Dark Chocolate and Pumpkin Brownies

Dark Chocolate and Pumpkin Brownies

I am not entirely sure whether calling these ‘brownies’ is appropriate due to the noticeable layer of pumpkin, but the name seemed more concise than ‘big dessert thing with a dark chocolate and a pumpkin layer’. Brownies is close enough.

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Anyway, after a stressful week full of job interviews (because unfortunately, gap year travels cannot be funded from the magic money tree), finally finding myself a job and undergoing two days of intensive, last-minute training, I couldn’t think of a better way to unwind than with some baking. Every bureaucratic, grown-up responsibility has to be compensated with something that benefits the soul as well as the mind/my bank account. Moreover, our home severely lacks autumnal decorations, and I wanted to bring in a bit of seasonal spirit with the warming smell of pumpkin and cinnamon.

The result, for sure, was not disappointing. If you have a few cans of pumpkin laying around in your cupboards, there is no better way to use them up than through either brownies or baked oatmeal, and I decided to go for the former.

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Being vegan, these are on the healthier side (although I will never healthify my recipes to the point where they taste like cardboard), and contain many ingredients which will benefit you in some way, shape or form without undermining the decadent richness brownies are supposed to have. For example, pumpkin has been shown to lower blood pressure, while keeping you fuller for longer due to its impressive fibre content, and the chia seeds which I used as an egg substitute are full of antioxidants.Β These protect you from free radicals and lower the risk of various cancers.

Dark chocolate brownies

While these photos help me show off the fudgey deliciousness of my brownies, I certainly cannot say I was pleased when the brownie tower toppled at the end of my photoshoot. How tragic, but at least I managed to get the pictures!

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Feel free to alter the recipe to suit any particular preferences or dietary requirements by, for example, using gluten-free flour or adding more sugar/golden syrup for extra sweetness. The proportions I used were enough to satisfy my sweet tooth without bringing on a sugar rush, which is always a great balance to achieve. Also, I know not everyone likes dark chocolate, so feel free to use your favourite kind, but I feel like it gives the recipe a luxurious touch.

My cat

And this is just a random photo of my cat that has little to do with the recipe but I needed all of you to see how cute she is. I am just so in love with that little face. Anyway, let us return to the subject of brownies:

Dark Chocolate and Pumpkin Brownies

  • Servings: Makes around ten brownies
  • Difficulty: easy
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Fudgy, rich and soft, these brownies are vegan friendly and make a perfect treat to have alongside an afternoon cup of tea. The pumpkin layer will fill your house with delicious autumnal vibes.

Vegan Pumpkin and Dark chocolate brownies

Credit: whatismaria.com

Ingredients

    For the chocolate layer:
  • 100g bar dark chocolate (I used Lindt 90%, but this may be too intense for some), melted
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 4 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 chia eggs (2 tbsp chia seeds mixed together with 6 tbsp water, set aside for 10 minutes)
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • For the pumpkin layer:

  • 2 tbsp ground almonds
  • 1/2 can canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar/maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup plant milk of choice
  • a handful of chopped walnuts
  • 4 chopped medjool dates
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp lotus biscuit spread
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour

Directions

  1. Preheat a conventional oven to 180 degrees C and grease a brownie pan of your choice with a bit of coconut oil.
  2. Firstly, make the chocolate layer. Add the flour, ground almonds, baking powder, sugar and cacao powder to a large mixing bowl. Stir together using a fork until thoroughly combined. Then add the coconut oil, melted chocolate, vanilla extract, baking powder, agave nectar/golden syrup and the chia eggs, combining the wet and the dry ingredients. Use a small electric whisk if necessary.
  3. Pour the mixture into a brownie pan and spread with a large spoon until an even layer is formed.
  4. Next, make the pumpkin layer. Whisk together the flour, ground almonds, cinnamon, sugar and baking powder in another mixing bowl (or you can use the same one after a thorough wash!) with a fork before combining with the remaining pumpkin layer ingredients. Add in the coconut oil last in small increments because you might not need all of it – if the mixture starts getting too runny, stir in a few extra tsps of flour.
  5. Pour the batter over the chocolate layer, spreading it with a spoon, and top with a few walnuts/nuts of choice. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, checking with a cocktail stick for readiness – if there is liquid chocolate residue when it is taking out of the batter, give the brownies a few more minutes.
  6. Take out of the oven and leave to stand for at least five minutes before serving with your favourite nut butter and/or ice cream!

Lots of love, Maria ❀️

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101 Comments

  1. Dippy-Dotty Girl October 7, 2017 / 6:40 pm

    That looks delicious though I have never tried pumpkin brownies. Maybe one of these days I will give it a go. Congratulations on your new job, Maria. Baking is truly the perfect way to unwind though I have to curb my tendency to bake nowadays because of my lack of control when it comes to baked goodies. I cannot stop at one. And yes, your cat is a cutie. Hugs. x

    • whatismaria October 7, 2017 / 7:02 pm

      Omg thank you so much for your lovely comment as usual! You should definitely try them out:) And yes I can definitely agree with that – I only made them a few hours ago and they are almost gone hahah, I guess it’s okay to treat ourselves once in a while! Hope you’ve had a lovely saturday so far xox

      • Dippy-Dotty Girl October 7, 2017 / 9:49 pm

        I have been lazing around, watching crime dramas, sipping on endless cups of tea and dark chocolate. Saturdays are grand. And I wholeheartedly agree with the special (sweet) treatment for the self πŸ˜‰ xx

  2. J | thenellybean October 7, 2017 / 6:40 pm

    I totally got distracted by your cat- she’s gorgeous! Also the pumpkin looks so beautiful on top of the chocolate, and I can imagine the cinnamon just brings out the flavour of the chocolate so well. *off I go to get more snacks* xx

    https://thenellybean.com

    • whatismaria October 7, 2017 / 7:05 pm

      She is such a cutie isn’t she?! :’) The cinnamon is the best part in my opinion, I am so glad you like these – you should definitely make them as a little treat! Thank you so much for stopping by xox

  3. Happy Healing October 7, 2017 / 6:54 pm

    These look delicious! I’m drooling πŸ™‚ thanks for sharing the recipe!

  4. AJ October 7, 2017 / 6:55 pm

    Love the brownie tower:)

    • whatismaria October 7, 2017 / 7:05 pm

      Hahah thank you so much! It was a difficult one to build :’)

      • AJ October 7, 2017 / 8:52 pm

        I bet, but it looked very impressive!

  5. Mary October 7, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    it looks so yummy! I definitely have to try this one. Also your pictures are great! What’s your secret? xx -M

    • whatismaria October 7, 2017 / 8:37 pm

      Thank you Mary!! You should definitely give them a go 😊 And I don’t have a secret except for a good bit of natural light I guess hahah xx

  6. Britney October 7, 2017 / 11:22 pm

    Oh my, these look scrumptious! I’ve actually never had pumpkin brownies before. Looks and sounds amazing.

    • whatismaria October 8, 2017 / 5:40 am

      Thank you so much Britney! You should definitely try them out, adding pumpkin to brownies is definitely a game changer:) <3

  7. Sarah October 8, 2017 / 12:41 am

    I’m suppose to be on a diet Maria! Delicious looking photos like these aren’t helping me ;P x

    • whatismaria October 8, 2017 / 5:41 am

      Hahah well it’s okay to treat yourself from time to time:’) I’m so glad you like the look of them! x

  8. Always Cleia October 8, 2017 / 12:50 am

    These look and sound amazing!! I love chocolate and pumpkin everything!

    • whatismaria October 8, 2017 / 5:41 am

      Thank you so much! It’s such a delicious combination <3

    • whatismaria October 8, 2017 / 5:42 am

      Thank you!! I am so glad you like them <3

    • whatismaria October 8, 2017 / 5:43 am

      Thank you so much Grace – I hope you enjoy them once you do:) And my cat really is a cutie! Happy Sunday xox

  9. sparkthewizarduprising October 8, 2017 / 2:49 am

    I’ve never had or even thought about a pumpkin brownie. I love anything pumpkin, so I’m definitely going to have to give these a try. They look AH-MAZING!

    • whatismaria October 8, 2017 / 5:44 am

      Yess it is quite a lifechanging combo because pumpkin and brownies are two of my favourite things. Thank you so much for your comment and I hope you enjoy them! xox

  10. Don't Give a Jam October 8, 2017 / 4:18 am

    these look absolutely delicious! what a perfect autumn treat. glad the tower stayed up long enough to take the photos πŸ˜‚

    • whatismaria October 8, 2017 / 5:44 am

      Thank you Jamie! As long as the photo gets taken everything it’s all good:’)

    • whatismaria October 8, 2017 / 8:04 am

      Thank you!! Glad you like it:) xox

  11. jyo October 8, 2017 / 7:10 am

    Such a beautiful recipe ✌✌

    • whatismaria October 8, 2017 / 9:07 am

      Thank you so much Esther! Hope you enjoy them if you end up giving them a go πŸ™‚ Have a nice weekend as well x

  12. Adorngirl October 8, 2017 / 11:06 am

    Perfect recipe for Autumn, have to try. X

    • whatismaria October 8, 2017 / 11:15 am

      You definitely should give them a go! Thank you for your comment 😊

  13. Emily October 8, 2017 / 11:27 am

    What a glorious seasonal recipe – I have a Halloween party coming up that these would be perfect for!

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    • whatismaria October 8, 2017 / 12:29 pm

      Yess they’re just in time for Halloween – you should definitely surprise your guests 😊 I’m so glad you like them! Xx

  14. Maggie October 8, 2017 / 12:39 pm

    These look sooo unique and delicious!! All of the photos you shared of them are beautiful.

    • whatismaria October 8, 2017 / 3:42 pm

      I am so glad you like the photos as I had so much fun taking them!! Thank you for your lovely comment 😊❀️

      • Maggie October 8, 2017 / 8:08 pm

        You’re welcome! πŸ™‚ <3

    • whatismaria October 8, 2017 / 3:42 pm

      Hehe that’s what I was aiming for! Thank you xxx

  15. hell0chloe October 8, 2017 / 1:14 pm

    Oooooooh my goodness, these look amazing!! 😍xxx

    • whatismaria October 8, 2017 / 3:43 pm

      Thank you as always Chloe! Happy Sunday to you ❀️

  16. hopelessblog October 8, 2017 / 2:54 pm

    By far the best recipe I have seen for autumnal treats!

    • whatismaria October 8, 2017 / 3:44 pm

      Omg this is the nicest comment ever!! I’m glad you like them ❀️

    • whatismaria October 8, 2017 / 4:28 pm

      Thanks so much dear!! They were yummy:) <3

    • whatismaria October 8, 2017 / 4:29 pm

      Thank you so much – you should definitely give them a go! <3

  17. Lisa @ Lisa 3D October 8, 2017 / 5:52 pm

    These look so delicious! I’ve been obsessed with pumpkin everything lately so I’ll have to give these a try!

    • whatismaria October 8, 2017 / 6:04 pm

      I can 100% relate to the pumpkin obsession! You should definitely give them a try:) Thank you very much for your comment <3

    • whatismaria October 9, 2017 / 11:17 am

      I hope you like them if you end up tryin them out! Xox

  18. crystalsandcurls October 9, 2017 / 9:12 am

    Oh my GOODNESS these look amazing! I never have the time to bake (I wish I did *cries*) but if I did these would be a DEFINITE yes. Every time I read your blog posts I’m so struck by how PROFESSIONAL they are! Your photography is great; you’re going to get MASSIVE, I can feel it πŸ™‚ xx

    • whatismaria October 9, 2017 / 11:21 am

      Ahh I cannot express how much that means to me because I always put so much effort into my photos (e.g. trying to find natural light this time of year hahah) and especially coming from you aka a pro at making every post a joy to read and look at. Definitely give these a go as whenever you next find some time to bake! Have a great Monday lovely ❀️

      • crystalsandcurls October 10, 2017 / 11:13 am

        Aww I’m so so glad! I think bloggers take so much time and effort to write and create content that it should be genuinely appreciated πŸ™‚ <3

  19. Eena October 9, 2017 / 4:49 pm

    I actually have a love/hate relationship with anything and everything pumpkin but these look so tasty! Thank you for sharing the recipe. Also, your kitty is so adorable!

    ☼ cabin twenty-four

    • whatismaria October 9, 2017 / 5:10 pm

      Hahah I can agree that pumpkin is not for everyone, but in these brownies you can hardly taste it – it is mostly there for the pretty autumnal colour πŸ˜‰ Thank you so much for stopping by and for your comment! <3

    • whatismaria October 9, 2017 / 7:15 pm

      Thank you so much!! Hope you’ve had a great Monday as well 😊

  20. Happy Healing October 10, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    WOW – those pumpkin brownies look so good! I want one right now!!

    • whatismaria October 10, 2017 / 7:59 pm

      Thank you so much lovely! You should totally try them out 😊

  21. Hunida October 11, 2017 / 1:04 am

    Whoa!! These look amazing!

  22. momminonplants October 11, 2017 / 3:08 pm

    I’m eating to make these today, but what is the biscuit spread? Is that the same thing as like cookie butter??

    • whatismaria October 11, 2017 / 10:40 pm

      I just looked up cookie butter and yes I think it is a similar thing! However, you can use any nut butter as an alternative if you want:)

  23. Rini October 11, 2017 / 7:39 pm

    I love this recipe and cannot wait to try it!! I can’t believe I waited this long to check out your blog! Beautiful work, babe! Love it xoxo

    • whatismaria October 11, 2017 / 10:38 pm

      Ahh I hope you like it if you end up giving it a go! And thank you so much for stopping by, I fell in love with your blog as soon as I first came across it! Much love xox

  24. kittyp0p October 12, 2017 / 12:15 am

    Multi-layered brownies are one of my favorite desserts because I love brownies! I used to make some with my mom that were cookie dough, Oreo, peanut butter, and then brownie on top! They were wildly fattening, but such a treat haha these pumpkin ones are perfect for fall and would be excellent with a hot cup of white chocolate tea (:

    • whatismaria October 12, 2017 / 5:12 pm

      Hahha I hope that’s a compliment;)

  25. Misabella October 12, 2017 / 8:28 pm

    I have never tried pumpkin brownies before, but they look delicious πŸ™‚

    • whatismaria October 13, 2017 / 4:51 am

      You should give them a go if you can! They taste yummy πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

  26. Kay Velez October 13, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    These look so delicious! Thank you so much for sharing. I absolutely love to bake so I’m definitely going to try making these. I’ve just come across your blog this morning and I’m already obsessed. Much love!

    https://lavenderhearts.blog

    • whatismaria October 13, 2017 / 1:33 pm

      Omg that means so much to me – I do hope you enjoy them if you try them out! Thank you so much for stopping by and for your lovely comment, I’m so glad you like my blog 😊❀️

  27. Isabella Grande October 16, 2017 / 12:01 am

    These look absolutely incredible!! I can’t wait to try! I think I’ll make them for my family over my fall break! xx

    • whatismaria October 16, 2017 / 6:16 am

      Thank you so much – I am glad you like them:) and I hope your family enjoys them if you do end up baking them, brownies are always a great idea hahah xx

  28. cflowers2014 October 19, 2017 / 12:56 pm

    These look TO DIE FOR 😍😍

    • whatismaria October 19, 2017 / 3:50 pm

      Ahh thank you so much!! ❀️️

  29. Jessica October 20, 2017 / 7:01 pm

    Omg, these sound amazing!! I’m obsessed with anything pumpkin flavoured, and of course brownies are never a bad thing. What an insanely good idea!

    littlehenrylee.net

    • whatismaria October 21, 2017 / 5:42 am

      Ah thank you so much for your lovely comment πŸ™‚ pumpkin is definitely a must this time of year! Glad you like them πŸ’š

  30. Twobrits October 21, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    These sound INCREDIBLE!

  31. Ingrid | ingsepingse.com October 22, 2017 / 5:05 pm

    Congrats on your new job!! These brownies look lika absolute heaven! Im definitely saving this recipe to try them! yummmm! xx

    • whatismaria October 25, 2017 / 5:46 am

      Thank you very much – the job is going rather well so far πŸ™‚ and I am so glad you like the brownies, let me know how it goes if you try them! Xox

  32. Jessica Fernandez October 26, 2017 / 2:19 am

    I love the idea of a “thick layer of pumpkin”. Looks delicious! And gorgeous pictures.

    • whatismaria November 3, 2017 / 9:11 am

      Haha pumpkin is just the best! Thank you so much πŸ™‚

    • whatismaria November 3, 2017 / 9:10 am

      Let me know how it goes if you do πŸ™‚

  33. Brittsworld October 30, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    This looks soooo yummy! I am always looking for new vegan recipes and these sound delicious! Can’t wait to try them!

    • whatismaria November 3, 2017 / 9:08 am

      I hope it goes well if you end up trying them! Thank you very much for your lovely comment xox

      • Brittsworld November 3, 2017 / 9:53 am

        I will let you know how they turn out πŸ˜‰ xx

    • whatismaria November 7, 2017 / 5:06 am

      Thank you!! I am glad you like them and my photography – that really means a lot to me 😊

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