I spent yesterday on trains all day getting back from London to Manchester.
Wistfully looking out the window I thought I couldn’t wait to bake something the moment I got home. “What could I bake that won’t take very long and I already have the ingredients for?” – BROWNIES.
To be completely honest, for some reason I’ve always struggled to make brownies. My previous attempts all turned out overdone, gritty, bitter or too moist to remove from the pan.
Alas, the time had come where they finally came out perfect. I’d worked out the ultimate vegan brownie formula.
I wish I’d have had some vegan ice cream to enjoy these with, though they are insanely good on their own (I’m just a sucker for marrying chocolate treats w/ ice cream).
These would make a great finale to a plant-based date-night-in dinner, for who doesn’t love a chocolate dessert?
Fudgy Vegan Brownies
- 3 tbsp ground flax seeds
- 60 ml water
- 170 g vegan butter I used Vitalite
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- 310 g golden caster sugar
- 120 g plain flour
- 100 g cocoa powder
- 100 g chocolate chips these can be dark or vegan milk, depending on how rich you’d like the brownies to be. I used dark.
- Mix the ground flax and water together in a bowl. Set aside to allow for gelling. Preheat oven to 175°C and line an 8″ x 8″ pan or similar with parchment paper.
- Melt the vegan butter in a microwave for about 2 minutes on 30% power until liquid. Combine the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl and whisk until combined. Add flax eggs, vanilla and salt and whisk until combined.
- Sift in the flour and cocoa powder, then fold until just combined. Careful not to over mix.
- Fold in half of the chocolate chips, then tip the mixture into the lined pan, smoothing the top with a spoon or spatula. Scatter the remaining chocolate chips over the top and bake for 35-40 minutes until the centre has set and does not wiggle when shook gently.
- Allow to cool in the tray for about 20 minutes before moving to a wire cooling rack to cool completely (at least another 30 minutes). The brownies need to be totally cooled to set and therefore be neatly sliced.