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Vegan Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Brownies

  • Author: Allison
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 9 large or 12 medium brownies 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


These vegan, gluten-free peanut butter brownies are oil-free and refined sugar-free, but incredibly fudgey and decadent-tasting! You’d never know that they are made with wholesome ingredients. My best brownies yet!


  • 1 tablespoon ground flax + 2 tablespoons water
  • 3/4 cup smooth natural peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons applesauce
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 6 tablespoons non-dairy milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a 8×8-inch baking dish with parchment paper with enough overhang to allow you to easily lift the brownie out of the pan after it cools.
  2. Prepare the flax egg: In a large bowl, whisk together the flax and water. Wait a couple of minutes for it to thicken. To the bowl, add peanut butter, applesauce, coconut sugar, maple syrup, almond milk, and vanilla. Whisk to combine.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together the oat flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and sea salt.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir to combine. Mix in the chocolate chips. The batter will be thick. This is normal for a brownie!
  5. Scoop the batter into the prepared pan. I recommend wetting your hands and using them to press the brownie into all four corners of the pan. Smooth it out into an even layer.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes- 18 minutes for a very fudgey brownie!
  7. Let the brownie cool in the pan for 30 minutes. You can then lift it out of the pan and transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing. I sliced mine into 9 large brownies, but you can also go for 12-16 smaller squares if you wish.
  8. Store at room temperature in an airtight container for a few days, or in the fridge or freezer for longer term storage.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: North American

Keywords: vegan gluten-free peanut butter brownies