>> Monday, May 11, 2015
It’s been almost five years since I last posted about the vegan Change-Your-Life Brownies. Yet, all this time has gone by . . . and it’s still my favorite brownie recipe ever. So, I thought I’d bring it up again. I’m sure some of you haven’t dug that deep into the archives, and you should be thanking me. I guess I should also note that this recipe isn’t my own, though over time I’ve definitely tweaked it to my family’s preferences.
By now I have a freaking black belt in vegan brownie baking. If I were to choose just one recipe to take to competition, this one would surely be my first pick. No contest. They’re moist, dense, chewy, and the perfect sweetness. I’ve even added some peanut butter to the mix, but if you’re allergic, try any other spread or nut butter.
Whatever you do: Try these!
You won’t be sorry.
ULTIMATE VEGAN BROWNIES
Adapted from Mattie’s brownies on VeganBaking.net
What you’ll need . . .
- 3 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons flax meal
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup white flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- Pinch sea salt
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup boiling water
- 1-1/4 cup packed brownie sugar
- 6 tablespoons Earth Balance
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Handful pecans, walnuts, or chocolate chips
Method . . .
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk together the flours (all the WW + starting with just 1/2 white), baking soda, and salt. Also grease an 8x8 inch baking dish with coconut oil. Set aside.
- Mix together the flax egg by combining the 3 tablespoons water with the flax meal. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combing the cocoa powder, chocolate chips, peanut butter and boiling water. Whisk together until the mixture resembles a paste. I sometimes add the full 1/3 cup depending on how dry my peanut butter was to begin with.
- In a stand mixer, combine the flax egg, chocolate paste, brown sugar, Earth Balance, and vanilla extract. Beat on high for a minute or so until fully mixed.
- Then all in the flour mixture. Mix on slow . . . and until just combined. Fold in nuts or chocolate chips.
- Transfer batter to your baking dish and press flat using your spatula.
- Bake for 25 minutes and let cool completely before cutting into squares.