Fudgy Brownies From Deliciously Ella

August 28, 2019
7 Ratings
Photo by Julia Gartland
  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 30 minutes
  • Makes 15
Author Notes

Printed with permission from Ella Mills (Woodward)'s "Deliciously Ella: The Plant-Based Cookbook": "I've been so excited to share this recipe with you, it's our all-time favorite and probably the most popular sweet recipe we've ever had at the deli! The brownies are so gooey and fudgy and I love the crunchy bites of walnuts on top. I often make these for friends, serving them hot out the oven with a scoop of coconut ice cream." —Food52

What You'll Need
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 250 grams buckwheat flour (can be swapped 1:1 with all purpose flour, or gluten free all purpose flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch of sea salt
  • 60 grams cacao powder
  • 330 grams coconut sugar
  • 100 milliliters almond milk
  • 130 grams coconut oil, melted
  • 1 handful of walnuts, chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 374°F (190°C, or fan 170°C). Line a 25x18x4 cm baking tin with baking parchment.
  2. Place the chia seeds in a bowl with 4 tablespoons water, mix well then leave to one side for 10 minutes to thicken up.
  3. Place the flour, baking soda, salt, cacao powder, and coconut sugar into a large bowl and mix well to remove any lumps. Next, add the almond milk, chia mixture and melted coconut oil and mix well for 5-6 minutes to ensure everything is well combined.
  4. Pour the mixture into the lined tin and sprinkle with the walnuts. Bake for 25–30 minutes, until cooked through but still a little fudgy in the middle. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack, before cutting into brownies.
  5. Tip: In the deli we bake these brownies in individual molds, which gives them a crusty edge, but here we've suggested baking them in one large tray as it's easier and makes them extra gooey.

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3 Reviews

Lovetocook May 16, 2020
Feel a bit better seeing that others struggled with this and it’s not just me. Seems more like a dry cake and the main flavour is buckwheat. Shame as ingredients are very pricey
Lynda B. September 4, 2019
I had no issues with the batter. I used a scale and weighed everything and it mixed together just fine. The picture looks enticing, but neither I nor my housemate cared for the flavor. As stated previously the buckwheat dominates here and I want chocolate. I will look elsewhere for a satisfying, healthier style brownie.
lynx60489 September 3, 2019
I would love to know where I went wrong because these really didn't work out for me and the caption and picture made me so excited to try this recipe. I followed the directions exactly, but the mixture I had before baking was a large crumb and not a smooth batter. I had to add more almond milk and oil but even then, I was left with something more like play dough than brownie batter.

I pulled my baking dish out of the oven when the center of the brownies were still gooey. I'm glad I did because the consistency was more cake like than fudge. Taste wise, these were earthy and the dominant flavor was the buckwheat.