I love making and surprising my boyfriend with vegan sweet treats. It makes him happy and it makes me happy to make them. I used to never really bake until I became vegan because I wanted to explore and find out how to make traditional sweet treats into vegan ones. This (belated) Valentine's Day, I made him brownies and since he loves walnuts I included them in this recipe. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
▢ 2 cups chocolate cups (1 melted, 1 left as is – I used Enjoy Life mini chips, they have no dairy, nuts, or soy)
▢ 2 cups of all-purpose flour
▢ 1.5 cups of brown sugar
▢ 1/2 teaspoon salt
▢ 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
▢ 4 flax eggs (see below on how to make a flax egg)
▢ 1 cup of coconut oil
▢ 1/2 cup of water
▢ 1/2 cup of walnuts
▢ 1 teaspoon of vanilla (optional)
1. In a larger bowl, sift flour, baking soda, and salt.
2. In another bowl, mix the flax eggs (instructions down below), brown sugar, and melted coconut oil. Then add the water and vanilla extract and mix.
3. Now combine the two mixtures, add the melted chocolate chips and mix until smooth and chocolatey. Make sure to melt in 30 second increments so you don’t burn them (like I did the first time).
4. Chop 1/2 cup of walnuts into little bits and stir walnuts and nonmelted chocolate chips into the mixture. Now you’re ready to grease the pan (I use coconut oil spray).
5. Grease 12×12 pan or loaf pan, preheat oven to 325 and bake for 35 minutes. Once done, wait for it to completely cool and you’re ready to enjoy! Also, optional but I made mini loaves and brownie cake form so drizzled some of the melted chocolate, whole chocolate chips, and finely chopped walnuts on top. (see below)
1 flax egg = 1 tablespoon of grounded flax seeds and 3 tablespoons of water. I used a coffee bean grinder and set it to extremely fine. For 4 flax eggs, you’ll need 4 tablespoons of grounded seeds and 12 tablespoons of water. Then whisk until you have an “egg” like consistency.
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