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Chewy Vegan Brownies (That Taste Like Box Brownies!)

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As a vegan, I have been brownie-deprived for a very long time. I've tried many vegan recipes, and none quite stacked up to the brownies I made from a box as a child, with the chewy edges and fudgy middle. Until now. I finally found a brownie recipe that I was able to veganize to replicate that perfect flavor from my youth. It's based on a (non-vegan) recipe from Tessa Arias on her blog Handle the Heat. So without any more of the blah blah blah, here's the recipe:

Fresh-cut chewy vegan brownies!

Chewy Vegan Brownies

Yield16 brownies

Prep Time30 minutes

Cook Time30 minutes

Total Time60 minutes


  • 3 tbsp. ground flax seed

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 5 tbsp. vegan butter (I used Earth Balance sticks)

  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar

  • 1 tbsp. turbinado sugar (brown sugar or granulated sugar is okay)

  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil

  • 3/4 cup cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch

  • 1/4 tsp. salt

  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

  2. Grease an 8x8 metal baking pan.

  3. In a small bowl or measuring cup, mix the water and ground flax and set aside until thickened (approximately 5 minutes).

  4. In a small saucepan, melt the vegan butter over medium-low heat until melted. Add in the granulated and turbinado sugars and mix well.

  5. Transfer the butter-sugar mixture to a large mixing bowl and mix in the flax-water mixture, vanilla, and oil.

  6. Sift the cacao (or cocoa), then add it to the wet mixture and mix well.

  7. Sift together the flour, cornstarch, salt, and baking soda, then mix into the batter.

  8. Pour the batter into your greased pan, and bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.

    Brownie batter... mmmmm!
  9. (Warning: This is the most difficult step). Allow brownies to cool completely before cutting and enjoying them!

Notes & Hints

These brownies are meant to be fudgy, so they may appear undercooked, even though they're fully cooked!


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Hi! I'm Steph, and I love to explore vegan food, health, and of course, the world. I'm sharing my best vegan recipes, and things I've learned and loved from my travels and health journeys.