Vegan, Gluten-Free Brownies with Pecans and Cacao Nibs

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 9 to 12 brownies
The texture? Ultra-soft. The chocolate level? Ultra-rich. And unbelievably, these brownies don't contain milk or eggs, but instead - vinegar! Vinegar is a healthy addition to any diet, a useful cleaning tool, and also an indispensable ingredient when it comes to making delicious vegan desserts. When mixed with baking soda, apple cider vinegar creates a chemical reaction that makes these brownies light and fluffy, without a trace of bitter taste. For a gluten-free version, a mix of almond powder and rice flour works wonders, try if for yourself! Delicious when served with coconut milk whipped cream!

How It's Made


  • 3 teaspoons of ground
  • 1 cup of
  • 3/4 cup of brown rice flour (white can be substituted)
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup of
  • 1 pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons of hazelnut butter (or the nut butter of your choice)
  • 1 cup of cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup of homemade almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of
  • 1/4 cup of r


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a bowl, mix the ground flax with 2 tablespoons of water. Set aside. 
  3. Place the almonds in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the almonds are a fine powder. 
  4. In a large bowl, mix the almond powder, the rice flour, the cornstarch, the cocoa powder, the salt, and the baking soda. 
  5. In a saucepan over low heat, melt 1/2 the chocolate chunks with the coconut oil and the hazelnut butter. Take off the stove and mix with a spatula. 
  6. In a bowl, mix the flax gel with sugar, almond milk, apple cider vinegar, and the chocolate mix. 
  7. Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingreidents and stir until blended. Add the pecans and the option cacao nibs. 
  8. Pour the brownie mix into an 8" x 8" pan and bake for 25-30 minutes. Leave to cool in the pan for at least an hour before serving.
Emilie Gaillet
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Emilie Gaillet

Emilie creates healthy, and tasty recipes for PRANA as well as her own blog, Murmures. Her passion lies in the creation of recipes - from the chopping and stirring to the presentation and styling of her dishes.