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Vegan Brownie Recipes
Written by Mattie    
These are truly incredible. I added 3/4 tsp of chipotle powder for some heat, and used toasted pecans instead of walnuts. I also love someone else's suggestion of adding crushed peppermint candies. Yum!

I'd like to note that I used 4 oz. of dark chocolate chips, and the boiling water didn't melt them all the way so I ended up having to place the bowl with the chocolate paste into the preheating oven. I think this caused the paste to burn ever-so-slightly, but thankfully it wasn't evident in the finished product. If I end up using chocolate chips the next time I make this, I'll probably melt them on the stove with the vegan butter over low heat, and sift the cocoa powder with the flour instead of adding it to the melted chocolate. Hopefully that won't mess with the end result.

This is a recipe I will continue to play with since it is a winner!
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5.0
Juneberry Reviewed by Juneberry December 20, 2013
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Top notch!

These are truly incredible. I added 3/4 tsp of chipotle powder for some heat, and used toasted pecans instead of walnuts. I also love someone else's suggestion of adding crushed peppermint candies. Yum!

I'd like to note that I used 4 oz. of dark chocolate chips, and the boiling water didn't melt them all the way so I ended up having to place the bowl with the chocolate paste into the preheating oven. I think this caused the paste to burn ever-so-slightly, but thankfully it wasn't evident in the finished product. If I end up using chocolate chips the next time I make this, I'll probably melt them on the stove with the vegan butter over low heat, and sift the cocoa powder with the flour instead of adding it to the melted chocolate. Hopefully that won't mess with the end result.

This is a recipe I will continue to play with since it is a winner!

Owner's reply

So glad you enjoyed the brownies Juneberry! Chocolate chips have a little bit more cocoa butter than regular chocolate so they're a little bit more resistant to melting. This is so that the chocolate chips hold their shape in things like cookies during baking. It makes sense to me that they might melt a little slower with my method.

I designed the recipe to melt the chocolate this way so the chocolate would melt perfectly to the point of not being burnt. This method makes it so that you don't have to jury rig a double boiler. As long as you keep an eye on it, you could use a metal mixing bowl and just place it over the stove for a brief moment, or use a glass mixing bowl and place it in the microwave for a bit. My concern with melting the chocolate with the Vegan Butter is that the water in the Vegan Butter will cause the chocolate to seize, which might negatively affect the texture of the brownies.

Thanks and happy baking!

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