Vegan Brownies

There are only a few ingredients in this recipes and I lost my "official" copy. It's terrible. I can give you the recipe and I can guarantee it will taste delicious because it is made up of just a few tasty ingredients (chocolate) but I cannot 100% guarantee that your brownies will come out just like mine. Come to think of it, there are so many variables in baking that even if I did share the "official" copy of the recipe, your brownies still probably won't come out exactly like mine, so why am I worrying?

These brownies use a combination of coconut butter and coconut cream to replace the dairy and still attain a lush flavor and soft consistency that you would get from the butter and eggs. Don't worry if you're not a fan of coconut - you can't taste it in the end. If you can find dark, vegan, or baking chocolate that will work best, and depending on the type of chocolate you may need to add or subtract the amount of sugar in your batter. Dark and vegan chocolates won't need as much sugar, but baking chocolate is usually very bitter, so you'll need to up the amount of sugar in the recipe.
Vegan Brownies
1 c chopped chocolate
1/2 c coconut butter (melted)
1/2 c coconut cream
1/2 c sugar - 1 c sugar
1 c flour (preferably all purpose)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder

Preheat the oven to 375ยบ F

-Melt the chocolate in a large bowl
-Add the coconut butter and stir until you come out with a thick, creamy cosnistency
-Add the coconut cream and stir
-If you used a very bitter baking chocolate, you will need to add about 1 c of sugar, but if you used a less bitter (sweetened) vegan or dark chocolate, you will only need to add about 1/2 c sugar
-Combine the sugar with the wet ingredients until it is well incorporated
-In a smaller bowl combine the flour, salt, and baking powder
-Slowly incorporate the flour mixture into the wet ingredients until you come out with one smooth batter
-Grease and flour a small baking dish (aproximately 9 x 5 in) or line it with parchment paper
-Pour the batter into the baking dish and bake for 25-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean
-Let the brownies cool, then slice into 12-15 squares and enjoy!

4 comments :

Ellie 10/2/12, 11:35 AM  

Want to try these!

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Karen K. 10/2/12, 11:51 PM  

What is coconut butter and coconut cream? These sound marvelous and I don't want to screw them up by using the wrong things. Are there particular brands you use? I have coconut oil and coconut milk but haven't ever seen what you're referring to. Thanks!!!

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sweet road 10/3/12, 12:06 AM  

@Karen K.Coconut butter is sort of like the peanut butter of coconuts. It includes the meat and the oil of the coconut to create a thick, spreadable consistency (at room/warm temperatures). I use two brands: either Nutiva Coconut Manna, or Tropical Traditions Coconut Cream Concentrate.

Coconut cream is sort of like coconut milk, but much thicker because it contains more coconut content. Usually it comes in cans and when you open the can it will have separated. The top will be the coconut butter and if you poke through the coconut butter you will get to the liquid. I usually scoop out the butter, place it in a large glass jar, pour the liquid on top, cap the jar, and shake it all up. It becomes a frothy, thick cream and is often used in cream pies or pina coladas!

Hope that helps!

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sweet road 10/3/12, 12:07 AM  

@Karen K. Oh, and for the coconut cream I found it recently at Trader Joes, so I have been using their brand.

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