Meera Sodha's Salted Miso Brownies

These brownies are incredibly dense and fudgy thanks to the inclusion of chia seeds, while the salt and white miso create a delicious salted-caramel flavour. Be sure to use vegan chocolate if making this for plant-based eaters!

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If I were in charge of brownies and their taxonomy (which, sadly, I’m not), there would be a proper list of categories. The only thing that unifies them really is the chocolate, beyond which they can be cakey, crumbly, chewy or cocoa-ey (and many other things beyond those beginning with the letter ‘c’).

This one is my perfect brownie: dense and fudgy thanks to the chia seeds; rich, but not sickeningly so; with a salted caramel-like flavour that comes from using white miso and salt together. It makes this brownie incredibly special. And there is no category for that.

note / Use dark chocolate suitable for vegans if vegan.

Makes 16 brownies


5 tbsp milled chia seeds
150g flavourless coconut oil
250g dark chocolate (70%), broken into small pieces
350g light brown Muscovado sugar
120g plain flour
3 tbsp white miso
¾ tsp flaky sea salt

Essential kit

You will need a 20cm cake tin


Preheat the oven to 180°C fan/200°C/400°F/gas 6 and line a 20cm cake tin with greaseproof paper. In a small bowl, mix the milled chia seeds with 270ml of water and set aside.

Place the coconut oil and broken chocolate in a medium-sized saucepan and set over a low heat. Stir occasionally until melted, then take off the heat. Mix in the sugar, flour and miso, and crumble in the salt flakes. Finally, add the bloomed chia seeds and mix. Pour into the lined tin and gently shake to distribute the mixture.

Place on the middle shelf of the oven for 45 minutes, then remove. The brownies might be wobbly in the middle, but they will soon settle down and become deliciously fudgy. Leave to cool completely, then cut into 16 squares.

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