These vegan brownies have a deep chocolate flavor and are fudgy, baked, dairy-free, and are nutrient-rich. This is a 'cooking for two' recipe so double the recipe to use a loaf pan and make twice as much.
Make the flax eggs. Put the ground flax into a medium bowl and spoon in water. Stir and let sit for 10 minutes.
Line a 4-inch by 4-inch page with parchment paper. Or, if you double the recipe, line a loaf pan.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cut 1/3 cups of your butter sticks into rough chunks. Melt the butter in the microwave in a measuring cup at 60 seconds. Stir the hot butter until all chunks are melted. Make sure the melted butter measures at 1/3 cup and set aside.
Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in a measuring cup at 60 seconds. Stir the hot chocolate until all chips are melted. Set aside.Brew some coffee if you don't have it ready. Or mix up instant coffee. You'll need 2 tbsp of liquid coffee.
Mix the Brownie Batter
Add the flour, cacao powder and salt to a large mixing bowl. Stir until combined.
Add the melted butter, brewed coffee, sugars and vanilla to the measuring cup that holds the flax egg mixture. Stir until combined.
Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and use a hand-mixer to blend the batter until creamy.
Fold in 1/2 the melted chocolate. Mix again until creamy.
Baking the Brownies
Bake for 25-35 minutes or until a tester comes out relatively clean. These brownies are fudgy, not cakey, so the tester will have a fudgy smudge. What you don't want is wet smears. That means the brownies aren't done, so return them to the oven and bake another 5-10 minutes and check.
Finding the cooking time was the most challenging aspect of this fudgy brownie. Another test is to shake the pan. If the center wiggles, it is certainly not cooked. So return it to the oven and check again in ten minutes.
When these babies are finally done, remove the pan from the oven, allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes.
If you used my recommend square pan, run a knife around the sides to loosen the brownie cake, then press up on the bottom of the pan. It is removable so the cake should lift out.
Set the brownie cake on a cooking rack and let it cool before cutting for the cleanest slices.
I frosted ours with the remaining melted chocolate chips. I had to return them to the microwave for 30 seconds to re-melt and this time I added a tsp of coconut oil so the frosting would spread evenly. But this is totally optional.