A rich and SUPER easy vegan brownie, decorated with coloured buttercream and edible treats. You’ll have the most amount of fun making these fun, festive treats and who ever you serve them too, won’t be able to stop smiling! These brownies taste as good as they look, trust me!
What makes these brownies better than any other?
They are extremely easy to make!
When I say that, I truly mean it, you’ll only need one bowl to make these delicious chocolaty treats! You can whip up a batch in under 10 minutes! They’re that quick!
I use flaxseed in this brownie recipe which makes them ULTRA fudgey! Flax adds a chewiness which is essential in a chocolate brownie (in my personal opinion).
They are 100% vegan!
No nasties in this brownie, just a whole lot of love and pure vegan ingredients. The flax acts as the egg and binds everything together, whilst cocoa powder and light brown sugar add a richness and sweetness! They’re truly scrumptious!
They are so much fun to make!
It’s one of those recipes which is as fun to look at as it is to make! I had a blast making these brownies and decorating them into the characters and trees! You’ll love them! Watch the fun here.
Baking to me means ‘having as much fun as you possibly can!’. If you’re not having fun while you’re baking, you’re doing it wrong – haha! These brownies can be cut into any shape you fancy, and decorated in any way you like, whether it be with buttercream, royal icing, ganache or melted spread… just let your imagination go wild!
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You’ll need to mix the flax with water in a separate bowl, other than that.. this brownie recipe only needs one bowl, which means 2 things, it’s super simple and less washing up needed- haha!
For the decorations, I went a little crazy (in a good way).
I originally was going to decorate the whole brownie as trees, but my mum actually gave me the idea of splitting them up into segments and decorating them as characters, hats AND trees! I absolutely adore the outcome!
Your guests can and pick and choose which one they fancy, with which topping!
It also allowed me to channel my inner child, and get back to creating fun designs. Me and my mum would bake funny faces and animals onto cookies when I was younger, so this was quite nostalgic for me!
Safe to say, these went down an absolute STORM! My dad ate more than one (as did I). My trusty taste testers also loved them.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees c fan, and line an 8 inch round baking tin/cake tin with grease-proof paper.
Make the flax eggs. Add 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed into a small bowl and add in 4 tablespoons of water. Stir to combine then set aside to thicken. This will take around 10 minutes.
In a large mixing bowl, add in the dairy-free butter/margarine, both sugars and flax ‘egg’. Whisk to combine until light in colour.
Add in the cocoa powder, baking powder and flour. Mix until a thick brownie batter.
Spoon then spread the batter into the lined tin, making sure to get it as flat as possible. Smooth out with the back of a spoon or offset spatula.
Place the tin into the oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
When the brownie is ready, remove from the oven and allow to cool. You want to cut the brownie whilst it’s still slightly warm, as when it’s cold, it will crack.
In a large mixing bowl, add in the dairy-free butter and whip until creamy. I use a stand mixer with a balloon whisk attachment, a hand mixer will work great too.
Sift in the icing sugar and vanilla extract, whip for 5 minutes until creamy and pale in colour. If it’s too stiff / thick, add in a few more chunks of butter. Too soft, add in more icing sugar.
Depending on your designs and colour choices, separate the buttercream’s into separate bowls and colour with your chosen food gels.
Transfer all the buttercream into separate piping bags with either the tip snipped off or with your chosen piping nozzles.
Decorate the brownies as you fancy. For the coconut covered brownies, once you have piped on your buttercream, pour desiccated coconut on to a plate and press the buttercream into the coconut. It will stick, then flip back and decorate as you like. I made the coconut ones into snowmen with black, pink and orange buttercream, and polar bears with black buttercream and vegan marshmallows for the ears and nose. Super simple but effective.
For the reindeer, colour buttercream with cocoa powder (mix white buttercream with some cocoa powder in a bowl until smooth), pipe onto the brownie, then press on broken up pretzels for the antlers, fondant eyes and a ball of red fondant or a cranberry for the nose.
The trees are super simple, colour buttercream with green food gel, top with festive sprinkles / desiccated coconut and a star sprinkle at the tip.
My favourite vegan / dairy-free block butters are ‘Naturli Vegan Block’ or Flora Plant Based Block Butter Alternative (salted or unsalted).
What food gel to use?
My favourites are Rainbow Food Dust colours. They’re 100% vegan and extremely pigmented, meaning you don’t need to use much colour to get maximum results! Also, they don’t effect the buttercream texture at all!