I am convinced that brownies can save the world. Heartbreak? Escape into the chocolatey goodness of a brownie. Night in with friends? Brownies. Picnic? Pack a traveling hunk of chocolate. Meeting the parents? Impress them with your baking skills. Movie theater candy too expensive? Slip one of these bad boys in your bag. Whatever the occasion, a brownie will make it 100% better.
As a child, Friday nights were my favorite. Fridays were for movies, picked out carefully from Blockbuster, and brownies. My family preferred boxed brownies, the kind water, eggs, and oil are added to. We made brownies for every occasion, sleepovers, cold nights, and holidays.
When I was fifteen I purchased my first cookbook. I felt as if I had ventured into adulthood with my grown up cookbook. Each page filled with glossy pictures of baked goods and techniques I had never heard of. From there, I ventured from boxed mixes and moved to experimenting with new and challenging recipes.
Now a twenty-something, I still make brownies. These fudgy chocolate pillows are just a less processed, vegan twist.
I love mixing sweet and savory so adding bacon to the mix was only natural. However, if you do not like the smoky flavor bacon adds, the brownies still taste great without the bacon pieces.
adapted from: Cooking Light
Makes 12 squares
6 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons milled flax seed
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt (or sea salt)
1/3 cup vegan butter (such as Earth Balance)
3 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
4 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1/2 cup organic cane sugar
1/2 cup vanilla soymilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 or 1 cup dairy free chocolate chips, depending on preference
6 cooked strips of vegan bacon, finely chopped (optional)
1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt or sea salt (optional)
Mix flax seeds and water together. Set aside to firm. Chop chocolate or pulse in a food processor until in small chunks. Line an 8-inch baking tin with parchment paper and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spoon flour into a measuring cup, leveling with a knife. Combine with cocoa powder, and sea salt.
Place chopped chocolate and butter in a separate bowl. Microwave for 40 seconds or until melted. Stir every 15 seconds to ensure the chocolate does not burn. Once melted, stir in coconut oil with a whisk. Add sugar, milk, flax mixture, and vanilla extract. Add mixture to flour bowl. Add chocolate chips and bacon pieces. Stir until combined. It is okay if some of the dry ingredients are not completely mixed in.
Pour into an 8 inch metal baking tin. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes or until a pick inserted into center comes out clean.
Top with sea salt or Himalayan pink salt.