Fudgy Vegan Chocolate Chip Brownies
- Cook: 23 minutes
You’ll get plenty of “brownie points” for these soft, fudgy, and rich chocolate treats studded with chocolate chunks or chips. —Fran Costigan
- 1/2cup plus 1 tablespoon organic all-purpose flour
- 1/2cup organic whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/2cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
- 1/2cup minus 1 tablespoon organic granulated sugar
- 1/4cup organic whole cane sugar, ground in a blender until powdered
- 2tablespoons arrowroot or organic cornstarch
- 1teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
- 1/2teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/4cup plus 2 tablespoons mild tasting extra-virgin olive oil or an organic neutral vegetable oil
- 1/2cup pure maple syrup, Grade B or dark amber
- 1/4cup any nondairy milk
- 1/2teaspoon chocolate extract (optional)
- 1/2cup vegan chocolate chips or mini chunks, heaping
- 1/3cup lightly toasted walnuts or mixed nuts, coarsely chopped (optional)
- Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350F. Oil an 8 x 8-inch pan and line the bottom with parchment paper. Do not oil paper.
- Place wire mesh strainer over a medium bowl. Add all-purpose flour, pastry flour, cocoa, granulated sugar, whole cane sugar, arrowroot or cornstarch, baking powder, and salt to the strainer and stir with a whisk to sift the ingredients into the bowl. If any small bits remain in the strainer, add to mixture in the bowl. Whisk to aerate the mixture.
- Whisk oil, maple syrup, nondairy milk, vanilla and chocolate extract, if using, in separate medium bowl until completely combined. Pour into dry ingredients and mix with a silicone spatula until batter, which will be thick, is smooth. Allow batter to rest for ten minutes.
- Stir chocolate chips and nuts, if using, into batter. Spoon batter into the prepared pan, and sprea an even layer with a metal spatula.
- Bake for 23 minutes until top is set and dry and the sides have pulled just slightly away from the pan.
- Remove pan from the oven and set on a cooling rack. Immediately insert a wooden tester diagonally into the brownies. The tester will be coated with batter, but not wet. If necessary, bake another minute.
- Cool to room temperature. The middle of the cake will sink as it cools. Once cold you can push the sides down to level the cake if you like. Refrigerate until very cold before cutting into squares.
Recipe courtesy of Vegan Chocolate by Fran Costigan.