Recipe: Ultimate vegan brownies

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Chocolate and cheese are arguably the two hardest things for a vegan to give up. Most of us have grown up on sugary treats to the point where we crave chocolate…or believe we do anyway. So we thought we would help you along with a delicious recipe to get a cruelty free chocolate fix.

This recipe is really simple and is a great one to make for the family. It can make 9-12 brownies depending on how you cut them and takes around an hour in total to make. Take them to parties, to work or just put on a nature documentary and chow down on the whole tin!

For this recipe you will need a saucepan, a bowl, a square brownie tin, greaseproof paper and an oven.

Ingredients:

220g vegan chocolate, roughly chopped
130g self-raising flour
60g light muscovado sugar
70g ground semolina or ground almonds
55g cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp ground flaxseed
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
85g vegan margarine (we use Pure Dairy Free)

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Method:

  1. Grease and line a 20cm square tin with greaseproof paper. Turn on the oven to 180 degrees.
  2. In a bowl mix the flaxseed with 6 tbsp water and set aside for 5 minutes to soak.
  3. Using a saucepan on low heat, melt 130g of the roughly chopped chocolate with the margarine and then add 60ml water. Once it’s melted leave to one side to cool slightly. 
  4. Combine dry ingredients together – the flour, semolina (or almonds), cocoa powder, baking powder and a pinch of salt in a bowl and stir to remove any lumps.
  5. While the chocolate is still hot add the sugar into the saucepan, and beat well until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture looks smooth and glossy. Then pour in the vanilla extract, add the remaining chocolate chunks then the flour mixture. Spoon into the brownie tin. 
  6. Bake for 35-45 mins until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean with moist crumbs. If you like gooey brownies take 5-7 minutes off the time. Leave in the tin while it cools, then remove and cut into squares (into 9 or 12 depending on how big you want them)
  7. Share with friends or keep them all to yourself! We enjoy warming them up and serving with a scoop of dairy free ice cream.

Mix it up?

  • Add pecans or walnuts in to give some crunch
  • Use flavoured chocolate like Orange, Mint or Raspberry to give a subtle flavour
  • Pack it with fresh fruits like cherries or raspberries
  • Add 1 tsp of coffee to turn it into espresso brownies

While we are all aware there are many things that can help the environment, sometimes we don’t like giving up our creature comforts. With this recipe you can enjoy delicious chocolatey brownies without using milk, eggs and dairy chocolate used in the classic recipe. It is estimated that moving from current dietary patterns to plant-based diets on a global scale would drastically improve the environmental impact of food production by:

  • Reducing land use by 76% (including 19% reduced land use for crop growth, as additional crops are needed to feed cattle)
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 49%
  • Reducing damage to water supply – with a 50% reduction in acidification, and a 49% reduction in eutrophication

This recipe is just a small way you can make an effort to change outcomes…. all while tucking into a delicious brownie… who could say no to that?

Got a recommendation to add to our recipe book? Let us know.

Grace works for a School Improvement Partnership and is our resident ocean lover. Having worked as a scuba instructor in Indonesia she has picked up her fair share of ocean plastic. Her favourite eco product is Oliva Olive Oil Soap.

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