B is for Brownies! Vegan Brownies

by cakeduchess on October 6, 2011 · 33 comments

I love brownies. I don’t discriminate. I will try brownies that are rich and dense. Fluffy and cake like. I don’t believe there exists a brownie that I would say no to. That’s why I never make them.

My kids will not hesitate to remind me of exactly how long it’s been since I’ve made brownies. According to their exact calculations, it’s been about 3 MONTHS and a week! And they were right. They’re so good at keeping up with my baking.
So the requests for brownies has been coming in from the both of them steadily these last couple weeks and I had to make them.

When I was baking these brownies yesterday, Luca pulled out some of his school work from his backpack to show me. I love my kids’ artwork. In my humble opinion, every single piece is frame-worthy. That is why I have such a hard time parting with them and they save them in little boxes so I can glance at them from time to time. They all fill me with pride and I get misty eyed when I look at them.

Like this one Luca made of me this week. I am really lovin’ my purple cheeks and the one eye with eyelashes. I suppose I should be happy he didn’t tell the teacher that the monkey was me. The monkey is super cute too.
These brownies are cake-like and crazy good! It was funny how Luca and I kept sneaking in the kitchen to steal another little piece. I added coconut to the batter. You could switch that out to buttermilk if you like.

Since the recipe is without eggs, I had no problem in letting the kids clean the spoon. Luca said, “Mamma, I love brownies. B is for brownie!! B is for BEAR! I’m a brown bear!” It got a little messy after this picture.

Vegan Brownies


1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour (you could use all white AP flour if you prefer)
1 1/2 cups white sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup orange juice
3/4 cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9 x 9 baking pan with parchment paper and spray with baking spray.

In a small bowl, add the coconut milk and apple cider vinegar. Give it a whirl and set aside while you prep the next ingredients. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. In a medium sized bowl, add the orange juice, coconut milk, oil, and vanilla. Stir together completely and be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula until it is incorporated well. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. until the top is no longer shiny. Good luck in letting it cool before slicing.
Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the rest of your week.

{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

The Vanilla Bean Baker October 6, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Your vegan recipes are looking pretty darn irresistible! These look very moist and if they are *spoon licking* worthy then they must be wonderful. Your little Luca is so cute, as is his artwork. I have a scrapbook overflowing of all the pictures my grand-daughter has made for me since she first held a crayon. Precious aren’t they?


Rosita Vargas October 6, 2011 at 10:46 pm

OMG…hermoso brwnies luce espectacular,adoro el chocolate,fotos preciosas …tu niño es adorable su dibujo es muy inteligente,abrazos hugs,hugs.


Anonymous October 7, 2011 at 12:46 am

Love this easy brownie recipe. looks very moist and chocolatey.


Elisabeth October 7, 2011 at 1:15 am

Lora-I left a lenghty comment on your blog with google, but it just disappeared. Now, I’m trying to leave a comment with firefox!
Love your vegan brownies…so light, healthy and oh, so yummy!
Luca’s drawing of you is so cute…love it!


Claudia October 7, 2011 at 1:15 am

Love the coconut milk in this – and that they are vegan – grand for gatherings! Luca looks like he could do a lot of artwork with the chocolate! (Keep those pictures!)


Elin October 7, 2011 at 2:08 am

I bet the vegan brownies taste good…and healthy too. Love that picture drawn by Luca..I am sure it melted your heart :) That shows how much you are in his heart..the beautiful momsie !

Have a nice day,


Nancy October 7, 2011 at 3:28 am

I have never made vegan brownies and these look so good !! The picture your son drew is precious – I truly miss those days!!


Sue October 7, 2011 at 5:46 am

These brownie look yummy, and your son’s artwork is priceless!


Priscilla - She's Cookin' October 7, 2011 at 6:02 am

I still have my daughter’s artwork and she’s in college! We love vegan brownies and I love how these are so cake-like – we’re equal opportunity brownie lovers, too :)


Federica October 7, 2011 at 6:37 am

These brownies are irresistible. I love chocolate with coconut and citrus. Thanks for visiting my blog, see you soon. have a great we


A Thought For Food October 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm

So cute… love that picture of Luca!

These brownies looks scrumptious!


Parsley Sage October 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Luca approved! That’s enough for me :)

…you with your purple cheeks! That’s adorable!


foodwanderings October 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm

5th try leaving a short message trial run. Love these vegan brownies the genre never appealed to me until you started baking vegan my friends & Luca is quite the budding artist Lora! :)


Lizzy October 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Aw, Luca is SO sweet!! What treasure he created…although I hadn’t noticed your blue and purple hair stripes ;) And these brownies look fabulous! You know they’d disappear quickly in my house…I just couldn’t tell anyone they were vegan (and I doubt they’d notice!). Have a great weekend! xo


Gloria October 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Love your kid and brownies ! are awesome!! he is so cute!! gloria


Barbara | Creative Culinary October 7, 2011 at 7:33 pm

B is for Brownie, that’s good enough for me. :)

Your Luca is so adorable!


Becky October 8, 2011 at 12:58 pm

B is for brownies and beautiful brownies.! The fact that they are vegan is even better, Bookmarking this recipe for mu vegan family members.

Enjoy Luca and his artwork now, because they grow up so fast!


bunkycooks October 10, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I still have some of those drawings from my kids. That’s how tough it is to part with them! You should have shown us the really messy photos. :)


claire @ the realistic nutritionist October 10, 2011 at 7:11 pm

I’m not ashamed to admit that the batter is always my favorite part.


EA-The Spicy RD October 11, 2011 at 12:32 am

Love the picture with your purple cheeks and hair! I am typing in my office right now, surrounded by walls covered with my children’s artwork. Love it! These brownies look pretty fantastic too!


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction October 11, 2011 at 2:15 am

These look great… Such cute photos, too!


Tickled Red October 11, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Oh my goodness, what a cutie! I love a good brownie, especially a healthy one :)


Mari October 12, 2011 at 2:43 am

I like that crusted top! Looks delicious, Lora. Good for Lucas, he is so lucky to get to taste the batter.

Hugs :)


Jamie October 12, 2011 at 8:40 am

LOL you are funny, and so cute as that picture is evidence! But who is the man? Hmmmm? And yeah brownies! Anytime, any kind… and your coconut and orange juice additions intrigue me. My baby boy (who happens to be 21) is a brownie fan too and complains that I don’t make them enough. But they must be the exact same kind each time. Maybe I should ask him to draw a picture of me and I’ll make those brownies? I love yours and they look so fluffy and scrumptious!


Junia October 12, 2011 at 1:07 pm

ahhhh i have a weakness for decadent vegan brownies~ :D bookmarked!!! your kids are so cute. hehehe my own students remind me to bake something for them too…!


Karen October 20, 2011 at 6:24 pm

I just made these and they are terrific! Next time I am going to add some orange zest or orange flower water and a little less sugar. I’m bringing them to a healthy moms group tonight, I bet they are a hit, grazie!


Laura @ GotChocolate October 23, 2011 at 8:32 pm

I can ALWAYS use another brownie recipe! YUM! Thanks!


Winnie November 3, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Luca is adorable and I love your portrait! I bet since you used coconut milk in these brownies, maybe they’d be good with organic coconut oil instead of the veg. oil…? They look so yummy.


Give me money January 29, 2012 at 11:55 am

so cute baby eat yummy cake


Anonymous August 18, 2012 at 4:48 am

these look so good. do you think soymilk would work in place of coconut milk? i don’t have coconut milk on hand right now.


Cake Duchess August 19, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Yes:)You can use soy milk or even almond milk. Enjoy!


D June 22, 2013 at 6:20 pm

I didn’t think I’d be able to get it into the pan to bake. Sizable spoonfuls went into my mouth :) Delish. Thanks!


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