i’m back in the kitchen and the garden!

last week was so busy i literally had no time to blog- veganmofo be damned! i certainly didn’t have time to cook, bake, or garden either. this is not a complaint, however, as last week was ridiculously eventful, including a new dream job, the birth of my gorgeous & teeny niece, lots of friend happenings, and multiple extra shifts and my various jobs (many of which were made easier knowing that they are my last!)

so today i am finally catching up on sleep, drinking lots of tea and water to fend off an impending cold, and playing in the garden and the kitchen.  i made brownies with the intention of sharing… but they turned out to be not share-able, not really.  veganbrownies seem to be rather elusive… they rarely show up in cookbooks, and the recipes i have tried are not-so-fantastic.  this recipe is from the interweb somewhere…

i am being optimistic and posting the recipe, making little changes that i think will help the recipe be the best brownies ever. i’m thinking that these tweaks and a few more minutes in the oven will solve the problem of the totally yummy but not-quite-cooked brownie that happened this evening.

almond brownies

5 tsp ground flaxseeds + 3 tbsp water
1/2 cup oil (safflower or coconut)
1/4 cup coconut milk
1 1/2 tsp almond extract
1/3 cup mashed/pureed banana (about 2 apple bananas)
1/2 cup ap flour
1/2 cup wholewheat pastry flour (wwpf)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup sugar (i used fine turbinado)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp seasalt
1/2 cup chopped roasted almonds
1/2 cup chocolate chips

preheat your oven to 350. mix the flaxseeds and water well, and let it sit for a few minutes. blend the banana or mash really well, then add to the flax/water mixture, along with the oil, coconut milk, and extract. in a separate bowl, mix the flours, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, salt and combine well. add the wet ingredients to the dry and incorporate well; toss in the almonds and the chips. dump it into a parchment-lined or well-greased 8×8 pan, and bake for 40 minutes. if you like the gooey brownie thing, bake for only 35 min.

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2 thoughts on “i’m back in the kitchen and the garden!

    • these are really so good! gooey and soft and deep chocolatey! i took them straight from the freezer to a party last night and they were a big hit, even half-frozen!

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