After finishing a big essay there is nothing better than treating myself to a batch of gooey, chocolate-y brownies! I got this recipe from veganbaking.net and it turned out sooo good. Check out this website if you have a craving for some awesome baked goods! Make these lil’ beauties a few hours before planning to eat them though, because you MUST let them cool completely before you cut them. Don’t make me say I told you so!
Makes 9 -10, depending on the size you cut them.
- 3 Tablespoons water
- 2 Tablespoons ground flaxseed (or any other egg replacer, but this works best )
- 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 7 Tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2/3 cup dark chocolate, chopped into ½ inch pieces
- 1 teaspoon instant espresso coffee
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup boiling water
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 6 Tablespoons (80 grams) vegan butter (I use ‘Pure’ sunflower spread)
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ cup walnuts, chopped or any other special little something you want in there. If you are a chocolate fiend you can use chocolate chips!
In a small mixing bowl whisk together the water and flax meal. Let it sit for about 10 minutes so the mixture gets all gooey. Place your oven rack on its lowest position and pre-heat your oven to 176°C/Gas mark 4. Line an 8 x 8 inch baking dish with parchment paper allowing excess parchment paper on opposite sides so you can pull the brownies out of the baking dish later.
In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the all-purpose flour and baking soda. Set aside.
In another mixing bowl add the cocoa powder, chocolate, espresso powder and salt. Add the boiling water and using a spoon, mix the ingredients into a paste, making sure that all of the chocolate pieces are melted. Add the sugar, Vegan Butter, vanilla extract, flaxseed mixture into the chocolate mixture and mix with an electric mixer until smooth. Stir in the walnuts if you’re using them. Using a spoon, mix in the flour until well combined. The mixture will become extremely thick so don’t worry, it’s normal! Refrain from mixing this dough with an electric mixer, just use a good wooden spoon.
Put the batter into the baking dish. I used my hands to press the thick dough into place. Bake for 35 minutes on your oven’s lowest rack. Transfer the baking dish to a wire cooling rack and allow it to cool for about an hour.
Move the brownies to the wire rack by lifting them out of the baking dish by taking hold of the extra paper on each side. Allow them to cool completely before slicing into squares. Enjoy!