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Vegans just eat like lentils and stuff, right? WRONG! These brownies prove all doubters wrong.

Accidentally Vegan Brownies

Ingredients

  • 4 level tablespoons of chia seeds (I prefer using whole)

  • 12 tablespoons of water/plant milk of choice

  • 3 heaped tablespoons of smooth almond/cashew/peanut butter

  • 240 grams of coconut sugar/dark brown sugar

  • 11 tablespoon of maple syrup

  • 13 tablespoons of melted coconut oil

  • 60 grams cocoa powder

  • 60 grams plain flour or buckwheat if you're gluten free

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt

  • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar

  • 100 grams of dairy free milk/white chocolate buttons

  • 10 oreos broken into bitesize pieces (potentially not vegan)

Instructions

  1. 1. Preheat oven to to 180C and grease and line baking tray.

  2. 2. Combine your chia seeds with the water and set to one side.

  3. 3. Whisk the almond butter with the sugar, maple syrup and coconut oil until you have a caramel.

  4. 4. Sieve in your cocoa powder gradually and whisk until batter is shiny and silky.

  5. 5. Whisk in the chia eggs.

  6. 6. Fold in the flour until well incorporated.

  7. 7. Add in the vanilla essence, 3/4 of the salt, the baking powder and baking soda.

  8. 8. Gently fold Oreos and chocolate buttons into the batter. Then tip into baking tray.

  9. 9. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

  10. 10. Allow to cool for a minimum of 1 hour, then slice into squares. Stick a knife in, you want it to come out just clean then you will know they're ready.

Accidentally Vegan Brownies
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- I was caught eating these delicious, decadent brownies the other day and my friend said, "Venetia, what are you doing? "Those definitely aren't vegan!" Well, my friends, they are! They're accidentally vegan, and I'm gonna show you just how to make them with some surprisingly vegan products. Let's get started. So we start with three tablespoons of peanut butter, then we're going to add maple syrup, dark brown sugar, some coconut oi, this has been melted, and mix it up! So what you're looking for is a caramel-like consistency. Right, next up, we're going to add cocoa powder. Fun fact, when I first made this recipe, I tried using cacao powder, and I went crazy. I had so much energy. I was jumping around like this, so I would go for cocoa. So you'll want to keep whisking until your batter's quite shiny. Next up, we're going to add the flour. We're also going to add a teaspoon of baking powder, and a pinch of salt. You can't eat eggs if you're vegan, so you need to come up with fun replacements. Now, you can use flax seeds for this, but I've gone for chia seeds, just because I think they add a really lovely texture once they're in the batter, because at the moment, it's like frog spawn, genuinely. All right, so for every tablespoon of chia seeds, you need three tablespoons of water and the same applies to flaxseeds. Hold up, pull up! I forgot my vanilla essence. Just a little capful or teaspoonful. So this is the point in the recipe where you have a few options. You could leave it like this, you could add some chopped walnuts or pecans for that classic, nutty, chocolatey brownie, or you can take things to the next level with... Cream-filled chocolate biscuits! Not branded. I've put a packet's worth here, and I just like to break them in. Stir them in, and I have got some dairy-free chocolate buttons. Yas! Oh my gosh, this is gonna be heaven. Grab a greased and lined baking tray. Smooth out the batter. I'm just going to scatter a few more chocolate buttons on top. Now we just need to put this in a preheated oven for 20 minutes at 180 degrees. I'm back, and I've got brownies! Ideally, you would let these cool properly for an hour or two. And they're kind of broken already, great! Oh, did you heard that crunch? If you like your brownies a bit more well done, just keep them in the oven for longer, but I like mine super gooey with a bit of dairy-free ice cream on the side. Do I get to try them now, Mum? Oh! Oh! Instagram food porn. What you saying? Mm! They're really gooey, as all good brownie should be, but then you have the crunch of the outside, the surprise hit from the Oreo, and that extra sugary punch from the chocolate button. They are amazing! I have honestly outdone myself. You have to try these! They're almost like mud pie brownies! Mm-mm, mm-mm! Mm-mm! Mm!