Eggless Brownies

Fudgy and oh so chocolaty Eggless Brownies! Enjoy them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top or a glass of milk!

As you guys are reading this, I am already in Delhi and enjoying [NOT] the 110 F temperatures! Just kidding, who can possibly enjoy that much heat? Anyway I am writing this on my flight to India. Yes going back again, for the nth time in the last 6 months. Frankly speaking, I don’t even remember the count now, just holding on to things and trying to take each day as it comes. That’s what I keep telling myself “one day at a time” and that’s what keeps me going. Please keep my mom in your prayers, I would really appreciate that.

I have realized that I get tons of work done on long flights like this. And thanks to technology, nowadays it’s so easy to stay connected on air. It not only helps me kill time on a 15 hour direct flight but also helps me finish some work. I really get bored after watching 1-2 movies and honestly how many movies can one watch in one go? As usual before leaving, I tried making some recipes to share with you guys and one of them was these Eggless Brownies.

eggless brownies

I do get a lot of requests for eggless baking recipes and I realize that I don’t post them enough. Trust me, it’s something I am working on and I would have done so much more if my last few months weren’t as crazy as they were (and still are). But guys, your search for the perfect eggless brownies recipe ends here.

These Eggless Brownies are

✔ Fudgy

✔ Moist

✔ Chocolaty

✔ 10 ingredients only [8 if you skip the chocolate chips and use salted butter]

If you ask me, these were even better than my regular brownies, seriously I am not even kidding. I couldn’t stop eating them and asked Sarvesh to take the entire pan to his office else I would have finished them in one sitting. Here’s the secret guys to making the best eggless brownies – use the best cocoa powder available in the market. Actually that’s the secret to making best brownies (eggless or not) or any chocolate cake. When you use the best ingredients, you get the best results. I love Valrhona cocoa powder, it’s amazing. I like Rodelle as well but these brownies I made using Anthony’s organic cocoa powder and they turned out super good. So I would highly recommend using one of these, it makes all the difference. I have not been paid by any of these brands, just sharing my experience with you guys.

I loosely adapted this recipe from my caramel pecan brownies. If you have noticed, I like to add little oil to all my brownies, I know most brownie recipes call for all butter but just a little bit of oil helps in keeping them super moist. At least that’s what I have noticed in my experience. Also I like to use lot of cocoa powder in my brownie recipes, for this one I used 2/3 cup cocoa powder and 3/4 cup flour (just like the caramel pecan brownies) so the ratio of cocoa powder to flour is pretty high but that’s required to bring in that chocolaty flavor. Like I said, use a good quality cocoa powder to get an intense chocolate flavor.

And what about butter? Yes, a really important ingredient to make good brownies. I have used salted butter here, you can definitely use unsalted butter, just make sure to add salt to the batter when you use the unsalted butter. I personally love using salted butter in my recipes, in fact I prefer it even in my frosting sometimes. But that’s just me, you don’t have to agree with me. If you are in favor of using unsalted butter in your recipes, then that’s the way to go.

Adding chocolate chips is optional but hey we are talking about brownies here so why not make them even more chocolaty and add some chocolate chips. Makes sense right? I hope you guys will give these eggless brownies a try and if you do, please share pics and tag me #cookwithmanali on social media. I would love to see your creations.

PS: Don’t try to cut these brownies immediately. It will be a mess and you will not get clean pieces. Of course it will be really delicious but not presentable. Take the brownies out of the oven and let them cool completely. Once they have cooled completely, place them into the refrigerator for 1-2 hours. I know it’s hard to wait but do it! And then cut them using a sharp knife. Pro tip: for cleaner edges, use a sharp knife and dip it in warm water, rinse and then cut the brownies.

PPS: If you worry about your brownies sticking to the pan, do this – line your pan with aluminium foil. Spray the foil generously with a non-stick spray. I prefer those baking spray which are mixed with flour, so look out for those. And remember to spray generously. Your brownies will never stick to the pan.

 

Method

Line a 8×8 inch pan with aluminium foil and spray generously with a non stick spray. Set aside.

 

In a bowl sift together flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. Also add in the salt (if using unsalted butter, I did not add salt since I used salted butter).

Melt butter using a double boiler method or microwave. For the double boiler method, cut butter into pieces and place it on top of a pan of barely simmering water. The bottom of your bowl should not touch the surface of water in the pan. Whisk continuously till the butter melts completely.

Remove bowl from the pan and let it cool down a bit, for 5-6 minutes.

Once butter has cooled down, add oil, 1/4 cup yogurt and 1/2 cup sugar. Mix to combine.

Add the remaining 1/4 cup yogurt and 1/2 cup sugar and vanilla extract and mix till well combined.

Add in the flour-cocoa mix.  Combine using a spatula, do not go overboard with mixing the batter, few streaks of flour is okay.

The batter will be really thick, that is fine. Fold in chocolate chips.

Transfer batter to the prepared pan. Spread the batter throughout the pan using a spatula or back of your spoon. If batter sticks to your spatula/spoon, simple spray little non-stick spray of your spoon and then spread the batter. Bake the brownies at 350 F degrees for 30-35 minutes.

Remove from oven and let them cool completely. Transfer to the refrigerator for 1-2 hours before cutting into pieces.

Slice into pieces and enjoy these eggless brownies! Warm them a bit and serve with vanilla ice cream for the ultimate indulgence!

* Additional add-ins: nuts- walnuts, pecans would be great here.

Eggless Brownies

Manali
Super fudgy Eggless Brownies with an intense chocolate flavor! You would love these with a glass of milk!
4.93 from 14 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 16 brownies
Calories 168 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 7 tablespoons butter I used salted
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1.25 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt only if using unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt use thick whole milk yogurt preferably
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips optional

Instructions
 

  • Line a 8x8 inch pan with aluminium foil and spray generously with a non stick spray. Set aside. Pre heat oven to 350 F degrees.
  • In a bowl sift together flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. Also add in the salt (if using unsalted butter, I did not add salt since I used salted butter).
  • Melt butter using a double boiler method or microwave. For the double boiler method, cut butter into pieces and place it on top of a pan of barely simmering water. The bottom of your bowl should not touch the surface of water in the pan. Whisk continuously till the butter melts completely.
  • Remove bowl from the pan and let it cool down a bit, for 5-6 minutes.
  • Once butter has cooled down, add oil, 1/4 cup yogurt and 1/2 cup sugar. Mix to combine.
  • Add the remaining 1/4 cup yogurt and 1/2 cup sugar and vanilla extract and mix till well combined.
  • Add in the flour-cocoa mix. Combine using a spatula, do not go overboard with mixing the batter, few streaks of flour is okay.
  • The batter will be really thick, that is fine. Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Transfer batter to the prepared pan. Spread the batter throughout the pan using a spatula or back of your spoon. If batter sticks to your spatula/spoon, simple spray little non-stick spray of your spoon and then spread the batter.
  • Bake the brownies at 350 F degrees for 30-35 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let them cool completely. Transfer to the refrigerator for 1-2 hours before cutting into pieces.
  • Slice into pieces and enjoy these eggless brownies!

Nutrition

Calories: 168kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 1gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 85mgPotassium: 136mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 160IUCalcium: 33mgIron: 1.2mg
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Eggless Brownies

93 thoughts on “Eggless Brownies

  1. I have so many thoughts here, Manali! First of all, my thoughts and prayers remain with your mother. I hope everything works out. Second, I’m a huge believer in the ‘best ingredients make the best recipes’ thing! I’ve never made eggless brownies, but your version looks incredible! I just wish I had some of these brownies on my desk right now. 🙂 Oh, and I get ya on those long flights. 2 movies back-to-back, and I’m ready to go nuts from being stir-crazy. Hang in there, my friend!

  2. Your mom is in my prayers, my friend. <3 Before I wrote a single word I had to pin that first shot! OH MAN! I know it's just time for breakfast – but this could be all three meals for me today! Delicious! Safe travels, dear!

  3. I have kept you and your mother in my prayers, Manali! I certainly hope you can enjoy your time in Delhi. Aaand I hope it’s not ridiculously hot while you are there. 😉 These brownies are fabulous, girlfriend! I’ve never tried eggless brownies, but I bet they are dangerous, because I’d want to eat the raw brownie dough with a spoon! Hehe. Cheers and travel safely!

  4. I made these today and they were great! I used Greek yogurt so they had a little bit of a tangy taste.. but it eased up after siting in the fridge awhile. I’d probably use a whole milk yogurt or vanilla Greek yogurt next time though. Great recipe, thanks!

  5. 4 stars
    It was good but more like a moist dark chocolate cake… I think I used too much butter as the recipe calls for tablespoons of butter and I find it difficult to determine tablespoons. Did you use heaped tablespoons butter?

  6. Hi. So for measuring 8 tbsp butter shud I use the melted or non melted one for the measure. Also while baking shud I switch on top and bottom rods. Or only the bottom. Is it safe to use aluminum foil in the oven. Also I have Hersheys coco powder… Will that doI am a novice in baking

    1. it should be un melted and then melted for the recipe..so take out 7 tablespoons butter from your fridge and melt it..aluminium foil is safe to use in the oven…hersheys cocoa powder is okay to use..I am not sure about rods..just bake in the middle rack

  7. Hi Manali. Tried your recipe today. Thank you for sharing. In this period of lockdown- everyone enjoyed it.
    Ran out of sugar midway so added shakkar ( soft brown sugar). The added zing was yummy. How ever my brownies turned out crumbly. Any suggestions on how to avoid that next time?

  8. Hi Manali, can I replace all purpose flour with ragi/atta or a combination of the two? If yes then in what quantity?

  9. 5 stars
    Hi Manali,

    Loved it 😊. Tried your recipe today and they turned out to be yummlicious!!! My search for a perfect eggless brownie recipe finally ends today 🙂. Thank you !!!!

  10. Hey! Love how these brownies look and I’m hoping to get the same outcome.
    I have a few doubts.
    1. Does the yoghurt have to be drained out of water? (Hung curd)
    2. Can the yoghurt be regular home made dahi?
    3. Can I NOT use baking powder, as I’ve heard it gives the brownie cakey texture. However, I want them to be as fudgy as possible.
    4. Is it ok if I use regular vegetable oil?
    5. Does the sugar have to be white or brown?

    1. 1. yes drain out water, should be thick yogurt.
      2. sure if the homemade yogurt is that thick, else use store bought.
      3. you do need some baking powder here since these are eggless. If these had eggs, then baking powder could have been skipped. If you want you can reduce the amount to maybe 1/2 teaspoon and see how that goes.
      4.vegetable oil is fine
      5. sugar used is white granulated sugar.
      6. you can ho half batch if you have a smaller pan.

  11. Also, can I use half the quantities you mentioned to make half a batch of brownies ? (8 pieces instead of 16)

  12. Hey, love the way these brownies look and I’m hoping for the same outcome. Doubts:
    1. Does the yoghurt have to be hung and drained out of water? Can homemade dahi be used?
    2. Is it ok if I don’t use baking powder cause I want a pure fudgy brownie. I’ve heard baking powder makes it cakey.
    3. Does the sugar have to be white or brown?

  13. Hey! Loved the look of these brownies.
    Had just two questions in my mind.

    1. What exactly causes the crackly top on the brownies to be of a slightly lighter colour?

    2. If we use unsalted butter instead of salted, is there a difference in result that we might see?

  14. Is it possible to get a lighter brown coloured crust on top of the brownie? How does that happen in an eggless version?

  15. 5 stars
    Hi can I know which store bought yogurt will be good for brownies or anyother pastries? Like any brand you would recommend? Greek yogurt is acceptable?

  16. 5 stars
    Just tried this today. . Came out fab for an amateur baker like me. . Wanted an eggless recipe , and glad I found yours. However I did go low on the sugar than what’s mentioned, and yet it tasted brilliant .. thanks a ton

  17. 5 stars
    We have just tasted my first batch of brownies and definitely approve! Our hens aren’t laying and I won’t resort to shop eggs so was lucky to find your recipe.

    I used self raising flour so no baking powder required, less cocoa powder but more (75%) chocolate which I ground, reduced the sugar to 3/4 cup, used a tbs milk to replace some of the thick yoghurt, and sunflower oil. Melting the butter in the microwave is definitely the way to go.

    It didn’t rise as much as I expected but even so was delicious. Next time I might use plain flour and baking powder as per the recipe. And I’d reduce the cook time to 25 minutes as I felt it could have been slightly moister. My usual recipe (with eggs) includes walnuts and sour cherries so I just might try a few of those in.

  18. I tried this recipe yesterday . Although the recipe is good and the texture and taste of the brownies comes out very good, it is way tooo sweet.
    I think 3/4 cup of sugar should be used instead of 1 cup.
    Also Using 7 tablespoons of salted butter makes the brownies a little too salty. Using unsalted butter and adding salt to the batter will be better.
    However this recipe is excellent with the above mentioned minor changes.
    Thanks.

  19. This recipe looks awesome.
    Would you kindly give measurements in grams please?
    In UK, we have grams rather than cup.
    Thanks

  20. 5 stars
    Hi Manali. I have a question. What should be the baking time if we bake on 230 degrees. My oven have maximum 230 degrees. Waiting for your reply. TIA

    1. Hi Komal, I live in US and hence mention temperature in Fahrenheit since that’s the metric that’s used here. In your oven you have to bake at 180 C (which is 350 F).

  21. 5 stars
    Hi Manali, I just made these brownies and they are a super hit!!! Everyone loves them. I’ve been looking for a good eggless brownie recipe and I can now say I’ve finally found the perfect one! Thank you so much!
    Do you have a recipe for an eggless cheesecake brownie? Would love to try it if you do.😊

  22. Due to lockdown it is difficult for me to get butter. What can j substitute it with?
    Also, can i steam them while covered with aluminium foil instead of baking?

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