Vegan Brownies = Delicious?
- Airo Jul 16, 2011 08:08 PM
I've been vegan for about close to 5 months now and one of my favorite desserts to indulge in and make from time to time was brownies.
I especially enjoy the gooey, fudgy brownies over the light, cake-like kind. Or at least something in between the two textures..
I realize that egg yolks (along with lots of sugar) and butter are some of the key ingredients to creating that nice, moist, rich texture. But vegan brownies would have to forgo those dairy and egg ingredients.
Has anyone had any really good fudgy vegan brownies that taste just as good or, dare I say, even better than traditional fudgy brownies? Is it possible?
If so, any recipes to share as well as experiences trying out different types of vegan style brownies? Really curious to hear about comparisons.
I want to try my hand at making some vegan brownies soon as I've been having a strong craving for this old favorite lately, but have been bummed that I might not enjoy brownies without the eggs and butter. Some people have told me to look into Earth Balance, that it is very similar to the taste and function of butter.
Vegan brownies certainly can be delicious.
But just understand that vegan brownies will inevitably taste different from traditional brownies (e.g. with eggs, butter, etc.).
Any combination of coconut (and/or vegetable oil) and applesauce, and pastry flour will simply not replicate the traditional texture and flavors of a typical brownie. And I don't care what the author of a vegan brownie recipe says, it's just not the same.
Can it be delicious? Absolutely.
Will it be delicious in the same way as a traditional brownie? Nope.
Oh, and one other thing. When making any vegan brownie, you MUST let it cool all the way before consuming. Otherwise, it will break apart on you.
It seems that people always try to make vegan desserts healthy and thats the problem, they are dessert make them yummy and just eat them in moderation. I have a friend who is vegan I made a cake and did swap outs only for what I needed to. I did not lower the sugar or use strange components and it came out great. I would try using soy butter, egg replacer and really good chocolate. Good Luck !
I recently came across chow's single serving microwave brownie and after making it once, I looked back at the recipe and realized that it's vegan. Obviously not a whole batch of brownies, but if it's just for you, it's probably a great solution.
Thanks, guys, for the links and the ideas!
I might try the silken tofu idea (replacement for eggs?), as well as giving Earth Balance a try (replacement for butter).
I hear that Earth Balance comes in sticks like butter, but that the sticks and the tubs can't be used interchangeably in terms of measuring for amounts in recipes. Don't know if that checks out, but I've read that a few place online. I've only purchased the small tub (the olive oil blend, which is yum on warm whole grain toast).
I might also try incorporating a chocolate ganache layer on top using coconut cream or coconut milk as the non-dairy substitute. That might work to create a nice fudgy top layer above the moist brownie part.