This dairy-free chocolate brownies recipe is super easy to make. It’s an ideal recipe for when you don’t have much time to spend in the kitchen but feel like having some chocolatey treats.
Everyone who loves baking must have baked chocolate brownies. And they will have their go-to recipe that is perfect for their liking
And this dairy-free chocolate brownies recipe is my go-to brownies recipe.
It only needs simple ingredients and uses a ridiculously easy method. Yet, it never fails to put a smile on those who try it.
It makes one of the chewy brownies that doesn’t taste way too sweet or too chocolatey.
And what’s more, the recipe is perfect for a traybake in that it yields more pieces of sweet treats for everybody in the family to enjoy. Or, for you to share with friends.
Cakey, chewy, or fudgy brownies?
Just like the name says, a cakey brownie has a cake-like texture. It’s a bit spongy because the recipe normally uses some raising agents e.g. baking soda, etc.
And a chewy brownie is one with a chewy texture and the recipe doesn’t use any raising agents. But, you have to cook the batter at the right time.
If you undercook, the brownie will be soft and gooey and its texture will be more like a fudge. Thus, it’s called a fudgy brownie.
The first time I tried chocolate brownies many decades ago, I didn’t realize that they were not “real brownies”.
In hindsight, they were just simply chocolate cake traybakes.
Mind you, the internet didn’t quite exist at that time. We didn’t have free and fast information flowing at our fingertips to check whether those brownies were authentic. Duh.
Anyway, now I know that there are so many versions of chocolate brownies. Depending on how you like them, you can either have a cakey brownie, a chewy brownie, or a fudgy brownie.
This dairy-free chocolate brownies recipe is the one you want to try because you can’t use butter for your brownies.
And the reason may vary. Some of us may have a dairy intolerance, or some of us may be vegans. And some of us simply don’t have butter ready in the pantry/ kitchen.
Whichever reason you have, these brownies will satisfy your chocolate cravings in no time.
And if you need more ideas of dairy-free baking, try this delicious dairy-free and gluten-free banana cake by Clean Eating Kitchen.
Simple ingredients for dairy-free chocolate brownies
There are hundreds of chocolate brownie recipes you can find on the internet, in books, on TV, etc.
Over the years, I’ve tried so many chocolate brownie recipes myself. Some I quite love the taste like Jamie Oliver’s brownies or like this recipe from BBC. But they’re either hassle in the methods, or they use many ingredients that I don’t always have in my pantry.
Some other recipes can be easier to make, but they taste either too sweet for my liking, or too chocolatey for my kids’ taste buds.
So, after tweaking and trying, I’ve come up with this super-easy-to-make recipe that uses 7 simple ingredients to make dairy-free chocolate brownies. And they are plain flour/ all-purpose flour, sugar, cocoa powder, eggs, oil, vanilla extract, and salt.
Apart from cocoa powder and vanilla extract, I think the rest of the ingredients are pretty basic. They are food items that many of us will almost always have in our pantry/ kitchen.
When it comes to oil, you can choose any neutral oil that you like. I have tried mild olive oil (the one for cooking and baking), canola oil, sunflower oil, and rapeseed oil.
How to make dairy-free chocolate brownies
This recipe makes a crusty on the top and chewy on the inside brownie with the right level of sweetness.
And just like my other recipes, this dairy-free chocolate brownie recipe doesn’t take much time to make. It literally takes 10 minutes of preparation and 40 minutes of baking.
So, if you want to have these brownies for your after-dinner, you can quickly mix the ingredients before you start cooking your dinner. Pour the batter into a tin, and leave it to bake while you get on preparing your main course. By the time you finish cooking, your dessert aka brownies will be ready too.
Firstly, put the flour, cocoa powder, and salt in a mixing bowl.
Secondly, beat the eggs and the sugar in a jug until all the sugar dissolves. Then stir the oil in until all is well mixed. You can use a hand whisk, a handheld mixer, or a handheld blender.
Thirdly, pour the egg mixture into the flour mix and add the vanilla extract.
Stir well until you get a nice smooth thick batter. Your batter will be so thick that it’s kind of gooey. But that’s okay.
Put the batter in the prepared tin/ tray. Using a spatula you can press and spread the batter to cover the tin/ traybake.
Bake at gas 4/ 350°F/ 180°C for about 40-50 minutes until the surface is solid to touch but you can feel it slightly soft on the inside.
More sweet recipes
Thank you for checking out this dairy-free chocolate brownies recipe. I hope you are now interested to try it. When you do, please share what you think about the recipe in the comments below (leave a reply) I will really appreciate it.
Last but not least, don’t forget to check my other sweet recipes that you may love:
- Apple and raspberry crumble.
- Vanilla velvet cake.
- A quick chocolate mousse with two ingredients only.
- Agar-agar milk pudding with condensed milk and raspberry.
- No-bake milk custard pie with evaporated milk.
- Chocolate chip cookies with coconut oil and muscovado sugar.
Thank you and all the best.
Dairy-free chocolate brownies
- Mixing bowl
- Handheld mixer or
- Stand mixer
- 12”x9” rectangular baking tin
- Parchment paper
- Preheat the oven at gas 4/ 350°F/ 180°C
- Prepare your baking tray, 12”x9” size, grease, and line.
- Put the flour, cocoa powder, and salt in a mixing bowl, and stir well.
- Whisk the eggs and sugar in another bowl until the sugar dissolves. You can use a handheld mixer or blender if you wish.
- Then stir in the oil into the egg mixture until all blended.
- Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture. Add the vanilla extract. Using a handheld mixer or a handheld blender, mix the ingredients for a few minutes until all is blended. You can add chocolate chips if you use them. The batter will be thick and sticky.
- Put the batter into the tray, spread it, and pat it using a spatula until it covers the tray.
- Bake the brownies for 40-50 minutes until the top looks firm although it may be a bit soft to touch
- Instead of chocolate chips, you can also chocolate bar/ block and chop it into small pieces.
- You can use any neutral oil such as mild olive oil, sunflower oil, or rapeseed oil.
Nutritional info in this recipe is only estimate using online calculator. You should refer to it as a guide only. Please verify with your own data if you seek an accurate info.