The BEST Vegan Gluten-free Brownies that are oil-free and so rich, chocolatey, fudgy, not cakey and moist. Dairy-free, egg-free and made with only 8 ingredients and all made in a food processor.
Warning: the following post will produce extreme salivation. You have been warned. To me, a brownie that decides to call itself a brownie should require these characteristics: dense, fudgy, chewy and very chocolatey. Cakey brownies, step aside. You are not brownies, you are cake. Accept it and move on. These are the vegan brownies you want in your life.
These are some of the best brownies I've ever had and I'm soooo not exaggerating. In fact, I was totally shocked at how amazing they were. It doesn't matter if they are vegan brownies or gluten-free brownies. What is shocking about that statement is that these are filled with ingredients that you would NEVER expect in a brownie recipe. Ya know, like the expected all-purpose flour, butter, sugar and eggs. Sooooo, what's the main ingredient?
Yes, sunflower kernels make it possible for all of you nut-free folks out there. You can now have your brownies and eat them too. I know I am your best buddy now.
These vegan double chocolate sunflower brownies are gluten-free, nut-free, oil-free, coconut-free and kid-friendly. Bonus that these only have 8 ingredients (+ water)! They are also some of the healthiest brownies I've made to date and are the best tasting. How is that even possible?! They are phenomenal. I hate to sound cliche, but they truly are the best brownies I've ever had. Fudgy, not cakey, so smooth and chocolatey.
Even Mr. Picky's eyes widened after a bite. I wish you could have seen his face when I told him the ingredients.
These vegan brownies also feature a superfood mix. I was recently given the opportunity to try Oriya Organics and work with them. I have to tell you that honestly, the majority of companies that contact me, I turn down. Reason being, I am extremely picky about products, especially protein powders or superfood mixes. They almost always contain a ton of chemicals or weird sweeteners or artificial ingredients.
So, that should assure you guys that I would never suggest a product that I personally wouldn't try myself. Well, I am here to tell you that even though I'm not a big protein powder user, but rather prefer to eat my food whole, this is probably the cleanest superfood mix I've ever come across. There is absolutely NO sweeteners or chemicals. In fact, here is what is in their "Superfood Protein Medley":
Organic whole grain brown rice protein, organic hemp protein, organic sprouted chia seeds, organic chlorella and organic spirulina......that's IT. Impressive right?
The taste? Well, it doesn't taste like much really, which is a plus and why it will essentially work in any baking or smoothies or whatever you want to use it for. It just tastes like brown rice flour. It blended in beautifully and the finished baked brownies had no trace of taste or grittiness.
So, when I wanted to create a recipe featuring their ingredient, I KNEW this would be flipping awesome in baking....I mean, it has brown rice flour and chia seeds in it! Those are vegan/gluten-free staples.
Looking for other vegan gluten-free brownies? Try these.
- Perfect Fudgy Coconut Butter Brownies
- Chocolate Pumpkin Cake Brownies
- Nutty Raw Brownies with Raspberry Glaze
- Raw Nutella Brownies with Chocolate Hazelnut Cream
You know you are just dying to try these Vegan Double Chocolate Sunflower Brownies and I'm just dying to hear what you think! Please leave me feedback below after you make them, I love having the feedback here on my blog. I'd also love to see your awesome creation on Instagram too, so tag me #thevegan8 so I don't miss your lovely photo!
UPDATE: I no longer use the protein powder and haven't for a long time, I only use the flours listed below now. The specific protein powder that I used in the recipe is no longer available and therefore do NOT recommend protein powders in the recipe anymore because so many will yield an unpleasant aftertaste, so please use the flours listed.