These brownies please both factions: the fudgy-brownie party and the cake-like brownie caucus. Do we really need to divide over something so delicious?

Please note: use natural cocoa powder, not the Dutch-processed variety. The acidic characteristics of natural cocoa are critical for ensuring a good rise.

Servings: 1 9×9 Pan


1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup natural cocoa powder, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups unrefined sugar
1 pinch sea salt
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup water

vegan brownies


  1. Heat oven to 375°.
  2. Lightly oil a 9×9 baking dish, or line with parchment.
  3. Mix together the dry ingredients: flour, cocoa, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients: oil, vanilla, and water.
  5. Mix wet into dry, stirring only enough to incorporate the ingredients. Batter should be the consistency of frosting.
  6. Pour batter into pan.
  7. Bake at 375° for approximately 40 minutes. Test with a toothpick.
  8. Let cool completely in the pan before turning out or slicing.

Recipe Courtesy of Kevin Archer*

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