You can’t beat a good brownie. But the deeper I delve into the wholesome foodie world the more I demand a certain standard – that means vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free and a brownie made from the best dark vegan chocolate. At the moment my chocolate of choice is the Lindt cooking chocolate 70% – its rich, with earthy tones and super delicious to munch on from the packet (beware it will disappear before you have a chance to cook with it).
So this brownie is pretty simple and meets all the criteria – it’s rich and fudgy but not too sweet. For a fruit freak like me the blueberries add a lovely burst of fruit throughout, but if you’re a brownie purist you can also leave out the fruit and go for the classic pecan brownie. Either way the result is super delicious.
Blueberry & pecan brownies (GF, Vegan)
- 150g | 5¼ ounces dark chocolate (at least 70% cacao)
- 150g | 1¼ cups self-raising gluten free flour (I use Doves Farm)
- 3 heaped tablespoons of cocoa powder
- 40 g | 1/3 cup coconut sugar
- 300ml | 1½ cups oat milk (or milk of your choice)
- 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 30g | 1/3 cup pecans, roughly chopped
- 30g | 1/3 cup blueberries
- Preheat the oven to 180C | Gas mark 4 and line a shallow baking tray (about 20cm square) with greaseproof paper.
- Break up the chocolate and place in a heatproof bowl.
- Melt the chocolate by placing over a pan of barely simmering water (keep the bowl clear of the water).
- Once melted, take of the heat and leave to cool for a few minutes.
- Mix the flour, cocoa powder and coconut sugar in a large bowl.
- Add the milk, vegetable oil and vanilla essence to the melted chocolate and stir well
- Pour the chocolate mixture into the flour and mix together to combine.
- Mix in the pecans and blueberries then transfer to the shallow baking tray.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until the brownie is cooked on the outside, but still quite soft inside. Be careful not to overcook.
- Leave to cool in the tray, then lift out the brownie in the parchment and cut into squares.
- Transfer to an airtight container to store.