Thursday, October 13, 2011

Vegan Chocolate-Mint Brownies

This is the first recipe I have tried out in my new cookbook.  Yay!  Finally got around to it.  I don't know if these brownies are "healthy" because of the amount of sugar in them but they have a lot less saturated fat than normal brownies because I used canola oil and water versus butter.  I don't know why my perception of vegan food is like this but I do not feel guilty eating these brownies because they are vegan. Weird huh?

Slightly adapted from If It Makes You Healthy
Makes 15 brownies

2 c unbleached all-purpose flour
2 c raw sugar, preferably organic
1/2 c unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 c vegetable or canola oil
1 to 1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 c carob chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a 13 by 9-inch baking pan.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and set on low speed, mix together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.

Once the dry ingredients are mixed together, turn off the motor and add the oil, 1 cup of water, 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract, and the vanilla extract.  With the mixer on medium-high, beat the batter so that it is well incorporated and smooth.  Taste and add more peppermint extract, if desired.  Stir in the carob chips by hand.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the surface with a rubber spatula.  Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let the brownies cool in the pan for 10 to 15 minutes.  Cut into squares to serve.

These brownies are super easy to prepare.  Just mix the dry ingredients together and I put all the wet ingredients into a glass measuring cup so I could just pour it right into the batter.  It took me 5 minutes to assemble everything.

Do not let these carob chips fool you.  They look like chocolate chips but taste nothing like them.  They are vegan and dogs can eat them too so I've often seen them in dog treats at the doggie bakery.


This looks kinda like when the mouse has eaten the cheese but it is me who has eaten the brownie.  


Kathy said...

It does look like a mouse nibbled on that brownie haha.

Monica said...

hehe.... thanks for the cookbook! i love it! =)

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