These easy frosted brownies are vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free option, and topped with a melt-in-your-mouth chocolate fudge layer and brightened with Cosmic brownie chocolate rainbow sprinkles.
Frosted brownies are a step up from ordinary brownies, and a step I’m happy to make. My brownies are fudgy, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free if you choose a gluten-free flour and have lots of nutrition you don’t ordinarily find in a brownie.
The brownie is so chocolatey in flavor, you won’t believe that first bit.
And then there is the frosted top, a velvety, melt-in-your-mouth layer of coconut cream and dark chocolate.
The recipe is fairly easy, just about one bowl, and only require baking for 25 minutes and bit of chilling.
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How to Make Frosted Brownies
Start with the brownies. Melt up butter and unsweetened chocolate in the microwave, then add in all other ingredients.
Mix in other ingredients, bake and cool. The frosting is even easier. Just microwave the coconut milk and chocolate chips together, and pour this delicious dream straight onto the cooled brownies.
A chilling in the refrigerator will allow you to slice cleanly.
Tips to Make Frosted Brownies
1. Be sure your can of coconut milk is at room temperature. And to further blend the solids within, I sometimes heat the milk quickly in a pot and stirring to smooth it out before making the brownies, to allow it time to cool before I need to make the frosting.
2. Also note that you need two types of chocolate for this recipe: unsweetened baking chocolate and semi sweet chocolate chips for both the brownies and the frosting.
3. Chill the frosted brownies about 30 minutes in the refrigerator to allow a clean slice with a knife. After that, I like to keep them refrigerated so they last longer, about two weeks.
How Are These Frosted Brownies Healthy?
Well they still have flour and sugar so they are not a vitamin. However, they use flax seeds and coconut milk and have lots of cacao. Let me explain:
1. Flax seeds are high in fiber so great for digestion, and studies show they have a positive impact on blood cholesterol.
2. Coconut milk is so nutritious, including essential nutrients that are hard to find in other foods including manganese and copper. And although coconut milk is fairly high in fat, the fat is considered “good” fat, being mostly medium-chain triglycerides which are thought to promote weight loss ironically, and improve gut environment.
3. And then there is the dark chocolate. The unsweetened chocolate in the brownie has 100% cacao, and the semi-sweet chips in the frosting have 70% cacao. High cacao levels are associated with many healthy benefits, including immunity boosts from antioxidants, lower blood pressure, improve sleep and digestion from magnesium, and more.
So, are these brownies healthy? Well, I’d say these are the brownies you want to be passing around to your loved ones.
Do Frosted Brownies Need to Be Refrigerated?
Yes because of the frosted top. The refrigeration keeps the top solid and fresh. And the brownies taste better chilled in my opinion. However, if you don’t frost these brownies, they will be fine, covered at room temperature for about 3 days.
What Do You Put On Top of Brownies
I make this luscious frosting, but you don’t have to. The brownies are awesome alone, or topped with ice cream or even yogurt!
How Long Should I Wait to Frost Brownies
Definitely wait until the baked brownies are cool. For me that was about 30 minutes.
Why Did My Brownies Turn Out Dry?
It’s probable that you measured the flour so you added more than the recipe called for. To avoid dry brownies or any baked goods really be sure you are measuring flour correctly.
You don’t want to dip your measuring cup in the flour bag, and scoop – that will pack the flour so there will be too much even though it looks measured correctly. I have on occasion used a scale but I find that most people don’t have a scale in the kitchen, so I recommend a useful trick to get the flour right.
1. Take a fork and fluff the flour in the bag. Use a spoon to lightly fill your measuring cups with the measurements according to the recipe.
2. Overfill ever so little, and tap the side of the measuring cup over the flour bag to get the top to even off and the excess spill back into the bag, or collect it on a dish.
This is a method that will help you avoid adding too much flour to a recipe and drying it out.
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- 1/2 cup butter I used Earthbalance vegan butter)
- 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate 100% cacao
- 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
- 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
- 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp of flaxseed mixed with 5 tbsp water - mimics eggs)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2/3 cup all purpose flour (fluffy it with a fork and carefully spoon this amount into a 2/3 cup measuring cup; use gluten-free all purpose by Bob's Red Mill if you want it to be GF)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
- Very lightly grease the parchment paper with coconut oil.
- Make the 2 flax eggs by mixing 5 tbsp of water with 2 tbsp of ground flax seeds and set aside for at least 10 minutes.
- Add both the unsweetened chocolate and butter to a microwave-safe mixing bowl or a larger pyrex measuring cup and microwave for 30 seconds. Microwave for an additional 15 seconds if need be.
- Add in the sugars, and mix until dissolved.
- Add in the eggs and vanilla, and mix until dissolved.
- Add in the flour baking powder and salt, and mix until combined.
- Fold in the semi sweet chocolate chips.
- Pour batter into a loaf pan and bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
- Allow the brownies to cool completely before frosting.
- Add the chocolate chips to a pyrex measuring cup.
- Warm the coconut milk in the microwave for 60 seconds. Pour the milk over the chocolate chips and stir until all are melted. If need be, microwave the mixture again for 30 seconds. Stir in the vanilla and salt. Pour over cooled and baked brownie layer.
- Freeze for 1 hour (or more) before slicing into 8 squares.
- Store in the refrigerator for two weeks. Or freeze indefinitely.
Dee Dine is founder of Green Smoothie Gourmet, a plant based recipe blog, and author of the recent cookbook, Crazy Healthy with 4 Ingredients . On this blog you’ll find incredibly easy recipes with hidden veggies for anyone wanting to eat healthier, regardless of diet. Dee has graduate degrees in sciences and journalism. More about Dee Dine here.