Bake Plant-Based Brownies Better Than The Real Thing

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What if I said you could eat brownies that were 100% plant-based and extremely good for you?

I was introduced to this beauty just a couple of months ago, and let me just say, I’ve been craving them ever since. With the new year upon us, I don’t even have to feel bad about it. According to the ingredients, this brownie recipe is:

  • (Comparatively) low in sugar

  • Really high in magnesium

  • A nice break for your liver

If you’re willing to use some less conventional ingredients, or at least go hunting at your local health food store, this could be the start of a long-lasting baking relationship. Not only are these brownies simple to bake, but they really make it easy to stick to your new year health goals.

But enough chitchat — let’s hop right into the recipe!

The Recipe Explained

These brownies are unbelievably delicious, and it’ll be hard to keep the rest of your family away from the leftovers. A word of advice: find a good place to hide them. Seriously.

Here’s what you’ll need to get this party started:

  • A brownie-size baking pan (I prefer 9 x 12 x 2)

  • A good whisk

  • Parchment paper (optional)

You might already have some of these ingredients at home, but a couple of them are a little more obscure. Please note that substitutions can be used on some occasions, although your results will certainly vary. If you’re planning on shaking things up, don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Get these 12 ingredients on the counter:


  • ¼ cup flaxseeds, (ground)
  • ⅔ cups hot water
  • 2 cups cassava flour
  • 1 ⅓ cups unsweetened cacao powder, (cocoa powder always works)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup red beets, peeled and grated
  • 1 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 cup brown coconut sugar, (regular brown sugar can also be used)
  • 1 ⅓ cups applesauce
  • 2 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ cups coarsely chopped pecans, (optional)


1. Kick off this recipe by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Whisk flaxseeds with hot water, making sure the entire mixture has been dunked under at least once. Set the bowl aside while you combine the other ingredients.

3. Smear a little coconut oil on your baking pan to get it ready, or line it with parchment paper if you’d prefer. I personally find the coconut oil method to be easier, but the choice is up to you.

4. Next, bring all your dry ingredients together in the same bowl (this includes the cacao powder, salt, baking powder, and flour). Be sure to turn the entire mix into a fine grain.

5. Do the same thing for your wet ingredients (oil, applesauce, vanilla sugar, and grated beets). Pour your thickened flaxseed mix into the fray, and whisk until combined. IMPORTANT: You’ll want to wear an apron here. Beet juice can really stain!

6. Unlike most traditional baking recipes, you’ll want to add your wet ingredients to your dry ingredients all at once. Use a wooden spoon to mix the whole thing together (or just use your hands to beat it into submission). Don’t forget to sprinkle in the pecans while you work.

7. Alright, almost done. Just spread your brownie mix into the pan, bake for about 45 minutes, and voilà! You’ve just created something really special.

I hope you fall in love with these brownies as much as I have. And who knows? Maybe you’ll like them more than the real thing!

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Tags: Chocolate, Desserts, Healthy Eating, Vegan, Vegan Recipes

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Meagan Shelley

Meagan is a professional writer in VA who specializes in content marketing. See Full Bio

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