Vegan Brownies – I’m not even vegan, they are just so good!

Hello and welcome, this is my blog for all things kids teepee tent related and of course vegan brownies are toatally part of that (whatever, it’s my blog) and after my last post (that has yet to go viral BTW) I’ve decided to post just what I feel is right and good and these brownies are bloody good. And…I’m not even vegan.

They also happen to be the only way I can get any avocado into my 6 year old bar force feeding him in his sleep (not that I’ve tried, just saying).

Before you ask, yes, the flowers (pansy and dried marigold petals) are edible, but not necessary, I just wanted to get your attention.

Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup well-mashed avocado (mash or puree just before you use it to stop it going brown)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (you could also use avocado oil or coconut oil)
  • 1 cup White or brown rice flour (you could use all-purpose flour if you don’t mind not doing the gluten free thing), I like the texture of rice flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened fair trade cocao powder
  • 3/4 cup fair trade cane sugar (or granulated sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon good vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups vegan dark chocolate chips (or any good choclate chips you like)

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C (350 degrees F). Grease an 8-inch square pan (or a loaf tin if that’s what you have) with coconut oil (or olive oil etc) and line with parchment paper (optional, but I think it makes it way easier to lift them out onto the cooling wire).

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the pureed avocado and the oil until smooth. Add the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, salt, vanilla extract and water. Stir until you have a smooth paste. Fold in 1 cup of chocolate chips.

Pour (you’ll need to use a spatula) into the prepared tray and spread the batter evenly. Sprinkle the additional 1/2 cup of chocolate chips on top. Bake for 15-20 minutes. If you overbake them, the brownies will have a cake-like texture.

I thought mine were underbaked as they were quite gooey but they dried out as they cooled and were even better next day so don’t overbake!

Remove and let the brownies sit out for at least 20 minutes before serving. Cut and serve, or pop in a tin and store for up to 3 days (there wont be any left after that anyway!).

My 6yr old:  “mmmm it’s all smooth in your mouth!”

Me: “That will be the avocado”

6yr old “Avocado?!!…but it tastes good!”

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