Vegan & Almost Clean Rich Chocolate Brownies

When I was creating these brownies last night, I was beyond heartbroken. Seeing the news that rapper Mac Miller passed away shocked me so much. It was completely unexpected. I would have had this post up last night, but I was too distraught about Mac to really focus on blogging. No, I didn't know him; but, I was a huge fan of his work. I associate Mac Miller with my teenage years. I can name a specific Mac Miller song and tell you exactly why I was listening to that song at any moment. It sucks that we will never be able to receive new music from him and see his hilarious commentary on anything. If you haven't listened to Mac Miller's music before, I strongly recommend that you do so. There are very few rappers in this era that have been able to master the ability to change constantly without losing themselves. Mac would experiment with his sound, but he never ever went too far or had you questioning if he had lost his mind with the music he was creating. He battled a lot of demons and put that all into his music. My favorite songs from him are Traffic In The Sky, Objects In The Mirror, Happy Birthday, Insomniak, Damn!, We, Clubhouse, Keep Floating, 100 Grandkids, What's The Use?, and so many more great songs that I'm not going to name. But, it hurts a whole lot and I'm not sure I'll ever get over it. My condolences to his family and friends. 

 

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These brownies are my adapted version of this recipe here.  I wanted to make a healthier version of those brownies. These brownies are absolutely delicious! The melted chocolate make them so decadent and creamy when you bite into them. Cocoa is very bitter, so the sugar is very necessary. I would even suggest adding some maple syrup, but I didn't do that at the time of creating these brownies. The next time that I make brownies, I'm going to top them with chocolate ganache instead of just topping them with powdered sugar. 

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I am going to admit this. I haven't had brownies in possibly 10 years. I don't make them often because I tend to eat sweets once and then never again. I strongly dislike store-bought brownies because they taste over processed and dry. I may be a minority here, but I believe chocolate brownies should taste similar to Devil's Food Chocolate Cake. Brownies shouldn't taste like dehydrated chocolate. Cocoa is already VERY strong, which is why you need sugar or even chocolate chips to balance out all of that bitterness. 

The reason I used so much oil is due to the fact that I have developed an egg allergy. I am not sure if I can eat eggs inside of other dishes, most likely yes. But, every single time I cook eggs or I order eggs out, I get really sick. So I will no longer be making dishes with eggs. I do not and will not buy them. It really sucks that I can no longer eat them because I love the combination of avocado toast & eggs. Scrambled eggs were my go-to breakfast for a very long time. It's been difficult transitioning out of eating eggs, but I'm going strong. This recipe doesn't have any meat or dairy products which is why I classify it as vegan. 

 

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Rich Chocolate Brownies

prep time: cook time: total time:

ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 cup date sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder 
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup almond milk (or water) 
  • 1 cup coconut oil 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder 
  • 1 hu kitchen chocolate bar (OR any other organic natural chocolate chips/bar), melted  (optional) 

instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. In a bowl, mix together the flour, sugars, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder. In a separate bowl, add the milk, oil, vanilla extract, and  melted chocolate bar. Pour the liquid bowl into the dry bowl, mix until well combined. 
  3. Place some parchment paper to a pan and then add your mix, spread it evenly. 
  4. Bake for 30 minutes. Check with a tooth pick or knife to see if it's cooked all the way through. Allow to cool completely before cutting. Top with powdered sugar. 

NOTES:

Make this gluten free by substituting with a blend of 1/2 cup of Almond Flour and a 1/2 cup Oat Flour
Use less oil by using 2 eggs, 2 tbsp oil 
Top these brownies with a peanut butter drizzle