Hazelnut Ale Brownies


Rogue’s Hazelnut Brown Nectar has an almost caramel flavor with hints of hazelnut. It’s not overly sweet, but I though the flavors would go great in a gooey chocolate brownie– with bits of hazelnut of course!

These are a little richer than my normal baked goods, but they are still healthier than most brownies. While I did use white sugar, you could substitute a different sweetener but it will change the texture a bit.

I use a combination of olive oil and pumpkin puree in place of the usual Earth Balance and toss in some whole wheat pastry flour for good measure. Even if it’s not super healthy, it is definitely better than the rest.

In addition to plain squares I also made a dozen in my new owl baking pan. But as you can see below, I needed to push it down before putting it into the oven. I’ll be trying these again for Halloween. So wish me luck on having more identifiable owls!


Not all beers are vegan. You can look up beer, wine and liquor at Barnivore to find out if your favorites are vegan or not. This is especially important if you have a dairy or egg allergy.

Kathy Hester is the author of The Vegan Slow Cooker and HealthySlowCooking.com. Her latest book,The Great Vegan Bean Book, is now available for pre-order on Amazon and she’s currently working on her third book.


  1. These look perfect! I’ve been looking for the “right” brownie recipe with whole grains. I love cooking with beer and I can even get that particular beer in Anchorage! Can’t wait to make them…

  2. Kathy, these look great – going to make them this weekend! My hubby is the guy who makes this beer and we happen to love your Vegan Slow Cooker book. Thanks for the inspiration. Cheers!

  3. I’m so glad you like the book and super excited that the guy who makes the beer is going to try the brownies! Let me know if you recommend any other beers I should be cooking with ; )

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