Brownies are everywhere nowadays. From the fancy international coffee chain to your favorite family coffee store down the road, everyone has them! And they are right to have them because very few of us can resist the decadent and plush taste and feel that brownies have.
With your latte or your mocha – be it iced or hot, brownies are a great addition.
Skip the extra cost and extra queue at the store and make your own at home, that too without using any oven! Read through our comprehensive guide explaining how to make brownies without an oven. Enjoying the dessert you love does not have to cost so much!
Things to Remember
Before diving into the details and ways of how to make brownies without making all the fuss, take a look at some things that you should consider.
1. What Should I Make the Brownies in?
Brownies that do not need baking are aptly called no-bake brownies. There are several ways to make them. One of the most obvious methods is making them on a stovetop. If you have a lot of time on your hands, a slow cooker or crockpot is also something you can try.
They can also be made in coffee mugs by cooking them in the microwave oven. Students love brownies in a mug because of their simplicity and how quickly they cook. A lot of you love making dumplings in your steamer, but did you know that you can make brownies in them too?
Some people even make chilled brownies. No matter what you choose to make your brownies, we are sure they will turn out delicious!
2. Tweaks in the Recipe
The basic recipe for brownies does not change in most cases. You have the same flour, eggs, cocoa powder, baking powder, etc. But depending on the instrument you are using to make them, some very interesting variations can be made, and your creativity can be unleashed.
3. How Long Will It Take?
Depending on how much time you can are, your cooking instruments will be different. A slow cooker needs a long time to cook but requires little to no supervision. On the other hand, stovetop, as well as steamers, will require some supervision.
4. Go Eggless and Flourless!
Thanks to the emergence of cooking shows on social media, some very interesting cooking recipes can now be seen. You can make brownies without using any egg or flour, and you will not even need to put on a stove or in a microwave! These are called eggless brownies and require no heat source to be made.
Some people may say that these are not ‘real’ brownies as these need not be cooked. We say that you do you and make your brownies however you want and with whatever you like!
5. Healthy and Vegan Options
Want to enjoy brownies without consuming too much sugar? Or want to enjoy brownies in a responsible and vegan way? Worry not as we have something for you too!
6. Mind Your Ingredients
Some little tricks will contribute a lot in order to make brownie taste better. Always try to make sure that you are using room temperature eggs. If your eggs were in the refrigerator, soak them in warm water for some minutes.
A very basic baking tip is that you do not mix your ingredients all at once. Instead, mix them in steps and gradually.
How to Make Brownies without Using an Oven?
Finally, let us take a look at some ways to make delectable and irresistible brownies that do not need help from an oven.
Brownies on a Stovetop
Brownies on a stovetop call for the regular oven brownie recipes. But that does not mean you cannot get a little creative. They generally need to be cooked in a water bath.
For water bath cooking, fill a large pan with water. Grease the inside of the pan that the brownie will be cooked in and submerge it in water, making sure that no water gets inside the brownie dish.
This method needs close supervision as the water in the water bath is very likely to run out before brownies are cooked thoroughly. In that case, refill the water. Mind the temperature very carefully and use a thermometer if necessary.
Do remember that this method needs more time than most other methods. The final brownie that comes out still is very delicious that is crumbly on the outside and slightly gooey on the inside. After they are done, freeze them, cut them, and enjoy!
Brownies in a Slow Cooker
Besides making overnight breakfast, stews, or roasts, you can make brownies in a slow cooker too! You can use whichever brownie mixture you like. Make sure to line the cooker with parchment papers. After that, pour your mixture and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours. Your brownie will be done!
Brownies in a Microwave Oven
Brownies can be swiftly and easily made in the microwave oven. You can make them in a batch for a lot of people, or you can make them in a mug just for you. To make them in a microwave, you can follow the regular recipe or make some changes that you like.
Grease a pan with butter or oil, pour the batter, and cook them in the microwave oven just like you would have cooked them in a regular oven. Be mindful because you may need to check on it from time to time while it is cooking.
Eggless and Flourless Brownies
Brownie recipes that do not use an egg or flour make some clever changes in the recipe. Instead of flour, this recipe calls for Graham cracker crumbs or digestive biscuit crumbs.
No eggs are used. Condensed milk and cocoa powder make the batter more decadent. If both your condensed milk and cocoa powder are unsweetened, you will need some sweetener.
Mix up the cracker crumbs, condensed milk, and cocoa powder together to make a rich batter. Line your pan with parchment paper and pour the mix into it. You can add some sprinkles or toppings of your choice. Place it in the refrigerator to chill. Enjoy after it is done.
With the changing ways of the world, our eating habits are also changing. That is why we could not but talk about some yummy vegan brownies. Even if you are not a vegan, we are hopeful that you will find these recipes interesting and hopefully give them a shot.
Vegan brownies also do not need to be baked. Use roasted and crushed nuts along with the cocoa powder. Instead of condensed milk, a lot of people use coconut milk, and some people use nothing in place of milk. Use pitted dates to give your brownies a luscious taste.
For sweetening, add agave or maple syrup. Mix all your ingredients together in a food processor to achieve that iconic gooey batter. Chill in a refrigerator for as long as you want, and enjoy!
Health junkies, too, deserve a treat every now and then. You can easily make some tweaks in the recipes and enjoy a tasty brownie that has a low-calorie count.
Instead of regular flour, you can use almond or coconut flour—substitute sugar with honey, maple syrup, or agave syrup. Instead of condensed milk, you can use skimmed milk or any vegan milk.
You can mix the ingredients, form a batter, and cook in an oven or on a stovetop like regular no-bake brownies. Or, you can mix the ingredients, chill them, and serve. They are delicious both ways!
Now that you are done reading all about how to make brownies without an oven, what are you waiting for?! Get started on making some of the tastiest and most decadent brownies you will ever enjoy. No matter which type of instrument you prefer most, you will surely find something that you will love.