March 26, 2011

# Brownies # Vegan

Vegan Brownies

I have to confess that since I have started my Vegan Fridays I have been hoarding vegan recipe books. My favourite so far has been a book you've probably heard of, (in fact I wouldn't be surprised if it was at your side right now) it’s called Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar.

This is a great book. It has so many tasty, easy, and interesting vegan goodies in it. I plan on making many recipes from it! I also have requested Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World from my library and wait patiently for its arrival.



From all the books I have been reading, I have learned a lot about vegan baking. I have constructed a small guide from what I have learned:



Kat's Vegan Baking Guide

Butter
  • Vegan margarine can be substituted equally in any recipe
  • Vegetable oil is best for muffins or anything requiring a cake-like texture. Use 1/3 cup oil for every 1/2 cup butter. I used oil instead of butter in my Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Latte Muffins with great results!
  • Apple sauce will provide a cake-like texture as well as adding some sweetness. This is a great choice for low fat baking
  • Nut butters can also be substituted for butter as long as you want to have that nut butter taste

Eggs
  • Flax egg works well for chewy things like cookies as well as breads. This is made by mixing 3 tbsp water with 1 tbsp ground flax seed and allowing the mixture to sit for a few minutes.
  • Silken or soft tofu is great for anything with a dense structure like brownies, pound cake, or pies. Use a 1/4 cup blended for each egg.
  • Apple sauce or mashed banana can be used in cakes, bars, breads, muffins, and cookies. Use 1/4 cup sauce for each egg. The banana in my Banana Pancakes acted as a great binder.
  • Soy yogurt is good for a cake-like structure. Use 1/4 cup for each egg.
  • Egg replacer can be used in almost any recipe. Some people don't recommend it for things you want to stay moist like cake as egg replacer is starch-based. Follow directions on box

Milk
  • Coconut milk for very creamy textures. My Vegan Gluten Free Coconut Pancakes were extra creamy thanks to this
  • Soy milk, almond milk, hemp milk, or any non-dairy milk can be substituted in almost any recipe
  • Water can be substituted in many basic recipes too but your outcome will lack richness
  • Juice is a great option if you want to add a little extra flavour to a recipe. For example you could substitute more orange juice for milk in my Orange Vanilla Poppy Seed Muffins




I chose to try the brownies from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar first. They use silken tofu in them which I thought was really interesting and I wanted to see how it would work. I changed the recipe up a bit by using some whole wheat flour and decreasing the sugar.

These brownies are amazing! They are probably the best brownies I have ever tasted. I am not joking. I love love love brownies and have tasted many. None of them can compare to how fudgy and chocolate tasting these are.



Vegan Tofu Brownies
Makes 16 small pieces

3 ounce silken or soft tofu (about 1/3 cup)
1/4 cup almond milk
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325°F. Lightly grease an 8 by 8 inch baking dish with vegetable oil.
Puree tofu, milk, and oil and blend till smooth in a blender.
Transfer this mixture to a bowl and mix in vanilla and sugar.
Now sift in flours, cocoa powder, corn starch, baking powder, and salt
Use a spatula to fold the batter till smooth
Stir in chocolate chips
Transfer batter to the baking dish and gently smooth out top
Bake 30-32 min let cool 15 min before cutting into slices

* Note I used a soft sweetened tofu. If you are using unsweetened you may want to increase the sugar slightly

Do you have a cookbook you really like?
Please tell me I love recipe books!


 

12 comments:

  1. love this recipe I use it all the time... I even used it to make burger cupcakes! http://littlemissvegancupcakes.blogspot.com/2010/09/burgers-fries.html

    Love the idea of vegan fridays :) yayyyyyy

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  2. I have some cookbooks that I don't really use! I get all my recipes from blogs now :)

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  3. Those brownies look totally fudgy. Yum, yum. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your brownies up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/03/sweets-for-saturday-10.html

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  4. These look great! Thanks for the guide to vegan baking, I am not vegan but some of my family members are and I often wonder what to use for different types of recipes.

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  5. Beautiful brownies and I am bookmarking this!

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  6. awwww! i love those books too! :-) enjoy!

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  7. Love this!! thanks so much. I'm going to bookmark this page. I'm not vegan but prefer to bake vegan so this will be great!

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  8. Looks so good! I love vegan cupcakes :)

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  9. I have made these twice. Granted, this is the only recipe for vegan brownies that I have tried, but I haven't had to look any further because both times these have worked out great for me! Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. I'm glad you like them! You've reminded me about how delicious these are. I must make them again soon! Thanks for reading.

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  10. This recipe is the best! I use it every time I bake brownies. The baking tips are helpful as well!

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  11. Hey! I just got a copy of skinny bitch bakery, and so far my friends have really liked the recipes that I have baked. A wide variety of baked goods from breads to cookies to cupcakes and loaves, in inspiring varities like "almond thumbprint cookies." The beginning lists vegan swaps and baking tips and things you must know, in the typical skinny bitch tounge-in-cheek tone. Love love love this brownie recipe! Chose it because my name is also "Kat"! :) One love!

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