vegan gluten free brownies

My favourite vegan, gluten free chocolate brownies

These are my absolute favourite vegan, gluten free chocolate brownies. Good food is a BIG part of the Happy Healthy Retreat experience – everything we serve is vegan and gluten free. Taking care of your gut as well as your body and your mind.

A super simple recipe

I am not a natural in the kitchen, especially when it comes to baking.  It requires too much precision and planning, when I’m more into improvisation.  However, I needed a good snack to help us refuel at my retreats and I finally found the perfect recipe.  It is super easy and tastes amazing, even when I am in charge of the cooking!

Ingredients – vegan, gluten free chocolate brownies

Makes 16
5 tablespoons coconut oil
200g dark chocolate
170g gluten free self-raising flour
3 heaped teaspoons cocoa powder
180g brown sugar
sea salt
1 vanilla pod
1 cap of vanilla extract
230ml unsweetened organic coconut milk


Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4. Grease a square baking tin (roughly 20cm) with a little oil, then line with greaseproof paper.

Place a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, making sure the base doesn’t touch the water. Break 150g of chocolate into the bowl and allow it to melt, then set aside to cool slightly.

Melt the coconut oil in a small pan.

Meanwhile, sieve the flour and cocoa powder into a large bowl, then stir in the sugar and a pinch of salt. Halve the vanilla pod lengthways, scrape out the seeds, then add them to the bowl. Add the vanilla extract. Stir in the oil, coconut milk and melted chocolate until combined.

Roughly chop and stir in half the remaining chocolate.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tin, spreading it out evenly. Sprinkle over the remaining chocolate, then place into the hot oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until cooked on the outside, but still gooey in the middle.

Leave to cool for around 5 minutes, turn out onto a wire cooling rack.

Let me know if you give this vegan, gluten free chocolate brownie recipe a try and let me know how you get on in the comment below.

This recipe was inspired by Jamie Oliver’s Vegan Chocolate Brownies