These orange brownies are so decadent. I’ve always loved the combination of chocolate and orange and my goal with this recipe was to create a refined sugar free and gluten free vegan chocolate brownie with a fudgy, gooey texture and plenty of orange flavour.
These brownies are sweet, chocolaty and bursting with refreshing orange zest flavour. If you don’t like the combo of chocolate and orange, you can simply leave out the orange zest and you’re left with a more traditional vegan chocolate brownie flavour.
These brownies are sweetened only with date paste, so they’re completely refined sugar free. They also happen to be gluten free because I opted to use oat flour (which I make by filling my food processor with oats, then processing for two minutes). I tend to make a big batch of oat flour and store it in the pantry or fridge so I always have plenty of oat flour on hand to bake with.
My favourite oil to bake with is actually extra virgin olive oil. I love how the flavour of the olive oil compliments the cocoa powder. Olive oil is a great option for vegan baking, but feel free to substitute any other oil you prefer.
I opted to use flax eggs in this vegan brownies recipe, because they’re so easy to make and they work well as an egg substitute in vegan baked goods. To make a flax egg, simply mix 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds with 3 tablespoons of water, then let that mixture thicken in the fridge for ten minutes. The flax eggs give this recipe that gooey texture I was going for.
These would make a great dessert for holidays or other special occasions, especially if you’re entertaining people with different dietary restrictions since this recipe is vegan, gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free. They also freeze really well so go ahead and make them in advance!
Orange Brownies Recipe
2 cups date paste (see my date paste recipe for instructions)
1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 flax eggs (mix 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseeds with 6 tablespoons of water, then let the mixture chill in the fridge for 10 minutes)
The zest of 1 orange
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cups oat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of salt
In a large mixing bowl add the date paste, flax eggs, vanilla, orange zest, olive oil, salt, and cocoa powder and mix thoroughly to combine. In a separate bowl, mix the oat flour and baking powder to combine, then add that to the other bowl and mix thoroughly. Pour the batter into a greased or parchment lined 9 x 13 inch baking dish and bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes. Makes 12-15 vegan orange brownies.