Ultra Fudgy Moist Brownies

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I do not usually post two dessert posts because I hardly make them, but I guess I was craving chocolate this past weekend. I think I mentioned a few days ago stating that I felt like making brownies from a cookbook but decided against it since it had way too much Earth Balance margarine and way too much sugar. My whole brownie craving turned around when I saw Angela’s post on August 27th. I truly felt like she had read my mind when I posted that I was craving healthy brownies. Her adaption of Ricki Heller’s recipe from Sweet Freedom was AMAZING!

Now if you take a look at the ingredient list you might be a little skeptical but I have to tell you that Ryan and I thought these were the best vegan brownies. I had tried others and not been successful. Here are some of the ingredients I used in addition to some maple syrup I recently received from Maple Syrup World that is based in Canada. It was probably the purest maple syrup I have tasted in a while and was a great addition to make this brownie naturally sweetened. Check out their site.

This was a super quick recipe to put together and only took 20-25 minutes to bake.

I decided to add Purely Decadent Mint Chip Coconut Ice Cream (made by Turtle Monutain) for the ultimate experience.

I would take adjust the sweetness for next time only because I have not been eating sweets. Even without the ice cream it was a tad bit too sweet. If you like dark chocolate this is the recipe for you. After these finished baking , there was a nice crust that formed on the top. It was a definite win and stays in my recipe box. Try them tonight!

Ultra Fudgy Moist Brownies

adapted from Oh She Glows and Sweet Freedom

makes 9 wedges (using a 9×9 glass dish)

1 small avocado (1/4 cup packed)
3/4 cup Sucanat
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 tbsp grapeseed oil
1 tbsp ground chia seeds (or ground flax)
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tsp instant espresso granules
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 walnuts, crushed (my addition)
1 1/4 cup whole grain spelt flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp Himalayan sea salt

Preheat the oven to 350F. Line an 9×9 glass dish pan with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, gently smash the avocado with a fork or potato masher to break apart.  Add the Sucanat, maple syrup, oil, chia, vanilla extract, and espresso and mix until smooth.

In a medium sized bowl, sift together the spelt flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix by hand until just mixed. Stir in chocolate chips.

Spread the mixture onto the baking pan using a spatula. The batter will be VERY THICK so work with the batter until spread evenly in the pan.

Once smooth, place in oven and cook for 20-25 minutes and no more. Remove from oven and cool for 20 minutes. Remove from pan and cut with a knife.

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  • http://ravienomnoms.wordpress.com/ ravienomnoms

    I’m in love. Wowza!

  • http://foodmakesfunfuel.com/ Evan Thomas

    Oh my God. I am SO making these.

  • http://openid.aol.com/bluehowler Randy

    I’m salivating! Those brownies look super chocolatey, moist, and delicious. And together with Purely Decadent coconut milk ice cream, that looks like the ultimate brownie experience!

  • http://chefkatelyn.wordpress.com/ chefkatelyn

    Oh. My. God. Trying these ASAP! :)

    Anything with chocolate + vegan + healthy = a winner in my books!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07073984731642037393 Tasty Eats At Home

    Oh these look delicious! Love it. And Purely Decadent makes some delicious ice cream.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16584827253488904364 Spicie Foodie

    Great and decadent treat! I love it , all the ingredients sound so good. Thanks for sharing this.

  • http://dietdessertndogs.com/ Ricki

    I’m so glad you like them! I worried when Angela decreased the oil, but I think they look pretty darned fudgy in your photos, anyway! Now that the recipe has been “outed,” I’m going to work on a GF version for my GF readers! :)

  • http://www.strawberrypepper.com/ Eva @ strawberrypepper

    oh wow! these look really delicious!! I am often unsatisfied by vegan brownies but these look so deliciously fudgy i just might have to try them out asap.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17726496847123759574 Marina

    I saw these on Angela’s sight and was inspired as well… except I didnt act as quickly as you did in making them :)

    Yours look beautiful.

  • http://anecdotesandapples.weebly.com/ Monet

    I was hoping you were going to post this soon! I love the use of avocado in here…such a healthy way of imparting that fudginess we all crave when we bite into a brownie!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05034283259164629148 Magic of Spice

    What a wonderful treat…these look moist and amazing :)

  • http://leashieloo.wordpress.com/ leashieloo

    I love that ice cream! And with brownies? Wow, that is mind boggling good sounding!

  • http://almostveganblog.com/ Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Ooh, I love the look of that recipe, and your photos of the final product. I’ve been on the hunt for years for the best vegan brownie recipe (that DOESN’T use cups and cups of oil or sugar). I’ll have to bookmark this and try it sometime.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16492661388892873640 Simply Life

    wow, those do look AMAZING!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01912320960118608950 Tanya

    That’s not fair. I don’t have an avocado at the moment and I want these really badly….and you’re not helping my diet. I so want these!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17579815484543487415 Noelle


    @Evan-I hope you like them as much as I did!

    @Randy-Ultimate indeed. A major keeper in myrecipe box!

    @chekatelyn-You have to!

    @Tasty eats at home-Thanks!

    @Spicie Foodie-Suprisingly more delicious than any non-vegan recipe I have ever tried.

    @Ricki-I would love to know what the gluten-free version tastes like! Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

    @Eva-Yes, try them ASAP. My gut told me these were going to be IT for me!

    @Marina-You gotta try them soon!

    @Monet-The avocado is the definitely surprise. I love the fact I have been using them in dessert lately.

    @Magic of Spice-Thanks, they were delicious.

    @Amber-Exactly. Lately anything with loads of sugar and oil are a turn off. This is so perfect.

    @leashieloo-Mind boggling indeed, thanks!

    @Simply Life-Gotta try them!

    @Tanya-Am I tempting you with badness? I have no guilt having these. Everything in moderation especially after 2 workouts I can indulge in this healthy fudgy dessert. :)


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00352267532090320701 evergreen

    This is my idea of the perfect dessert! Wow!!!

    The instant espresso powder looks like a great ingredient, glad you posted it in the pic:)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13951788558737977318 Evan Halperin

    sounds yummy! I just noticed your new webpage. looks great, congratz!

  • http://14yearoldvegan.wordpress.com/ Rebecca

    hahah your making me get a litttle hungry! those brownies look amazing :) especially with a side of some good coconut milk ice cream!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08873080530639686787 HiHoRosie

    Yeah, I marked this as a fave. I’ll be making these. Can’t wait!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09449168674433482823 Nelly


    i could use a few of those…would really cheer this sick girl up!!!


  • http://www.healthyfoodforliving.com/ Lauren

    Gimme, gimme! These sound incredible :)

  • http://danasfoodforthought.wordpress.com/ danasfoodforthought

    I love dark chocolate… sounds absolutely fantastic!

  • http://www.vegventures.com/ Maija Haavisto

    I’ll definitely have to try this! So far my favorite vegan brownies are not even brownies at all, but the sweet potato blondies from Vegan Cookies Take Over Your Cookie Jar. Even better than the vegan chocolate brownies I’ve had, and those have also been amazing.

    Anyway, I was just wondering if a small avocado really amount to just 1/4 cup? Maybe I just haven’t seen really small avocados in my part of the world, but I’d imagine they’d all be at least 1/2 cup or more…