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Oil-Free Vegan Brownies with Applesauce

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These easy vegan brownies are oil-free but have all the moisture and flavor…without the added oil. This recipe uses applesauce instead of oil and eggs. You won’t miss either though in this moist, flavorful and chocolatey delicious brownie! Use vegan chocolate chips and add in chopped walnuts for a satisfying vegan brownie.

I love a good brownie. I do. But what I don’t always love is all the fat and oil. This vegan brownie uses applesauce instead of eggs and oil – but honestly, you would never know that! Take one bite and see for yourself how moist and delicious they are.

Be aware this brownie is not fat-free though because the recipe calls for vegan chocolate chips (affiliate link) which you will definitely want! And optional chopped walnuts – which give these brownies a satisfying extra crunch.

Looking for more delicious oil-free goodies? Try my Apple Pumpkin Bundt Cake or my Healthy Banana Pancakes. Both so good!

Ingredients Needed for Oil-Free Vegan Brownies:

There is a printable recipe card if you scroll down that will give you exact ingredients with measurements. Take a look though to see what you will need to make this recipe.ingredients for vegan brownies including applesauce, sugar, vanilla, flour, cocoa, baking powder, chocolate chips

  • unsweetened applesauce
  • vanilla
  • apple cider vinegar
  • all-purpose flour
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • sugar (white)
  • baking powder and baking soda
  • cornstarch
  • salt
  • cinnamon
  • vegan chocolate chips (affiliate link)
  • You’ll also want to use and 8×8 pan and some parchment paper is helpful too.

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What kind of chocolate chips are vegan?

Great question! And you might not even need to buy special “vegan” chips. Just read the back of your label. Chocolate chips are pretty straight forward, they will either contain dairy or they won’t. Since dairy is an allergen, in the USA by law it has to state so on the ingredient list.

I have found a brand I really like though – Enjoy Life. I get it from Amazon in a two pack. You can find the link for vegan chocolate chips here. 

Can we make vegan brownies oil-free?

If you make these brownies, I think you’ll definitely see that yes you can! The applesauce adds in the needed moisture and you don’t need oil at all!

But do these brownies taste like applesauce?

Nope! They taste like brownies – maybe a little lighter tasting? But definitely not like applesauce.

Tips and Tricks for Making a Delicious Oil- Free Vegan Brownie with Applesauce:

  • First, mix together the applesauce, vanilla, and apple cider vinegar and set aside.
  • Then mix the dry ingredients and set aside.
    • Make sure the dry ingredients are fully mixed, including breaking up the cocoa powder.
  • If your walnuts are not chopped, you can either do it by hand – or use this handy counter-top chopper. (Affiliate link)

I like this one because I can just keep it on my countertop in the corner till I need to use it.. No cupboard stuffer here!

Dump the applesauce mixture as well as the (optional) nuts and chocolate chips into the dry ingredients all at once. With a mixing spoon, stir until dry ingredients are fully moistened. Do not over-mix.wet ingredients for applesauce brownies

What size pan should be used to make applesauce egg-free brownies?

I recommend using an 8×8 pan for these brownies. A 9×9 would work as well, but they are just the right amount of thickness when cooked in an 8×8 pan. I use this silicone pan I found on Amazon. I really like it because of the rigid top. I can still hold it firm, yet easily pop the brownies out when cooled and cut.

Read On For Some Useful Pro Tips!

  • Sprinkle some chocolate chips and walnuts on top before baking for a Pinterest-finished look.putting chocolate chips on top of brownies
  • Place the smaller brownie pan on a larger baking sheet for ease in taking out of the oven.

  • For the best texture, allow these oil-free brownies  to cool before cutting. You can cut them right in the pan and pop them out. If using a soft flexible silicone like mine, cut with a dull butter knife or use a small spatula instead of a knife and just cut into the brownies.
  • Unlike my Fudgiest Vegan Fudge Brownies which actually improve in flavor and texture over a couple of days, these brownies are best when they are freshest – so go ahead and eat them now!

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    Oil-Free Vegan Brownies with Applesauce

    Made with applesauce instead of oil and eggs, these vegan brownies are moist, and full of flavor. They are vegan and so naturally egg-free and dairy-free.
    from 23 reader reviews
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    Course: Dessert, school lunch box, Snack
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: oil-free vegan brownies, vegan brownies with applesauce
    Prep Time: 7 minutes
    Cook Time: 25 minutes
    Total Time: 32 minutes
    Servings: 12
    Calories: 137kcal
    Author: Cindy Rainey


    • 8x8 pan


    • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
    • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
    • teaspoons apple cider vinegar
    • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
    • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts optional


    • preheat oven to 350° and prepare pan by spritzing with cooking spray. I even lightly spritz my silicone pan.
    • In a small bowl, mix together applesauce, vanilla, and apple cidar vinegar. Set aside.
    • In a larger bowl, mix together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking poweder, cornstarch, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
    • Chop walnuts if using and measure out chocolate chips.
    • Add applesauce mixture, walnuts and chocolate chips to dry ingredients all at once and stir well to moisten dry ingredients. Do not over-mix.
    • Pour into a prepared pan and bake for 25 - 30 minutes. You will know if your brownies are finished because the top will be slightly firm when pressing. The toothpick method might also work if you can find an area without chocolate chips on top or in the brownie.
    • Allow to cool before cutting.


    Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 144mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg

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By on February 10th, 2020

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11 thoughts on “Oil-Free Vegan Brownies with Applesauce”

    • I have to tell you that before today I had never heard of jaggery powder/sugar. I reached out to a friend of mine who used to own an Indian restaurant knowing that she would be the expert. Not only did I learn a lot about jaggery (and now want to try some!), but I think I have an answer for you. She tells me that you can just sub one-to-one in baked goods. She also tells me the taste will be slightly different but that if you are used to jaggery then you’ll probably like it better anyway. She described it as sweet but slightly bitter – but in a good way. Sounds like it has a more complex flavor profile than white granulated sugar. Let me know if you decide to try the recipe and sub in the jaggery powder. I’d love to know! Cindy

  1. 5 stars
    They came out so delicious. My husband likes fat free bakes so I was happy to find this one (so i didn’t have to use the store bought boxed brownie mix). Only difference I did was I used half white sugar and half brown sugar.
    Anyways thank you for the recipe! God bless 🙂

  2. 4 stars
    I made these using whole wheat pastry flour and almonds because that is what I had. These are a perfect chocolate healthier recipe that is vegan plus no oil. Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    I just made these and they are fantastic! I think if I served them to non-vegans, they wouldn’t even realize that they were vegan. Plus it’s even better that they have no oil! Will be my go to brownie recipe from now on I think 😁 Very delicious! Thanks!

  4. 4 stars
    So far so good. But please edit the recipe to include the 8×8″ pan…. I had to search for it.
    While I like chocolate, I like it better with coffee. I added a teaspoon of Mexican expresso…. next time I’m going to add chili! Such a great combo.


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