Super Simple Vegan Brownies March 06 2019

Now, I know the title has the 'V' word in it, sorry!

Whilst I'm not a vegan, I have spent the last few months moving to a more 'plant based diet', limiting dairy, meat and animal products.   I'm also not a natural lover of sweet stuff - no surprise to you hardcore Angel Cake Bakery followers. . . . . . with that in mind, don't freak out when you see how much sugar actually goes into these - ha!  Just 'cos they're vegan doesn't mean they're healthy!!

                     

So when I found myself randomly craving a sweet treat and being a HUGE lover of fudgey brownies, I had to find myself an alternative to my usual recipe. . . . . so I thought I'd share it with you!  I mean, just look at them  . . . . 
   

Made with super simple ingredients you'll be likely to have in your cupboard and fridge, these really couldn't be any easier to make (I'm also sure if you want, you could just use regular milk in this recipe).  There's no need for any fancy equipment, just a big bowl and a wooden spoon/whisk.  

I do make brownies quite a bit in my day job, so I do have a ready supply of foil trays to bake them in (I know, I know, not great for waste. . . . sorry!) and if you want to try the foil trays too, you can find them here.  
Alternatively use a square cake pan that's about 9"x9" square



The only really tricky thing about this recipe is making 'vegan buttermilk' - sounds difficult, doesn't it??
But it's really not!
It's incredibly easy to make!  All you need to do is measure out your cup of dairy free milk (I use almond milk) and add a tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice to it. . . . and some kind of weird science magic takes place and you're left with vegan buttermilk.

 


(This will work with some brands of milk, but not others, so do a little experiment first before tackling the recipe and if you want to use regular buttermilk, fire away!)

So, that's about as tricky as it gets! 

 
The wonderful thing about this recipe is that all the 'chocolatey' goodness comes from cocoa powder and NOT numerous bars of chocolate, which usually bump the cost up.  And at that, this recipe uses a fraction of cocoa powder that my old go-to recipe used - WIN!

The method is as simple as adding all the dry ingredients to the bowl, add the wet ingredients and mix. . . . pour into the tin and bake!



Anyway, enough of my waffling. . . . onto the recipe!

 

Ingredients:
250g plain flour
86g cocoa powder
400g castor sugar (don't shoot me!)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup 'vegan buttermilk'
1 tbsp instant coffee
1 cup vegetable oil 

Method:
  1. Preheat your oven to 180degC (160degC fan)
  2. Sift flour and cocoa powder into a large bowl and add the sugar, salt and baking powder
  3. Prepare the vegan buttermilk (see above) and add it to the mix along with the coffee powder & vegetable oil and mix well
  4. Pour the batter into your tray (I usually slam the tray down onto the worktop a few times to dispel any air bubbles - that and it usually scares the shit out of everyone in the house - ha!)
  5. Bake for about 30/35mins - as I bake for a living, I know it's ready - but if you're used to the old skewer trick,  you're looking for a little bit of moist crumbage (ooo-er) on the skewer. . . . .you want them super fudgy in the middle!
  6. Allow to cool and cut into 12 generous pieces, sit back and enjoy!

There you have it!
Super easy vegan brownies
Whilst I photographed them with strawberries, it's highly unlikely that they'll ever be eaten with anything remotely healthy- ha!  I serve mine with a gorgeous vegan caramel sauce (recipe coming soon) or some super yum vegan ice cream!  But they're just as good with a good cup of coffee or tea . . . . BLISS!

NOTE:
I've not tried it yet, but I'm pretty sure you could easily switch out regular plain flour for gluten free flour to make these dairy and gluten free :)

I'd love to hear from you if you have a go at making these. 
Share your pics to Instagram with the hashtag #angelcakebakerybakes 

Happy caking
Kathy xx