Did you know that today is National Chocolate Day?! Best day ever! Also, it was National Pumpkin Day a few days ago! I just had to post something with chocolate and pumpkin…one of my favorite combinations! Well, these pumpkin chocolate brownies are seriously like heaven in your mouth. They are cakey, but also fudgy…uh perfect!!! They just melt in your mouth and the surprise of pumpkin makes you fall in love with this weather even more. I love fall and baking pumpkin everything. These brownies are moist, dark (I used dark chocolate chips), and so easy to whip up. I found this recipe from the Healthy Happy Life and made a few tweaks to it. This can also be made gluten-free with oat flour. I might say this is one of my favorite brownie recipes. Halloween is in just a few days and these brownies will only make it better. Your friends and family will love them! I promise! Pumpkin Chocolate Brownies
1 1/2 cups vegan dark chocolate chips
1/3 cup virgin coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour or whole wheat pastry flour (or sub with oat flour + 1 tsp ground flax seeds)
greasing pan: coconut oil
topping: 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 400 degrees, grease an 8″ square baking pan.
Set up a double broiler on your stovetop by filling a large pot with 2-3 cups water and turning burner to med-high heat. Bring this water to a boil and then place a large mixing bowl over top.
Add the chocolate chips and oil to the large mixing bowl and start stirring to melt them together. When they are silky soft you can turn off the heat and start adding the other “wet” ingredients: vanilla extract, sugar, and then finally the pumpkin puree. Stir briskly until smooth.
Fold in the baking powder, salt and flour last. Stir to thicken, careful not to over mix.
Pour the batter into your baking dish and top with 1/4 cup chocolate chips.
Bake at 400 degrees for 22-25 minutes or until cooked through (careful not to overcook them because they will dry out). Remove brownies from the oven and allow to cool at least 15-20 minutes or longer before serving. Store leftovers in the fridge. Best served warm.