These vegan brownies are a paleo, kid-friendly treat, with antioxidant-rich dark chocolate and dairy free salted caramel sauce. Make this one-bowl recipe for your fudgy brownie fix!
Before I begin, huge thanks to my niece for helping update this recipe. We had so much fun in the kitchen! It was a science project just learning about how to make baked goods without eggs or dairy or gluten. By the way, she’s the star in the video (below). And, she absolutely LOVES this vegan brownie recipe. I think half the reason is because she can eat the batter. Ahhh, to be a kid again!
Oh brownie recipes, how I love thee!
My collection of them continues to grow and I’m not finished yet!
Yet, for any brownie (and blondie) lover, there is always room for another recipe in your life. Especially when it involves dark chocolate and salted caramel!
Not to mention, this is a one bowl recipe. It is MAGICAL. Why? Because there are less dishes to do!
I digress, let’s talk fudgy dark chocolate and superfood!
This SUPERFOOD one bowl vegan brownie recipe is refined sugar free and paleo friendly, so it’s a perfect better-for-you treat. I may be stretching my limit with calling it superfood, but hey, it’s definitely a super tasty food. 😆
What are vegan brownies made of?
I’m not sure what might be in OTHER recipes, but MY recipe uses real food ingredients! The proof…
- Dark chocolate– This lovely ingredient is rich in antioxidants, which means it is also a superfood!
- Unrefined sugar– Agave and maple syrup are two examples of unrefined sugars. Real food = better for your bod.
- Dairy free caramel sauce– It’s not that dairy is necessarily bad (for people who can tolerate it) but if it can be made with better-for-you ingredients, why not do it?!
Speaking of caramel, have you made my salted caramel snickerdoodle bites?
Vegan brownie recipe ingredients
- Almond flour– Be sure to use the fine grain almond flour. Almond meal will work if that’s all you have, but it will give the brownies a grainy texture.
- Coconut flour
- Agave syrup or maple syrup– If having a vegan option isn’t important to you, feel free to use raw honey.
- Unsweetened cocoa powder or Cacao– If you aren’t familiar with what cacao is, check out the details below! 🙂
- Pumpkin puree– Use 100% real pumpkin, or sometimes it’s known as packed pumpkin puree
- Chocolate chips– If you need a dairy free option, I recommend Enjoy Life Foods. For a sugar free option, Lily’s is my favorite.
What is cacao?
Well, aside from it being a superfood, it is the purest form of chocolate. It comes from the pods of a cacao fruit tree.
Plus, cacao is an excellent source of fiber and protein. Also, the DARKEST of chocolate. Kinda perfect for any chocolate lover, am I right?
What’s the difference between cocoa powder and cacao powder?
Unsweetened cocoa is very similar to cacao powder, except cocoa undergoes a bit more heat during processing.
So, ALL of this is why I clearly endorse making vegan and dairy free brownies.
If we put it all together with simple dairy free salted caramel sauce, it might not be a”sugar free” treat, but it IS delicious, allergy friendly, and even KID FRIENDLY!
Yes, indeed! This one bowl brownie recipe was taste tested by non-paleo and non-vegan peeps, including kids. It passed with flying colors!
Alright, grab a bowl and just a few ingredients from your pantry. It’s time to bake it up!
P.S., I’m totally in love with ONE BOWL vegan baking!
If you are too, you can make the vegan version of my recipe for Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls. Everyone who eats them RAVES about them!
How to make the brownies – recipe video
Check out my video.. I’ll walk you through exactly how to make these goodies – it’s superfood easy!
Just a few tips and suggestions:
- Use liquid coconut oil. You will need the coconut oil to be a liquid, otherwise you will have a tough time incorporating it with the other ingredients.
- Refrigeration is essential. After baking, the brownies will need to set up in the fridge. I know- waiting is SO hard! While you wait, you can keep yourself busy by making the salted caramel sauce.
- Refrigerate or freeze any leftovers. If you have leftover brownies (what are those?!), refrigerate for up to a week, or freeze for up to 3 months.
- Storing and reheating dairy free caramel sauce. You will probably only use half the caramel sauce for one batch of the brownies.
Don’t worry though. Just store the extra caramel sauce in a covered jar. It is great on blondies, ice cream, waffles, or in coffee.
It’s optional for the brownies, but a total win in my book. To reheat, microwave on high power for 30 to 40 seconds.
Ya, that’s one big stack of vegan/paleo chocolate caramel brownies y’all.
Might as well add a big dollop of coconut cream whipped topping. Hey, go big or go home with superfoods, right? Haha!