Dairy Free Brownies

No butter, no eggs but these beauties still taste fantastic. Swirling the nut butter in at the end is a great touch – we like peanut butter but almond or hazelnut both work fine too. There are lots of recipes for vegan brownies these days but we think these are the best we’ve tasted.

Dairy Free Brownies


makes 12


  • 275ml plant-based milk, any sort
  • 150ml groundnut or walnut oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 60ml hot water
  • 125g plain flour
  • 125g cocoa
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 100g light soft brown sugar
  • 75g caster sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 150g vegan chocolate chips
  • 100g nut butter, any sort


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 4. Line a 20 x 20cm brownie tin with baking paper or brush with cake-release spray.

  2. Whisk the milk, oil and vanilla extract together in a bowl and set aside. Mix the ground flax seeds with the hot water and leave to stand for 5 minutes. Whisk all the remaining ingredients, except the chocolate chips and the nut butter, together in a separate bowl.

  3. Beat the flax seeds into the wet ingredients, then add the dry mixture and fold in as gently as you can. Add the chocolate chips.

  4. Scrape the mixture into the prepared tin. Dot spoonfuls of the nut butter all over the batter, then swirl it through, using the tip of a knife. Don’t mix it up too much!

  5. Bake for 20–25 minutes until the brownies have just set. Leave to cool completely, then cut into squares. If you want them extra fudgy, put them in the fridge for several hours. Otherwise transfer to an airtight container.