Easy Pumpkin Brownies Recipe

BY : PUBLISHED : October 11th, 2022

All during fall, I eat as many pumpkin-flavored things as I can! These amazing pumpkin brownies are one of them! Super simple to make and so delicious! I guarantee you that no one will even notice these moist and chocolatey brownies are vegan!

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Are you a chocoholic? There's something about cacao that makes us feel comforted straight away! Especially on colder days like in the fall.

Can't you imagine, snuggling up on the sofa in the evening with a good book and some vegan chocolate? Sounds dreamy to me! But it sounds even better with some vegan pumpkin brownies instead! Don't you agree?

If you love this combination of vegan chocolate and pumpkin, check out these pumpkin stuffed dates and this pumpkin chocolate pie. And if you're looking for more ways to use up some pumpkin, consider making one of these vegan pumpkin recipes.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Simple and easy to get ingredients. 
  • All you need is one bowl and a baking pan. After you're done you'll be thankful not to wash a mountain of dishes. 
  • Uses canned pumpkin so you can make it year-round.
  • Freezes great for a treat when you're unprepared. 
  • A great way to get some veggies in while eating dessert! 

What Goes Into This Recipe

Let's look at the main ingredients you need to make these vegan homemade pumpkin chocolate brownies.

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  • Flour: Simple all-purpose flour.
  • Cocoa powder: Gives this brownie recipe plenty of rich, chocolate flavor.
  • Baking powder and salt: The baking powder helps the brownies leaven and the salt enhances the sweetness and chocolate flavor.
  • Pumpkin puree: Using canned pumpkin puree makes this an easy recipe however you can make your own puree too! Just be sure to let it drain very well. It tends to be slightly more watery than canned pumpkin. 
  • Sweetener: This recipe uses agave or maple syrup. If you want to use sugar that’s fine as well but you may find the batter a bit thicker. It can help to mix granulated sugar with the pumpkin puree and oil first to help dissolve it a bit. 
  • Oil: We recommend vegetable or canola oil but any healthy cooking oil with a neutral flavor works.

TOP TIP: Make sure you are grabbing canned pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling. These are NOT the same thing!

How To Make Vegan Pumpkin Brownies

Here's an overview of the steps involved in making this vegan brownie recipe. For detailed instructions, be sure to see the recipe card further down the page.

  • 1) Before mixing up the pumpkin brownie batter, preheat the oven and get your pan ready.
  • 2) Add all the ingredients to a medium bowl and use a wooden spoon or spatula to mix together until completely smooth.
  • 3) Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 25 minutes or until the brownies are almost set but the center wobbles slightly.  
  • 4) Remove the brownies from the oven and allow them to cool in the pan.
  • 5) Once they are cooled, cut into squares and serve.

Expert Tips and FAQs

  • Use canned pumpkin. While homemade puree is a good alternative, using canned pumpkin will guarantee more consistent results.
  • Add your favorite mix-ins but keep it under a one-half cup.
  • Allow the brownies to cool before cutting. They will continue cooking a bit as they cool. I find at least 20-30 minutes is perfect in order to enjoy them warm.
Can you taste pumpkin in brownies?

No, not really. The flavor of the cocoa powder is much stronger than the pumpkin, masking any flavor of it. It does add considerable moisture and increases the texture to be much fudgier than regular brownies.

Is canned pumpkin good for you?

Yes, canned pumpkin doesn't contain any added sugar or flavors making it a healthy alternative to cooking with pumpkin year around. Pumpkin is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium and other nutrients.

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Variations

Jazz up your pumpkin brownies with your favorite additions! Try to keep the amount under a one-half cup and feel free to mix and match!

  • Nuts: Add in your favorite chopped nuts! I think pecans and walnuts work best!
  • Dried fruit: Dried cherries or cranberries would make a nice addition! 
  • Vegan chocolate chips: Dark and semisweet chocolate chips are generally vegan!
  • Add some spices: Add a teaspoon of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice for extra fall flavors.
  • Frosting: Prefer vegan brownies with a bit of frosting? Try this vanilla buttercream or customize it to make it chocolate flavored.

How to Store

Leftovers: Brownies are best stored at room temperature. Be sure to wrap them up well or transfer them to an airtight container. They will last up to three days.

Freezer: To extend the shelf life, freeze pumpkin brownies in an airtight container for up to three months. When ready to serve, thaw them out at room temperature for an hour or so.

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Easy Pumpkin Brownies Recipe

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All during fall, I eat as many pumpkin-flavored things as I can! These amazing pumpkin brownies are one of them! Super simple to make and so delicious! I guarantee you that no one will even notice these moist and chocolatey brownies are vegan!
5 from 61 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9 brownies
Calories 169 kcal
METHOD Oven
DIET Vegan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ¼ cups of flour
  • ½ cup of cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 ½ cups of pumpkin puree
  • cup of agave or maple syrup sugar works too
  • ¼ cup of vegetable or canola oil

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Grease baking 9x9 inch (17x17 cm) pan.
  • In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients together thoroughly until completely smooth.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 25 minutes or until the cake is almost set but the center wobbles slightly. (The brownie should be moist on the inside but now raw).
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan.
  • When it is completely cooled, cut into squares and enjoy.

Notes

  • Use canned pumpkin. While homemade puree is a good alternative, using canned pumpkin will guarantee more consistent results.
  • Add your favorite mix-ins but keep it under a one-half cup.
  • Allow the brownies to cool before cutting. They will continue cooking a bit as they cool. I find at least 20-30 minutes is perfect in order to enjoy them warm.

Nutrition

Calories: 169kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 3gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.02gSodium: 227mgPotassium: 176mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 6355IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 72mgIron: 2mg
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  1. Janaye says

    5 stars
    I really don’t think there’s anything that you can’t put pumpkin in. Compliments almost everything

  2. Gina H. says

    5 stars
    I'm in love with these brownies! The texture is wonderful and the taste is perfect. Give them a try!

  3. Rachel says

    5 stars
    These pumpkin brownies turned out so fudge-y and delicious!

  4. Beatriz says

    5 stars
    Gooey and super delicious! Saved to my forever recipes.

  5. Teodora says

    5 stars
    Perfect breakfast during the fall season. It is so satisfying and healthy!

    • Andrea White says

      Definitely a fun sweet breakfast idea!

  6. Sharon says

    5 stars
    Love all things chocolate & all things pumpkin. These are perfect!!

    • Andrea White says

      Yesss - the ultimate fall combo!

  7. Nancy says

    5 stars
    pumpkin and brownies? Now you are talking my love language. Great way to use up pumpkin purée

    • Andrea White says

      Definitely a great way to utilize your pumpkin! So tasty!

  8. Nora says

    5 stars
    The perfect brownies for fall. Very juicy. The whole family loves them!

    • Andrea White says

      So glad the fam enjoyed them!

  9. Stephanie says

    5 stars
    Such a great recipe! Anything chocolate and pumpkin is a hit in my home. Will try the agave syrup next time.

    • Andrea White says

      Right?! It's such a yummy combination of flavor, especially during the fall!

  10. Mary says

    5 stars
    So good! The pumpkin adds even more moisture to the batter. This recipe is so easy to put together fast. I like that!

    • Andrea White says

      Yessss! Such a great texture and so so tasty!

  11. Andrea White says

    5 stars
    love making these brownies in the fall! so so good!

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