Zesty lime adds a surprising bright spark to this fudgy vegan brownie which is free of dairy and gluten and refined-sugar.
Zesty Lime Double-Chocolate Brownies (vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free)
We should all strive to be more like brownies, right? Flexible, delicious, forgiving!
You can add anything to a brownie, and still it becomes a party in your mouth! There are sooo many brownie recipes out in the world – vegan and otherwise. So I know another isn’t really needed, but I did want something different, and today I figured out what!
I wanted a citrus brownie.
And since there are already plenty of orange-chocolate recipes, I went with limes. I thought it would be a good choice, actually, because limes are sweeter than lemons, and not quite as sweet as oranges, and I do love bitter chocolate.
Well, I was right! It was a successful match!
This brownie is dense, fudgy chocolate with a hint of bright citrus-y lime. I used less sweetener to allow the citrus-sweet lime flavor through and it worked! And it only took me three tries, haha..
I melted dark chocolate on top with some fresh lime zest for added pizzazz. And the result is definitely pizzazz-y!
It’s a fairly easy recipe, too. As you might know by now, in general I don’t go in much for gathering multiple ingredients. And I like cleaning multiple pots and utensils even less.
Two bowls here, people – does that work for you? Works for me.
And goes without saying – but of course I’m going to say it – this brownie is fairly healthy. My philosophy in life is that if you are going to home-bake a dessert, you might as well use healthy ingredients, agreed? Life is too short to fill our bodies with junk.
Plus I really really want to feel great after a dessert, not absolutely terrible.
So the healthy ingredients here include almonds for protein, cacao for mood-boosting magnesium, and of course, limes, for vitamin C, great for skin support as well! Enjoy!
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Zesty Lime Double-Chocolate Brownies
Fudgy brownies with a bright citrus punch. Vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free too!
Preheat oven to 350F.Line an 8-inch by 8-inch square baking pan with two rectangles of brown parchment paper. Squeeze one lime or two to gather 3 tbsp of fresh juice. Zest the skin so you have about 2 tbsp of zest to top the baked brownies.
Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl, including the cacao, flour, soda, and salt. Not the chocolate chips yet.
- Mix the wet ingredients in another bowl, the lime juice, almond butter, maple syrup apple sauce, and vanilla.
Pour the dry ingredients into the wet bowl and use a hand-mixer to blend up smooth and set aside to melt the chocolate.
Melt the chips in microwave at 45 seconds, and remove and stir until all chips are melted. (or use the water bath method).
Put about 3/4 of the melted chocolate into the batter and stir it up.
Pour the brownie batter into the lined square pan, tap until the surface is even, then drizzle the last bit of melted chocolate in swirls on top.
Bake the pan for about 25 minutes and until top cracks a bit.
Remove pan from oven, let it cool to touch.
Once cool, sprinkle on lime zest, slice and eat!
- We stored ours in the refrigerator overnight, which made them dry out a bit, so if you want to keep the fudgy texture, perhaps store at room temperature.
Dee Dine is the recipe developer and writer behind Green Smoothie Gourmet. She shares her super healthy wholesome recipes on her blog and her Instagram that she feeds her family and friends. She gravitates toward recipes that are fast to create, plant-based, nutritious, easy, and use familiar ingredients. And chocolate is always a good idea! More about Dee.