Forgive me father, for I have sinned.
I put non-vegan mint chips into a vegan brownie.
But you can TJ’s Mint UFO’s instead, those are 100% vegan.
Vegan-ish Mint Chocolate Chip Brownies (makes 12 squares)
adapted from these
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup soy milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used Nestle’s dark chocolate and mint mix)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease an 8 inch square baking dish (I used a 6×8” Pyrex pan).
- Mix sugar, oil, soymilk, and vanilla. Stir and set aside to let sugar dissolve. (The original recipe called for grinding the sugar to help it dissolve easier. I didn’t bother and it turned out fine.)
- Stir together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and chocolate chips.
- Pour the sugar mixture on top of the flour mix and gently stir until just until combined.
- Spoon the batter into the prepared baking dish and spread it evenly.
- Bake for 14 to 16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with a few moist crumbs attached but not gooey. (I had to bake it for about 25 min. because of the different pan size.)
- Cool completely before cutting and serving. They are complete goo when warm (they will firm up after chilling), but also delicious, so if you don’t mind a mess…
I have been trying to find a good vegan brownie recipe for a long time and these were definitely a bit of an “Eureka!” like the recipe promised. They were almost exactly like non-vegan fudge brownies, even the ones choc-full of butter and eggs. After cooling, they have a great texture and hold together. Even though they are 100% whole wheat, they definitely don’t taste like it and are super-super decadent. I got rave reviews from my classmates and omnivorous friends.
The only caveat for me is that these are very sweet—not any more so than box mix brownies, but I am going to try to use ½ cup sugar next time to see what happens.
UPDATE: two days later I went to a friend’s house and ate brownies from a box mix, so I can assure you that yeah, these are the real thing.