Desserts

October 26, 2020

Sugar-Free Vegan Bourbon Brownies

Sugar-Free Vegan Bourbon Brownies are a boozy, chocolate-filled treat. Made with healthy, plant-based ingredients, and sweetened with fruit!

You probably wouldn't guess this if you saw me, but I'm a whiskey gal. I don't drink a lot, but when I do, I enjoy a nice glass of bourbon, neat. Rye is also one of my go-tos.

I've never been one for the sugar-filled cocktails that young 20-something women stereotypically like to drink. If I'm going to drink, I want something strong and flavorful.

I don't just drink whiskey to drink whiskey. The flavor of whiskey is beautiful to me. There's something special about the sharp burn... and nursing a glass of whiskey is a memorable experience.

It's also fun to add whiskey, specifically bourbon, into fall recipes. I find bourbon complements fall/winter foods and adds a unique flavor to each dish.

It's double the fun when you get to drink a glass of bourbon and enjoy a bourbon-filled treat. Like with these brownies!

I designed these Sugar-Free Vegan Bourbon Brownies to pair perfectly with a glass of bourbon. There's a good bourbon flavor in the brownies, and a glass of bourbon puts the flavor over the top.

That said, if you're not a huge bourbon-lover, these brownies also taste wonderful with a glass of almond milk. Yum!

Let's jump into the recipe.

Sugar-Free Vegan Bourbon Brownies

Ingredients

  • Sweet Potato: Sweet potato is the nutritious key to these brownies. It gives the brownies volume and a moist texture. Don't worry - you won't taste it at all.
  • Date Sugar: The sweetener in these brownies. Date sugar is just ground up dates and the fiber makes it much healthier than regular sugar.
  • Nut Butter: I used Mixed Nut Butter for this recipe, but any neutral nut butter, like almond butter, will work well.
  • Bourbon: The FLAVOR! Choose a relatively inexpensive bourbon for this recipe and save the good stuff for your glass.
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: You can't have brownies without chocolate.
  • Oat Flour: Make your own oat flour by blending quick oats in the food processor. For a certified gluten-free option, buy a bag of oat flour.
  • Almond Flour: A little extra fat helps develop a richer flavor for these brownies.
  • Baking Powder & Baking Soda: For rise.
  • Vegan Chocolate Chips: For added chocolate, I used 100% cacao unsweetened chocolate. Then I topped the brownies with these vegan chocolate chips.

Sugar-Free Vegan Bourbon Brownies

How to make Sugar-Free Vegan Bourbon Brownies

Start by pouring yourself a glass of bourbon. Just kidding... kind of!

Actually start by preheating the oven. Line the bottom and sides of a brownie pan with parchment paper. 

In a medium bowl, mash a steamed sweet potato. Stir in date sugar, nut butter, and bourbon.

Mix in cocoa powder, oat flour, almond flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Stir until the mixture is completely smooth.

Stir in the chocolate chips. Press into the prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes before cutting. Enjoy!

Sugar-Free Vegan Bourbon Brownies

Brownie Tips

Now that you know how to make these bourbon brownies, let's talk tips, tricks, and substitutions.

Texture

These brownies are cakey. I mean cakey to the max. I did this on purpose because most plant-based brownie recipes you'll find are SO fudgy that they go moldy in only a day or two.

If you aren't a fan of super cakey brownies or want to increase the moisture, add more sweet potato. Don't increase the bourbon -- it will only dry out the brownies more.

Flour Substitutions

These brownies have almond flour and oat flour. I highly recommend keeping the almond flour -- even though it is higher in fat, it is necessary for rich flavor and soft texture.

If you want to switch up your flour, I suggest swapping out the oat flour. I've had success with buckwheat flour (which is gluten-free).

Nut Butter Substitutions

Use any neutral-tasting nut butter you'd like. I love mixed nut butter, but almond butter, cashew butter, walnut butter, etc. will work just fine.

Peanut butter works functionally, but you will get a distinct peanut taste in the final product. Who knows, that could be incredibly delicious!

Sugar Substitutions

To keep these brownies completely plant-based, sugar-free, and fruit-sweetened, you're only option is date sugar.

If you don't want to order date sugar, try coconut sugar or maple sugar. I have not tested this personally, but they should work fine. You may need to increase the flour.

Date sugar has fiber, which absorbs moisture (and makes it super healthy). Coconut sugar and maple sugar don't have fiber, so they won't absorb moisture and could leave the brownies super liquidy.

Let me know if you try a substitution so I can add it to this post and help others out. Enjoy!

Sugar-Free Vegan Bourbon Brownies

Recipe Prayer

Thank you God for flavorful sweet treats. Let us enjoy your creation. Amen.

Related Recipes

If you're looking for other delicious bourbon-filled recipes check out Plant-Based Bourbon Pecan Pie, Bourbon Glazed Sweet Potatoes, and Maple Bourbon Pinto Beans.

Sugar-Free Vegan Bourbon Brownies

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Sugar-Free Vegan Bourbon Brownies

Sugar-Free Vegan Bourbon Brownies are a boozy, chocolate-filled treat. Made with healthy, plant-based ingredients, and sweetened with fruit!

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

12

Prep:

10

min

cook:

20

min

total:

45

min

Ingredients

  • 170 Grams Sweet Potato, steamed + skins removed weight measured when raw
  • 3/4 Cup Date Sugar
  • 2/3 Cup Nut Butter
  • 1/3 Cup Bourbon
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Oat Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Almond Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Cup Vegan Chocolate Chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line the bottom and sides of a brownie pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, mash the sweet potato. Stir in the date sugar, nut butter, and bourbon.
  3. Mix in the cocoa powder, oat flour, almond flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Stir until the mixture is completely smooth.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips. Press into the prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes before cutting. Enjoy!

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September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography