Vegan Brownie

Vegan Brownies

In Greek orthodox religion Mary mother of Jesus plays a very important role and is worshiped with great honors. According to several written sources, Mary learned from God that she was going to die and thus went to the Mount of Olives which was located east of the old city of Jerusalem in order to pray and prepare.

From there she messaged the disciples of Jesus to be ready for the coming event. Nevertheless, because some of them during her death were not close to Jerusalem it is said that a cloud transported them close to her.

Mary was buried in Gethsemane, a garden at the foothills of the Mount of Olives, ten years after her son’s death. Three days after her death the tomb was found empty and orthodox religion claims that her body too ascended to God.

Vegan Brownies

Every year Greek orthodox church celebrates her Ascension on August 15th with big festivities all over Greece. This date is a national holiday and before that there is a 14-day lent as strict as fasting even the olive oil. Not many people follow this as it is in the middle of summer holidays and if you can’t eat during holidays, when can you?

Nevertheless, I have couple of friends who follow this and for them I made this delicious brownie completely vegan and utterly delicious. It is also extremely easy something that makes it attractive even to those of us who do not fast.

It is soft, sort of fudge textured and it is loaded with chocolate flavor. You can improvise and dress it with whipped cream (if not vegan) or put some marmalade on top or chocolate ganache or white chocolate ganache or just a dollop of ice cream now that it is summer. It is the perfect base for so many variations and it is perfect also as it is, plain and simple.

Vegan Brownies


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Vegan Brownie
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Dessert
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: American
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 6 tbsp cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tbsp corn or sesame oil
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate flakes
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Preheat oven to 175° C / 350° F.
  2. In a bowl, mix everything except the chocolate flakes.
  3. Grease a brownie pan and pour half of the batter.
  4. Scatter the chocolate flakes keeping some of them to garnish on top.
  5. Pour the rest of the batter and bake for about 25 minutes.
  6. Remove, let it cool a bit and scatter the chocolate flakes you reserved.
  7. Serve with a dollop of ice cream or with some strawberry marmalade.
Notes/ Σημειώσεις
Recipe adapted from

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Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Επιδόρπιο
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 1 φλ. αλεύρι για όλες τις χρήσεις
  • ¾ φλ. ζάχαρη
  • 6 κ.σ. κακάο σε σκόνη
  • ½ κ.γ. μπέικιν πάουντερ
  • 1 πρέζα αλάτι
  • ½ φλ. νερό
  • 2 κ.σ. καλαμποκέλαιο ή σησαμέλαιο
  • ½ φλ. γάλα αμυγδάλου
  • 1 κ.γ. εκχύλισμα βανίλιας
  • 1 φλ. νιφάδες σοκολάτας
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Προθερμαίνετε το φούρνο στους 175° C.
  2. Σε ένα μπολ ανακατέψτε τα πάντα εκτός από τις νιφάδες σοκολάτας.
  3. Λαδώστε ένα ταψί 24cmX24cm και ρίξτε το μισό από το μείγμα.
  4. Απλώστε τις νιφάδες σοκολάτας, κρατώντας μερικές από αυτές για να γαρνίρετε από πάνω.
  5. Ρίξτε το υπόλοιπο από το μείγμα και ψήστε για περίπου 25 λεπτά.
  6. Αφαιρέστε, αφήστε το να κρυώσει λίγο και σκορπίστε τις νιφάδες σοκολάτας που κρατήσατε.
  7. Σερβίρετε με παγωτό ή με μαρμελάδα φράουλα.
Notes/ Σημειώσεις
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21 Responses to Vegan Brownie

  1. Liz says:

    You’d never guess these were vegan! And I love the chocolate flakes! We celebrate Ascension on the 15th here, too :)

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  3. Miz Helen says:

    Your Vegan Brownies will be awesome! Thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

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  5. Chewy and fudgy indeed! Could we use mini chips for the flakes, I wonder?

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  7. Simply irresistible! I need to try it..

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  9. Sissi says:

    Beautiful brownies, Katerina! I would never ever guess they are vegan and I bet they taste fantastic too…

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  11. grace says:

    what a great brownie! the texture looks just right to me.

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  13. I really need to try making some vegan brownies soon, these look so good!

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  15. Adina says:

    We have the same tradition in Romania as we are Orthodox as well. I also don’t know many people fasting before this date, the way they do before Easter or Christmas, but it is still one of the most important religious holidays. The brownies look perfect, I will keep them in mind, we have several vegan friends that would enjoy them.

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  17. I love chocolate anything and these VEGAN brownies are making me drool. Love the addition of sesame oil. Can’t wait to try them.

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  19. Sweet thing you did for your friends. I didn’t know those interesting facts about Mother Mary or the Greek Orthodox religion. I think it is fine for your friends to observe such days to honor God, however, in my humble opinion, it is not necessary for salvation. The gospel of grace and mercy is so much simpler – even a child can understand it. I am going to bookmark your lovely brownies! Thanks, Katerina.

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  21. Vegan, nonvegan — when it comes to brownies, I’ll eat them all! These look exceptional — thanks.

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  23. The brownies look so good. Love it!

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  25. GiGi Eats says:

    THOSE LOOK insanely moist and delicious!!! I bet non-vegans wouldn’t even taste the difference!!! HELLOOOOO beautiful!

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  27. Oh wow, that looks amazing, love brownie!☺

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  29. You are such a good friend! Too bad we do not live closer, I would make the coffee!
    These look divine!

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  31. Chewy, delicious and decadent and still vegan. This dessert does not feel like you are fasting at all, so perfectly delicious.

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  33. ZazaCook says:

    Such a fabulous vegan brownie, Katerina! Yum yum yum!

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  35. Susan says:

    How nice of you to make these for your friends who follow a strict diet during this time! They do look wonderful, Katerina.

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  37. Kate says:

    These look like a very easy vegan recipe!

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  39. What kind of cocoa powder did you use here? Natural or dutch processed? These brownies look so very tempting and I definitely would love to try this with sesame oil (cold-pressed, I guess?)

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  41. Gloria says:

    love yours brownies Katerina.
    We celebrate too August 15 her ascension !

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