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The BEST Double Chocolate Brownies

27 min

Dessert

10 ingredients or less

One-bowl / one-pot

Indulge your sweet tooth with these decadent vegan double chocolate brownies. These fudgy delights are the perfect treat for any occasion, whether you're celebrating a special event or just want to satisfy your cravings. Packed with rich cocoa flavour and studded with chunks of chocolate, these brownies are a true delight for any chocolate lover.

Servings

Total

27 min

Prep

10 min

Cook

17 min

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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Mix the ground flaxseed and water in a large bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes to gel.
  2. Meanwhile, fill a saucepan 2-inch (5 cm) full with water. Bring to a simmer, and place a heat-proof bowl on the saucepan. Roughly chop the chocolate for melting and add to the bowl with the oil.
  3. Stir the chocolate until fully melted. Then remove from the heat and let cool off slightly.
  4. Line a 6 x 6 inch (15 x 15 cm) baking dish. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C)*.
  5. Transfer the melted chocolate to the large bowl containing the flaxseeds. Add the sugars, milk, and vanilla, and mix well.
  6. Next, add the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Mix until partly combined, then stir in the chopped chocolate until just combined. Be careful not to over-mix.
  7. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish for 17 - 20 minutes. The brownie will not have completely set by then, making it deliciously fudgy.
  8. Let the brownie cool off completely, then transfer it to the fridge to firm up more if desired**. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Refined coconut oil is coconut oil that doesn't smell or taste like coconuts. If you prefer a distinct coconut taste, use unrefined coconut oil instead.
  • * We used top and bottom heating (not fan-assisted/convection).
  • ** In our opinion, these brownies taste even more flavourful and fudgey the next day after they've been refrigerated.

Storage

  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Or freeze for up to 2 months.

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Lieke - June 19, 2024, 6:41 p.m.

Dude, this should be illegal 😱 These are indeed THE best brownies!! Soooo delicious. Really rich and fudgy


Yara Prina - June 2, 2024, 1:18 p.m.

had to make it two times in 3 days, it's so delicious 😋

Yara Prina - June 2, 2024, 1:19 p.m.

i added some nuts to have a bit of crunch and that made them even better ;)


Alexis S - May 25, 2024, 9:56 p.m.

These brownies are incredible! Definitely more on the fudgy side, but that is the way I prefer them!


Laura M Morales - April 1, 2024, 1:31 a.m.

How can I use date syrup instead of both sugars?

PUL Team - April 1, 2024, 8:46 a.m.

Hey Laura, we haven't tried so we're not confident. Let us know if you experiment with the brownies though 🤗


Anushree Chowdhury - March 19, 2024, 8:33 p.m.

Thank you so much PUL for this recipe! Tried this today and now can’t think of ever buying brownies from the store. These are soooooo good! Also Sadia, I love you!❤️

PUL Team - March 20, 2024, 6:56 a.m.

Aw you're the sweetest, Anushree! Thank YOU 😊


Marguerite De Valois - March 18, 2024, 7:46 p.m.

Un gâteau que j'adore. Fondant et décadent à souhait. Ce n'est pas un gâteau au chocolat, c'est du chocolat au gâteau. Pour faire joli à la présentation prendre bien soin de lisser le dessus du gâteau avant la mise au four. Ce gâteau n'a pas besoin d'être très cuit pour être délicieux


Kara Pecoskie - March 16, 2024, 7:38 p.m.

These brownies are so gooey and delicious! I did put them back in the oven, baking for a total of 22 minutes and they were still really soft. I agree they're even better the next day after they've completely firmed up.

PUL Team - March 18, 2024, 11:22 p.m.

Aw we're so thrilled that the brownies were enjoyed, Kara. Thanks for sharing your experience with them 🤗


Samara - March 14, 2024, 12:56 a.m.

SO CHOCOLATY!! So gooey! I was never a fan of gooey brownies because of the idea of raw egg, but vegan chocolate gooey brownies hit different! I was stress free enjoying them!


Jaclyn - Feb. 9, 2024, 2:26 p.m.

Quick and easy recipe that hits the spot when you’re craving warm brownies! I’ll definitely be making this recipe again in the future. LOVED it!

PUL Team - Feb. 9, 2024, 9:22 p.m.

Yayy so happy that the brownies were enjoyed, Jaclyn!


borislava - Feb. 2, 2024, 3:16 p.m.

These brownies turned out amazing!! So fudgy!! Will definitely make them again! Putting them in the fridge overnight makes them even tastier!


HP - Jan. 29, 2024, 12:20 p.m.

I tried making these brownies with my little one this weekend and they were lovely. The recipe was so easy to follow and they turned out so fudgy and gooey. Thank you for sharing :)

PUL Team - Jan. 30, 2024, 6:56 p.m.

Woohoo! So happy that the brownies were enjoyed, HP, thank you 😊


Edita Holmes - Jan. 25, 2024, 1:21 p.m.

Made it at least 5 times already. It's so quick to make. Tastes wonderful. Amazing chocolate goodness. I add nuts to it for crunch :)


Soph - Jan. 23, 2024, 10:58 p.m.

Indeed the best!


Jo - Jan. 15, 2024, 10:07 p.m.

Really great recipe! Will be having it in my regular dessert rotation. Left it in for 5-10 minutes longer since the initial time left it a little too underdone for my liking.

PUL Team - Jan. 16, 2024, 12:05 a.m.

Thanks for taking the time to share the heartwarming review, Jo! 🥰


monika - Dec. 17, 2023, 4:32 p.m.

Absolutely amazing. Truly the best. I would love to add the nuts, would that work? What kind of? Should I roast them before and mix together or just put on the top..? 🙏🏻

PUL Team - Dec. 18, 2023, 5:21 a.m.

So glad you enjoyed the brownies, Monika! Adding nuts is a lovely idea. Walnuts or pecans would pair nicely with these, and you can either roast them before mixing or sprinkle them on top before baking for an added crunch. Let us know if you test it out 🤗


aude - Dec. 16, 2023, 9:10 p.m.

Delicious recipy !! The best vegan cake i ever made for the moment 😉


Ala - Dec. 10, 2023, 10:46 p.m.

Hey, im glad you posted another brownie recipee, as this one from your old blog using coconut water and no chocolate in the brownies, just at the top, i tried twice adn was really not good ..
I have a question before making these- i always use about half sugar in traditional bakin recipes- like Gordon or NIgella, but i know you are smarter and more healthy than them ;)
So how much less sugar do you think i could use then listed for it still to be pleasantly sweet, , 2/3? I really need to cut on sugar, i start to have pneu a l'estomac ;p

PUL Team - Dec. 11, 2023, 2:50 a.m.

Hey Ala, hmm I can't think of a brownie recipe that uses coconut water, perhaps that was from another blog? In any case, we can't say with certainty how these brownies will turn out with less sugar. The sugar contributes to the sweet flavour, but also the texture of the brownies. If you experiment we'd love to hear how it goes 🤗

If you haven't seen them, you might also be interested in our Fudgy Two-Bite Brownies recipe: https://www.pickuplimes.com/r…. They're free from granulated and brown sugar ☺️

ala - Dec. 17, 2023, 10:47 p.m.

Hahah, im prettty positive it was yours, from like 5 y ago ..i must have it printed somewhere..maybe it was coconut water slash soy milk.
Anyway ! ;) Hahah, the link i clicked looks virtually the same as the 'salted fudge brownies'?, i dont know the name, but thoe that use dates, cacao and pecans and no sugar ! I remember making them to friends, announcing 'sugarless brownies for mthe best dietetician' and they were so afraid, and then LOVED them, i have to make them again soon, 2nd time i added oat/rice flower to have more and was great too ;)


Aurora - Dec. 4, 2023, 5:07 p.m.

Very tasty. Thank you so much! 🤗


Eva - Dec. 4, 2023, 11:21 a.m.

The brownies are amazing - really rich and fudgy, and really easy to make!


Sara - Nov. 27, 2023, 7:30 a.m.

Mine turned out to be more fudge and brownie, but the taste is fantastic. So rich.
I did not bake it quite enough, so gave it 10 minutes more in the oven the next day, now a bit more firm and brownie like.


Laura - Nov. 23, 2023, 10:05 a.m.

Hello to the whole team :)

I tested this recipe this WE, but unfortunately the brownie was too dry, not at all moist or fudgy.... I think it's my fault, as I make individual cakes (rather than one big cake in a big tin) and my oven isn't fan-assisted... Could this have an impact?
What tips do you have for making your recipes in smaller pans and in a convection oven (or even an air fryer, if that would work)?

Thanks in advance for your tips and advice so I can make these brownies with perfect texture 🥰

PUL Team - Nov. 23, 2023, 8:03 p.m.

Hi Laura, it sounds like the issue with the dry brownies might be due to using smaller individual pans instead of one large pan. When baking in smaller pans, the brownies have a larger surface area relative to their volume, which can cause them to bake faster and potentially dry out. To address this, try: 1) shorter baking time - since smaller brownies will bake quicker, start checking them for doneness well before the usual baking time, and 2) lower oven temp slightly.
Regarding the type of oven, it seems you're using a conventional oven setting (top and bottom heat, no fan). We use the same setting. If you decide to try a convection oven (which uses a fan) or an air fryer, keep in mind that these methods cook food faster. For a convection oven, you might need to lower the temp by about 25 degrees Fahrenheit and check the brownies earlier than usual. We haven't tested this recipe in a convection oven or air fryer, so these are general guidelines. Hope these tips help a bit! :)


ej - Nov. 23, 2023, 4:01 a.m.

Delicious!


Yasmine B. - Nov. 15, 2023, 9:26 p.m.

Delicious!


Martina - Nov. 10, 2023, 12:07 p.m.

The title of the recipe is true: these brownies are genuinely fantastic!


Tereza Ruzickova - Nov. 7, 2023, 8:49 p.m.

Amazing brownies, and freeze really well, too 😍


Sweta - Nov. 5, 2023, 8:43 p.m.

Truly Best Vegan Brownie's I ever had amazing recipe thankyou for sharing :)
Can you also upload some bread loaf , buns , sourdough and focaccia recipe if you can pretty please <3

PUL Team - Nov. 6, 2023, 8:29 a.m.

So glad you enjoyed this one Sweta, and thanks so much for all the bread suggestions, we'll add them to the list!


nikos - Nov. 2, 2023, 11:10 p.m.

Tasty, fudgy and chocolatey. My friends loved it.


Daria - Oct. 18, 2023, 5:21 p.m.

So good, hit my period cravings at exactly the right spot.


Regina - Oct. 14, 2023, 4:13 p.m.

So fudgy and delicious! Live them with ice cream, too.


Ely - Sept. 18, 2023, 10:52 a.m.

So nice and fudgy! Very rich, both me and my hubby love it! Thanks for the easy recipe


helena widdows - Aug. 15, 2023, 1:13 p.m.

So I made them and am staring at a pile of crumbs and they were stupendously amazing, so just quickly going to say …. THANK YOU from my taste buds and tummy xxx

PUL Team - Aug. 15, 2023, 5:52 p.m.

We're so happy the brownies were enjoyed, Helena, thank you 🤩


julia - Aug. 13, 2023, 11:09 p.m.

So yummy


jules - Aug. 2, 2023, 3:50 p.m.

Couldn’t find refined coconut oil in the store so after reading some of the other comments I used margarine as it’s also firm at room temp. My batter was also very thick although I followed the ingredient amount to the gram… the result tastes great but is quite crumbly. Will def make these again when I find the right coconut oil.

PUL Team - Aug. 2, 2023, 6:39 p.m.

Hey Jules, indeed the brownies may end up a bit more crumbly and less moist without the coconut oil. We hope you enjoy the recipe more if you're able to try with it in the future!


barb - July 8, 2023, 10:09 a.m.

Wow, so good! Delicious and dense. It’s even better the next day. Great do ahead and impress dessert.


Eliane - July 4, 2023, 6:34 p.m.

In love with those brownies 😍


Lili - June 26, 2023, 7:20 p.m.

The best brownie that I eat.


Joanna - June 12, 2023, 9:37 p.m.

Super rich and fudgy, that's what I needed 😊
Looking forward to try other desserts!
I love you blog, videos, tips and recipes - I love everything about Pick up Limes 🥰

PUL Team - June 13, 2023, 1:46 a.m.

Aw thanks so much, Joanna - happy baking 🤗


Meg - May 4, 2023, 7 p.m.

Absolutely delish! I overcooked them a little due to getting distracted, but they were still great. Question: What temp. should these cook at? I put them in at 350 F, but they weren't done in the time. Should they be at 375? I just guessed because I didn't see a temp in the directions (which I may have missed).

Thanks for another winner of a recipe!

PUL Team - May 4, 2023, 11:21 p.m.

Hey Meg, we're so glad you enjoyed it! And thanks so much for the heads-up about the cooking temp, it is indeed 350F but the cooking time can vary depending on your oven and settings 🤓


Rich - March 25, 2023, 8:21 p.m.

Hi.Would these be suitable for freezing? I've frozen your ultra sea salt caramel brownies even though they're not tagged with freezer friendly, and they were fine in the freezer. And amazing too !!

PUL Team - March 26, 2023, 9:06 p.m.

Hey Rich, we haven't tested it out, but imagine you could store the brownies in an airtight container for up to 2 months. Let us know how it goes if you test it out 🤗


Petra - Feb. 27, 2023, 1 p.m.

Can I swap the coconut oil with another oil? Which one do you recommend?
Can I swap the all purpose flour with buckwheat flower to make it gluten free?

PUL Team - March 1, 2023, 8:04 p.m.

Hi Petra! Coconut oil is solid at room temperature which helps the brownies stay firm. You could substitute the coconut oil with a neutral vegetable oil, such as refined olive oil that doesn't impart the olive oil taste. The brownies may just end up a bit more crumbly and less moist.

As for flour, we haven't experimented with either yet so we can't say with certainty. The gluten helps give the brownies a fluffier texture and structure that an alternative flour may not offer. A mix of gluten-free flours generally works better than using just one gluten-free flour on its own if you're interested. For example, there's a flour blend recipe from Minimalist Baker online.

We hope you enjoy the brownies if you're able to give them a try 🤗


Ilse - Feb. 23, 2023, 3:46 p.m.

I always use this recipe when making brownies for my friends. Very easy and really delicious, according to them :)

PUL Team - Feb. 23, 2023, 7:39 p.m.

So nice of you to make brownies for your friends! Thank you, Ilse 🙂


Rajam - Feb. 19, 2023, 1:34 p.m.

This was such a fab recipe. One bowl, quick and easy. The brownie turned out decadent with just the right amount of sweetness. I did add a splash of extra milk as I was making the mix. Thank you for sharing!

PUL Team - Feb. 19, 2023, 7:07 p.m.

Thanks for sharing your experience with the brownies, Rajam!


Ca - Jan. 4, 2023, 4:18 p.m.

My go-to -I don't know what to bring! Easy to make, delicious taste!


Sans - Nov. 23, 2022, 11:24 a.m.

I dont have an oven. Any tips to make these without an oven?

PUL Team - Nov. 23, 2022, 10:10 p.m.

Hey there, Sans, we haven't tested it out using other cooking methods (such as a microwave) so we can't say with certainty. Our no-bake Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites might be a nice one to try if you haven't already seen them yet: pickuplimes.com/recipe/chocol… 😊


Carolina - Oct. 10, 2022, 1:15 p.m.

Made these brownies and they were a complete success!! Many people asked for the recipe. It is very decadent and fudgy, so if that is what you are looking for, totally recommended. I used unrefined coconut oil and, in my opinion, there wasn't any coconut flavor whatsoever. Thank you ver much for sharing this recipe :)

PUL Team - Oct. 10, 2022, 7:42 p.m.

Oh, Carolina, thank you for the glowing review! We're so glad the brownies were enjoyed 🙂


Anna - Sept. 29, 2022, 1:18 p.m.

Hi, I made these yesterday and they are so quick and easy! The taste is soo rich and good, however I think I overmixed the batter, because it was quite firm and when I read "pour into the baking tray" that was not happening, it was less pouring more spreading haha. And then I also think I baked them for too long... BUT: I made two mistakes and they still taste good! :) If you have any tips on how I can avoid them being too firm I'd appreciate it! How do I fold in the flour without overmixing?

PUL Team - Oct. 5, 2022, 7:28 a.m.

Hey Anna, so glad they were still enjoyed! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. It sounds like too much flour may have been added. Did you measure using the gram and mL amounts listed, or using the cup and Tbsp amounts? In case you use cup measurements, perhaps it might help to ensure that the flour isn't too packed in the cup, but rather, gently spooned into the measuring cup and levelled. This will ensure that not too much flour is added if you give the recipe another try, which will make the batter easier to fold and pour. Aside from overmixing, overbaking can lead to extra firmness so we'd recommend keeping a close eye on the brownies if you give them another try. We hope this helps for now 😃


izzi - Sept. 13, 2022, 8:30 p.m.

I have high cholesterol and need to avoid coconut oil. Will it matter if I sub another?

PUL Team - Sept. 15, 2022, 5:27 p.m.

Hey there, Izzi! Coconut oil is solid at room temperature and below which helps the brownies stay firm. You could substitute the coconut oil with a neutral vegetable oil, such as refined olive oil that doesn't impart the olive oil taste. The brownies may just end up a bit more crumbly and less moist 🙂

PUL Team - Sept. 15, 2022, 5:27 p.m.

Hey there, Izzi! Coconut oil is solid at room temperature and below which helps the brownies stay firm. You could substitute the coconut oil with a neutral vegetable oil, such as refined olive oil that doesn't impart the olive oil taste. The brownies may just end up a bit more crumbly and less moist 🙂


Visnja - July 3, 2022, 12:09 p.m.

These brownies are delicious and very filling! Very easy to make (also due to quite simple ingredients). 10/10!

PUL Team - July 4, 2022, 6:35 p.m.

Aw so happy to hear, Visnja, thank you!


Vicky - June 15, 2022, 3:21 p.m.

Not my first time making these brownies! They turn out amazingly chewy and flavourful again and again, so they truly deserve this five star rating. I used oat milk instead of soy and i also have used a different vegetable oil before. It works every time! Friends and family (also the non-vegan ones) love them, too!

PUL Team - June 17, 2022, 7:16 a.m.

Mmm sounds lovely, Vicky, thanks for the insight and for taking the time to share!


Christine - May 29, 2022, 2:16 a.m.

Ok, this recipe TOTALLY deserve the review! The vegan brownies turned out to be amazing. Easy to make and the flavor was just perfect. I used almond milk instead of soy and unrefined coconut oil (I love the coconut flavor hint) instead of refined and it tastes amazing. Honestly, thank you for this recipe! Really easy to make and mess free (important). I can’t wait to try the Vegan Chocolate Layer Cake recipe too! 🙂 Oh and btw, I love the way every step is explained written and in the videos too. Thanks! 🙏🏻❤️

PUL Team - May 29, 2022, 5:29 p.m.

Oh thank YOU, Christine, for the glowing feedback and support! It means so much. We hope you love the chocolate cake when you're able to give it a try - it's one of our favourites 😃


Madzia - May 5, 2022, 7:13 p.m.

I made it for my Sis, it's her 21st birthday tomorrow <3
The frosting wouldn't harden - it was too 'watery', but maybe I just overmixed. I put it in the fridge for some time and it was all good.
The taste is amazing, thank you!!!

Madzia - May 5, 2022, 7:15 p.m.

Sorry, this comment was meant for another recipe hehe
But I also made this brownie and it turned out also gorgeous <3

PUL Team - May 6, 2022, 12:31 a.m.

So glad the brownies were enjoyed, Madzia, and wishing your sister a very happy birthday 🥳✨


Makayla - March 19, 2022, 6:08 a.m.

These were soft, chewy, and all around delicious!! I used Bob’s Red Mill GF All-Purpose Flour and they turned out great! I finally found a brownie recipe I can enjoy 😄

PUL Team - March 19, 2022, 8:02 p.m.

Thanks a bunch for sharing the insight and your experience with it, Makayla! We're so glad they were enjoyed 😊


Mona - Dec. 23, 2021, 4:31 p.m.

What gluten-free flour/ingredient can i use to replace all purpose flour?

PUL Team - Dec. 24, 2021, 3:53 a.m.

Hi Mona, thanks for the question! We haven't experimented with it yet so we can't say with certainty. The gluten helps give the brownies a fluffier texture and structure that an alternative flour may not offer. However, a mix of gluten-free flours generally works better than using just one gluten-free flour on its own if you're interested. If so, here's a flour blend recipe from Minimalist Baker that might help: https://minimalistbaker.com/d…. Do let us know if you experiment with it☺️


Saskia - Sept. 17, 2021, 12:17 p.m.

i made muffins instead of brownies because i didn’t have a matching baking dish and they turned out AMAZING. Even my father, who is very suspicious about vegan food, loved them!!

Thanks for all your amazing recipes😍

PUL Team - Sept. 18, 2021, 3:23 a.m.

Mmm muffins sound incredible! Thank you, Saskia 🤗


Louise - Sept. 10, 2021, 9:03 p.m.

Sooo good, would never of thought of adding flax seed!
Ok, I swapped a few things and added a couple of others;
-used honey instead of maple syrup.
- dairy milk instead soy milk.
- added mint hot chocolate powder.

Very good! Will make more soon after I get some soy milk.


Margje - July 22, 2021, 11:02 p.m.

Just the best brownies! Not too sweet, super chocolaty, super tasty!

So many people asked for the recipe after the ate these brownies :)


Liana Meloche - June 20, 2021, 8:59 p.m.

Very rich and decadent, fantastic recipie!