When one’s been baking with oodles of butter and eggs, like I’ve been doing for so long, the idea of baking without them is a bit confounding. But I am deeply intrigued by vegan baking, and have been pouring over recipes books looking for healthy cookie recipes. In The Vegan Family Cookbook by Brian P. McCarthy (Lantern Books, 2006) I stumbled upon this brownie recipe that I am kind of amazed by. Not only does it negate the need for animal-based ingredients, but it gives the option of including whole wheat flour–hurray!
The only caveat for me here is that is calls for granulated sugar. I’m not a huge advocate for refined sugar, and recommend replacing the sugar with a natural sweetener. I use Sucanat for baked goods that have a rich flavor, it works perfectly with chocolate recipes like this.
1 cup flour (you can use half whole wheat flour here, if you prefer)
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/4 cups sugar (or Sucanat, as noted above)
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cups chocolate chips
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1/3 cup soy milk
1/3 cup extra light olive oil
1/4 cup silken tofu
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. In large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, sugar (or Sucanat), baking powder, salt, walnuts and chocolate chips.
3. In a blender, blend the soy milk, oil, tofu and vanilla.
4. Add blended mixture to the flour mixture in the large bowl and stir until just combined. Batter will be thick.
5. Spread batter out evenly into an 8-inch square, oiled baking dish.
6. Bake for 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.