The Best Vegan Brownies

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This homemade vegan brownies recipe is soft, rich, fudgy, dangerously chocolatey… and surprisingly vegan!

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These are the real deal vegan brownies.

NO black beans

NO flaxmeal

NO coconut flour

NO tofu

NO dates

While I do love brownie recipes that contain the ingredients listed above, and the Chocolate Fudge Zucchini Brownies are one of my top 5 favorite recipes I’ve ever posted (out of over 1000 recipes!), sometimes what you’re craving is a basic homemade brownie recipe with simple ingredients and nothing you’d need to order on Amazon or make a special trip out to Whole Foods to find. Sometimes what you’re craving is the brownies you remember from childhood, just with better-for-you ingredients so you can indulge more often.

For those occasions, this is the quintessential “no frills” vegan brownie recipe, with the stamp of approval from even hardcore carnivores!

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The biggest challenge with vegan brownies is binding them together and adding moisture without the use of eggs.

Many of the vegan brownie recipes on the internet call for flaxmeal or ground chia seeds as an egg substitute or use tofu to add moisture. While these ingredients do work wonders in vegan baking, and while I highly recommend you try them out sometime if you haven’t already, not everyone has flaxmeal or chia seeds on hand when they’re asked to make a last-minute dessert for a party or perhaps for a vegan friend.

Having already done the flaxmeal thing in my Cookie Dough Brownies and in my Melty Gooey Brownies, this time I wanted to come up with a recipe that used only pantry staple ingredients and—of course—still yielded fudgy, moist, and sinfully rich chocolate brownies.

brownie batter

(Maybe forget the brownies… I just want to eat the brownie batter!)

To start out, I brainstormed all of the ingredients I could think of that can bind baked goods together in recipes. The list included items like banana and tofu; but I’ve been blogging long enough to know both of those ingredients are very polarizing, with hundreds of readers sure to ask about substitutes.

Then I thought of cornstarch. I knew I’d have to be careful with it. Too much, and the brownies would turn out gummy and dense. Too little, and they’d fall apart.

Or would it even work at all??? There was only one way to find out…

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Not only did they work, they turned out so fabulously rich and delicious that I felt completely comfortable serving them to non-vegan guests, and the first tray did not last long at all.

These brownies don’t mess around – they are the real deal.

Vegan Brownies - Ingredients: 1 cup cocoa, 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup... Full recipe: @choccoveredkt



The Best Vegan Brownies

Adapted from Peanut Butter Buckeye Brownies

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  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp milk of choice (270g)
  • 1/2 cup + 3 tbsp oil (110g)
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract (15g)
  • 1 cup spelt, all-purpose, or Bob’s gf flour (120g)
  • 1 cup unsweetened cacao or cocoa powder (80g)
  • 1/4 tsp + 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar or packed 1/2 cup coconut sugar (115g)
  • only if using Bob’s gf flour, add 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/3 cup unrefined sugar OR stevia baking blend
  • loosely packed 2 tbsp non-GMO cornstarch (flaxmeal also works)
  • 2/3 cup mini chocolate chips, optional
Yield: 25-30 brownies


Whisk together the first 3 ingredients, then set aside. If using flax, whisk it in as well. Preheat oven to 330F. Grease a 9×13 pan or line with parchment paper, and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, thoroughly combine all remaining ingredients. Pour wet into dry, stir to combine, and pour into prepared pan. Smooth down. Bake 16 minutes. The brownies will look a little underdone when they come out, but that’s okay! Refrigerate – they start to firm up after a few hours and are nice and cut-able by the next day, and the taste is much better the next day as well. Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, or freeze.

Frost with frosting of choice or the following recipe:

  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder (40g)
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup or agave (30g)
  • 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil, melted (75g)

Stir ingredients together to form a thin sauce. Spread over the brownies, and refrigerate or freeze 20 minutes to set.

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20 Healthy Chocolate Breakfast Recipes

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20 delicious & surprisingly wholesome chocolate breakfast recipes – because sometimes, you just wake up craving chocolate!

For those days when you want to be healthy, but you're really craving chocolate for breakfast! Full recipes: @choccoveredkt



If you’re a chocoholic like me, you’ll probably understand what I’m about to write…

No matter how early it is in the morning, in my mind chocolate always sounds like a good idea. If you run into me at 9 am, I’ve probably already eaten chocolate in some form that day.

Thankfully, eating chocolate for breakfast doesn’t have to be a diet derailer or unhealthy indulgence. As the following 20 chocolate breakfast recipes prove, you absolutely can satisfy your inner chocoholic in a healthy way!

coconut banana bread

To make this moist coconut chocolate banana bread, mash four ripe bananas in a large bowl, then stir in 1/2 cup cocoa powder, 1/2 cup coconut milk, baking powder, flour, salt, and a splash of vanilla. Bake at 350 degrees until a toothpick comes out clean.

Here’s the recipe: Chocolate Coconut Banana Bread



chocolate overnight oats small

For this healthy brownie batter overnight oatmeal, mix rolled oats with a few pantry staple ingredients in a small container or mason jar the night before. The next morning, just stir everything together for a “no fuss” breakfast that will keep you full for hours.

Here’s the recipe:  Brownie Batter Chocolate Overnight Oats



chocolate blender muffins

Make up a batch of chocolate blender muffins for a super healthy breakfast or snack: Throw a can of black beans into the blender, add some cocoa powder, mashed banana or applesauce, baking soda, baking powder, and vanilla, and blend. Portion the batter into muffin tins, bake at 350, and enjoy!

Here’s the recipe: Flourless Chocolate Blender Muffins



pumpkin oats

With Fall just around the corner (yes, it is almost Pumpkin season again), now is the perfect time to bake up a large batch of this melty, gooey chocolate chip pumpkin baked oatmeal. Your entire home will smell like pumpkin pie!

Here’s the recipe: Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal



brownie bars

To make these chocolate breakfast bars, add maple syrup, rolled oats, cocoa powder, salt, & vanilla to a food processor. Press into a pan, freeze 1 hour, then slice into bars.

Here’s the recipe: Chocolate Brownie Breakfast Bars



chocolate chip breakfast cookie

For these wholesome chocolate chip breakfast cookies, stir together a handful of mini chocolate chips, applesauce or banana, and whatever nut butter you want to use. Then add all other ingredients and stir. Shape into cookies, and bake 15 minutes.

Here’s the recipe: Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies



pb protein bars

If you like the idea of protein powder but never really know quite what to do with it, making a batch of chocolate peanut butter protein bars is the perfect way to use up some of that protein powder hanging out in the back of your kitchen cabinet.

Here’s the recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars



chocolate breakfast recipes

Breakfast oatmeal cupcakes are one of the easiest chocolate breakfast recipes you could possibly make – Leftovers can be portioned out and frozen for up to two months, and you just pop one in the oven or microwave and can take it with you on the go.

Here’s the recipe: Breakfast Chocolate Oatmeal Cupcakes – To Go




Any time you find yourself with extra zucchini to use up, simply shred it and add it to your favorite muffin batter, for a sneaky breakfast health boost.

Here’s the recipe: Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins



no bake protein granola bars

Combine rolled oats, peanut butter, and protein powder to make super-easy & healthy granola bars.

Here’s the recipe:  3 Minute Protein Granola Bars



nutella healthy

Roast hazelnuts in the oven, then blend with cocoa powder, vanilla, and almond extract for a smooth chocolatey spread that tastes exactly like Nutella, without all the sugar and processed ingredients.

Here’s the recipe: Healthy Nutella



chocolate calda

True Italian hot chocolate is so thick and smooth, it’s almost like drinking a liquid chocolate bar. If you think Swiss Miss is real hot chocolate, drop whatever it is you are doing right now and make this recipe immediately. It will change everything you thought you knew about hot chocolate.

Here’s the recipe: Italian Hot Chocolate



nutella banana muffins

I could eat a hundred of these soft and homemade banana bread muffins, hot from the oven and stuffed with gooey homemade Nutella filling.

Here’s the recipe: Banana Bread Nutella Muffins



quinoa for breakfast

Quinoa is the perfect bored-of-oatmeal breakfast, and you can make multiple servings at once and save the leftovers for three or four days. I like to add chocolate chips to mine whenever I make this.

Here’s a recipe: Breakfast Quinoa Bowls



cheesecake oatmeal

Chocolate + cheesecake + oatmeal = a healthy breakfast fit for a dessert lover. This chocolate cheesecake baked oatmeal is definitely worth getting out of bed for!

Here’s the recipe: Chocolate Cheesecake Baked Oatmeal



chocolate banana bread

To cut back on fat without sacrificing moisture, this recipe packs a full two cups of mashed banana into the batter. The result is a chocolate banana bread so rich and sweet that you’d swear it must be full of fat and sugar.

Here’s the recipe: Chocolate Banana Bread




These homemade Entenmann’s chocolate mini donuts have half the calories and twice the protein and fiber as the originals. It’s impossible to stop at one!

Here’s the recipe: Homemade Entenmann’s Mini Chocolate Donuts



low fat chocolate muffins

These low-fat chocolate muffins call for yogurt instead of oil, adding moisture and softness without all the added fat. They are surprisingly rich and chocolatey!

Here’s the recipe: Low Fat Chocolate Muffins



chocolate peanut butter bread

If you are a chocolate lover and a peanut butter lover, this chocolate peanut butter bread is the best of both worlds. Deep, dark chocolate combines with smooth peanut butter for what might just be the most delicious healthy breakfast bread you’ve ever tried.

Here’s the recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Bread



chocolate oats

One of my favorite things to make for breakfast when I’m craving chocolate is 5 minute chocolate oatmeal. It’s healthy, filling, and it tastes like eating dessert for breakfast.

Here’s the recipe: 5 Minute Chocolate Oatmeal


pin-itWhat are your favorite chocolate breakfast recipes??? Feel free to leave a link in the comments!

How To Start A Blog – In Less Than 5 Minutes

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How to start a blog or website in 5 minutes with WordPress.

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After publishing the post on how I started blogging full-time, I’ve been receiving a ton of comments and emails, all asking the same question:


How do you start a blog & make money blogging?

Luckily, setting up a blog is really easy, even if you know absolutely nothing about computers or how to set up a website. I’ll walk through how to start a blog here, step-by-step, and please feel free to leave a comment if you run into any issues or have any questions at all. I’ll try to answer as quickly as possible!

How much money can you make from a blog?

I know some bloggers who are making over a million dollars a year, just from blogging! Even some food bloggers are making $500,000 dollars a year or more from their blogs. While I don’t make anywhere near this amount, I also don’t do any amazon affiliate advertising or have in-photo ads, subscriptions, or popup ads on my site. I consider the money an added bonus to something I love and was doing even before I knew you could earn a living from it.

If you want to earn money by blogging, I’d recommend signing up for a self-hosted WordPress blog. I made the mistake of starting on a different platform and ended up having to switch over to WordPress because it offers you so many more opportunities. For hosting, Bluehost is the only hosting service officially recommended by WordPress, and it’s what I used when I started my own WordPress blog.



How To Start A Blog

STEP ONE: Set Up Your WordPress Hosting

 Click here to start, then you’ll see a green button that says “get started now.” Click that button.

Select your plan – For most beginners, the basic plan is fine. Click the green “select” button on the basic plan.


STEP TWO: Choose A Blog Name (the fun part!)

Think up any name you want, and see if it’s available. Once you’re happy with a new blog name, fill out the form on the “create your account” page and choose the plan you want. I’d recommend going with the 36-month plan because it’s the best value, and you can also get a refund at any time if you change your mind about blogging. So really, there is no risk!

You can uncheck all the extras – although you might want to keep the privacy box checked. The package includes both your hosting (which you need if you want to run ads on your site and make money) and your first year domain registration for FREE!

(This saves you $18, which is what it normally costs to register a WordPress domain.)

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STEP THREE: Set Up WordPress To Get Started Blogging

Look in your inbox for a welcome email from Bluehost, and click the link in that email to go to your cPanel. Find the section in the cPanel called “MOJO Marketplace” and choose “One-Click Installs.”

All you have to do here is click the WordPress icon, then click the green “Start” button.

Choose your blog domain, and click “Check Domain,” then show advanced options and set up your own username and password. Make sure that the “Automatically create a new database for this installation” box is checked. Click to install.


Your New WordPress Blog:

Once everything is set up, you can log in to your new WordPress site by going to the admin login URL and entering the username and password you set up in step three. This takes you to the WordPress dashboard, where you can create new posts, respond to reader comments, and play around with the appearance of your site, making it your own.

If you run into any questions while setting up your new blog, do not hesitate to ask, and I’ll try to respond as quickly as possible Smile


Click Here To Start Your Own Blog