Vegan Brownies Invade My Cookie Jar

September 28, 2010 by Keri

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.

Vegan Cookie Recipes

Vegan Cookie Recipes

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?

Vegan Cookie Recipes

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?

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  1. I am a chocoholic! Who says you can’t be a guy and love chocolate? I used to buy Endangered Species chocolate 5 bars at a time and would try each one a little at a time. I would share, of course, as i tried to mask my gluttonous behavior. But i go dark all the way! 88%-90% dark is my kind of pleasure!

    As for the brownies, i have an awesome pumpkin swirl brownie recipe that i will be posting tomorrow. What can i say? I love fall and all things pumpkin! No tofu necessary.

  2. Jess - The Domestic Vegan says:

    Cute PJs!!

    There is another recipe in that book for brownies that’s amazing!! It doesn’t call for tofu. I love that recipe, but haven’t made the tofu one yet!

    Another favorite brownie recipe is the one in “More Great Good Dairy-Free Desserts Naturally” (or whatever the H it’s called…). It calls for prune puree of all things, which sounds weird, but they are DELICIOUS! So fudgy – and low-fat!! (Which means I can eat 3 times as many as a “regular” brownie, right?) 😉

  3. Monica says:

    Chocolate on its own is pretty uninteresting to me, but when mixed with other stuff to make chocolate bars or an awesome pan of brownies like this recipe makes for me, or in chocolate chip cookies…yummy! But not something I want regularly at all.

  4. Stefanie says:

    The espresso brownies in this book are good. I made them without the espresso powder because it is not something I keep on hand. The recipe I linked to from peasandthankyou is also really good, That is the recipe that my dad can’t get enough of. It is my favorite too. Nice and moist/fudgy but with out the guilt if you eat more then one (not that you need to with these).

  5. Melisser says:

    YUM! I love brownies, there’s a tofuless version on VebWeb that’s good.

  6. Laura Jill says:

    Ohhh Keri, I AM a chocolate person! I can’t even really keep any chocolate in the house, it’s dangerous!!!! Those brownies look DELISH. Now I might lose control when I go to Whole Foods now…I’ll have to have a banana or something else sweet to tide me over….


  7. bitt says:

    I an eat a whole pan of RAW brownies. If it has too much sugar I can’t do too much. I love chocolate.

    • Keri says:

      I really want to try raw brownies. I need to buy a ton of dates and try out these raw dessert books I’ve been wanting to tear into!