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Extra Dark Chocolate Chunk Brownies & Nutella Fudge Frosting (Vegan)

Take your favorite chocolate treat to the next level with some chocolate hazelnut goodness and lots of chocolate chips!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 16 brownies

Ingredients

Brownies:

  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons coconut cream *see note
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup chocolate hazelnut butter check ingredients if vegan
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup dairy free chocolate chunks

Frosting:

  • 1/3 cup chocolate hazelnut butter check ingredients if vegan
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Chocolate Drizzle (Optional):

  • 1/2 about 60g vegan "milk" chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons vegan butter

Instructions

Brownies:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C) and grease and 8x8 inch square pan with oil.
  2. In a small saucepan set over low heat, slowly melt the butter with sugar and cocoa powder while whisking. Once melted, remove from heat and scrape into a medium bowl then stir in baking powder, espresso powder, salt, and vanilla until combined. Add the coconut cream, vinegar, and chocolate hazelnut butter and stir just until mixed, then the flour and stir in until smooth.

  3. Pour the batter into prepared pan and sprinkle chocolate chips over the batter evenly. Bake the brownies for 18 - 24 minutes until the center doesn't jiggle when the pan is nudged (you can also check center with a toothpick and see if it comes out clean). Remove from oven and cool for about 10 minutes before adding the frosting.

Frosting:

  1. While the brownies are cooling, whisk the melted butter, nutella, vanilla extract, and almond milk in a small mixing bowl. Add the salt and powdered sugar and stir until creamy smooth. After about 10 minutes of cooling time on the brownies, scrape the frosting out of bowl and on top of them. Allow the heat of the brownies to soften the frosting for about 5 minutes, then very gently spread it over top being careful not to tear the brownies.
  2. If you want to add the extra chocolate, melt the butter and milk chocolate in a double boiler or microwave safe bowl in short intervals until smooth and use a small pastry bag (or just a fork) to drizzle over the top.
  3. For perfectly squared brownies, allow them to finish cooling completely (you can put the pan in the fridge or freezer if you're in a hurry) before cutting. However, for yummiest but messy brownies, dig in while they are still warm!!!

Recipe Notes

If you have trouble finding coconut cream at your local grocery store it's completely fine to use full-fat coconut milk and scrape the cream off of the top. Just be sure that it's cold enough to separate.