Secret Ingredient Vegan Brownies

Secret Ingredient Vegan Brownies

Secret Ingredient Vegan Brownies


When I am at a loss for what to make, looking through my pantry is the easiest source of inspiration. I simply go through the various cupboards searching for an ingredient I have an abundance of. So I was browsing around in the fridge for some kind of ingredient, which is when it struck me. As a precaution, I will not tell you the secret ingredient before I spam your face with some photographs of this deliciousness.


Secret Ingredient Vegan Brownies

Secret Ingredient Vegan Brownies

Secret Ingredient Vegan Brownies

Secret Ingredient Vegan Brownies


Ok, the secret ingredient is… 




Secret Ingredient Vegan Brownies

Secret Ingredient Vegan Brownies


Ok, I know what you are thinking. “Gross! Who the heck puts cauliflower in a brownie?”.

Well I do because I am weird. After my success with the Black Bean Brownies I figured using cauliflower would not be too crazy. Trust me when I say, you would never guess that it had cauliflower in it. Pinky promise. And the brownies are only sweetened using dates, making this incredibly nutritious and healthy as well. Considering the fact that I nailed the recipe on the first try, I would say it was pretty darn successful. Or I could say it was a piece of cake!


Sorry, I will go away now…


Secret Ingredient Vegan Brownies


Secret Ingredient Brownies

makes 15-20 squares


  • 3 cups chopped, cooked and cooled cauliflower
  • 3 cups dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened plant-based milk
  • 1/2 cup certified gluten-free oat flour
  • 1/2 cup high-quality unsweetened cacao powder
  • 4 tbsp all-natural peanut butter *
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/2 tsp maldon salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Optional add-in:

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup sugar-free vegan dark chocolate chips



1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celsius/350 degrees Fahrenheit. Start by processing the cooked cauliflower in a food processor until completely smooth. Add in the milk, dates, vanilla and nut butter as well and continue processing until you have a creamy paste.


Secret Ingredient Vegan Brownies


2. Stir together the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add the dry ingredients in the food processor with the other ingredients and run for about 1 minute or so. Scoop this into a bowl and optionally stir in the chopped chocolate and walnuts.


Secret Ingredient Vegan Brownies

3. Spread the batter relatively thin in a medium-sized pan lined with parchment. Cook the brownies for about 1 1/2 hours, or until the top has started to form some cracks and a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool at least 15 minutes, preferably wait until completely cool, before trying to cut.


Secret Ingredient Vegan Brownies

Secret Ingredient Vegan Brownies


Additional notes (*):

  • You can substitute the peanut butter for whatever kind of nut butter you wish. My second choices would be almond or cashew. If you wish for this recipe to be entirely tree nut-free you can use homemade coconut butter instead.


You have kind of two options when serving these. If you like them to me gooey and moist, serve them after they have cooled at room temperature. The addition of chocolate chips is highly recommended since it adds richness and makes it taste more like an authentic brownie, but you can get away with skipping it. If you are like me and prefer them to be more on the chewy side, opt for leaving them in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours (ideally over-night) before serving. You can therefore obviously make these a day in advance if you want!



  1. Rebekka says

    Hei! Jeg lagde denne for en uke siden, og resultatet ble veldig bra! Den smakte veldig godt, og den fikk mer og mer smak for hver dag! En liten feilkilde var at jeg hadde dadler med stener.. Elsker oppskriftene dine :):)

  2. Gio says

    I made this recepie and it was a huge success, my 17 year old son basically left my husband and I 5 cookies out of the whole batch!

  3. marine says

    hi there :) i’ve been wanting to try these for some time but can i substitute the dates for something else, like bananas? i don’t like the taste of raisins or prunes so i was wondering what else can i put in! thanks in advance, dear!

  4. Janice Circo-Randazzo says

    I can’t wait to try the brownies. I will send the recipe to my daughter for my granddaughter who is vegan.
    JCR from Long Island New York USA.

  5. says

    I tried making these but they didn’t taste great, the only thing I changed was leaving out the dates because I don’t like them …..

    • says

      The dates are there for sweetness as well as texture… Without them you basically just have a lump of cauliflower and cacao powder. They are essential! You do not have to worry about the taste of dates, it will be completely neutralised by the other ingredients.

  6. Bre says

    Thank you for your website!! I’ve been on a very restricted diet because my daughter has severe food allergies and I am nursing her…I’ve loved trying your recipes!

    What brand of sugar-free vegan chocolate chips do you use? I haven’t been able to find any that have no sugar and no dairy. Thanks!

  7. Suvi says

    sounds delicious! + healthy!! yey :)
    do you think it would work if i replace the dates for honey? :)

  8. Gary in California says

    I made these for the 6th or 7th time, this time a double batch (6 cups cauliflower)… and they are just awesome! I cannot reiterate enough THESE ARE AWESOME. After 19 months now of a low-sugar diet, I have mostly been eating fruit for dessert to help calm down my ‘sweet tooth’. Once in a while I bake these vegan cauliflower brownies and I AM IN HEAVEN… I try to share with my family and friends (who still do eat regular cake, ice cream etc) and they say “hey that’s a great idea” but I still think they can’t truly appreciate this recipe as much as I have since I have eliminated added sugar from my diet completely… I look forward to finding more super cool sugarless sweet treats here, THANK YOU SOLVEIG! cheers, Gary in California

  9. says

    Hi :-)

    That looks amazing, and the cauliflower is such a great idea for making them lighter! I was looking for your dinner roll recipe that I found a while ago and I’m glad I did, great recipes!

    Greetings from Belgium

  10. Lyonrose says

    It’s in the oven ;) I’ve done few lots of your chocolate chips muffins but I love the idea of cauliflower as it will make it lighter ;) Since I became vegan, I’ve been craving more sweet tastes but I’m really not up to teach my body to sugar in my early thirties. That’s why I love the idea of dates. My body doesn’t mind them in cooked form at all!
    Love your site, keep recipes coming!
    :) Lada from England

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