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Vegan Brownie Bites

Want to bake the world’s best brownies (vegan or otherwise) with little effort? Never baked before and feel overwhelmed? Try this awesome brownie mix by my favorite chocolate company, Ghirardelli, founded in 1852 in San Francisco, California. I had great success veganizing the Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Brownie Mix. Follow my instructions exactly and you will discover how easy it is to bake the world’s best brownies!

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Vegan Brownie Bites Recipe

Ingredients

1/3 cup canola oil
¼ cup Tofutti Cream Cheese
1/3 cup water

1 box Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Brownie Mix
1 teaspoon EnerG Egg Replacer powder
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Supplies

1 small bowl
1 large bowl
1 large spoon
1 whisk
8 inch square baking dish
1 sharp knife
parchment paper (not wax paper)

1)
Pre-heat your oven to 325F (163F). In a small bowl, mix together the canola oil,Tofutti Cream Cheese and water. Mix by hand until thoroughly combined.
 
2)
Open bag of brownie mix and pour into a large bowl and then add the EnerG Egg Replacer powder and baking powder. Whisk together dry ingredients until thoroughly combined.
 
3)
Pour in wet ingredients into your dry ingredients. Mix wet and dry ingredients together with a large spoon and ONLY mix 40 times. (I recommend that you count to 40). Gently fold in the chocolate chips. The secret to great brownies is not over mixing or over-cooking.

4)
Grease an 8 inch square baking dish with canola oil. Then cut out a piece of parchment paper to fit on the bottom of your pan. Also, grease the parchment paper. I know this might seem annoying and take a lot of effort but you will thank me later because your brownies will easily come out of the pan and will be perfect!

5)
Pour the brownie mixture into the pan and bake for 45 minutes.

6)
Let cool for about 15 minutes and then refrigerate for 3 hours. After 3 hours, take them out of the refrigerator, cut into desired sizes with a sharp knife and turn the baking dish over to release the brownies. Peel off the parchment paper from the bottom of the brownies. This recipe makes 1, 8 x 8 inch square of Vegan Brownie Bites.




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Hi Nanerl, I would like to respond to your post. It is so sad that my post stating Cakes with a Conscience made false allegations regarding the Ghirardelli Brownie Mix upset you so much. I specialize in vegan baking for people who do NOT like baking. This recipe has made a lot of struggling vegan bakers really happy. So, I'd like to start by pointing out that Ghirardelli wrote back to you and stated: "Our lines are cleaned and flushed between the changing of one flavor to the next" and that Ghirardelli makes great efforts to avoid cross contamination since their mixes are processed on equipment that handle milk, eggs, and tree nuts. At No point did they state that the Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Brownie Mix used in this recipe directly contains diary or eggs or that their Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips directly contain dairy or eggs. If you want to get technical Fruits and Vegetables are NOT Vegan. All farmers in the U.S. use animal manure to grow their fruits and vegetables in the soil and there are No vegan farms as of yet. Animals are exploited for this purpose but I never hear people talk about that! At least Ghirardelli cleans and flushes their lines between making mixes. If you gave me the ingredients that you used in a conventional vegan recipe I am sure with enough research I could prove to you that cross contamination was possible from dairy and eggs.
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Reviewed by Christine Dickson February 21, 2014

Is Anything we Eat Truly Vegan?

Hi Nanerl, I would like to respond to your post. It is so sad that my post stating Cakes with a Conscience made false allegations regarding the Ghirardelli Brownie Mix upset you so much. I specialize in vegan baking for people who do NOT like baking. This recipe has made a lot of struggling vegan bakers really happy. So, I'd like to start by pointing out that Ghirardelli wrote back to you and stated: "Our lines are cleaned and flushed between the changing of one flavor to the next" and that Ghirardelli makes great efforts to avoid cross contamination since their mixes are processed on equipment that handle milk, eggs, and tree nuts. At No point did they state that the Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Brownie Mix used in this recipe directly contains diary or eggs or that their Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips directly contain dairy or eggs. If you want to get technical Fruits and Vegetables are NOT Vegan. All farmers in the U.S. use animal manure to grow their fruits and vegetables in the soil and there are No vegan farms as of yet. Animals are exploited for this purpose but I never hear people talk about that! At least Ghirardelli cleans and flushes their lines between making mixes. If you gave me the ingredients that you used in a conventional vegan recipe I am sure with enough research I could prove to you that cross contamination was possible from dairy and eggs.

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Hi, this is my first time posting to this site and the response to the comment below is upsetting to me. I am vegan and not able to eat dairy. I wondered about Ghiardhelli chips and the mix recommended, too. It does say on the box (and in link below) that it is produced on equipment that handles milk, eggs and tree nuts--so cakeswithaconscience was not totally wrong about that. Anyway I wrote to the company since many of my friends insisted that these were vegan and here is the company's response:
"Thank you for contacting Ghirardelli Chocolate. In response to your
inquiry, Ghirardelli does not consider any of our chocolate products to
be vegan. Our Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips do not contain a dairy
ingredient; however they do share a line with chocolate products which
do contain either whole milk powder or a milk fat. Some of our brownie
mixes are also processed on equipment that handle milk, eggs, and tree
nuts. Our lines are cleaned and flushed between the changing of one
flavor to the next."
It sounds like cakeswithaconscience is new to vegan baking but was trying to be helpful. I think this is a buyer beware (and if it sounds too good to be true it probably is situation). I personally feel better making all my stuff from scratch so I know what's in it and have control over where it comes from. Even if something doesn't say it includes things like milk and eggs, there isn't really a way to know if a company does or not.
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Nanerl Reviewed by Nanerl February 21, 2014
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Is it Vegan

Hi, this is my first time posting to this site and the response to the comment below is upsetting to me. I am vegan and not able to eat dairy. I wondered about Ghiardhelli chips and the mix recommended, too. It does say on the box (and in link below) that it is produced on equipment that handles milk, eggs and tree nuts--so cakeswithaconscience was not totally wrong about that. Anyway I wrote to the company since many of my friends insisted that these were vegan and here is the company's response:
"Thank you for contacting Ghirardelli Chocolate. In response to your
inquiry, Ghirardelli does not consider any of our chocolate products to
be vegan. Our Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips do not contain a dairy
ingredient; however they do share a line with chocolate products which
do contain either whole milk powder or a milk fat. Some of our brownie
mixes are also processed on equipment that handle milk, eggs, and tree
nuts. Our lines are cleaned and flushed between the changing of one
flavor to the next."
It sounds like cakeswithaconscience is new to vegan baking but was trying to be helpful. I think this is a buyer beware (and if it sounds too good to be true it probably is situation). I personally feel better making all my stuff from scratch so I know what's in it and have control over where it comes from. Even if something doesn't say it includes things like milk and eggs, there isn't really a way to know if a company does or not.

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I am a conventional (from-scratch) baker trying out vegan recipes for some clients who've requested them. I was very surprised to see that this recipe uses a commercial mix, so I did some sleuthing at the grocery store: Giardhelli Brownies (and chips) ALL contain milk products/solids (the warning about dairy appears on ea box, all varieties). In addition, as a commercial product, they contain white sugar (my understanding is that only raw sugar is vegan--white sugar uses animal bone to "bleach" it...and commercial brown sugar is just white sugar with molasses added). So, if you are either sensitive to dairy or VEGAN (as opposed to "vegan"), this recipe is NOT for you! Sorry "bakingsecrets", but sadly you can't "vegan-ize" any traditional brand commercial mixes I have seen (for the sugar issue alone)...But if you are looking for good VEGAN brownies and info on vegan baking, I recommend: veganbaking.net for Mattie's "Ultimate Vegan Brownies", or KingArthur.com for their vegan chocolate cake.
Cakeswithaconscience Reviewed by Cakeswithaconscience February 20, 2014
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BEWARE: These are NOT vegan and are NOT dairy-free

I am a conventional (from-scratch) baker trying out vegan recipes for some clients who've requested them. I was very surprised to see that this recipe uses a commercial mix, so I did some sleuthing at the grocery store: Giardhelli Brownies (and chips) ALL contain milk products/solids (the warning about dairy appears on ea box, all varieties). In addition, as a commercial product, they contain white sugar (my understanding is that only raw sugar is vegan--white sugar uses animal bone to "bleach" it...and commercial brown sugar is just white sugar with molasses added). So, if you are either sensitive to dairy or VEGAN (as opposed to "vegan"), this recipe is NOT for you! Sorry "bakingsecrets", but sadly you can't "vegan-ize" any traditional brand commercial mixes I have seen (for the sugar issue alone)...But if you are looking for good VEGAN brownies and info on vegan baking, I recommend: veganbaking.net for Mattie's "Ultimate Vegan Brownies", or KingArthur.com for their vegan chocolate cake.

Owner's reply

Cakes with a conscience reviewed my recipe entitling the post: "Beware: These are not Vegan and are not Dairy-Free." It's critical that people get their facts straight before making false allegations. Here is a link to the nutritional information from the Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Brownie Mix in this recipe:
http://www.ghirardellibrownies.com/products/double-chocolate.aspx

I will also type out the ingredients for you if the link does not work: Sugar, enriched bleached flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), chocolate chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin [emulsifier], vanilla), canola or soybean oil, natural cocoa, cocoa (processed with alkali), wheat starch, salt, artificial flavor, sodium bicarbonate. Contains: Wheat and soy.

I've even gone as far to contact the company to find out how they process their sugar at Ghirardelli and they do NOT use animal bones. That is a very old fashioned procedure.

Cakes with a Conscience is also wrong that you cannot veganize box mixes-- there are many box mixes at Whole Foods and Trader Joes that can be veganized as well. For all of you out there who want short cuts, do your research about the box mix you are using and you can have a lot of fun with half the effort.

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Thank you for the best vegan brownie recipe! My daughter turned vegan and she missed brownies. I had horrible failures until I came across your recipe. We are all full of brownies now at our house!!
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Msmouse7 Reviewed by Msmouse7 January 27, 2014
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Vegan Brownie Bites

Thank you for the best vegan brownie recipe! My daughter turned vegan and she missed brownies. I had horrible failures until I came across your recipe. We are all full of brownies now at our house!!

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Finally, a vegan brownie my whole family will eat! The children and their non vegan dad were all sad when they were gone and begged me to make more! Thank you for this easy and delicious recipe! I was wondering if you have used the vegan cream cheese for any other baking recipes like with quick muffins etc.
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AllergyMama Reviewed by AllergyMama January 22, 2013
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Yummy!!

Finally, a vegan brownie my whole family will eat! The children and their non vegan dad were all sad when they were gone and begged me to make more! Thank you for this easy and delicious recipe! I was wondering if you have used the vegan cream cheese for any other baking recipes like with quick muffins etc.

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No Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips rarely if ever have dairy. Check out Trader Joe's Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips (I think they have the best chocolate taste), but if you don't have a Trader Joe's go to the regular grocery store and read the labels.
Reviewed by Christine Dickson August 15, 2012

Response to Dairy-Free Chocolate Chips

No Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips rarely if ever have dairy. Check out Trader Joe's Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips (I think they have the best chocolate taste), but if you don't have a Trader Joe's go to the regular grocery store and read the labels.

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Don't the chocolate chips have dairy in them?
Reviewed by shags50 August 15, 2012

Brownie Bites..........

Don't the chocolate chips have dairy in them?

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Thank you so much for this recipe! At last, vegan brownies like the real brownies I grew up with from childhood. Dense, fudgey, moist, easy to throw together, 100% the genuine article. My only complaint is that I still need to work out how long to cook them (I had to cook them at least 20 minutes longer than advertised, and I still think they aren't entirely done, though I didn't refrigerate my brownies, so that may have had something to do with it), and my only criticism would not be to add extra chocolate chips. Then again, I'm a brownie purist (I like my brownies plain), so this is a matter of personal preference.

Also, I first tried this recipe out with Betty Crocker Dark Chocolate mix, my non-vegan mix of choice, as I saw someone had luck with Duncan Hines. For anyone who attempts this recipe in the future, don't bother with Betty Crocker. They will boil, as they always seem to. Just follow the directions and they will turn out amazing.
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Reviewed by Don Quixote May 16, 2012

A vegan brownie that's actually good? And with a

Thank you so much for this recipe! At last, vegan brownies like the real brownies I grew up with from childhood. Dense, fudgey, moist, easy to throw together, 100% the genuine article. My only complaint is that I still need to work out how long to cook them (I had to cook them at least 20 minutes longer than advertised, and I still think they aren't entirely done, though I didn't refrigerate my brownies, so that may have had something to do with it), and my only criticism would not be to add extra chocolate chips. Then again, I'm a brownie purist (I like my brownies plain), so this is a matter of personal preference.

Also, I first tried this recipe out with Betty Crocker Dark Chocolate mix, my non-vegan mix of choice, as I saw someone had luck with Duncan Hines. For anyone who attempts this recipe in the future, don't bother with Betty Crocker. They will boil, as they always seem to. Just follow the directions and they will turn out amazing.

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I had Duncan Hines dark chocolate brownie mix instead of Ghiradelli and they still turned out amazing. Followed your directions except these never made it into the refrigerator (step 6). A chocolate lover's vegan dream!
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Reviewed by txforever September 27, 2011

Brownie bites are amazing!

I had Duncan Hines dark chocolate brownie mix instead of Ghiradelli and they still turned out amazing. Followed your directions except these never made it into the refrigerator (step 6). A chocolate lover's vegan dream!

Owner's reply

That's awesome!

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