Vegan Christmas Tree Brownies- these festive treats are sure to be a hit at your holiday gatherings!
These Christmas Tree Brownies are fun to make with kids and they are guaranteed to bring a smile to the faces of your holiday guests. Vegan brownies are cut into triangle shapes and then a pretzel rod is added to mimic a tree trunk. A swirl of vegan buttercream icing is piped on and Christmas sprinkles are added as ornaments.
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Vegan Christmas Tree Brownies
For this recipe, I started with my favorite vegan and gluten free brownies. These brownies require minimal ingredients and are nut-free.
- 2 tablespoons ground flax
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 3/4 cup vegan cane sugar
- 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- 1/2 cup gluten-free flour
- 1/4 cup cacao powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup vegan mini chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF and line a 9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, stir together the flax seeds and the water. Let sit for 5 minutes. Stir in the pumpkin puree, sugar, melted coconut oil, flour, cacao powder, salt, baking soda, and vinegar. Stir until the batter is smooth.
- Fold the chips into the batter. Transfer the batter to the baking dish and smooth out. Bake for 28-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Let the brownies cool thoroughly before cutting.
First, combine the flax and water in a bowl to create a flax egg and let it sit for 5 minutes. This will act as an egg and bind the ingredients together. Stir in the pumpkin puree, sugar, melted coconut oil, flour, cacao powder, salt, baking soda, and vinegar. Stir until the batter is smooth. Fold the chocolate chips into the batter and bake in the oven for 28-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the brownie mix comes out clean.
Let the brownies thoroughly cool. Cut the tray in half lengthwise and then cut 3 triangles from each side. You will have 6 tree-shaped brownies total. Trim the pretzel rods to size using a sharp knife. Press into the bottom of the brownie.
For the Vegan Buttercream frosting:
1/2 cup vegan butter
1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Add the ingredients to a stand mixer or beat together with a hand mixer. Start of slow and gradually increase speed until the mixture is thick and creamy.
Divide the frosting into two small bowls. Add a few drops of green food coloring to one bowl and add a few drops of yellow to the other bowl. Stir each color until thoroughly mixed.
Scoop the green buttercream frosting into a piping bag with a large tip. Starting at the top of the tree, apply the frosting in a wave design down the length of the tree.
Scoop the yellow frosting into a piping bag with a small tip. Draw a star on top of the brownie.
Add the sprinkles to the icing. I put them on my hand rather than sprinkling them on top. This gave me more control over where they were placed.
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