I was extremely excited earlier this week when I discovered a new technique for baking vegan goodies on one of my favorite blogs, Cookie Madness. So intrigued was I with this new method that I immediately went down into my kitchen, took out my baking supplies, and tried it out, no matter that this was at 8 o'clock in the morning, and I was nearly late to my class.
While these bars are more cake-like than brownie-like, they come out rich in chocolate, and are relatively healthy due to the lack of eggs, milk or butter in them. In fact, baked in a round pan and slathered in frosting, the recipe could easily double as a birthday cake!
Without further ado...
Vegan Brownies (Adopted from Cookie Madness)
serves around 16
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup water
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup vegetable or olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup nuts (optional)
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a brownie pan very well.
(The new technique part comes next)
Place 1/2 cup of flour and the 1 cup of water in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until the mixture becomes thick and gluey.
Stir together the sugar, salt, cocoa powder and baking powder. Add oil and vanilla and stir until well mixed. Add the gluey flour mixture and stir. Add the rest of the flour and nuts and chocolate chips if desired.
Pour the mix into the pan and bake for around 25 minutes.
Let cool and cut into bars!