Happy Meatless Monday. Who needs eggs, oil or dairy products of any kind to make a stunning dessert? Not us. Here is the most amazing dessert to whip up and share with your most beloved. It is compassionate, oil free and joy full.
I love to make and consume desserts. This is really a new thing for me, the creating part not the consuming part. I have never been a cookie baker or a Saturday cake whipper upper. It has been in the past year or two that I have really begun to enjoy designing desserts to fit our lifestyle. When we went vegan our desserts became much more exciting and unique. Now that we are enjoying the Engine 2 plan and livin it up without oil… desserts are like a whole food extension of our meals and I am really having fun with it.
I made these brownies from the Engine 2 book and could not believe how they came out. They are the consistency of a flourless chocolate cake. So dense and chocolaty that you MUST enjoy them with your favorite tea or a cup of coffee lest you choke on the density of this chocolate bomb. I added fresh raspberries because they are Sandy’s fave. I am confident that nuts would also be the perfect partner in this crime.
I adore nuts in brownies and think this dark- as-night brownie would be flattered by the addition of some creamy cashews or pecans.
These were easy to create, a treasure to give to friends and the greatest gift I could give myself after a hair raising day at work. We shared some, ate many more than that and froze the rest to enjoy at a later date.
Dark Chocolate Brownies
Engine 2 Diet
1/2 C light brown sugar, packed
1/2 C raw sugar
1 C unsweetened applesauce
1 Tbsp Ener-G egg replacer mixed with 1/4 C water (whisk this really well)
1/4 C + 2 Tbsp soy milk (or non dairy milk of your choice. I added a bit more because the batter looked dry to me.)
1 1/2 Tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 Tsp apple cider vinegar
1/1/2 C whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 C cocoa powder
1 Tsp baking soda
1/2 Tsp sea salt
1 1/2 C dairy free dark chocolate chocolate chips or chunks ( I used dairy free semi sweet chips and a 70 % cocoa bar that I cut into pieces which was divine)
1/2 pint fresh raspberries (or berry of your choice)
Make It Happen
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine the sugars and applesauce with an electric mixer. Beat in Ener-G mixture, soy milk, vanilla and vinegar. Combine the dry ingredients (except the chocolate chips or chunks) in a separate bowl. Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet, then stir in the chocolate chips. This is when I added a smidge more soy milk then stirred in the raspberries. Spread the batter into a sprayed 9 by 13 inch baking dish. Bake for 16-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. I did the toothpick test two or three times to find a clean spot and it was definitely done even though the first pick came out moist. It may have hit a chip so do it a few times.
Allow to cool (cut immediately and consume a sliver even though it could quite possibly burn your face off) in the pan on a wire rack. Cut into 20 pieces and enjoy immensely.
Have a delicious day.
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