>> Monday, February 13, 2012
I don't have much success making vegan brownies unless I follow recipes written by other bloggers and bakers. My all-time, absolute favorite recipe recently disappeared from the internet for some odd reason. Depressing.
So, this isn't a brownie recipe at all. It's more of a chocolate cookie bar. Sort of. It doesn't need a label because it's just plain good, especially with fruit on top. A great way to treat your sweet without being too sugary.
CHOCOLATE LOVE BARS
What you'll need . . .
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1-1/2 tablespoons flax meal mixed with 1/3 cup warm almond milk
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Method . . .
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8" x 8" baking pan with parchment (or grease lightly).
- In a small bowl, heat up almond milk in your microwave (or stove) until it's wrist temperature. Mix in the flax meal with a fork and let sit for a couple minutes until thickened. Set aside momentarily.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In another bowl, combine the flax mixture with the honey/maple syrup, and olive oil. Add this wet mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until well moistened.
- Fold in the chocolate chips. Then pour mixture into your baking pan and flatten.
- SEE OPTIONAL STEP BELOW . . .
- Bake for 30 minutes. Then check to make sure the center is done. You may need to continue baking for another 5 or 10 minutes so it isn't gooey.
You can add a thin layer of fruit topping, like we did, by simply taking 1 cup of frozen fruit (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, etc.) and heating it over medium heat in a small pot. Sweeten with a teaspoon or two of sugar, honey, or maple syrup, if you like. Five minutes should do it with constant mixing. Just spread mixture atop your bars before putting them in the oven.
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