These Vegan and Gluten-Free Almond Butter Brownies are gooey, rich and delicious. Not to mention they only require 1 bowl, 30 minutes from start to finish, and less than 10 ingredients!
The other day I had a mini rant about how I discovered that most of my cleaning supplies and beauty products contained toxic chemicals. Yeah, it's been on my mind ever since then and I've been researching products like crazy! I know this is a plant-based food blog, but if you're reading, you probably care just as much about what goes on your body as what goes in your body. I'm no expert by any means when it comes to natural products, but I figured I'd share some of the discoveries I uncover as I continue my detox-my-house process.
Today I ordered some new shampoo, conditioner, lip balm, body soap, face wash and deodorant (for Brett). To choose these products I used a site called EWG, Environmental Working Group, that researches all kinds of products and ingredients and rates them so that you can see which ones have harmful ingredients in them and which ones are safe to use/consume. It was so helpful and kept me from having to research each ingredient in the product I was considering. I'll keep you guys posted on how I like the products I ordered. If you're looking into more natural cosmetics, definitely check it out EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database!
Okay, now to for the stuff you really came to talk about...Vegan and Gluten-Free Almond Butter Brownies!
Remember the time I made Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies that were dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar free AND only required 5 ingredients?! Well, these brownies are quite similar and incredibly gooey and delicious. You can whip these up in no time to impress your friends or just enjoy by yourself.
These brownies require just a couple more ingredients than my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, but they're just as easy to make and just as rich and delicious! They're sweetened with maple syrup and they get their subtle chocolate flavor from cacao powder. These brownies are really versatile too. I kept mine plain, but you can easily add in some chopped nuts or dairy-free chocolate chips to make them extra decadent!
So, have you got 30 minutes? Well go ahead and get baking!
Vegan Almond Butter Brownie Photos
- 1 cup creamy almond butter
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
- 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water)
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ cup chopped walnuts or ½ cup dairy-free chocolate chips
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8x8 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- Prepare your flax egg by whisking together 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed and three tablespoons of warm water in a large bowl. Let the egg "gel" for about 5-10 minutes. Add in the remaining ingredients (except for the nuts or chocolate chips) and whisk everything together until smooth and well combined. Fold in optional ingredients if using.
- Pour batter into your prepared baking dish and use a spatula to spread the batter into an even layer.
- Bake the brownies for 20-25 minutes until the edges start to look golden. These brownies will be on the gooier side, but that's not a bad thing right?
- Remove the brownies from the oven and let them cool completely. Once completely cooled, cut into 16 squares and enjoy! I had a bit of a hard time getting my first brownie out without it breaking, so I stuck the brownies in the fridge and let them get chilled. Then I was able to remove them from the pan much easier!
- Store leftovers in an airtight container or covered with plastic wrap in the fridge.
Nutrition InformationYield 16 Serving Size 1 brownie
Amount Per Serving Calories 126Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 12mgSodium 112mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 2gSugar 5gProtein 4g
Nutrition information is a rough estimate provided by Nutrionix and should be used for informational purposes only.