Chocolateless Chocolate Brownie
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Chocolateless Chocolate Brownies

For those of you that love a quick chocolate Brownie at the end of a long day but struggle to keep chocolate in the house (because it's gone before it's even over the threshold!), this is the perfect recipe for you. It tastes just as good as a real chocolate one!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: chocolate brownie


  • 140 g butter
  • 215 g sugar
  • 80 g cocoa powder
  • large pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 75 g plain flour


  • Preheat your oven to 160c (around 320f). Line an 8 inch square tin (okay, I used a circular one...) with butter and greaseproof paper.
  • Melt the butter in a bowl of water over a pan of just boiling water (don't let the bottom of the bowl touch the water). Once melted, add the sugar and cocoa powder and stir until you have a thick paste.
  • Add the sea salt (it helps, trust me!) and vanilla extract.
  • Allow the mixture to cool, then add the eggs one at a time, stirring vigorously with a wooden spoon. The mixture should now be a glossy mix (like the first picture). If you add them before the mixture is cooled enough, the eggs will scramble, so be careful!
  • Fold in the flour, then mix vigorously again. Pour into your lined tin, then place in the preheated oven for around 35 minutesĀ or until a skewer comes out clean.


Try to use proper bitter cocoa powder; if not you can use drinking chocolate and reduce the amount of sugar you use.