Suzanne’s Vegan Brownies with a Surprise Ingredient

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This Community Recipe is Suzanne’s Vegan Brownies with a Surprise Ingredient. These are squishy, moist and sweet squares of delicious brownie. They are FODMAP friendly, gluten free and contain no animal products! You can make them using a special ingredient that you might otherwise throw away. Suzanne’s Vegan Brownies with a Surprise Ingredient are a healthy treat that all the family will love.

Community Recipes is a recurring feature where we share your vegan recipes on the Jewish Food Hero blog.  If you want to share a recipe in this series, pitch us your idea here.

All about Suzanne Goldenberg-Shove

Creative cook Suzanne makes nourishing FODMAP friendly plant-based food via Happy Gut Co. For healthy meal inspiration using whole ingredients, her Instagram account is the place to go. Suzanne’s cooking focuses on a happy gut and mind. She is passionate about seasonal and zero waste food. Her recipes focus on supporting local producers and businesses.

Suzanne runs a monthly Friday night takeaway Supper Club called Fakeaway Friday: a Takeaway Supper Club. She also shares recipes and inspiration for Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferers, families and anyone with an interest in eating more plants.

Suzanne lives in Hove on the south coast of England, with her husband and three kids. She grew up in seaside town Southend-on-Sea, so living by the beach is in her blood. To relax she loves to swim in the sea and cook, two activities which feel mindful and calming for her.

How was this recipe created?

Suzanne loves the creative process of combining flavors. Suzanne’s Vegan Brownies were one of the first bakes she put together for her family when the Covid-19 lockdown hit. From the beginning, Suzanne made snack time a highlight for her kids. They set themselves challenges to use whatever ingredients they could find in the house with zero waste. This recipe came about because they had a few spare old bananas and plenty of oats in store.

Healthy indulgent ingredients

Suzanne’s Vegan Brownies are delicious, full of nutritious goodies and super simple to make. They are vegan, gluten free and FODMAP friendly.

  • Coconut sugar is trending right now. It is an alternative to more refined sugars and comes from coconut palm sap. 
  • Cacao powder is processed at a lower heat than cocoa powder. So, cacao retains more nutritional benefit.
  • Vegan chocolate. Oftentimes, the first question omnivores ask vegans is, “But what about chocolate?!” The great news is that good quality dark chocolate is usually vegan! 
  • Oats should be a staple store cupboard ingredient for everyone! Oatmeal is an ideal simple, whole grain breakfast. Grind them, like in Suzanne’s Vegan Brownies, to use as a flour in baking. 

What does FODMAP mean?

FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols. But has that really cleared things up…?!

Think of them as short-chain carbs and sugars. People who are sensitive to FODMAP foods often suffer from IBS. Many FODMAP foods are actually plant-based whole foods. The idea that some fruits and legumes might cause issues can be surprising.

Some people suffer from digestive issues such as bloating, painful gas and constipation and/or diarrhea. They may benefit from testing sensitivity to FODMAPs. However, – as with any significant dietary change – it’s best to consult a doctor first. You can read more about it here.

So simple to make

Suzanne’s Vegan Brownies came to life with kids in mind – in terms of the making as well as the eating. She shares this video of her and her daughter making them to prove how simple it really is!

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Suzanne’s Vegan Brownies with a Surprise Ingredient

  • Author: Suzanne Goldenberg-Shove
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 15 pieces 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking



2 ripe bananas 

100g dark vegan choc 

100g coconut oil 

95g coconut sugar 

25g cacao powder 

75g oats


  1. Preheat the oven to 160 C.
  2. Break the chocolate into pieces and place in a small bowl set over a pan of just boiled water. Leave the melt.
  3. Place oats in the bowl of a food processor. Grind into a flour like texture, varying the texture according to your taste.
  4. Peel and mash the bananas.
  5. Add the melted chocolate, ground oats and the rest of the ingredients to the mashed bananas.
  6. Stir to combine.
  7. Place the brownie mix in a lined 18x28cm baking tray.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for a few minutes
  10. Cut into squares and serve!

Keywords: vegan, FODMAP, oats, healthy brownie



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