Vegan Ultra Chewy & Delicious Brownies

Who else is balancing the stress of a pandemic with a healthy amount of unhealthy treats? Shout out to sweets for always making me feel better and helping me escape boredom… this recipe especially. It’s so f*cking good, and probably the best brownie recipe I’ve tried up to this point. These babies have a nice and firm, almost-crunchy outside, with a soft gooey middle that pairs fantastically with a fat scoop of ice cream. Hello, comfort food. The recipe is borrowed from My Darling Vegan, made by the lovely Sarah.

The beautiful brownie mix, just before getting put in the pan and then in the oven.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 6 tbsp warm water
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper, letting excess paper hang over the edges. Spray parchment paper with cooking oil. Or lightly oil your 8×8 baking pan.
  2. Prepare the flax eggs by mixing the flax and water, and setting aside.
  3. Fill a pot with a couple inches of water and bring to a boil. In a medium heat-safe bowl combine vegan butter, sugars, cocoa powder, and salt. Place on top of the pot – the bottom of the bowl should not touch the water – and remove from heat. You can also use a double boiler. Stir butter/sugar mixture occasionally until the butter has melted completely. Meanwhile, mix together flour and baking soda and set aside.
  4. Stir in vanilla extract and flax “eggs” to the butter/sugar mixture. Add the flour and baking soda and stir vigorously until well combined; the batter will be very thick. Once well combined, transfer into the prepared pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until mostly set. They should be slightly underdone.
  5. Remove brownies from the oven and let cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing.
Hi my beautiful babies, don’t they look f*cking fire?!

Vegan Pecan Pie

Drop whatever you are doing and get your ass in the kitchen to make this delicious-ass, tasty-ass pie. I had never made a pecan pie… or any pie really… but gat damn this was so good. My whole family (mind you are carnivorous, dairy drinking monsters) couldn’t stop eating it or hyping my ass up about how good it was. Pie crust made from scratch, which I got creative with with those cute lil leaves. Shout out to Abbey from Abbey’s Kitchen for the recipe.

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 2 ½ c flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 cup vegan butter very cold frozen is best
  • ½ cup cold ice water

Filling:

  • 4 tbsp ground chia seeds OR chickpea liquid
  • 8 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 c maple syrup
  • 1 3/4 c light brown sugar
  • 1/3 c cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 c melted vegan butter
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups pecan halves

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, add the flour, salt, sugar, and butter and pulse until it reaches pea-like pieces. Add in the ice water, a tablespoon at a time until it comes together (you likely won’t use it all!). Form into two thick round disks, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour to set up.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350F.
  3. Mix together the chia or chickpea liquid and almond milk, refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  4. In a food processor, puree the chia egg or chickpea liquid mixture, maple, sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, vinegar, vegan butter, salt and cinnamon.
  5. Stir in the pecan halves.
  6. Roll the first dough disk out to less than 1/4 inch and fit into a 9 inch pie plate. Prick the bottom. Chill until firm for about 30 minutes.
  7. Roll the second disk out and using a cookie cutter (or free-form with a knife) cut out leaf shapes.
  8. Pour the filling into the shell and press the leaf shapes all around the edge.
  9. Bake for about 1 hour or until it just gently jiggles in the center. After the first 20 minutes, you’ll likely want to cover the edges with tin foil to prevent the crust from overbrowning.
  10. Allow to cool completely before slicing and serving.

Amazingly Flavorful & Moist Banana Bread

Please excuse the chocolate mess atop the mini loafs… I had only a dark chocolate bar, which I hammered into bits, and that led to the lovely look of splatters you see. May not be aesthetically pleasing, but holy sh*t sooooo good!!

Shoutout to Lee for this great recipe over at Fit Foodie Finds, I made a slight adjustment, instead of walnuts I did chocolate bits!

This was super quick to put together and soooo moist and banana-y, the whole family was happy eating this one.

Ingredients:

Dry

  • 1¾ cups white or whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup  sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or chocolate chips (for topping)

Wet

  • 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoon warm water)
  • 3 medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF and spray a 9-inch loaf pan or mini loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. First, prepare your flax egg. Place 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed and 3 tablespoons of warm water into a small bowl. Whisk and set aside for 15 minutes to thicken.
  3. Next, mix all of the dry ingredients (except for walnuts) into a medium-sized bowl. Mix until combined and set aside.
  4. Check your flax egg. If it has thickened and become goopy, you’re ready to rock and roll! If not, wait a few more minutes.
  5. Place bananas into a separate large bowl and use a fork to mash, making sure to leave some nice sweet chunks of banana. Then, add the flax egg and mix. Add the rest of the wet ingredients to the bowl and mix again.
  6. Slowly add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until combined.
  7. Transfer batter into the loaf pan and make sure that batter is evenly spread out. Sprinkle walnuts or chocolate chips over the top of the banana bread and place into the oven.
  8. Bake banana bread at 350ºF for 45-50 minutes if using 9in pan or 20-25 minutes if using mini loaf pan.
  9. Remove from oven, let cool for around 15 minutes and then remove from the loaf pan to continue cooling.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s that time of the month where I want to devour all and any type of sweets… TMI?

These chocolate chip cookies are sooo fluffy, which is strange because the recipe I was referencing had somewhat flat cookies. I think what happened was I had 1/4 c extra flour, so up to you if you want fluffier or more doughy cookies.

I’m sure fluffy or flat, these cookies will satisfy your sweet tooth. They did mine. Even the cookie dough was amazing, I probably could have made a few more cookies, had I not eaten so much.

If the dough is a little sticky when you are trying to roll it into balls, try refrigerating for 10-15 minutes or you can add flour.

This recipe is from Vedged Out.

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, (or in your stand mixer) Cream the butter and the sugars with an electric beater. Add the baking powder, baking soda, salt, vanilla and chickpea brine. Beat to combine.
  2. Add the flour and beat until well mixed. If the cookie dough seems too wet, add an additional tablespoon or two of flour and mix till combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Spoon rounded tablespoons onto a baking sheet, I use this medium sized cookie scoop. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden. Let cool on baking sheet for 1-2 minutes. Transfer to cooling rack to cool for several minutes more. Store in an airtight container for up to five days. Makes about 24 cookies.