You know the feeling you get when you bite into that perfectly textured baked good and it’s so good you almost want to cry? These vegan brownies were it for me. I did trial after trial, most of which were very tasty. But none hit the nail on the head until these happened. Date sweetened, with the absolutely perfect combination of lots of chew and a touch of fudge. These are nut-free, gluten-free, easy to make and so amazing! You NEED these in your life!
We all have different opinions on what is considered the perfect brownie. Some like them cakey, some super fudgy, and some are in the dense and chewy crowd. I am very picky when it comes to texture. As much as I like fudge, I am not a fan of baked goods with too much moisture. It’s like when you have a sandwich and the bread gets wet. GAG ME WITH A SPOON (did I date myself there?). So when I started my brownie journey, I was hell bent on nailing MY perfect vegan brownie. I wanted just enough density, with the perfect chewy texture and a small touch of fudge. I wanted my sweetener to be dates, I love the idea of whole foods being my sugar of choice (although I did many trials with coconut sugar and maple syrup just to make sure dates were the best sweetener, they were).
I also wanted these to be NUT-FREE so that I could bring them to the kid’s school, and for all of you that can’t have nuts out there. You’re welcome. Bonus, NO COCONUT in the brownie either! My hubby did a happy dance (he hates coconut). And double bonus, you can adjust the sweetness of these with the type of chocolate you decide to use. Semi sweet chocolate will give you that classic chocolate brownie taste. Throw in the deep dark chocolate and you get a much less sweet flavor but your chewy vegan brownie is still amazing. You decide. You run the show.
The ultimate ending in these vegan date sweetened brownies is the caramel crunch topping. On their own, these are amazing. But add caramel and a cacao nib crunch and these take you to a level of ultimate brownie heaven. They are insane. I didn’t even get sick of them after I made at least 5 extra trials to make sure they were perfect. I tried them on friends with double thumbs up all around, and now all I need is for you all to try them! Leave me a comment and let me know when you do! I’m also on Instagram, so find and tag me at veggiesdontbite AND #veggiesdontbite so I don’t miss it, and on Facebook. So many places to show some brownie love! Now go make yourself some fully chewy, date sweetened, slightly fudgy, thick and amazing vegan caramel brownies.