Easy Eggless Brownies using Silken Tofu


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Eggless Brownies

I chose Silken Tofu as this month's egg substitute for the Egg Replacement Event, because I got a stunning result with this cake. So I thought that replacing tofu for eggs is going to be a breeze. Boy, I was so wrong! There are so many things to be taken into consideration while baking using egg substitutes and especially with silken tofu. I tried three recipes and only one turned out good. I don't know what went wrong in the other 2 recipes. Is it the recipe or my baking method or the tofu?

I want to share my experience with tofu with all of you. Hope I will be able to convey it all in a clear and concise manner. Feel free to skip my ramblings in the box below, if you simply want a recipe to bake eggless brownies.

** My Experiments with Tofu **

I bought Nasoya's Silken Tofu as I did for the eggless chocolate cake. My son has started preschool and next month he is responsible for providing snacks for his classmates for 2 days. So I thought I will try something now and if it comes out well, I can bake them again next month. Since I wanted to send something healthy, I decided to try oatmeal raisin cookies from here. The 5 tablespoons of margarine impressed me especially to try this recipe. I decided to follow the recipe as it is, but for using 1/4 cup pureed tofu instead of the 1 egg mentioned in the recipe. To start with, I was not able to beat the 5 tablespoons of margarine to a creamy consistency. The margarine was nice and soft, but most of it was just sticking around the bowl. Even after adding sugar and beating it with a hand held electric mixer, I did not see anything creamy. Then I did another blunder of adding the pureed tofu and beating it again, just to see the tofu curdle. Small tofu lumps were swimming in a white color water. In spite of this, I continued to proceed with the recipe. I poured the entire mixture of creamed margarine, sugar and tofu in a blender and blended it until nice and smooth and to my surprise it did look good. Nothing to complain at all.

Another substitution I made was adding 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour instead of entire 1 cup all purpose flour. Mixed the flour, oats and raisins with the wet mixture and got a big ball of cookie dough. It was not moist like the other cookie doughs I have handled so far. I was able to roll them into balls easily and placed them on the baking sheet. I thought that while baking the dough would flatten, but it stayed just like that. So it did not cook properly and I had to keep increasing the time. For the second batch, I flattened the dough while placing it on the baking sheet and in spite of that it did not bake enough in the center and I had to bake it for a couple minutes more for this batch too. It did not taste anything like the oatmeal raisin cookies I have eaten before. They were not baked enough, did not have the right texture and definitely not sweet enough. I think the result would be good, if the original recipe is followed. With so many substitutions by me, it was such a mess.

Then after going through a couple of books and other internet resources, I found that tofu works best in cakes and brownies. Ground flax seed gives the desired results in cookies, especially oatmeal cookies. So decided to try a cake recipe using tofu. Since I have already baked a chocolate cake using tofu, I wanted to try a white cake this time. Found this recipe interesting because of it's simplicity, fat content and good reviews. For this one I added 1/2 cup pureed tofu and sugar in a blender and blended it until creamy and followed the recipe exactly, but used muffin tins instead of a round cake pan.

Somebody in the review had mentioned that the muffins came out well and I wanted to try it out too. Even though it looked decent, it did not have a soft, spongy texture at all. So I was pretty sure that it's not going to taste well and I was absolutely right. It had the texture of rubber and was way too sweet.

I was really disappointed about how these recipes had turned out. Since I started this blog in March, this is the first time my baking experiments have failed, especially two times in a row. I had only little tofu remaining and I decided to try another recipe immediately because the tofu has to be used within 3 days after opening the box.

This time I considered 2 points before choosing a recipe, (a) there should not be any creaming involved (I think that beating the tofu was the mistake in the above two recipes) and (b) since my eggless chocolate cake came out so well, I wanted to try another recipe with cocoa. I don't know if it's just a sentiment or there is really some science behind it, just like coffee and cocoa, the tofu and cocoa combination also works like a charm. I tried this brownie recipe with tofu instead of eggs and got a wonderful result. We did not taste the tofu at all and I bet nobody could ever tell that they are eggless brownies. I also wanted to try a brownie recipe because the one which I have posted earlier was baked using a store bought mix, which I think is available only in US and Canada, maybe UK too.

The original recipe itself is very simple to follow, but I made it even easier by using just one mixing bowl. So it's not only an eggless brownie but also a one dish brownie. Also these brownies are dense, moist and chewy.

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15 Mins25 Mins + Cooling (Preferable Overnight)Around 16 Pieces
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Easy Eggless Brownies using Silken Tofu
5.0 from 7 reviews
Bake eggless brownies right from scratch using pureed silken tofu as an egg substitute. For a vegan brownie recipe use any oil of your choice instead of melted butter.
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 Cup Butter (1 Stick)
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Silken Tofu Pureed (Equivalent Of 2 Eggs)
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts (Nuts, Chocolate Chips, Chocolate Chunks - Optional
Procedure:
  1. Preheat the oven at 350F/180C for 15 minutes.
  2. Cut the butter into small pieces and add it to a medium sized microwave safe bowl.
  3. Melt the butter in the microwave. Mine took 1 minute to melt. First I timed it for 30 seconds, stirred it and kept it for another 30 seconds.
  4. Remove the bowl from the microwave and let it stand for a minute.
  5. Now add the cocoa powder to the melted butter and combine it well until the cocoa powder dissolves. I used a wire whisk.
  6. Slowly add the sugar too and mix it well using a whisk.
  7. The mixture will look very stiff, making you wonder if you are doing the right thing. So don't panic.
  8. Now add 1/4 cup pureed tofu and combine it well and then add the remaining 1/4 cup of tofu also and mix it well again.
  9. Next add the vanilla and salt too.
  10. Add the flour next and mix it until you no longer see any flour and also add the nuts or any other optional ingredients mentioned. Even now the dough is in a semi solid/spreadable butter consistency only. It's not as watery as a cake batter that you can pour in a pan.
  11. Grease a 8x8 inch pan with the butter wrapper and spread the batter evenly and bake it for 25 minutes. (See My Notes)
  12. Cool completely before cutting into squares.
My Notes:
  1. To check for the doneness, the author of the recipe has mentioned that the toothpick inserted should come out with moist crumbs and not clean. Mine did not come like that after 25 minutes, so I baked it for another 3 minutes and even then it did not come like that. So I removed it from the oven anyway and kept the pan on a wire cooling rack to cool. Because of baking a couple minutes extra, I think the top was mildly dry. I would suggest baking it for just 25 minutes and it will continue to bake even after taking it out of the oven giving the correct texture.
  2. Cooling completely is a very IMPORTANT point too. So leave it undisturbed until the bottom of the pan is completely cool or for 2-3 hours and then slice it. At first I tried to slice it while the pan was still mildly hot, but was not able to cut properly. So I left it cool overnight and sliced it in the morning and got nice, clean pieces.

Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Per Serving% Daily Value*
Calories 147
Total Fat 8.6g13%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 78mg3%
Potassium 78mg2%
Total Carb 17.5g6%
Dietary Fiber 1.3g5%
Sugars 12.7g
Protein 2.3g
Vitamin A 4% - Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 1% - Iron 4%
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73 COMMENTS

  1. These turned out great. I used pecans and it was very moist the way I like it. Only change I made was halve the sugar and it was plenty sweet.

  2. My first try at Brownies and… Success!!! Added Hazelnuts and chopped dates. Great eggless recipe. My boyfriend is allergic to eggs, so this was his first chocolate brownie ever (his face was a picture!).

  3. hi,i want to ask that how long will brownie stay in summers and is there any substitute of tofu because my children dont like the taste of tofu. thanks

    • You won’t be able to taste tofu at all, Vandana. Take my word for it. It will keep good for 2-3 days maybe at room temperature and more in the fridge.

  4. I doubled the recipe and found that 25 minutes was not long enough, I had to bake them an extra 15 minutes.

    I am making another (single) batch now and after being in the oven for 25 minutes, they are no where near done, this batch will require at least another 10 minutes of baking.

    Delicious though (hence the second batch!)

  5. I made these and they were divine, even with my limited baking experience and the recipe doubled. No one could tell there was tofu in them.

    No frills, clear instructions – thank you! I’ll be recommending these to other people for sure! Out of curiosity, if I used eggs would it make much of a difference? It’s rather hard for me to easily get silken tofu where I live.

    • You’re welcome Tanvi. You could try it with yogurt too instead of tofu. And you are asking about baking with eggs to the wrong person!

  6. Hi Madhuram,

    I’m about to try baking these for guests. Should I use baking powder or baking soda, and if so, which one (what’s the difference?) and how much?

    I only bake occasionally, so sorry for the obvious question!

    • This recipe doesn’t need either, Tanvi. Usually baking powder and baking soda is used to get some lift and fluffiness but brownies don’t need it. So I guess that’s why it doesn’t have both.

  7. Hi!!! I just discovered your blog and I loved it … I will try more than one of your recipes, cause I have some vegans friends. Thanks for publishing

  8. This recipe is very similar to one I use from Manjula’s Kitchen. She uses veg oil rather than butter and 1/2 tsp of baking soda. I made a couple of changes that make them even healthier (and darned tasty). I subbed unsweetened applesauce for the butter (or veg oil in hers), Truvia equivalent for the sugar, and rice flour (or oat flour) to keep it gluten-free. I take them out after 21 1/2 min, with crumbs sticking to toothpick. DO let them cool! Wonderful! I notch them up even more by using a bit of PBSlim peanut butter powder (hydrated). Made with real peanuts. Check this stuff out if you love peanut butter but want to avoid most of the fat. Excellent. Just sayin’ :o)

  9. […] I’ve never been someone to try to improve on perfection. A basic brownie reciple yielding great results. […]

  10. I’ve tried MANY egg free brownie recipes and my husband has never loved any of them… until I made these. These were amazing and super easy to make! They are not chewy and gooey but they are VERY GOOD brownies! This recipes is definitely a keeper. I know that because the brownies were gone in 2 days 🙂 Thanks for you awesome recipes with thorough instructions and notes. It really helps that you try the recipe several times and make notes on what worked and what didn’t.

  11. […] Since becoming a vegetarian, I’ve tried to find and bake some eggless cookies. And I’ve found an interesting recipe, Easy Eggless Brownie […]

  12. Hi Madhuram

    I have been trying many of your recipes. They are wonderful!
    So far the eggless blueberry pound cake and this brownie turned out fantastic

    I have never been able to make good brownies without eggs so this was awesome. I tried agave syrup instead of the sugar and the both the brownies and cake turned out great. The pound cake was not as sweet but I prefer that. Thanks!

  13. I have made these brownies several times and they are to die for! Definately a favorite in our house! I have found that we like them a bit better with the chocloate chips you mentioned. For St. Patrick’s Day I made them with mint chocolate chips and topped them with a mint chocolate ganache. Heaven! Thanks for making eggless cooking so easy!

  14. Hey! good to see you back…
    Congrats again on the new arrival! Hope you are doing well.

    i tried this recipe and i cant tell you how happy i was(specially after my last brownie experience)
    Even my husband,who isnt fond of sweets, liked it.. Everybody liked it and nobody knew it had tofu. The whole thing finished so quickly. I myself couldnt resist myself.

    Is it possible to use brown sugar in this recipe? I was a little apprehensive that it may affect the taste.
    Is it possible to reduce butter? Just felt quilty eating so much butter..

    Thanks! take care.

  15. These brownies turned out totally awesome!! I’ve never really been a fan of brownies. But i’ve been wanting to bake something with silken tofu and wanted try the chocolate/tofu combination. We loved it soo much! My husband couldn’t tell that there was tofu. Now, I’m so inspired to bake the chocolate cake with silken tofu. I’m planning to surprise my husband by baking a cake for his birthday! Going to be my first time. I’m sure it’ll turn out well as it is Madhuram’s recipe! Thanks Madhuram.

  16. I doubled this recipe using white wheat flour and leaving out the nuts. I did as you said and let it cool well, and then I cut them up and froze one whole pan. They went to a friend who just had a baby so she could have some treats that she didn’t have to make.

    That’s great Jen. I have never tried freezing brownies or muffins before. I should also try that trick because I too am so busy these days and baking as often as I want to is not quite possible.

  17. I was longing to eat eggless brownie and tried with Ener-G replacer and brownie mix. It didn’t come properly. But I tried this receipe with silken tofu and it came out great.Thank you very much.

    You’re welcome Anuradha. I have heard from many people that Ener-G doesn’t work well in brownies.

  18. I used a boxed mix (Ghiradelli) and substituted 1/4 cup tofu for
    the egg. I also reduced the amount of oil from 1/3 cup to 1/4,
    and replaced the 1/3 cup water with the same amount of cold,
    strong coffee. The brownies turned out wonderfully!

  19. I tried this using the coconut oil, as suggested by a poster above.
    I use coconut oil for a lot…cooking, haircare, skincare, oil pulling (oral care), LOTS of stuff.

    If anyone else uses the coconut oil, I would recommend using a little less than the recommended amount of butter because mine came out really oily…like excess oil at the bottom of the pan.

    Anywho, I guess they’re kind of a mixture of fudgy and cakey maybe…I dunno. They are like they look in the picture.

  20. has anyone actually tried this recipe, instead of just saying it looks good??? I want too, but was wondering if its good… also what kind of brownie is it… cakey? fudgy, or a combination?

  21. Hi Madhu,

    Thanks to your recipe I had a perfect chocolate cake the first time I tried it yesterday ! I didn’t have Silken tofu but the Soft one instead. I used half of the quantity you suggested and half yogurt since I’d seen it as a substitute elsewhere and it came out fine.

    I tried this nankhatai recipe the other day and it came out wonderful too: http://www.manjulaskitchen.com/2008/09/30/nan-khatai/. And it is an eggless biscuit/cookie, though not your preferred lowfat kind 🙂

    Thanks for trying the chocolate cake recipe Manju. I’ll check out the cookie recipe.

  22. Hey there. Good recipe you got there. 😀 I tink I’m going to cook it for my coursework practical. But I have some doubts and I hope you can clear it for me.

    – How do you make pureed silken tofu?
    – What type of tofu did you use?
    – Must I really let it cool for that long?
    I only had 2 hours for my practical. If I only let it cool for about 1 hour will it be very crumbly and not in shape?

    Fazirah, thanks for your interest in this recipe. Now to answer your questions:

    1. Measure the silken tofu first and the blend it in a blender/processor.
    2. I used silken tofu. Don’t remember the exact brand, but I have used both Mori-Nu and Nasoya and both are good.
    3. I have a suggestion for cutting the brownies but I’m not sure if it would speed up the process. Line the pan with aluminum foil so that you have foil hanging on all sides and lightly grease it. Then pour the batter and bake as usual. After sometime lift the foil carefully and then you should be able to cut them into squares.

  23. Hi I tried baking the eggless brownies and they turned out fantastic 🙂 thanks alot
    Just curious what does egg actually do while baking and how does toufu replace eggs?
    Also wanted to ask why my brownies were more well done on the inside than on the top ?
    thanks alot

    Hi Henny, thank you for trying the recipe and for the feedback. I’ve explained about the role of eggs in baking here, please check it. In this recipe I think tofu acts as a binder to hold the batter together. Reg, the doneness, could you clarify whether the top was dry or did not cook.

  24. Hi madhu

    i have never come across such informative easily readable blogspace like urs. i really appreciate it. i have a question regarding sugar. i dont use white/brown sugar since they are refined using animal charcoal. so we use turbinado raw sugar for everything including baking cakes. but with that if i add less sugar the cake is good but not sweet. if i add more sugar it comes out charred and lose kind of. any suggestions? thanks once again.

    Thank you very much Sai for your kind words. I have used turbinado sugar only once and that too to top the apple raisin muffins. So I’m not sure about using it. Anyway I’ll try to google. Or else what you can do is join veggieboards.com which is a forum for vegans and vegetarians. You can post your question there and I’m sure somebody will definitely answer. It’s a very active forum. I joined it but am not active. If I remember the password and stuff I’ll also ask it for you.

  25. No, not at all, I think it’s pretty indiscernible. Coconut oil becomes solid in temperatures below 24 degrees celsius, so I had to melt it in the microwave first, just like butter. I used the same measurement as you suggested for butter, too.

    Thanks J.U. Back in India we use considerable amount of coconut oil for cooking and hair care, but I never thought of using it in baking.

  26. I baked these last night using coconut oil instead of butter (so they would be vegan), whole wheat flour and brown sugar. They came out great! Everybody loved them and I had to promise to bake another batch soon. Thank you for a wonderful recipe!!

    Thank JU for the feedback. I didn’t know that we could bake with coconut oil? Does the brownies have a “coconutty” taste?

  27. Madhu, since I am a total blur at baking, wanted to ask:
    a)what kind of sugar do u suggest, powdered or granulated/ white/brown ?
    b) what size baking tin can be used to get the same height as your brownies ?
    c) Is the recipe adaptable to Microwav cooking ?
    Thanks a lot

    Rashmi, as I have mentioned in my initial posts, if I can bake anybody can. It’s true that at first it seems like a “rocket science” thing. But in reality it’s as simple as cooking. The more and more you bake the more and more easy it will become and in no time you will get addicted. But I have to mention another point to, since baking is a science, following measurements, knowing the purpose of baking soda, baking powder are essential. Unlike cooking, the chances of messing up are on the higher side, atleast initially or when we try to create our own recipes. So at first following recipes as it is the key to have successful result, which will in turn make you confident to bake further.

    1. Reg. sugar, again follow the recipe. Both sugars have different properties. Sometimes I use a combination of brown sugar and white sugar in the same recipe.
    2. I used a 8×8 inch pan.
    3. I’m not comfortable using a microwave oven for baking. I did try once, but the result was not favorable. Using a microwave oven with bake mode will definitely yield expected outcome, but I used the regular m/w oven. One of the visitor tried brownies in a m/w oven, check it out in the list here:
    https://www.egglesscooking.com/2008/10/17/egg-replacement-event-silken-tofu-round-up/

  28. Hi,
    The brownies look absolutely divine.I live In Mumbai and dont know if silken tofu is available here.Is it alright to use Paneer instead of Tofu? sonds absurd since one is a soy product and the other is dairy. But, was just wondering. Please advise. Thanks.

    Welcome Shubha and thanks. I think it is available and the brand name is MoriNu. Recently I saw a food blogger from Mumbai using it in her dish. If I’m right paneer cannot be used in place of tofu because it does not have the properties of silken tofu, especially the texture. I think heavy cream would be alright, but anyway it’s a guess too.

  29. hey madhuram, gud to see ur comment. eggless brownies look so delicious.. never tried them yet.. these are my hubby’s favourite.. he keeps asking me to make them at home. gud now i have ur recipe. 🙂

  30. hi,u have a wonderful blog,thanks for visting my blog.These days iam searching for cakes recipes.i found it here.thanks for sharing such nice blog

  31. Oh man! Look at those brownies, so rich and decadent. I really am yearning for them right now.
    Thanks Madhuram for giving me the heads-up about Siri’s Herb event. I just sent it to her after you told me. So thanks to you.

    Oh and saw in another comment, that you were not able to find WW pastry flour… try in the local health food store. They are normally sold near the whole wheat flour and the speciality varieties of flour. Good luck.

  32. Thanks for visiting my blog! This is my first visit to yours and I love it! This recipe looks great. One of my readers told me you could replace eggs with 1-2 tblsp flax seed mixed with double that in water.

  33. Bownies looking delicious..using tofu is something new for me….lovely entry for the event. And Thanks for dropping by my blog..keep in touch 🙂

  34. Hi,
    Nice blog with lots of veg dishes specially baking stuff.i just love it.
    can i use whole wheat flour(atta) for preparing these brownies?

    Thnxs

    Rashmi, thank you very much. Off late I’m not liking the taste of whole wheat flour in my baking recipes. I think it depends upon the recipe. I have tried the Carrot cake with bananas using only whole wheat flour and liked it very much. But my latest 2 experiments did not turn out well. I have read in a couple of blogs that whole wheat pastry flour tastes very good while baking and I’m not able to find it at all.

  35. Lovely brownies, Madhuram. I too was thinking of making brownies for your event since that’s the one baked good where I usually substitute silken tofu. Will try to do so soon.
    By the way, I’m hosting a vegan sweets event through October and I do hope you’ll participate!

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