Vegan Brownies Deconstructed In 4 Parts
How about trying a recipe guaranteed to debunk the common “myth-conception” that vegan baked goods are inherently awful?
The chosen recipe was created by none other than the reigning queens of the vegan cooking (and baking) world: Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero’s Fudgy Wudgy Blueberry Brownies.
Let’s list a few of the main ingredients needed to prepare this vegan treat.
1. Something Blue…
Blueberries are packed with antioxidants and, more importantly for the most gluttonous among us, they are absolutely delightful to eat in their simplest form or prepared in the following ways, to name but a few.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, might as well throw in some fruit and bran to get started on the road to your daily vitamin and fiber quota. Try Moby’s Vegan Blueberry Pancakes.
And since it’s impossible to pass on classics, have a Vegan Blueberry Muffin to pump some energy and smiles back into you when the inevitable mid-afternoon slump occurs.
2. Jams or Jellies, it’s all Fruity to Me
Even if you’re more of a cereal aficionado for breakfast as opposed to a toast & jam one, bet you a brownie square that there’s a jar of jam or jelly hiding in your pantry.
Considering how easy it is to make your own and to therefore have more control over how much sugar will be used, how about giving the following recipes a try to get you started? Now don’t fret: making your own jam might sound like a lot of work, but it really isn’t that complicated, as these recipes will demonstrate.
Good news! The use of lavender doesn’t have to be restricted to soaps. Just be sure to use the culinary kind of the dried flower and bring your jam to the next flavorful level: Blueberry and Lavender Butter
3. Soy meets World
More and more people are choosing to use nondairy milks, be it for their health or for ethical reasons. Or both. The good news is that replacing dairy milk with soymilk (or other plant-based milks) couldn’t be more of a cinch. Just pour the same amount you normally would in whatever application you need it, and that’s all there is to it.
You might have to do some taste-testing before finding the brand you like best since they all vary in creaminess, thickness and flavor, but with the large variety available on the market these days, you’re bound to eventually find your favorite.
If you’d like to try other recipes that make use of soymilk, have a look at the following:
Vegan Jam Swirled Pancakes (Tip: Try them with the blueberry jam mentioned above!)
Peanut Butter Waffles (Tip: If you’re not a fan of peanut butter, try using another nut or seed butter in its place.)
Banana Peanut Butter Smoothies (Tip: Try it with tahini instead of peanut butter, if you feel just a teeny bit adventurous.)
Panna cotta means cooked cream in Italian, which might seem a bit contradictory to enjoy in vegan form. Au contraire! Vegan Chocolate Panna Cotta
4. Semisweet Symphony
Think that those who follow a vegan diet have to kiss chocolate goodbye? Think again! It is actually possible to find vegan chocolate at most supermarkets.
The best chocolates contain very few ingredients anyway, just as is the case with most foods, as a matter of fact, and luckily a lot of the bittersweet and semisweet versions are free of animal products.
Be mindful while reading the ingredients though, because some companies stubbornly add butterfat to their chips.
Another thing to keep in mind if you are baking for vegans is that you need to be sure the sugar used in the chocolate isn’t processed with bone char. It might sound like a pain, but there are lists available online that will advise you on which brands to go for. If you live in the United States and have access to Trader Joe’s, some of their chocolates are vegan, delicious and rather affordable to boot.
Here are just a couple entirely vegan recipes that make use of chocolate chips:
Fancy a quick and actually rather cute snack? Here’s just the thing to hold you off until dinner. (Mamas everywhere say: Don’t spoil your appetite for dinner!) Peanut Butter Dream (Tip: Late July Crackers are the vegan equivalent of Ritz)
Fudgy, Wudgy and Edgy
And last but certainly not least, the pièce de résistance: Fudgy Wudgy Blueberry Brownies.
These are aptly named, because fudgy is definitely what they are.
Getting the textural surprise of locating bits of chocolate and blueberries as you bite into them makes it even harder to resist grabbing another piece.
Whether you enjoy eating your brownies still warm, at room temperature, cold from the fridge or even from the freezer, these are sure to hit the spot. You know the one.
Go ahead: chomp on, guilt-free (except if you inhale the whole pan in under 5 minutes). It’ll be our secret.
If you already enjoy occasional (or permanent!) vegan meals and treats, what is the one dessert you dream of seeing made vegan?
Food, we love you.