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Ultimate Vegan Brownies Mattie

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I would like to know if its ok to use pre-grounded brown flax?

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Reviewed by monica April 03, 2014

I would like to know if its ok to use pre-grounded brown flax?

Thanks!

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Hi there! I really want to bake these but I want to reduce the sugar down to 1 cup, How much more water do I need to add to balance the moisture?
Devaki30 Reviewed by Devaki30 April 02, 2014
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Less Sugar-How Much Water?

Hi there! I really want to bake these but I want to reduce the sugar down to 1 cup, How much more water do I need to add to balance the moisture?

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These are to die for! Made them often and they are always a hit. Thanks so much :)
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5.0
tashpagenz Reviewed by tashpagenz March 31, 2014
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Amazing!

These are to die for! Made them often and they are always a hit. Thanks so much :)

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This recipe worked beautifully! Thanks so much for sharing the results of your experiments. This is the first recipe I have tried on your site and I look forward to trying your others.

I used Enjoy Life brand vegan chocolate, which is manufactured specifically to be free of common allergens. I used their Mega Chunks, which melted in the microwave to a perfect liquid chocolate, after reading on another site that this chocolate melts so well that it can be used in chocolate molds. I still added the boiling water and followed every other step in the recipe. My vegan butter was Earth Balance brand sticks.

This recipe got lots of complements from others, who didn't know it was vegan.
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5.0
Veganease Reviewed by Veganease March 30, 2014
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Recipe works great with Enjoy Life chocolate

This recipe worked beautifully! Thanks so much for sharing the results of your experiments. This is the first recipe I have tried on your site and I look forward to trying your others.

I used Enjoy Life brand vegan chocolate, which is manufactured specifically to be free of common allergens. I used their Mega Chunks, which melted in the microwave to a perfect liquid chocolate, after reading on another site that this chocolate melts so well that it can be used in chocolate molds. I still added the boiling water and followed every other step in the recipe. My vegan butter was Earth Balance brand sticks.

This recipe got lots of complements from others, who didn't know it was vegan.

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I'm giving these 5 starts, because even through I overcooked them (at just 30 minutes, not 35), everyone still loved them. I've looked long and hard to find a "from scratch" brownie recipe that rivaled the box - these are it! I can't wait to make these again -- baking for 20-25 minutes. They will be even more decadent (they way they were intended to be, I'm sure). :)
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5.0
Reviewed by Kristie March 28, 2014

They are Ultimate!

I'm giving these 5 starts, because even through I overcooked them (at just 30 minutes, not 35), everyone still loved them. I've looked long and hard to find a "from scratch" brownie recipe that rivaled the box - these are it! I can't wait to make these again -- baking for 20-25 minutes. They will be even more decadent (they way they were intended to be, I'm sure). :)

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These were good: chocolatey and slightly buttery-tasting, but I didn't like the texture, which was slightly crumbly and light, not binded enough for me. My sister said they were dry, and this may be the way to describe them since they are not as moist as I think a brownie should be. I am slightly annoyed by all the hype over these because I don't see the "chewiness," etc. in my results. I am going to guess that maybe intuition trumps scientific know how in the kitchen and probably lots of other places because I've liked other recipes better (on ohsheglows.com and vegweb.com) that were less fussy over the ingredients. I don't mean to be mean. I just want to say what I feel like would otherwise go unsaid. I don't like elephants in the room.
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3.0
Reviewed by Marla March 27, 2014

Good, but not ultimate (in my opinion)

These were good: chocolatey and slightly buttery-tasting, but I didn't like the texture, which was slightly crumbly and light, not binded enough for me. My sister said they were dry, and this may be the way to describe them since they are not as moist as I think a brownie should be. I am slightly annoyed by all the hype over these because I don't see the "chewiness," etc. in my results. I am going to guess that maybe intuition trumps scientific know how in the kitchen and probably lots of other places because I've liked other recipes better (on ohsheglows.com and vegweb.com) that were less fussy over the ingredients. I don't mean to be mean. I just want to say what I feel like would otherwise go unsaid. I don't like elephants in the room.

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Amazing! Nobody believed they were vegan
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5.0
Reviewed by Kikenjake March 23, 2014

Amazing! Nobody believed they were vegan

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I want to double this recipe for a party. Have you tried and how did you adjust baking pan and time?
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Reviewed by Kikenjake March 20, 2014

I want to double this recipe for a party. Have you tried and how did you adjust baking pan and time?
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Great Recipe. I had one question. Is there a way to make M&M brownies with this recipe? Would you substitute some for the chocolate chips or would the just be additional? Thank You
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5.0
Harry Reviewed by Harry March 17, 2014
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No one misses dairy with recipes like this!

Great Recipe. I had one question. Is there a way to make M&M brownies with this recipe? Would you substitute some for the chocolate chips or would the just be additional? Thank You

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Hi Harry, if you were going to add extra stuff such as M&Ms to these brownies they'd go in after the dough is fully mixed. Treat the M&Ms like nuts or any other addition. This brownie dough is really thick but you should be able to get away with gently kneading them into the dough without breaking them or causing them to bleed colors. Good luck!

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This is a great simple recipe. I didn't add walnuts. I did a 9 tbsp cocoa powder+7 tbsp sugar+1 tbsp vegan butter substitute for the semi-chocolate since I didn't have any. I baked it for 22 minutes. It was outstanding--chewy and moist inside, and sorta crunchy outside. It was just the way we liked it. I tried another recipe sometime back and wasn't happy the way it turned out. I'll definitely use this recipe again. Thank you!
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4.0
allvegan Reviewed by allvegan March 13, 2014
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awesome!

This is a great simple recipe. I didn't add walnuts. I did a 9 tbsp cocoa powder+7 tbsp sugar+1 tbsp vegan butter substitute for the semi-chocolate since I didn't have any. I baked it for 22 minutes. It was outstanding--chewy and moist inside, and sorta crunchy outside. It was just the way we liked it. I tried another recipe sometime back and wasn't happy the way it turned out. I'll definitely use this recipe again. Thank you!

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Hi allvegan, I haven't tried making these without the chocolate. So glad you were able to nail it and still have them turn out outstanding. Thanks for sharing!

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I was craving a Clementine Bakery delectable brownie, but didn't want to make the trek out to Brooklyn to get one. So upon surfing the net, I decided upon this recipe due to all the stellar reviews. I was a bit dubious, since the brownies at Clementine Bakery are very special. Lo and behold, I am gladly satisfied and surprised that these brownies came out fantastic. Really wonderful chocolatey stuff. I don't think your pictures do it justice, however, so here's a link to mine: https://scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1/1922506_10153902436585088_329271101_n.jpg. Thanks so much for the awesome recipe!
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5.0
Reviewed by Diana March 03, 2014

Delicious... filled my craving!

I was craving a Clementine Bakery delectable brownie, but didn't want to make the trek out to Brooklyn to get one. So upon surfing the net, I decided upon this recipe due to all the stellar reviews. I was a bit dubious, since the brownies at Clementine Bakery are very special. Lo and behold, I am gladly satisfied and surprised that these brownies came out fantastic. Really wonderful chocolatey stuff. I don't think your pictures do it justice, however, so here's a link to mine: https://scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1/1922506_10153902436585088_329271101_n.jpg. Thanks so much for the awesome recipe!

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I'm so happy you enjoyed the brownies Diana! Great pic! They look oh so moist and gooey. I love Clementine Bakery! I used to live in Brooklyn and had their amazing eats at the Vegan Shop-up. Now I wish that I had had a chance to experience their brownies when I lived out there!

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These were fabulous! I've been vegan for 14 years and had given up on brownies long ago. These were chewy moist brownies and I will be saving this recipe for sure.
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5.0
Reviewed by Melody March 03, 2014

Amazing

These were fabulous! I've been vegan for 14 years and had given up on brownies long ago. These were chewy moist brownies and I will be saving this recipe for sure.

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Thanks Melody! I'm so happy you enjoyed the brownies.

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Thanks for this wonderful recipe, Mattie! I am new to vegan baking and these are both delicious and easy to make (the "hardest" part was finding the golden flax meal the first time). Even my skeptical "meatatarian" husband did NOT know these were vegan. I also found your tips (separate post) about the science of vegan baking & "veganizing" recipes both enlightening and hilarious ("if a recipe calls for 6 eggs, just walk away", indeed). and appreciate your positive and helpful comments and feedback to other reviewers!
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5.0
Reviewed by Nancy February 28, 2014

THANK YOU! These are delicious!

Thanks for this wonderful recipe, Mattie! I am new to vegan baking and these are both delicious and easy to make (the "hardest" part was finding the golden flax meal the first time). Even my skeptical "meatatarian" husband did NOT know these were vegan. I also found your tips (separate post) about the science of vegan baking & "veganizing" recipes both enlightening and hilarious ("if a recipe calls for 6 eggs, just walk away", indeed). and appreciate your positive and helpful comments and feedback to other reviewers!

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So glad you enjoyed the brownies Nancy! I've had it with tracking down hard to find ingredients and now I don't hesitate to just order stuff online. The only problem is that now my house is turning into a health food store!

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Can you please specify how much of the chocolate chips to add? Is it fluid ounces or weight ounces? Also, I don't have a weigher so could you just convert it? A cup of chocolate chips? Half a cup?? Thanks!!
ecrivezmaria Reviewed by ecrivezmaria February 23, 2014
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Weight or fluid ounces?

Can you please specify how much of the chocolate chips to add? Is it fluid ounces or weight ounces? Also, I don't have a weigher so could you just convert it? A cup of chocolate chips? Half a cup?? Thanks!!

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Hi ecrivezmaria, chocolate is a solid so it's measured as ounces by weight, not by liquid. So the measurement is weight ounces. Four ounces of chocolate is roughly a commercial bar of high quality chocolate. I don't recommend using chocolate chips in baking unless they're specifically called for. This is because chocolate chips are usually inferior quality compared to the higher quality chocolate available for baking and in bar form.

If you absolutely had to use chocolate chips, 4 ounces is 3/4 cup. Good luck!

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I've made these brownies a handful of times and seriously, this is the best recipe I've found (vegan or otherwise). My last batch turned out dry and crumbly (like a sad, dense cake) but that was my fault as I didn't have vegan butter in the house, and substituted canola oil spread. Otherwise, they always turn out perfectly - moist inside, chewy but not overcooked on the outside and decadently fudgey. Thanks for the excellent recipe. I look forward to checking out the rest of the site.
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5.0
Reviewed by Isabelle February 21, 2014

Ultimate is right!

I've made these brownies a handful of times and seriously, this is the best recipe I've found (vegan or otherwise). My last batch turned out dry and crumbly (like a sad, dense cake) but that was my fault as I didn't have vegan butter in the house, and substituted canola oil spread. Otherwise, they always turn out perfectly - moist inside, chewy but not overcooked on the outside and decadently fudgey. Thanks for the excellent recipe. I look forward to checking out the rest of the site.

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So glad you like the brownies Isabelle! Thanks for sharing!

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