Thursday, October 3, 2013

Vegan Chocolate Brownies

Vegan Chocolate Brownies

If you have been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that we have been trying to eat a ‘vegan at home diet’ which has mostly eliminated any kind of baked goods, since, in my opinion, the tastiest baked items use eggs, which of course, are not vegan.  And I have tried to eliminated baked goods and desserts from our diet to avoid ‘empty’ calories, which I have pretty much done since I haven’t been able to find a tasty vegan replacement.   Enter our new vegan friends who have some wonderful vegan dessert recipes.  Anxious to try a couple of recipes, I found success with all of them.  The first is a vegan brownie.  I love brownies, (no nuts, please) and I have a homemade brownie recipe that is simple, easy and we can be eating it in under an hour and it is delicious (but not vegan).  I was skeptical at first, but this vegan brownie is moist and delicious, a winner.  My tasting partner and I ate half of them before they had a chance to cool.  And, I can rationalize that they are fairly healthy because they are made with applesauce and flaxseed. 

recipe after the jump

Vegan Chocolate Brownies

1 ½ cups granulated sugar
¾ cups unsweetened applesauce
2 Tbls water

2 teas ground flaxseed
½ cup water
2 teas vanilla

1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¾ teas baking powder
¼ teas salt

1 cup semisweet vegan chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional

Preheat oven to 350*.  With canola oil, grease an 8 x 8 baking pan (or line with parchment paper).

In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, applesauce and 2 tablespoons of water.

In a small bowl, combine the ground flaxseed, ½ cup of water and 2 teaspoons of water.  Add this mixture to the applesauce mixture and stir to combine.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt and chocolate chips (and optional walnuts).  Add the dry ingredients to the applesauce mixture and stir to just combine.

Pour mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 40 minutes.  The finished product will be moist. Bake longer for a more cake like result.  Remove from oven and let cool before cutting.

yield:6-8 servings

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