Not the snazziest name I could think up since it sounds like the noise my cat makes when he’s throwing up, but the one that was the most informative! After all, if you’re vegan, chances are you’re somewhat health conscious and not crazy about dumping a bunch of crap into the temple that you call a body. BUT, chances are you are also human, and thus require some amount of crap to silence, or at least temporarily quiet, that little voice inside of you that screams for chocolate, caramel, chips, or *insert your favourite temptation here*. These brownies will only silence that sweet tooth for a good long time, and yet they’re actually not that bad for you. I adapted it from Sinfully Vegan, and so far I’ve had nothing but rave reviews from full mouths. Oh, and though I’ve categorized it as a “I’m committed to deliciousness” recipe, virtually all of that is oven-time, hurray!
Put on Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get it on, mix up a batch of these bad boys and prepare for an evening of indulgence that won’t leave you filled with regret the next day (well, I can only speak to the brownies… Marvin Gaye’s a powerful guy). Yes, I am fully aware that I’ve used him in another post already, but c’mon, it’s MARVIN GAYE. Nuff said.
Mix up the following wet ingredients:
- 1 and 1/3 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup apple sauce
- 2 tbsp water
- mix 2 tsp ground flax with 1/2 cup warm water, then add to the rest
- 2 tsp vanilla
Mix up the following dry ingredients (obviously in a different bowl):
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/3 cup unbleached white flour
- 3/4 cup cocoa
- 1 tsp instant espresso powder (it really brings out the chocolate flavour and should be an automatic-add whenever you’re baking with chocolate)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- optional (Hah! I don’t know who I’m kidding… Those puppies aren’t optional): 1/2 to 3/4 cup vegan chocolate chips
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Rub some vegan butter around the corners and bottom of an 8×8 inch baking dish. Combine all wet ingredients and dry ingredients in separate bowls (if you haven’t already). Once they’re both ready, fold the wet into the dry and mix until combined. Watch out for pesky little pockets of unmixed cocoa powder, because no one likes to bite into a brownie and get a mouthful of unadulterated cocoa. Once you’ve sorted that out, pour the batter into the prepared pan, sprinkle liberally with optional chocolate chips and pop into the oven for 40 minutes if you like your brownies on the fudgey side, or 45-47 minutes if you prefer cakier-style brownies. Once they come out of the oven, you can either leave the chips the way they are (they should still be holding their shape unless you stuck an oven mitt in there somewhere), or you can smooth them out with a knife or spatula to create some makeshift icing.
If you’re feeling really decadent, I suggest mixing up some frozen strawberries in a small pot with a sprinkling of sugar and vanilla. Cook for about 10 minutes or until they’re falling apart. Drizzle it over a brownie or two with a dollop of soy ice cream and mmmm, mmmmm, you’ll be in heaven.