Vegan chocolate orange brownies

    45 min

    Absolutely divine brownie, moist and gooey and not at all heavy (and very, very tasty). spent ages testing, tasting and tweaking this recipe to make the perfect vegan brownie that would satisfy the vegans and non vegans in my family (save me making two batches) and this version passed the taste test with flying colours.

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    Serves: 10 

    • 250g self raising flour
    • 350g demerara sugar
    • 75g cocoa powder
    • 1 teaspoon sea salt
    • 125ml vegetable oil
    • 125g apple purée
    • 250ml cold water
    • zest of 1 large orange
    • 2 teaspoons orange extract or oil
    • 50g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
    • 1 handful walnuts, chopped (optional)

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a 22x33cm (9x13 in) cake tin and line with baking parchment.
    2. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar, cocoa and salt and mix well.
    3. Pour the oil into a jug then add the apple purée up to the 250ml level, then top up with 250ml of cold water. Add the orange zest and orange extract and whisk together.
    4. Add the jug of liquid to the dry ingredients with the chopped chocolate and walnuts, if using, and stir briskly (but not too excitedly) until it is all combined. Transfer to the prepared cake tin.
    5. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes in its tin on a cooling rack. Remove from the tin, using the baking parchment to help you, and either slice and serve warm, or allow to cool before slicing and serving.


    Use vanilla extract instead of the orange zest or oil for a more traditional brownie.

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    Yum Yum delicious and easy to make and tastes and texture are perfect.  -  19 Sep 2015


    Super tasty and a nice sticky pudding texture. I used brown cane sugar and olive oil. I didn't use orange zest and I feel it didn't need it as was very orangey and delicious using the orange essence alone. Will be making these again a big hit with the family.  -  02 Dec 2017


    Nice, easy recipe to follow. My boys adored it! The "in" word is "peng" atm..apparently! Lol!  -  25 Mar 2017