You guys have asked for more decorated Christmas recipes. So, I am sharing these easy Christmas tree brownies with you today! These Vegan Christmas Tree Brownies are a fun and festive dessert to make anytime this holiday season.
This recipe for Vegan Christmas Tree Brownies is just one of the amazing Christmas dessert recipes without artificial colors that I have. Check out my Tree Sugar Cookies, Mint Meltaways, Christmas Eve Cake, and my Simple Christmas Shortbread Cookies. Plus, I have even more coming this month!
You can make Christmas dessert recipes without artificial colors. I list all of my favorite natural colors and sprinkles below, and these easy Christmas Tree Brownies are ones that everyone will love!
Can I use vanilla extract instead of vanilla bean?
Yes, if you don’t have vanilla bean, you can substitute it for 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract. My favorite is Simply Organic. But, if you don’t usually bake with vanilla bean, then try it! It provides a different flavor profile than just vanilla extract and it is so good!
Can I use another kind of oil besides canola oil in brownies?
Yes, if you don’t want to use canola oil you can use avocado oil, coconut oil, or sunflower oil.
Can I use another type of milk in these brownies?
Yes! You can use any kind of milk here – anything from pistachio milk, almond milk, oat milk – or if you are not vegan you can even use traditional cow milk! I’ve made these before with Three Trees Pistachio Milk (which I love) and with regular Organic Valley Grassmilk (which I love!), both of which were delicious!
Can I use butter instead of vegetable shortening in frosting?
Yes, if you don’t need this recipe to be vegan, you can use butter in place of shortening in the frosting and it will work just the same. The vegan brownies are so good, you won’t even know they are vegan!
How should I store these Vegan Christmas Tree Brownies?
Brownies are moist and chewy, so they should be stored in an airtight container. You can also use a cake dome, which works great for these!
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Why use organic ingredients in this recipe? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!
So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.
Vegan Christmas Tree BrowniesDifficulty: Easy
Try these Vegan Christmas Tree Brownies and make a festive holiday dessert without artificial colors! These easy Christmas Tree Brownies are so good, you won’t even mind that they are vegan!
226 grams (1 cup) packed organic light brown sugar
57 grams (scant 1/2 cup) organic dark chocolate, chopped
57 grams (2/3 cup) organic Dutch cocoa
1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 cup organic canola oil
1/4 cup organic coconut milk
191 grams (1 1/2 cups) organic all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon organic ground vanilla bean
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
226 grams organic vegetable shortening
454 grams (3 cups plus 3 tablespoons) organic powdered sugar, sifted
2 to 3 tablespoons water
- For the Pink
1/8 teaspoon Suncore Foods Organic Pink Pitaya
- For the Green
1/4 teaspoon Suncore Foods Organic Green Matcha Powder
- For the Blue
1/8 teaspoon Suncore Foods Butterfly Pea Blue
1/8 teaspoon Suncore Foods Organic Green Matcha Powder
India Tree Nature’s Colors Peppermint Crunch (or crushed candy canes)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch cake pan with parchment paper.
- To make the brownies: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the brown sugar, chocolate, cocoa, and boiling water. Mix on low until combined, and there are no chunks of chocolate, and you have a smooth consistency.
- Add in the canola oil, coconut milk, flour, vanilla bean, baking powder, and sea salt in that order. Mix on low until combined, do not over mix. Transfer to the prepared pan and spread evenly.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely in the pan.
- To make the frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the shortening, powdered sugar, and water. Mix on low until combined, and then speed the mixer up to high and mix for 2 to 3 minutes or until light and fluffy.
- Divide the frosting into four separate bowls.
- To make the pink: Add in 1/8 teaspoon of the pink dye and stir to combine completely. Transfer to a piping bag with Ateco tip #864.
- To make the green: Add in a 1/4 teaspoon of the green dye and stir to combine completely. Transfer to a piping bag with Ateco tip #846
- To make the blue: Add in 1/8 teaspoon of the green dye and 1/8 teaspoon of the blue dye and stir to combine completely. Transfer to a piping bag with Ateco tip #898.
- Add the white frosting into a piping bag with Ateco tip #804.
- Cut the brownies into 8 triangles.
- In a zig zag motion, starting at the top of the brownie triangle, pipe a zigzag with frosting going all the way down. You will use this same motion for the white, green, and blue, they will just look different because of the tips.
- For the pink trees, pipe dollops of frosting all the way down the triangle.
- On the pink trees, add blue sugar and snowflake sprinkles.
- On the white trees, add the rainbow sprinkles.
- On the green trees, add the nonpareils.
- On the blue trees, add the peppermint crunch.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
- Gluten Free – Replace the all purpose flour with 191 grams (scant 1 1/4 cups) organic gluten free flour blend.
- High Altitude – Bake at 350°F for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
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