Best Vegan Brownies: Recipe #249

When I asked Tim what he wants to celebrate his birthday this year, he said he wants these brownies, with 3 kinds of chocolate in it. Of course the kids didn’t argue with that. They’re fudgy in the middle and crispy on the outside (the brownies, not the kids). If that doesn’t put a smile in your tummy, I don’t know what will! Thanks to Isa who inspired these best vegan brownies.

I hope you enjoy this recipe, which is part of our 1,000 Food Experiments to create sustainable meals for our family and yours.

Ingredients ($7.50 for a 8×8″ pan)

1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks – $0.50
1/3 cup coconut oil – $3.30
2/3 cup brown sugar – $0.39
1/3 cup fresh dates, mashed up (or dried dates soaked in hot water first and then mashed up) – $1.11
1 tbsp cornstarch – $0.10
2 tsp vanilla – $0.40
1 cup white whole wheat flour – $0.18
1/2 tsp baking powder – $0.01
3 tbsp cocoa powder – $0.21
1/2 tsp salt – $0.03
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips – $1.00
3 tbsp soy milk – $0.07

Directions for the Best Vegan Brownies

1. In a large bowl, mix the 1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks with the coconut oil. Melt in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time until melted together, then cool to room temperature for 10 minutes.

Mix the brown sugar, dates and cornstarch into the chocolate and stir until smooth, then mix in the vanilla.

2. Next, add in 1/2 cup of the flour, along with the baking powder, cocoa, and salt. Fold in the 1 cup chocolate chips, then add the rest of the flour. If it’s really dry, add in the soy milk to make a gooey brownie batter.

Spread it into a greased 8×8″ pan. Bake at 350F for 18-20 minutes (or 22-25 minutes if it’s in a glass pan), until the edges are crispy and starting to pull away fro m the edges, but the middle is still gooey when you stick a knife in it. Cool your best vegan brownies for a few minutes, then dig in! We love them with a glass of cold soy milk or a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. Lots of love!

Sustainability Score (explained here)

  • Time to make: 3 = <1 hour
  • Servings: 3 = lots of leftovers
  • Cost per serving: 3 = <$5
  • Deliciousness: 3 = when are we having this again?
  • Environmental impact: 3 = minimal damage
  • Nutritional value: 1 = eat rarely
  • TOTAL: 16/18

If any of you amazing home chefs tried it, or have other recipes you’d like us to experiment with, please let me know. Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy day!

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