Easy Vegan Brownies…Yum!

Via Tara Lemieux
on Apr 4, 2013
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“By eating meat we share the responsibility of climate change, the destruction of our forests, and the poisoning of our air and water. The simple act of becoming a vegetarian will make a difference in the health of our planet.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh, The World We Have: A Buddhist Approach to Peace and Ecology

Yummy (and easy) vegan brownies…perfect for sharing, or gobbling up all by yourself! They may not be healthy, but any time spent in the kitchen, these days, is good and fun for all of us. And they’re certainly delicious, and fun to make.


2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups raw sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon coffee/espresso
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour and water. In another bowl, mix together the raw sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Add gradually to the flour and water mixture, stirring well to incorporate. Pour in vegetable oil, coffee/espresso and vanilla; mix until well blended. Spread evenly in a 9×13 inch baking pan.
3. Bake for approximately 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the top is no longer shiny. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting into squares.

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Ed: Brianna Bemel


About Tara Lemieux

Tara Lemieux is a mindful wanderer, and faithful stargazer. She is an ardent explorer and lover of finding things previously undiscovered (or, at the very least, mostly not-uncovered.) When she’s not writing, you can find her walking in the woods and sometimes changing the way we look at things, one simple moment at a time. You can contact her at via her website Mindfully Musing or, take one second to "LIKE" her on Facebook at Tara's Facebook Page. Or email her directly at [email protected]. All roads will lead to one home, and rest assured she (and Nudnick, the wonder dog) would LOVE to hear from you.


23 Responses to “Easy Vegan Brownies…Yum!”

  1. Gare says:

    You must be confusing sugar with actual food. Two cups of sugar, raw or otherwise is more than anyone should consume over any period , ever.

  2. Tara Lemieux says:

    I like sugar…and I like brownies. But then again, I like a lot of things other people don’t. I guess that’s what makes everyone’s lives so different.
    In the time I am here – I will be enjoying brownies.

  3. sweet says:

    These look great, don't let other people bring you down. Who doesn't like a little sweetener in their life? 😉

  4. tiffany says:

    if they are made with love they are healthier than store bought!!

  5. tiffany says:

    I doubt she is consuming them all in one sitting..or by her self.. she was just sharing a recipe that I can't wait to make!

  6. Tara Lemieux says:

    Tiffany ~ that's so funny you should say this, as I always tell my children that everything I make is 'made with love.' 🙂

  7. Tara Lemieux says:

    Thanks, sweet ~ we all need a little something sweet in our lives 🙂

  8. dont use the sugar Substitute Organic Blue Agave by Wholesome Sweeteners, I purchase mine at Costco and get 2, 36 oz bottles for 9.99 which is the cost of just 1, 20 oz anywhere else. Happy Baking Yum, Yum. Mary Maurer L.Ac. http://www.asianhealingartsandacupuncture.com

  9. Alice2112 says:

    It's a BROWNIE recipe. Since when are brownies expected to be healthy?
    I've noticed that these sorts of comments are common on vegan recipes, possibly b/c 1) vegans generally are more conscious of what they are eating, or maybe 2) non-vegans try to discredit veg recipes in any way possible. You sure never see people dissing sugar on BettyCrocker.com. I'm sure someone will comment on why its not gluten free next.

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  11. Jenny says:

    Could I used Almond Milk instead of water?

  12. cass says:

    Mine dont look like yours…. ?? I found it really hard to mix the dry mix to the flour water mix too, the flour and water was really gluggy and hard to mix in.

  13. Far says:

    I feel the same way. Being in the process of transitioning to being vegan I feel like if I need to eat foods that still have a taste and mouth feel similar to the non-vegan counterparts. I made some vegan "magic bars" a few weeks ago and took them to a dinner. I was told that they could not be eaten in a plant based diet. I was so confused since they were made with all plant based ingredients. I need the occasional decadence of a tasty dessert in my life. I will be trying out these brownies but I think I will add walnuts. I have always liked walnuts in my brownies.

  14. valerie says:

    thak you they were extremely great! the easiest vegan muffins ever!

  15. Christina says:

    Mixing the flour with the water first can't be right. I tried that and it was incredibly hard to mix the dry mix and the liquids afterwards. And it turned out horrible. I made a second batch where I mixed all the dry ingredients together and then added all the liquid ingredients and stirred it all up no problem. That worked. Wish I hadn't wasted a whole batch of ingredients though.

  16. Karen says:

    Is the coffee powdered, or brewed first then a T added? Just making sure…they sound great!

  17. Kari says:

    Love your suggestions!!! I am gluten sensitive and I will def try it!!! 🙂

  18. Kim says:

    This might be a stupid question, but I don't bake much… Can I use normal sugar or brown sugar instead of raw? I don't have access to raw sugar where i live, but these look so delicious i want to try them!

  19. VeDdErLoVeR says:

    I literally just made these and tried a piece and they are delicious! Followed the recipe step by step with no problems. I found it worked best by mixing the flour and water by hand. Yum!! Now hopefully they will last more than one day!

  20. Cheryl says:

    Agave still spikes blood sugar and rots teeth like sugar. What about stevia??

  21. Sara says:

    I had the same experience! So sad that I wasted all the ingredients!

  22. Letitia says:

    Okay, me and my roommate just made these brownies and they turned out horrifically. First of all the flour and water combo turned into some marshmallow like substance and it was too much oil! It was in the oven for 30 minutes and we pulled it out and there was literally oil floating on top and the brownie was still sludge!

  23. Emily says:

    Dont use so much sugar. Sub it for brown sugar and then add some sweetner like maple syrup or rice malt syrup instead of oil