Easy Dairy Free Brownies with Cocoa Powder

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Easy Dairy free brownies made with cocoa powder are perfect for any chocolate lover. Enjoy these delicious brownies with simple ingredients and no butter!

Easy Dairy Free Brownies with Cocoa Powder.

Let’s talk about these dairy-free brownies. If you have a sweet tooth and need your chocolate fix, you will enjoy these brownies! These are the best brownies because is it an easy recipe, and made with simple ingredients with no fancy techniques or equipment. (A hand mixer is useful but not necessary).

Why Bake Dairy Free Brownies

  • Made with olive oil: Using olive oil in the chocolate mixture creates fudgy brownies with a moist crumb.
  • Brownies with a crackly top: If you like brownies with a crispy top, this is the recipe for you!
  • Fudgy texture: Do not over bake! For the best results, watch the baking time (25 – 30 minutes) and do a toothpick test to prevent burning!

A Simple Ingredient List

Olive oil: Olive oil is the fat and liquid content for this recipe. I have not tried this recipe with other types of oils. 

White sugar: White sugar adds sweetness to the brownie.

Dark brown sugar: Brown sugar has a lot of moisture due to the molasses content. Brown sugar keeps the brownies moist and tender.

Eggs: Use 3 room temperature eggs to provide fat and to bind the ingredients together.

flatlay of Easy Dairy-Free Brownies with Cocoa Powder.

Strongly brewed coffee: I like to use coffee when baking with chocolate. Coffee enhances the chocolate flavour. 

All-purpose flour: The main dry ingredient is all-purpose flour.

Dutch-Process Cocoa powder: Instead of melted chocolate, this recipe uses cocoa powder. The brand in this recipe is Fry’s Premium Cocoa Powder.

Salt: I prefer to use salt in most of my baking, as it balances out the sugar and sweetness level. 

You may notice that this recipe has no leavening agent (baking powder or baking soda). This is not a mistake! We left it out of the recipe to prevent a cakey brownie. 

How to Make Dairy-Free Brownies

Preheat oven: Preheat oven to 325°F. Using a lower temperature prevents overcooking the brownies.

Prep tray: Prepare a 9x9inch square baking pan by rubbing vegan margarine at the bottom and along sides then dust the pan with cocoa powder. Add parchment paper, letting the paper hang over the sides.

photo of Easy Dairy Free Brownies with Cocoa Powder.

Mix wet ingredients: Using a hand mixer, mix together olive oil, white sugar, brown sugar, eggs and coffee in a large mixing bowl. Mix until evenly combined together.

Add in dry ingredients: Add the remaining ingredients (flour, cocoa powder and salt) into the wet ingredients. Switch to a spatula to fold the mixture until the dry ingredients are combined. Do not overmix! 

Add in dairy-free chocolate chips into the brownie batter for extra chocolate greatness!

Bake: Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25 – 30 minutes, until the edges are set. The centre can be slightly “underbaked”. Let the brownies cool in the pan for 30 minutes then remove and let cool completely on a wire rack.

Enjoy: Cut the dairy-free brownies into squares and enjoy!

This recipe will create 16 dairy free brownie squares!

Storage: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days, or in the fridge for 1 week. Warm up in the microwave and enjoy! 

Easy Dairy-Free Brownie recipe.

What Is Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder?

According to Handle the Heat, Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder is made by washing cacao beans with a potassium solution to neutralize the beans. (Cacao beans are naturally acidic).

If a recipe uses natural cocoa powder (which is acidic), you’ll likely see baking soda used as the leavening agent to neutralize the acidity.  

Is Cocoa Powder Dairy Free?

Most brands of cocoa powder is dairy free, but always check the ingredient list and warning labels!

💡 Ashley’s Tips and Substitutions

  • In this recipe I have included both weight and volume measurements but the preferred way to measure ingredients is by weight.
  • DO NOT OVER MIX! Over mixing will cause a denser brownie (we want light but fudgy).
  • Before baking, lightly tap the bottom of the baking pan to release any air bubbles.

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Easy Dairy Free Brownies with Cocoa Powder

Easy Dairy free brownies made with cocoa powder are perfect for any chocolate lover. Enjoy these delicious brownies with simple ingredients and no butter!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 Squares

Ingredients
  

  • 120 grams (150mL) Olive Oil
  • 100 grams (½ cup) Granulated White Sugar
  • 150 grams (1 cup, lightly packed) Dark Brown Sugar
  • 3 Eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tsp Strongly Brewed Coffee, cooled
  • 80 grams (½ cup + 2 tbsp) All-Purpose Flour
  • 40 grams (¼ cup + 2 tbsp) Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • Flake Salt, optional, for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Prepare a 9x9inch square baking pan by rubbing vegan margarine at the bottom and along sides then dust the pan with cocoa powder. Add parchment paper, letting the paper hang over the sides.
  • Using a hand mixer, mix together olive oil, white sugar, brown sugar, eggs and coffee in a large mixing bowl. Mix until evenly combined together.
  • Add the remaining ingredients (flour, cocoa powder and salt) into the wet ingredients. Switch to a spatula to fold the mixture until the dry ingredients are combined. Do not overmix! Lightly tap the bottom of the pan to release any large air bubbles from the brownie mixture.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25 – 30 minutes, until the edges are set. The centre can be slightly "underbaked". Let the brownies cool in the pan for 30 minutes then remove and let cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Once cooled, cut into 16 squares and sprinkle with flake salt (optional).

Notes

Storage: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days, or in the fridge for 1 week. Warm up in the microwave and enjoy! 
Additions: Stir in dairy free chocolate chips with the dry ingredients for added chocolate flavour.
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7 responses to “Easy Dairy Free Brownies with Cocoa Powder”

  1. 5 stars
    Perfect! I love this recipe! I haven’t made one in ages. Thanks for the idea!

  2. 5 stars
    Oh these sound and look amazing! Love that little added salt too.

  3. Sophia

    5 stars
    I just made these and they were so good! I also added chocolate chips. Delicious!

  4. Sophia

    5 stars
    I just made these and they were so good! I also added chocolate chips. Delicious!

  5. 5 stars
    These look absolutely delicious! I love that you made these a dairy free recipe! Will be trying these and adding some walnuts to the mix!

  6. Mirlene

    5 stars
    I love these brownies. You would never notice its dairy free. I specially like the corner edges!!

  7. Donna

    Its just the way I want it, chewy on the surface and sticky inside! Perfect

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