Vegan Brownies Invade My Cookie Jar
This “use up what is already in the pantry” week has already been tough. As a self-proclaimed grocery shopping enthusiast, I can take on a Whole Foods with the fervor of most women set loose in a shoe shop. My inner food nerd (okay, maybe it’s not so inner) is very excited about my impending meal planning, though. I’m sure it will save a lot of time and money to already have picked what I’m going to make and know I have all the proper ingredients on hand. Who knows? Maybe I’ll even work a food prep day into my planning; it seems to be something so many of you enjoy.
I’ll get to the food in a moment, but first I wanted to share my recent “reusing”. Over the weekend, my mom gave me a pair of my pajamas she found while cleaning out the basement. So last night, I put my 2-year-old son to bed in pajamas I wore when I was around his age. They look pretty good for pajamas from over 20 years ago!
Is a brownie a vegan cookie? Yesterday, I finally tried out the brownie recipe (page 132) from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar. I’ve always wanted to bake them, but I don’t ordinarily keep the silken tofu the recipe calls for in my pantry. Remembering the package I’d purchased, I was wondering what to make with it yesterday afternoon, when I remembered this recipe. A few minutes later, because the prep on these is a snap, the scent of baking brownies was filling my kitchen.
These definitely weren’t the prettiest I’ve ever made, but it was the first time I’ve ever lined the pan with parchment paper, as the recipe instructed, to make brownies. Despite returning to the oven and baking longer than suggested, my brownies stayed very fudgey. They were delicious, almost too moist to eat without getting stuck to our fingers. Perhaps next time I make them I’ll add a bit more flour. While I did like this recipe from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar, I’d love to try one that doesn’t call for tofu. Do any of you have a tofuless vegan brownie recipe?
Do you consider yourself a “chocolate person”? Could you eat a whole chocolate bar or pan of brownies, or can you only take it in small doses?