This vegan brownie recipe for dark chocolate caramel brownies makes an indulgent but healthier dessert. These Paleo brownies with dairy free salted caramel sauce are made with two kinds of dark chocolate. They’re the perfect rich dark chocolate caramel brownies! I think you’ll love the superfood cacao as well!YUM!
This tasty one bowl vegan brownie recipe is sponsored by my friends over at Better Body Foods! Thank you for allowing me to share their wonderful products and talk about this caring company.
Oh hey there dark chocolate caramel brownies. Paleo dark chocolate brownies with DOUBLE dark chocolate!
Whoops, totally didn’t mean to make this week all about vegan and paleo recipes. I also didn’t mean for all of them to be “BOWL” recipes. But you know what? I’m going with.
It’s like MAGICAL when that happens. Why? Because I feel so accomplished. I am kidding, kinda.
But in all seriousness, I did make all of these paleo and vegan “comfort” food recipes when I was just coming off my surgery. I had to limit certain hard to digest foods for a few weeks post-op, yet I was still CRAVING real food, real healthy comfort food, like MAD. You get that right?
Hence these SUPER FOOD one bowl vegan brownie recipe.
Are dark chocolate caramel brownies healthy?
Uh, yes. Chocolate SUPER FOOD and SUPER magical because they are made in one bowl and paleo friendly as well.
Did I mention they also include two kinds of dark chocolate and a salted caramel sauce?
What’s in this vegan brownie recipe?
Look at that extra dark batter and saucy caramel goodness! SWOOOON! Whoa…. that’s some serious magician work. In my humble opinion.
I’d also like to thank Better Body Food Organic Cacao for the “secret trick” to these one bowl vegan double dark chocolate brownies. Yep, my secret is OUT!
Although, this secret is meant to be shared. Cause… you guys… this extra dark chocolate cacao powder is some seriously potent real food nourishment. I’m gonna get all nerdy and talk about it now. Mmmm k?
What is Cacao?
What is this dark chocolate magic? Besides it being SUPERFOOD that is.
Cacao is the purest form of chocolate. It comes from the cacao fruit tree where it makes cacao pods with beans.
It is raw and has the highest source of antioxidants of all foods and the highest source of magnesium of all foods. Plus cacao contains an excellent source of fiber and protein. Cacao powder (or any form of cacao) is super rich in taste and basically the DARKEST of chocolate. Kinda perfect for October, right?
But what I love about this amazing chocolate is that is can turn a basic one bowl vegan brownie recipe into a decadent tasting (flourless chocolate cake like) dessert.
What’s the difference between cocoa powder and cacao powder?
Cocoa powder (spelled C-O-C-O-A) is very similar to cacao except cocoa undergoes a bit more heat during processing. But don’t worry, it’s still EXTREMELY healthy and loaded with antioxidants. Plus cacao powder is naturally sugar free and great in baking as well! Like Hot Chocolate brownies.
So here’s where I justify this ONE BOWL vegan dark chocolate caramel brownies recipe.
If we put it all together with simple dairy free salted caramel sauce, it might not be a”sugar free” treat, but it will still be AHHHHMAZING and still SUPER MAGICAL. A delicious (and allergy friendly) brownie recipe you can make in a jiffy!
Meaning it’s SNAPPY sweet, meaning, it’s quick to make. It’s healthy-ish, meaning, you’re gonna wanna lick the bowl clean kind of paleo/vegan dessert. Haha, now that was a mouthful description.
Alright, grab a bowl and just a few ingredients from your pantry. It’s time to bake it up!
P.S., I’m totally going to continue the ONE BOWL vegan baking!
Next up, These One Bowl Vegan Gluten Free Banana Nut Bread (V, GF, DF) from Beaming Baker and the Best Ever Chewy Fudgy Gluten Free Brownies by My Gluten-free Kitchen. Care to join me?
Vegan Brownie Recipe Notes
Just a few notes:
- You will need the coconut oil to be a liquid.
- Once baked, set the pan in the fridge to “set” the brownies. You can make the caramel sauce when they are in the fridge.
- If you don’t have cacao powder, just use unsweetened cocoa powder; both are great!
Although you know I think everyone should try Better Body Foods cacao powder. Extra extra dark chocolate is never a bad idea.Print
A vegan brownie recipe with dairy free salted caramel sauce, these fudgy dark chocolate brownies are also paleo and gluten free. The best healthier brownie with a superfood ingredient – cacao powder.
- 8x8 pan and parchment paper
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup sifted coconut flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder or cacao powder
- 1 cup coconut palm sugar
- 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips or chunks
- 2 tsp distilled vinegar or other acidic liquid (lemon juice, apple cider vineger, etc.)
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 c plus 1 tbsp coconut oil (about 8–9 tbsp total)
- 1/2 cup almond milk or other vegan milk of choice
- dash of salt
For the vegan salted caramel
- You’ll only use about half of this batch for the brownies
- 1/2 cup Coconut Palm Sugar
- 1/4 cup Agave or maple syrup
- 1.5 to 2 tbsp. Naturally refined Coconut Oil
- 1/2 – 1 tsp. sea salt
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper. I cut it to it fits.
- Sift your flours together in one bowl.
- Add in the rest of your dry ingredients. Mix together.
- Next, add in your wet ingredients into different sections of the bowl.
- Mix GENTLY all together.
- Press batter into baking pan. It will be a little thick due to coconut flour.
- Bake for 28-30 minutes.
- Remove from oven, then let cool.
- Once, cool enough, place in fridge to set the brownies before slicing.
- While brownies are in fridge, make the salted caramel sauce.
Vegan Salted Caramel Sauce
- I updated this recipe 8/31/2017 but you can use my dulce de leche vegan recipe.
- In a small saucepan, mix the coconut sugar, agave, and coconut oil, and salt. Heat over medium heat, stirring to evenly melt the agave or maple syrup and coconut oil.
- When sugar starts to soft boil (bubble), set the timer for two minutes. Stir the mixture once or twice during these two minutes.
- Carefully stir in the coconut milk until it is mixed in and continue to heat until sauce returns to a low simmer.
- Simmer low for 25-35 minutes. Stirring ever so often to get the caramel from the bottom of the pan. It will start to turn a darker amber color. The mixture will be soft and will continue to bubble a little bit during this whole process. NOTE: The longer you simmer it, the thicker the sauce will become when cooled.
- Once it can coat the back of a wooden spoon (a thin coating), remove from heat and let it cool. This is where it will thicken. Then store it in a covered glass container. Cool for 10 -12 minutes, stir, then you can place it covered in the fridge, if you are not using it right away. you can store it in fridge for up to two weeks. Makes around 3/4c to 1 cup.
- Remove brownies from fridge, pour half of the caramel sauce on top or keep for individual slices. You will probably only use half the caramel so keep it in fridge for later uses. Like my caramelized apple bake ! NOTE: Reheat the refrigerated caramel sauce in microwave for 30 to 40 seconds if you are wanting to use it again.
- Try my homemade coconut whip on top. OMG soo good!
- The key to making these brownies set is refrigerating them a bit after you have removed them from the oven and they have cooled a bit.
- Store in fridge after cutting as well. These can also be frozen if you want to eat later.
- Category: dessert
- Method: oven
- Cuisine: dessert
- Serving Size: 1 brownie
- Calories: 300
- Sugar: 24.2g
- Sodium: 257.4mg
- Fat: 19.5g
- Saturated Fat: 10.7g
- Carbohydrates: 32.6g
- Fiber: 5.5g
- Protein: 4.5g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
Keywords: vegan brownie recipe, chocolate caramel brownies, paleo, dairy free
Ya, that’s one big tower of vegan/paleo chocolate caramel brownies ya’ll. I also used my coconut cream “whip” on top. Hey, go big or go home with superfoods, right? Haha!
This one bowl vegan brownie recipe was shared with non paleo and non vegan peeps for testing. It passed with flying colors!
That’s what I call….wait for it…. MAGICAL!
What’s your latest one bowl vegan recipe? Have you tried cacao or cacao nibs yet?