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Dairy-Free Classic Chocolate Brownies

Sometimes you just want to make a batch of classic chocolate brownies. I love simple recipes and for years I have relied on my Quick & Easy Chocolate Brownie recipe. This super easy recipe has got me through many chocolate cravings and I still love that it uses ingredients that I would usually have sitting in my pantry.

I originally went to my kitchen to make a batch of these over the weekend when I remembered I had a packet of dairy-free chocolate chips that I had purchased last time I was at the supermarket for no specific purpose. I decided that instead of my basic brownies, I would try and jazz them up to be more like the traditional rich, fudgey, decadent chocolate brownies that everyone loves.

Dairy-Free Classic Chocolate BrowniesI started with my standard chocolate brownie recipe and made a few changes in order to get a fudgier, more decadent result. I always use Nuttelex Lite in place of butter in my baking to make it dairy-free, and for this recipe I melted it first as using melted butter in baking creates a ‘chewier’, softer texture. I also switched the white sugar for brown and reduced the quantity due to the stronger, caramel flavour. Then for the fun bit, I added in dairy-free chocolate chips and chopped walnuts for some crunch.

Dairy-Free Classic Chocolate BrowniesNow there are literally thousands of chocolate brownie recipes on the internet so what makes these so good? Firstly, I love that this recipe makes just 9 brownies. It is perfect when I don’t want heaps of leftovers and just want to enjoy a decadent dessert. The small serve also means quicker cooking time with these brownies only needing 15 minutes in the oven!

The other reason I love this recipe is that everything can be made in one bowl and you only need a hand whisk, no electric beaters required. You can easily go from wanting a home-made chocolate brownie to enjoying one within half an hour. Also, they are so rich and chocolatey that I actually forgot they were completely dairy-free!

Dairy-Free Classic Chocolate BrowniesThese chocolate brownies are so quick to make and with minimal time spent in the kitchen and less utensils to wash up after, I say they are the perfect treat for anytime!

Dairy-Free Classic Chocolate Brownies

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5 from 2 votes

Dairy-Free Classic Chocolate Brownies

An easy, rich and dairy-free chocolate brownie recipe that only needs 15 minutes in the oven!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 9 brownies
Author: Sally


  • 1/2 cup dairy-free spread* , melted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1/4 cup dairy-free chocolate chips**
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts


  • Preheat oven to 190 degrees celsius and line a 20cm square baking pan with baking paper.
  • In a large bowl, add melted dairy-free spread, vanilla and eggs and whisk until everything is combined.
  • Whisk in brown sugar.
  • Sift cocoa powder and flour and combine with wet ingredients. Using a spatula to scrape down the sides, mix until completely combined. The mixture should be quite thick.
  • Fold through dairy-free chocolate chips and chopped walnuts.
  • Spoon mixture into baking pan ensuring it is spread evenly.
  • Bake in oven for 15 minutes. The brownies are done when a skewer inserted into them comes out almost clean, you want them to still be a bit soft in the middle.
  • Let cool on a wire rack and then cut evenly into squares.


*I use Nuttelex Lite to replace butter in most of my recipes as it is vegan and gives a 'buttery' flavour without being greasy. As this is an Australian product, the closest US alternative I believe is Earth Balance. Otherwise any dairy-free spread will work.
**I use Sweet William baking choc chips which are available at the supermarket.
Gluten Free Option! This recipe works really well gluten-free. Simply replace plain flour with a gluten-free baking blend.

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  • Reply
    July 21, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    Thanks for the yummy n easy dairy free rich choc brownies’ receipe. I have made them with coconut oil instead of dairy free spread. My son and his friends also loved them. My first time to make brownies!!

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      July 22, 2018 at 8:48 am

      So great to hear you loved them! And perfect sub with the coconut oil, I’ll have to try that myself.

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    May 21, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    These brownies look so good! I’d never really tried any dairy substitutes until this month, and I was surprised at how yummy they are! I even tried dairy-free cheese – delish! Pretty keen to give these brownies a go, the recipe seems simple and yet so fabulous. Yummy 😀

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      May 29, 2017 at 9:08 am

      Thanks! I was surprised myself when I started eating dairy-free just how good the substitutes are. They really are pretty simple to make, let me know if you decide to make them!

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    Sherry m
    May 10, 2017 at 8:24 am

    These sound interesting sally. Not a fan of dairy substitutes but I bet they would taste great with butter. :).

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      May 10, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      Thanks Sherry! Unfortunately I will never know what they taste like with butter due to my allergy, however you are welcome to give them a try and let me know how they taste 🙂

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