healthy vegan brownies
A healthy yet decadent version of brownies which sure will win hearts of many this festive season.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 16 servings
- 1 cup/ 140 grams multigrain or wheat flour
- ¼ cup / 30 grams oats flour*
- ¼ cup / 52 grams unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ cup raw sugar *
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon / 8 grams flaxseed meal*
- 3 tablespoon warm water*
- 1 cup/ 230 ml applesauce* - recipe and method mentioned above
- ¾ cup / 231 grams agave nectar or honey
- 5 tablespoon /88 grams peanut butter *
- 2 tablespoon avocado oil* or of your choice
- ¼ cup water or more*
Pre heat oven to 350 degree f/ 180 degree c .
Now create flaxseed meal gel by mixing 1 tbsp flaxseed meal to 3 tbsp water , keep aside for 5 minutes. It will turn gel like.
Sift dry ingredients in one bowl .
Quick blend nut butter, applesauce and flaxseed meal gel to form a smooth paste. We are doing this as peanut butter is quiet thick and its difficult to fold it in the batter.
Now add the thick paste and agave nectar, water to the dry ingredients , mix well with a spatula/ spoon until lump free . Use cut and fold method , Do not beat with a blender or over mix.
Taste test the batter and pour in the prepared pan . Tap it gently on the surface and bake on the middle rack for 28-32 minutes or until the toothpick comes out with fewer crumbs and not batter . Mine was done at 29 minute mark. Do not over bake . Let it cool on a cooling rack . Place in the fridge for 3-4 hours or overnight and then cut for clean cut edges.
These brownies are intensely dense , fudgy and chocolaty . If you you prefer bit on a sweeter side reduce cocoa and water by 1 tablespoon.
Total amount of flour is 1 ¼ cup – you can skip oats flour and use wheat only.
Honey can be substituted for agave nectar
I use raw sugar, use preferred sugar / sugar free options like stevia or truvia.
Substitute flaxseed meal with 4 tablespoon thick yogurt
Any nut butter can be used instead of peanut butter- for example almond or hazelnut butter.
Substitute applesauce with banana puree.
Substitute avocado oil with your choice of oil. ( Coconut oil is great).
The batter is supposed to be thick, if its too thick ,add some water -1 tablespoon at a time. The reason being flour quality differs and absorbs different amounts of liquid.
We do not want a cake , we want brownies, hence no whippers or beaters used.
For making brownies in Instant Pot follow this link here for the procedure.