Super Fudgy Gluten Free Vegan Brownies Recipe with Oil and No Weird or Expensive Ingredients

Ok, lets pretend that my brownies were not made in a disposable aluminum pan. I know, I know, its not so photogenic. I even tried to take it out of the pan for a picture, but this is fudgy gooey brownies and that means that it doesn't cut nicely and this is the most photogenic it is going to get. I'm not going to apologize for using disposable pans, because I've been doing a lot of kitchen and recipe experimentation this past week and I simply didn't have enough pans that weren't disposable, especially when I was making multiple batches of brownies to get them just right.

So this brownies recipe is based on a lot of trial and error. When I'm looking for a brownie recipe, I have a lot of stipulations which makes it quite hard to find a good recipe. Number one is that it's gluten free. Number two is that its egg free and dairy free. Number three is that there's no butter or margarine in it or any other solid oil. Number four is that it is made with cocoa powder and not baking chocolate. And number five is that it is fudgy and not cakey.

With all that, are you even remotely surprised that I have been having a hard time finding a brownie recipe that actually does what I want?

So this recipe started off from another recipe that I don't even remember anymore because I had to change it up so much to veganize it and use oil instead of butter, etc... But after lots of trial and error, I got a brownie recipe that now will be my staple.

Oh, and it doesn't have chocolate chips in it either. Not that I mind them, but that just adds to the list of required ingredients to have at home to make them and I'd rather not.

I hope you like this recipe, it took a lot of heart and soul.

Super Fudgy Gluten Free Vegan Brownies Recipe with Oil and No Weird or Expensive Ingredients

2 cups all purpose gluten free flour mix- I used 1 cup rice flour, 1 cup potato starch, and 1 teaspoon xanthan gum but any works (feel free to try this with gluten flour, I just haven't tried that yet)
1 1/2 cup cocoa powder
6 tablespoons ground flax seeds
3 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup oil of choice- I used sunflower, but you can use canola, soy, corn, avocado, whatever floats your boat
1 1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
1 teaspoon mint extract (optional)

1. Mix all the dry ingredients together until uniform.

2. Add the water and oil and mix until uniform.

3. If you want to add vanilla extract you can. If you want to make mint brownies, add a bit of mint extract. Or leave out.

4. Put in a lined 9x13 baking pan, or two smaller pans.

5. Bake at 350 for 20-22 minutes, depending on how fudgy you want it to be and how thick your batter is in the pan.


Do you make brownies? What is your favorite way to have them? Cakey or fudgy? Do you have a recipe for them that's with oil and vegan, because I'd love to hear of other similar recipes. Does this look like a recipe you'd try?

Penniless Parenting

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  1. If you don't have mint extract, you can use mint tea in place of the water caled for in this recipe.

    1. I feel like that would be the wrong type of mint flavor. Have you tried something like that before?

  2. I've been thinking about making brownies so this is timely but please explain what you mean by 1 2/2 cup water! Did you mean 1 1/2 cups? Also how did your children like them? Thanks for sharing.

    1. Sorry, that was a typo I fixed, 1 1/2 cups. My kids can't stop eating it. My guests can't stop eating it. They're addictive.

    2. Super and thanks! Will have to try them soon.

  3. I havent been able to find good egg free brownies, but dont need gluten free. Can i do this with regular flour?

  4. Wow such an amazing recipe. I have a thing for sweets and brownies are my favorite. But just the thought of having a brownie adds up 2 pounds to my weight. Your recipe is healthy and low on calories, now the only thing left to do is bake and binge. :)

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