How to Make Vegan Espresso Brownies

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How to make vegan Espresso Brownies. Sometimes nothing else will do but cake. It has a child-like simplicity that never fails to win me over. Perhaps it takes me back to those childhood days when a cake was a special treat: my grandma’s Victoria Sponge or Coffee Cake (note: this is a plain, tender sponge cake flavoured with coffee and filled with coffee buttercream) or perhaps the cake I insisted that my Mum made for me every single birthday: the Hansel and Gretel chocolate house. I insisted that the chimney always went to the birthday girl, a small square of sponge with about an inch of icing used to cement it to the top of a rickety cake roof.

Later on, my mother discovered the joys (and simplicity) of the Lemon Drizzle Cake, a cake with such longevity that we would be eating it two weeks after it was baked and it still tasted great.

England is a country of cake eaters. We love dense fruit cake with virginal royal icing and marzipan, we enjoy the daintiness of Fairy Cakes (although these have been somewhat usurped by the ubiquitous Double-Choc or Blueberry Muffin in recent years) and Chocolate Cake holds a special place in the hearts of singletons the country over.

Yet, it still seems that the ratio of being buying cakes compared to baking them is top-heavy. People seem to fear baking as though it were a sophisticated French technique. Indeed, there is a certain art to icing cakes but there is nothing at all to creaming some butter and sugar together, and folding in some flour, but I have developed a technique that even removes the creaming element. I call it the Blender Cake. Simply whisk the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

How to Make Vegan Espresso Brownies

Throw the wet ingredients into a blender (and what self-respecting vegan doesn’t own a blender that they surely make morning smoothies with? (Although I don’t actually make smoothies with mine)), whizz together until smooth then mix into the dry ingredients. It is almost foolproof.

I have said before that baking becomes more like second nature as your confidence improves and don’t the cakes that our mothers and grandmothers bake(d) taste so much better than their chemical laden shop-bought variants?

I am living proof that practise does indeed make perfect. I have had many disasters in the kitchen but as your grow more experienced, you learn certain pitfalls, specific methods, and your success rate grows exponentially. Remember that you are in charge of the ingredients and not the other way around.

But what about these Espresso Brownies?

Is it wrong to have brownies for breakfast? Not if the main flavour is coffee! These have a rich, deep coffee flavour that will send the espresso lover in your life crazy (in a good way, not just a caffeine induced way)!

These are in fact less a brownie, and more cake-like, so don’t expect a really gooey middle, but instead a tender, caffeine infused crumb, supporting yet more coffee in the form of a simple water icing.

I think they’d be perfect for an informal coffee morning, or if you wanted to fancy the cakes up a little, a sprinkling of some purple edible flowers will never go amiss.

I love to top these with a chocolate bean, and serve, almost ironically, with a cup of a tea, and a Penguin classic. These days I get time to read very rarely, so it’s nearly always Audible I turn to, but nothing beats the smell of a vintage paperback, the slightly crumbly pages, and the joy of finding an annotation or an old ticket, used as a bookmarker.

How to Make Vegan Espresso Brownies

Vegan Espresso Brownies

A delicious vegan cake bar, packed with the flavour of chocolate and espresso!
5 from 44 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: 30 Minute Dessert, Vegan Baking
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 9 portions
Calories: 200kcal


  • 8" brownie pan, lined


  • cup Self Raising Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Cocoa Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 cup Vegan Butter
  • 1 cup +2 tbsp Superfine Sugar
  • ¾ cup Yogurt plant based, I use Alpro Soy
  • 3 tbsp Espresso Powder dissolved in 2 tbsp boiling water


  • ¼ cup Vegan Butter
  • 3 tbsp Soy Milk
  • 4 teaspoon Instant Espresso Powder
  • cup Confectionary Sugar sifted


  • Preheat oven to 180c. Grease and line an 8” square baking tin.
  • Sift together the flour, cocoa and baking powder.
  • Beat in the spread, sugar, substitute egg mixture and coffee.
  • Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the cake springs back to the touch.
  • Leave to cool.


  • To make the icing, melt together the spread, milk and espresso powder until the powder has dissolved and you have a smooth mixture.
  • Pour over the sifted icing sugar and beat well until there are no lumps left.
  • Pour over the cooled cake. Leave to set, then cut into squares and enjoy!
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Serving: 40g | Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 264mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 53g | Vitamin A: 1239IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    One of the best vegan brownies! I need dairy free brownies, and this is my go to recipe. I left off the icing this time and they were still wonderful.

  2. 5 stars
    These brownies look amazing! I never tried vegan brownies, but I’m definitely making this. Yum!

  3. 5 stars
    I was skeptical about espresso, but it’s a perfect flavor enhancer. I will make these brownies again. Yum!

  4. Andrea White says:

    5 stars
    These brownies are perfect! So flavorful, gooey, and delicious!

  5. 5 stars
    This is great! So much chocolate and so yummy!

  6. 5 stars
    These vegan espresso brownies were so delicious! I loved how the espresso really gave the chocolate great flavor!

  7. 5 stars
    Is there anything better than espresso in brownies? I don’t know.. the flavors in this were AMAZING!!!

  8. 5 stars
    This is really amazing! My husband really loved it!

  9. 5 stars
    Espresso and brownies? What a heavenly combination! It feels like eating tiramisu in a form of a fluffy cake! Thank yous for this amazing recipe!

  10. 5 stars
    These cookies look fantastic and so easy to make! I cannot wait to taste them! Thanks for sharing!

  11. 5 stars
    These vegan espresso brownies are absolutely delicious, anything espresso or coffee flavoured is a hit with me! They have such a light, fluffy texture. Thank you!

  12. 5 stars
    These vegan espresso brownies were so delicious! I loved how the espresso really made the chocolate shine!

  13. 5 stars
    Wow, these sound absolutely amazing! Can’t wait to give them a try!

    Katie xoxo

  14. 5 stars
    I love using espresso in my brownies! So yummy!

  15. 5 stars
    Espresso and chocolate is such a delicious flavor combination!

  16. 5 stars
    I love the taste, the smell, everything about espresso. Throw it in a brownie and I’m hooked!

  17. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe! Such a great flavor and the texture is amazing!

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