Nowadays it can be quite easy to find a so-called ‘fudgy vegan brownie’ recipes but are they truly? I can tell you for a fact these gluten free nut free dairy free brownies are the fudgiest you’ll ever find. Not those ones that are extremely gooey where it has the texture of brownie batter - not that that's bad, but these just have more body and depth to them.
Nor does it have that horrible grainy texture that ordinary gluten free brownie recipes have. These homemade gluten free brownies are composed of a soft, dark rich chocolate interior with a crinkly crust on top. Like you usually find on top of perfect traditional non vegan brownies.
These vegan and gluten free brownies aren’t cakey like betty crockers gluten free brownies but slightly more fudgy then gluten-free brownies nigella.
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How to make the best ever vegan fudgy brownies
Well to start, for this simple vegan and gluten free brownie recipe you’ll need a pan. The reason for this is because for this recipe we will be heating the dairy free butter, sugar and dairy free milk together. Until the sugar has completely dissolved. [Read essential tips for more on this]
Then remove the pan from the heat and chop the chocolate into chunks. I used the NOMO dairy free chocolate brand, and I find it works brilliantly. Mix half the chocolate into the batter, whisking until melted.
Next sift in the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined-careful not to over whisk. Then simply transfer the batter into a prepared greased and lined rectangular tin, and top with the remaining chocolate chunks.
Bake for 20-30 mins. [More below on baking times] - But the bottom line is, when inserting a skewer it should be slightly sticky, but not runny or gloopy.
Leave to cool in the pan for at least 20/30mins before slicing and devouring with a cold glass of plant based milk or drink of choice. And better yet serve it with a scoop of ice cream 🙂
The best fudgy gluten free brownies
To make these gluten free brownies from scratch. You’ll need cocoa powder, espresso granules (to bring out the chocolate flavour), gluten free plain flour and xanthan gum. I use Doves gluten free flour as I think it works brilliantly in my bakes, but any other brand will work well too.
Just take a look at their ingredients and see how much xanthan gum is already added - and alter the additional teaspoon of xanthan gum from there.
Some gluten free flours already add xanthan gum to their blend to add stability. Doves flour does contain some xanthan gum but very little. Hence why we added ¾ teaspoon to add some extra stability and prevent us from having crumbly brownies.
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Can you make vegan chocolate brownies without chocolate?
You sure can! You can easily make gluten free dairy free brownies without chocolate chips or chocolate. If you can’t seem to get your hands on any dairy free chocolate don’t let that stop you from making these epic chocolate fudge brownies.
Therefore, all you have to do is opt out from adding the chocolate and add an extra 40g butter, 35g sugar and 15g cocoa. And I find an excellent substitute for the chocolate chunks on top are nuts - preferably walnuts or pecans. They add an extra depth of flavor and texture to the brownies and pairs beautifully with the chocolate.
If you happen to have a nut allergy and no dairy free chocolate to hand, then you can simply leave the brownies without any other additional elements and enjoy them as they are. Trust me you won’t be missing out too much. These gluten free soy free dairy free brownies are still incredible!
How long to bake vegan brownies
As these brownies are egg free, baking them is only necessary to cook the flour as well as producing enough heat so all the ingredients can react together to produce these gorgeous egg free dairy free brownies.
Therefore the time required ranges from 20-30 mins where you should be able to notice the brownies coming together and producing its crinckly skin on top.
Make sure you preheat your oven before putting these brownies in, as they will take even longer to bake and may mess up with its baking process.
For these vegan and gluten free brownies it is vital to dissolve the sugar during the first step. As it is key to creating the crinkly crust on top of your vegan brownies. So this step is essential.
In addition to this I wouldn’t recommend substituting your caster sugar for brown/muscovado sugar. As this will completely change the consistency of the brownie.
There is however, slight leeway with granulated sugar. You can substitute it for this sugar it just might take slightly longer to dissolve as its composed of larger granules.
Worlds Fudgiest Vegan and Gluten Free Chocolate Brownies
- Rectangular baking tin
- 120 g Dairy free milk
- 110 g Dairy free butter
- 220 g Caster sugar
- 180 g Plain gluten free flour
- ¾ teaspoon Xanthan gum
- 40 g Cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon Espresso
- 150 g Vegan chocolate (100g for batter and 50g for top of brownies)
- Preheat oven to 180°/ 350°F/Gas mark 4. Grease an 8inch rectangular cake tin and line with greaseproof/parchment paper.
- Place the butter, sugar, and milk in a pan over a low/medium heat. Stir until the sugar is fully dissolved and butter is melted-DONT let it boil.110 g Dairy free butter, 220 g Caster sugar, 120 g Dairy free milk
- Remove the pan from heat and add the chopped chocolate. Stir until the chocolate is melted.150 g Vegan chocolate
- Sift in the dry ingredients and stir until fully incorporated. Be careful not to over mix.180 g Plain gluten free flour, 40 g Cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon Espresso, ¾ teaspoon Xanthan gum
- Transfer the batter to the prepared tin and spread it level. Top with the remaining chopped chocolate.150 g Vegan chocolate
- Bake for around 20/30 mins or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out with moist crumbs but not gooey or wet. [If it comes out clean they are overdone so be careful not to leave them in too long]
- Leave the brownies to cool completely for at least 20/30 mins.
- Slice and devour with a cold glass of plant based milk or drink of choice. And better yet with a scoop of ice cream.
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These look fantastic! Thanks for sharing!
These look delicious and relatively simple to make. Saving to try later ?
Thanks Kelly, it sure is!
Hanna Long says
they look fantastic! Yum
I've heard wonderful things about these brownies from Gluten Free Vegans UK, and I'm going to give them a go.is h
I have a question about xanthan gum: in the recipe it says 1/4 tsp but in the notes it says 3/4 tsp. Is that because of the brand you're using?
Thank you for pointing this out. They should both read 3/4 tsp of xanthum gum, sorry about the confusion. Happy baking!