Decadent Vegan Hot Chocolate Brownies

Decadent Vegan Hot Chocolate Brownies
Our Comfort Cocoa is undeniably delicious, rich, chocolaty, and cozy, but what if you could have your cocoa and eat it, too? One day, when the chocolate craving hit hard, I got creative in the kitchen and baked up these decadent hot chocolate brownies. Since our Comfort Cocoa is vegan, I made the brownies vegan, too.
A hot chocolate brownie and mini marshmallows sit on a white and yellow plate in front of a plaid tin of Plum Deluxe Comfort Cocoa and a blue mug full of hot cocoa and mini marshmallows.
This no-frills recipe doesn’t require any fancy, unusual ingredients. It's straightforward and bakes up a classic-tasting brownie. With a handful of ingredients, two bowls, and a whisk, you can whip up these Hot Chocolate Brownies in under an hour.
The trick with baking vegan is finding a substitute binder, such as flax or chia seeds. In this recipe, we are using corn starch in place of eggs for a simple binder that doesn’t require a trip to a specialty store. Brownies should be simple; chocolate cravings wait for no one.

Making Hot Chocolate Brownies


Making these brownies couldn’t be easier. Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, mix the wet in one bowl and the dry in another. Then, stir wet into dry to combine. Pour into a lined 8x8-inch baking dish and pop it in an oven that’s been preheated to 330 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for at least 30 minutes. Then allow to cool and set up before cutting. These brownies are very moist, so definitely use parchment paper and let them set up completely, preferably in the fridge, before cutting.
These brownies are best made the day before you want to serve them, as they take time to set up and taste better the day after baking. Though I couldn’t help but sneak a taste warm from the oven, and it was deliciously fudgy and very moist. They are worth the wait, though, and tasty enough that both vegans and non-vegans alike will enjoy.
A hot chocolate brownie and mini marshmallows on a white and yellow plate, a brown leather journal, a plaid tin of Plum Deluxe Comfort Cocoa, and a blue mug of hot cocoa with mini marshmallows are all arranged on a light tan blanket.

Brownies and Tea


Cocoa and brownies aren’t the only ways to get your chocolate fix when that craving hits. Try pairing your Hot Chocolate Brownies with one of Plum Deluxe's chocolate teas! Chocolate Hazelnut Chai, Golden Cacao Herbal Tea, Red Velvet Chocolate Puerh Tea, Chocolate Rosemary Caramel Herbal Tea, Banana Bread Herbal Tea, Fireside Chat Black Tea, White Chocolate Peppermint Herbal Tea, Easy Like Sunday Morning Chocolate Lavender Herbal Tea, Brunch in Paris Chocolate Orange Black Tea, and Chocolate Hazelnut Dessert Tea are all tasty chocolate-based teas for any preference. Pick your tea, or warm up some cocoa, and whip up these hot chocolate brownies for a special, chocolaty, cozy time treat.
A hot chocolate brownie and mini marshmallows sit on a white and yellow floral plate.

Hot Chocolate Brownies



Ingredients:
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoon milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup + 3 tablespoon oil (I used canola)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup Comfort Cocoa mix
  • 1/4 rounded teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch

Directions:
Preheat oven to 330 degrees F.
Line an 8x8-inch pan with parchment paper.
Mix milk, oil, and vanilla in a bowl.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, Comfort Cocoa, salt, baking powder, brown sugar, and cornstarch.
Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix until combined.
Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the center no longer jiggles. Brownies will look a little undercooked but will set up as they cool.
Let rest in the refrigerator until the next day, then slice and enjoy.

Mary Hadzimichalis

Mary is a creative kitchen and garden witch with a passion for tea. She lives on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland with her husband and three cats. Her baking, creating, gardening, and women's healthcare advocacy can be followed on Instagram.
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