December 19, 2018

Vegan Espresso Brownies

Perfect for gift giving, dessert and snacks.
Makes 12 brownies

Vegan Espresso Brownies! These espresso brownies are so rich and chocolatey! Perfect for gift giving, dessert and snacks. 

Let’s have a brownie! It’s the Wednesday before Christmas and I would love nothing more than to sit with a brownie, a cup of coffee and hang here with you. If there’s one thing that I dislike about this holiday season, is that everything seems so rushed. The moment Halloween is over, it feels like a mad dash to the end of the year.

This year, I’ve intentionally set space for not doing that. Mostly that means that I’ve given up certain expectations that I’m supposed to do. I cut down my gift-giving list to just a handful of people and I said no to various parties and gatherings.

Not having to do so much during this time of year means I get to focus on more of the little things- like spending an evening looking at Christmas lights without any guilty ‘I should be doing this‘ feelings and baking brownies in the middle of the work-week!

vegan espresso brownies

Swoon. These brownies. If there’s one dessert I’m known for, it’s my brownies. Even before I had Vander, one of my goals in life was to be known as the mom with the good brownies. I know. It feels silly to even type it. However, 25 years later and I still remember who had the best chocolate chip cookies on the block. My guess is that you know who that was too.

I want to be that for our crew. The house with the bomb brownies.

Getting there means lots of trial and error. And lately, that means swapping out my most-trusted, bestest-brownie recipe for a vegan version. Have you noticed that I’m slowly transitioning most of our desserts to vegan versions? Though we aren’t a vegan family, I like the added challenge of crafting dairy-free and egg-free desserts.

Plus, vegan desserts mean it’s OK to eat the raw batter. Can you imagine baking brownies and not licking the spoon?

vegan espresso brownies

We’re using oat milk in these. If you’re a regular reader, then you know how much I love swapping in oat beverage in my vegan baked goods.

Why? Well, oat milk is higher in carbohydrates (read: sugars) than almond or soy and this is a very, very good thing in baking.

The reaction behind every cookie, cake and brownie is known as the Maillard reaction. Catalyzed by the heat in the oven, reducing sugars with amino acids (protein!) yields a golden brown exterior and that characteristic ‘something is baking‘ aroma.

You need two things in order for this to happen: sugar, usually in the form of sugar in the recipe and/or ingredients like milk, and protein, usually in the form of milk or eggs.

This is why, in making vegan baked goods, removing both protein (eggs/milk) and reducing sugar can lead to pale baked goods. Tastes fine, but the color is off. Oat milk is naturally higher in carbohydrates than almond, making it a superior choice to getting a beautiful golden brown color and ‘baked good’ flavor.

Pretty cool, right?

These brownies have it all! Crackly crust top, chewy edges and a fudgey middle. If you too want to become the house on the block with the best brownies well, these are a good first step.

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vegan espresso brownies

Vegan Espresso Brownies

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 brownies 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: vegan, american
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Vegan Espresso Brownies! These espresso brownies are so rich and chocolatey! Perfect for gift giving and dessert!


  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 brownies 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: vegan, american
  • Diet: Vegan
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 brownies 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: vegan, american
  • Diet: Vegan
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup oat milk
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips, divided (dairy-free, as needed)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola or other neutral oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray an 8×8 glass baking pan with cooking spray and set aside. Or, you can line the pan with parchment paper, creating an overhand to lift the brownies out of the pan after cooking.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt together.
  3. Place the oat milk in a small saucepan and warm over medium-low heat. Add 1/4 cup chocolate chips and cover with a lid, then remove from heat. Let sit for 5 minutes, then stir together so the chocolate melts.
  4. Pour the melted chocolate and oat milk into a separate large bowl, whisking in the unsweetened cocoa powder, espresso powder, sugar, oil and vanilla extract until the espresso powder and sugar is dissolved.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the chocolate bowl and stir together until just combined. Fold in the remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips.
  6. Place the batter into the prepared pan and cook for ~30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean. Remove pan and let cool for at least 2 hours. Slice into 8 pieces and enjoy!

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    1. Denisse
      June 2, 2019 AT 6:53 pm

      I don’t use any oils, what can I use instead? A nut butter?

      1. Alex
        June 4, 2019 AT 5:39 am

        Hi Denisse, you can try that though I can’t guarantee that it will work as I haven’t tested it yet.

        1. Denisse
          June 6, 2019 AT 5:06 am

          OK, thanks!

    2. Steph
      March 9, 2019 AT 10:34 am

      Just made these with pistachio oil, so good!

      1. Alex
        March 15, 2019 AT 8:20 am

        Glad you liked them, thanks Steph!

    3. Dominique
      December 20, 2018 AT 9:24 am

      Hello! I was wondering can the all purpose gour be swapped for a gluten free flour, like Bob’s red mill 1 to 1 flour?

      1. Alex
        December 21, 2018 AT 2:49 pm

        I haven’t tried it- but if you do, let us know how it works out!