Making brownies at home is super easy and only takes a bowl and a wooden spoon. I think the only thing you will miss when you’re making homemade brownies is ingredients like bleached flour and a MAJOR overload of sugar (one brand had 15 grams of sugar per serving and 20 servings….say what? That’s 300 grams of sugar!)Another ingredient you may see is artificial flavors which could contain anywhere from 20-100 ingredients, no thanks. Once you make homemade brownies and see how easy they are you won’t go back!
Making Vegan Brownies
These brownies are naturally going to be more healthy than the average brownie. Most recipes have 2 or more cups of sugar! That’s a major amount of sugar and considering sugar is the number 1 cause of obesity reducing the amount we put in our treats makes a big difference. All that sugar isn’t necessary to make a delicious chewy brownie anyway. In these vegan brownies, I add a mix of brown sugar and maple syrup which gives them a deep rich sweetness!
Tahini paste can usually be found in your local grocery store in the international food section or with the other nut butters in the store. This paste is made from ground sesame seeds. If you are a hummus eater, you may notice it in the ingredient list. Like other seeds and nuts, seasame seeds have a list of health benefits and they are full of protein! Here are a few of the benefits.
- Tahini is full of vitamins and minerals like thiamine, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and copper.
- This paste can boost nuritent absorbtion.
- It can help aid in weight loss by helping you stay fuller.
- Can help lower blood pressure.
- Great for bone strength.
- Good source of fiber.
- Great source of protein.
Adding tahini to these brownies adds an extra 24 grams of protein to these brownies!
Can’t find tahini?
If you can’t find tahini in your local grocery store you can buy it here or replace it with almond butter, sunflower butter, or even peanut butter!
- 1 cup unbleached flour
- 1/2 cup tahini paste
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup cacao powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 cup plant-based milk I used homemade coconut milk. You can find the recipe below in the recipe notes.
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts optional
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips I used dairy-free
- Preheat oven to 350
- Oil a small baking dish. (I'm using a 9x6 but you can use other sizes. Just remember baking times will vary in different sizes.)
- In a medium bowl mix together tahini paste, milk, sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla until completely incorporated.
- Mix in the baking powder, soda, and salt.
- Next, mix in the cacao powder and flour until you have a smooth batter.
- Mix in walnuts.
- Bake on 350 for 25-30 minutes. They may appear a little underdone when the knife is inserted to test. A little underdone is ok.