Vegan Brownies

My thirteen-year-old niece was diagnosed with severe food allergies when she was an infant.  Allergies to dairy, eggs, and peanuts are serious stuff for anyone to navigate, especially a young kid.  In doing so, one should not have to give up delicious treats, like brownies.  This is a vegan brownie recipe made with tofu and soy milk, and it is a particularly great option for anyone with a dairy or egg allergy.

This recipe was inspired by my niece, who has one heck of a sweet tooth.  I encourage everyone to try these vegan brownies, they are truly delicious, slightly more healthy, and may just become a new favorite. The brownies from this recipe come out with a nice cake-like texture and a somewhat fudgy center.  Although they are rich in cocoa flavor, they are not overly sweet (another plus for me).

vegan brownies

Many people get nervous at the thought of vegan baking: how to get the right textures and tastes without the use of eggs, butter, or milk.  For me, it has been a learning experience.  While experimenting, I have found numerous recipes that just don’t work.  But it is possible to make a delicious vegan brownie.

Eggs typically bind, but tofu, bananas, and apple sauce can do the same.  Milk adds moisture, but these days there are lots of non-dairy “milk” alternatives including soy, almond, and coconut milk.  Butter (fat) both binds and helps with flavor, but canola oil and coconut oil are great go-to substitutes that can withstand high baking temperatures.  For sweeteners, skip the honey and use agave or maple syrup.  Sugar works and can also be vegan, but look for vegan sugar–as many granulated sugars are processed in a non-vegan way (with the use of something called bone char).


The firm tofu, mixed with soy milk and oil and then blended, replaces the egg typically seen in other traditional brownie recipes.  Because you puree the tofu, you simply can not tell it’s in there, but it works.
vegan baking cheat sheetWhether you choose not to eat animal products for ethical reasons or because of allergies, there are lots of baking alternatives one can use.  Above is a great easy reference sheet I found online.  PETA’s Ultimate Vegan Baking Cheat Sheet is also a fantastic resource for substitutes.

About the Author

Andrea Potischman

I am a professionally trained NYC chef turned CA mom and food blogger. I post about real food, with doable ingredient lists that are family friendly.

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