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Vegan breakfast brownies with salted caramel hot chocolate frosting
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5 from 7 votes

Vegan breakfast brownies with salted caramel hot chocolate frosting

My Vegan breakfast brownies with salted caramel hot chocolate frosting are a mouthful to say, but your mouth will thank you for all that deliciousness. These are whole wheat, and have no added fats or oils except from healthy flax and walnuts.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Snack/Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 20 brownies
Calories: 128kcal


  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (can substitute with half and half of all-purpose and regular whole wheat flour)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • ¼ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup walnuts, lightly roasted and chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • ½ cup maple syrup (can sub with sugar)
  • 2 flax eggs (whisk 2 tablespoon flax meal with 6 tablespoon water and set aside for a couple of minutes)
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For salted caramel hot chocolate frosting:

  • ¼ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup nondairy milk
  • ¼ cup cane sugar or turbinado sugar
  • A pinch of pink salt or sea salt flakes


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8- or 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil, leaving some overhang to get the brownies out of the pan after they have baked.
  • To make the brownies, in a small bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder, coffee granules, chocolate chips, and salt.
  • In a larger bowl, mix the applesauce, maple syrup, flax eggs and vanilla extract.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix with a spatula until just combined.
  • Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth out the top.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean

Make the salted caramel hot chocolate frosting:

  • In a small saucepan, mix the sugar and the milk. Heat until the sugar has melted and started to turn brown.
  • Turn off the heat and add the chocolate chips. Working fast, stir them in with the spatula until melted, then frost the top of the cake. The frosting solidifies rather fast, so work quickly.
  • Sprinkle on some more salt flakes if desired. Cool thoroughly, cut, and eat.


Serving: 1brownie | Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 18.7g | Protein: 2.2g | Fat: 5.6g | Sodium: 66mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11.4g | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.7mg