turned out more like a brownie and less like a fig bar had I not substituted the flour.
    I recommend trying it yourself atleast once so your able to judge the results yourself!!!

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  6. Hi, These brownies look delicious! Do you think the chocolate chips can be omitted? They have soy and my son is allergic. Or does anyone know of any vegan, non-soy chips?


  7. Hi Nicole,
    The chips could easily be omitted, but I would increase the sugar to 1/3 – 1/2 cup. The brownie part is not very sweet and this recipe pulls some flavor and sweetness from the chips. Sorry I don’t have a non-soy chip suggestion.

  8. Hey,
    I did not have chocolate chips and omitted them. They tasted great! I didn’t add extra sugar, in fact I put I little less than 1/4 cup in. I find sugar is over-rated though. Plus we only buy fair trade sugar because of the slavery practices on the plantations (Watch the Documentay: The Price of Sugar if you can!) so we have gotten used to making everything at home and not buying anything with sugar used in it (Ketchup, Cereal, etc) I wish everyone could experience flavor the way I do now.

  9. Nicole: This is a late response since I just found this recipe but Enjoy Life makes a dairy-free, soy-free chocolate chip. They are delicious! Hopefully, you’ve already found them. I’m not positive, but I think Sunspire has a soy-free cc too.

  10. Hi there, this looks easy and delicious! I am not familiar with pastry flour, would whole wheat pastry flour work? Or regular all purpose flour?

  11. Pastry flour is a little lighter than regular flour. I think regular whole wheat flour would be too heavy for this, but perhaps whole wheat pastry flour would work. And regular all purpose flour should be fine.