Chocolate lover alert! These vegan chocolate brownies are sensational: very chocolaty, moist, and delectable. It’s not only their taste that's rich — they’re also rich in healthy ingredients: whole-grain flour, chia seeds, walnuts, coconut oil, and I’ll even include antioxidant-packed chocolate on this list. Once baked, you should let the brownies cool at least 30 minutes before cutting into them. At this stage, they will be warm and gooey. These brownies taste even better the second day, so they are a great make-ahead dessert. If you plan on serving them on the day they’re baked, refrigerate them for an hour or two before serving.
Chocolaty Coffee Brownies [Vegan]
- 8 ounces high-quality semisweet chocolate
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons ground chia seeds
- 3/4 cup espresso or strong black coffee (regular or decaffeinated), at room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 2/3 cup chopped walnuts
- Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat it to 350°F/ 180°C/gas 4. Grease an 8-by-8-in/20-by-20-cm baking pan with coconut oil. Cover the bottom of the pan with a piece of parchment paper, and then grease the top of the parchment paper.
- Chop 3 oz/85 g of the chocolate into pieces no larger than chocolate chips. Set them aside. Break the remaining 5 oz/140 g of the chocolate into pieces about ½ in/12 mm wide and put them in the top of a double boiler or in a bowl suspended over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir frequently, until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove it from the heat and transfer the chocolate to a large mixing bowl. Stir in the coconut oil, and let cool for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Put the chia seeds in a small mixing bowl and whisk in the coffee. Let sit 5 to 10 minutes until it thickens (this is our egg substitute). Whisk again to make sure there are no lumps.
- Whisk the sugar into the chocolate mixture. Add the vanilla and the chia mixture and whisk vigorously until blended.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Stir the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture, then fold in the reserved chopped chocolate and the walnuts. Do not overmix. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until the top feels dry and the brownies feel firm when a toothpick is inserted in the center. Watch them closely during the final minutes of baking to make sure the edges don’t burn.
- Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool. These brownies are best when they cool overnight or are refrigerated for 2 hours after they come to room temperature. When they are ready to serve, cut into 16 squares. The brownies will stay fresh at room temperature for about 5 days in an airtight container, and they also freeze well.