When I started my current job, just over 6 months ago, I fell into a small camp of just two people who didn’t eat meat. My new colleague, Megan, was vegan, and I, vegetarian. We would chat every now and then about non-dairy ice creams or who made the best fake chicken strips (Gardein). When I would bake and bring a few helpings or slices in, I felt awful that she couldn’t have any…sorry Megan!
So when her final day with us came, I had to bake something special. And vegan.
After a quick Google, I found that many recipes had a laundry list of ingredients, half of which I would buy and never use again, so I looked over the basics, and made my own. Below is a recipe of a reallllly dense brownie that is almost cake like (maybe I over baked it…it wasn’t gooey.)
These are dangerously rich, chunky, dense, moreish and AMAZING.
2 tbsp GROUND FLAXSEED (mixed with 6 tbsp luke warm water)
1 cup PLAIN FLOUR
3/4 cup BROWN SUGAR
1/2 cup COCOA POWDER
1 cup DARK CHOCOLATE CHUNK (half a cup for the batter, other half to go in as whole chunks)
5 tbsp MARGARINE
1 cup SOY MILK (you could also use almond or coconut)
1 tsp BAKING POWDER
1/2 tsp BAKING SODA
Line a 9 x 9 baking pan (or if like me you don’t have one, section off one end with tin foil to make a square).
Preheat oven to 365F/180C
Mix the water and flaxseed in a small bowl and set aside.
Mix the dry ingredients, save for the chocolate chunks.
Place a glass bowl on a saucepan, with half a cup of water boiling in it. Melt the margarine and half the chocolate chunks, and when thoroughly melted, stir it in to the dry ingredients, followed by the milk and the flaxseed mix.
Stir in the remaining chocolate chunks. Crumble in half of the Oreos, and pour into the lined pan.
Cover the batter with the remaining Oreos (you can crumble them or pat them in whole).
Bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before cutting into squares.