Vegan Pumpkin Brownies
These vegan pumpkin brownies taste just as you’d imagine: like a cross between pumpkin pie and chocolate brownies. If that doesn’t sound delicious to you then you’ve never been wronger.
These pumpkin brownies are perfect if you’re craving fall flavours. They’d also make a great addition to a vegan Halloween party sweet table. They’re equal parts chocolaty and pumpkin spicy and they also happen to be grain free, gluten free, and dairy free.
I usually opt to use extra virgin olive oil as the fat in my baked goods, but you can certainly substitute your preferred oil. Really any oil should work in this recipe.
Coconut flour is my go to grain free flour and I think it works well in these brownies, but if you don’t have any coconut flour handy you could try substituting whatever gluten free flour you prefer, just add an extra 1/4 cup of flour, since coconut flour is more absorbent than most other flours.
If you’ve never baked with flax eggs before, you’re in for a treat with this recipe. Flax eggs work so well in vegan baked goods and improve the texture and consistency of plant based desserts without having to use eggs.
Flax eggs are so easy to make: simply combine flax seeds and water, let chill for ten minutes, and they’ll thicken into a gelatinous gloopy dreadful mess that works beautifully in baked goods. Raw eggs are arguably somewhat disgusting looking, so why shouldn’t vegan eggs be too?
These brownies have just the right amount of sweetness, in my opinion, but they definitely aren’t overly sweet because I wanted to keep them pretty low sugar and let the flavours of the cocoa and pumpkin spice shine through.
You can use store bought pumpkin spice if you like, but I prefer to make my own blend of pumpkin spice by combining cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves in this recipe. If you’d rather use pre-mixed pumpkin spice then you can omit the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves and substitute 2 teaspoons of pumpkin spice.
Vegan Pumpkin Brownies Recipe
1 cup canned pumpkin purée (unsweetened)
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 flax eggs (mix 6 tablespoons of cold water with 2 tablespoons of ground flax seeds and let chill in the fridge for 10 minutes)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
Pinch of cloves
Pinch of salt
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup coconut flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
Add the pumpkin purée, maple syrup, olive oil, flax eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, salt, and cocoa powder to a large mixing bowl and mix well to combine.
Add the coconut flour and baking soda and mix again. Spoon the batter into an 8 inch square parchment paper lined baking dish and use a spatula to smooth it down into an even layer.
Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 50 minutes. Let cool completely before serving. Makes 12 vegan pumpkin brownies.