Bitter Black Brownies (Vegan, Soy-free, Gluten-free)



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Vegan, Soy-free, Gluten-free Chocolate Brownie


Nobody should need any excuse to bake brownies… but i do have one 😉

Yesterday I woke up in the morning and my day started as usual. Then I signed into Facebook and in my local foodie group somebody was asking for an eggless brownie recipe. Somebody else was suggesting my ‘best vegan fudge brownie’ and others were talking about some other great brownie recipes. All the brownie talk just had me craving for some right away.

I just had to bake! I also realized that I haven’t shared any ‘chocolaty’ recipe in a while here. So I decided to bake brownies 🙂 This time I made some super indulgent brownies. I experimented with simple ingredients I had at home. They are dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free! As I started melting chocolate and mixing flours, I started noting down the recipe so that I can share it with you all. I went with my gut feeling and threw in ingredients together. This is the fist time I am baking with rice flour which was a great learning experience. I used a lot of flax seed meal to replicated all the eggs used in the traditional brownies and it actually worked.


Vegan, Soy-free, Gluten-free Chocolate Brownie


While it was baking in the oven I was anxiously checking on it every 5 minutes. It started rising first and then the middle started sinking in, which was very promising. Unfortunately with all the excitement I didn’t check the exact time it took for them to bake. But you only have to bake it till the toothpick inserted in the middle is ‘almost’ clean so it’s not so complicated.

I took them out of them oven and just couldn’t wait to taste it. I just wanted to be quickly done with the photos and bite into one of these slices of heaven! Once again… patience has never been one of my virtue. So brownies didn’t hold their shape very well as I cut into it when it was still hot. But it was all worth it! They are perfectly crumbly cracked top with gooey melt in your mouth inside. It does have a mild coconut flavor from the oil but the dark chocolate definitely overpowers it. My organic rice flour was a little coarse so the brownie had a slightly grainy after taste. It is soft, brittle and fragile. You might not be able to cut it into perfect squares but who cares! brownies are good even when they are falling apart.


Vegan, Soy-free, Gluten-free Chocolate Brownie


These brownies are black, bitter and intense. I would call them adult brownies but my little girl did enjoy a small piece of it. So far 3 people have tasted it and none of them believed it doesn’t have butter eggs and all purpose flour like the traditional brownies and instead had coconut oil and rice flour! They are only for the real cocoa lovers though. Without any nuts, it’s pure rich chocolate. I recommend cutting them into small pieces as they are rich enough to satisfy your sweet tooth in one single bite. Serve them topped with vanilla ice-cream if you wan to make it taste milder.


Vegan, Soy-free, Gluten-free Chocolate Brownies



Use finely ground rice flour for a less grainy brownie. I am going to try this with whole wheat flour also and will update information here once I do.

Update: I tried this recipe with whole wheat flour and brownies turned out great! I used ‘Navadarshanam’ Organic Stone Ground wheat flour.

Use any other oil instead of coconut oil to avoid the coconut flavor

If you don’t like bitter chocolate use a milder/sweeter chocolate instead. Use good quality chocolate though.

Add nuts or chocolate chips to make it more interesting.

Increase the amount of sugar to 1 cup if you like your brownies sweeter (though this was perfect for us). You can also cuse white sugar instead of cane sugar.

I need to add once again this is a very soft fragile brownie which is more of a kind you would serve in a bowl with a spoon. It might not look perfect but it sure does taste good!


Vegan, Soy-free, Gluten-free Chocolate Brownies



  • 200 grams of dark chocolate
  • 6 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp flax seed powder + 12 tbsp water
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup unrefined cane sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt (optional)
  • 1 tsp instant coffee powder


Mix the flax seed powder with water stir well and leave it aside.

Combine the chocolate and the coconut oil and melt it in a double boiler.

Pre-heat the oven at 170 degree celsius.

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl and stir till everything is combined well.

Take a big bowl and pour the melted chocolate into it. Now add the flax seed mixture and stir well. Slowly add the flour mixture and mix till it’s well incorporated into the chocolate.

Line a rectangular baking tray with parchment paper and fold in the bater into it. Smoothen the top with a spatula.

Place it in the hot oven. Bake at 170 for 10 minutes and reduce the heat to 150 degree celsius. Continue to bake for another 15 to 20 minutes. Brownie will start sinking in the middle and it’s done when the toothpick inserted in the middle comes out almost clean.

Don’t be like me, let it cool completely. Cut it into small squares and enjoy!

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  • Nicole

    Thank you thank you thank you! I have been on a year long quest to find the perfect vegan brownie recipe and this is it! I have literally tried about a dozen recipes and while most were quite good none of them had that traditional rich fudgy brownie taste and texture. This recipe is perfect! My husband loved them too.

  • AVV

    1/2tsp or 12tsp baking pwdr?

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