Those brownies are definitely one of the best brownies I have ever made! To make the recipe more accessible for everyone I have tried making two versions; a vegan option and non vegan option. Both versions are super delicious and to be honest you can’t taste the difference.
Like some of you already know I personally believe in a varied diet, which I, myself, follow in order to live a healthy, happy and comfortable lifestyle. I believe that the balance between different food groups, including sweet and comfort foods, is the key element to building a healthy lifestyle for a whole life. No matter if you follow a vegan or vegetarian diet or are intolerant or sensible forwards different foods, I believe in that any of those diets and decisions you made for yourself, you will be able to follow a balanced diet in various ways.
But if you are following a 100% vegan diet it’s important to pay attention towards the daily intake of specific vitamins and minerals (see table 1). To follow a vegan diet it’s important to be aware of the recommendation of different macro and micronutrients. A good thing is to make sure to eat a diverse diet and to read books and articles about different nutrients. For myself it’s just very important that when you decided to follow a 100% vegan diet to notice that you are not automatically more healthier when following a non – vegan diet, it’s important to first start to get a certain understanding and knowledge about different nutrients and their composition and to find recipes that support are varied vegan diet to be able to follow a healthy pant based (vegan) diet. If you have any questions you are always welcome to write me and I will try my best to help you with your questions.
Table 1: Important Micronutrients than following a vegan diet:
|Micronutrients||Recommended intake for women men children: 2-5y 6-9y 10-13y|
|Iron mg/d||9 9 8 9 11|
|B12 ug/d||2 2 0,8 1,3 2,0|
|Omega 3 E%||≥1 ≥1 ≥1 ≥1 ≥1|
|Calcium mg/d||800 800 600 700 900|
|Vitamin D ug/d|| 10 10 10 10 10
If older than 75 years the intake should be 20 ug/d in both women and men
Nordic nutrition recommendation 2012
Together with my study group we will during this module get more into detail when it comes to following a plant based diet (vegan). We will try it ourselves and look at the different benefits and at other important things that should be considered when going 100% plant based. I will keep you posted with our conclusions 🙂
But yes here now the recipe, vegan or non vegan I let it open to you. I can only promise you that both versions of the brownies are absolutely delicious and I am sure you are gonna love it!
Best Vegan Brownies
Inspired by Beaming Baker
Makes 8 small brownies
60g unsalted almond butter (for the once of you living in Denmark, we love to buy our nut butters from bulkpowders.dk it’s really cheap on the long run, especially when using nuts on a daily basis 🙂
60g brown sugar or coconut sugar
100g maple syrup or honey
70g melted coconut oil
50g unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon almond extract
A pinch of salt
2 flax eggs (2 tablespoons ground flax + 6 tablespoons water – whisked together, set for 10 mins.) or for the non-vegan version 1 normal egg
50g white or whole wheat flour (gluten-free if you like)
60g vegan chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate pieces.
Preheat oven to 160 degrees. Line an 23cm long and 15cm wide baking pan with parchment paper. Since the recipe doesn’t contain any baking powder and the brownies doesn’t really rise in the oven it’s important you use approximately the same size of baking pan as mentioned.
In a medium bowl mix together almond butter, sugar, maple syrup and melted coconut oil. Mix until a caramel sauce is formed. Add the cocoa powder and mix it together with the caramel sauce until shiny and smooth. Add in the almond extract and salt mix until well combined.
Add flax eggs or one normal egg and mix until well incorporated. Mix in the flour, whisk well until no flour patches remain.
At last stir in the chocolate chips. Pour the dough into your baking pan and bake for 25 -30 minutes. Enjoy either when still a little bit warm or store in the refrigerator.
If you store your brownies in the refrigerator your brownies will get a more firm consistency. But I promise you both if warm or cold, vegan or non vegan those brownies are the best!!!
The brownies are perfect together with some whipped coconut cream (vegan).