The FUDGIEST Gluten-Free Vegan Brownies!

I’ve baked a bunch of different kinds of brownies in my day, but this particular batch turned out to be the fudgiest yet! And to think, I almost didn’t write down the recipe, because I was simply trying to use up some flours and other ingredients I had on hand. Sometimes getting into the flow like that, without a particular plan, yields the best results! That being said, feel free to switch out the gluten-free flours listed below. As long as the ratio stays the same, I think they would turn out just as well. Think almond flour, white rice flour, or even gluten-free all purpose.

Fudgy Gluten-Free Vegan Brownies

Course Dessert
Servings 9 brownies


  • 8×8 baking dish
  • stand/hand-mixer
  • parchment paper/cooking spray


  • ¾ cup coconut sugar
  • cup raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
  • cup brown rice flour
  • 2 tablespoons quinoa flour
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca starch
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • cup unsweetened applesauce
  • cup almond milk (or other dairy-free milk of choice)
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons coconut nectar or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • cup dairy-free chocolate chips (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper or coat with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl or stand-mixer, combine the coconut sugar, cacao or cocoa powder, brown rice flour, quinoa flour, tapioca starch, baking powder, and sea salt. Stir to blend.
  • In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the applesauce, almond milk, melted coconut oil, coconut nectar or maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the flour mixture. Beat until a batter is formed. Fold in the walnuts and chocolate chips if using.
  • Transfer the batter to the baking dish and bake 20-24 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool at room temperature (at least two hours) before serving. Transfer to the fridge to completely cool (another hour or so) for a firmer texture (brownies will be gooiest at room temperature!).


Storage: Keep wrapped in foil or in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days
Keyword Gluten-free