I’ve never been a baker, the exception being one lone banana bread attempt during my college years. I had little skill, no ideas, and was the one lonely vegan amidst a swarm of sugar-crazed, “normal” folk gathering for Christmas. I had to learn fast or suffer.
I scoured the blogosphere for some ideas to try and found these four very different vegan brownie recipes.
Welcome to round 1 of Blog Wars!
from Vedged Out – Vegan, runner, green smoothie drinker, and delicious food blogger.
These babies come in two versions, healthy and naughty. I tried the healthy version. I figured any brownie I could make with “healthied up” in the title was a win for all mankind.
They’re sweetened only with agave, applesauce, and chocolate chips.
I think in the future I could replace the chocolate chips with raisins and nuts to give me an even better excuse to stuff my face with them.
They were awesome.
Corner 2 – Fudgy Zucchini Brownies
from Move Eat Create – Lover of fitness, food and creativity, and a Portland, Oregon dweller (I’m jealous).
Another brownie recipe with a healthy sounding title. Eat these and you can even tell your mom you ate your vegetables.
I have a confession to make. Basically, I’m an idiot. See the recipe even stresses the importance of squeezing all that moisture out of the zucchini. I only “kind of” got some water out. As a result I ended up cooking these puppies forever in the oven trying to get them to hold up.
And you know what. They did hold up okay, even without me following the clearly spelled out directions.
All in all a pretty dang good way to eat some zucchini.
Corner 3 – Sophisticated Brownies – Raw Recipe
from Travel, Photo’s, Food, & Life – Passionate blogger and raw food lover, entertaining the world from Australia and Hawaii (seriously, why am I in Wisconsin?)
I’d never tried a raw recipe before, so I had to give this one a try.
I loved the ingredient list–five items.
Even better were the directions–mix together and press.
It’s essentially just nuts, cocoa powder (I didn’t have any cacao), and maple syrup. They were a bit different from the “traditional” brownies I’ve always eaten, but not in a bad way. I’m pretty sure they were also the healthiest.
The raw brownies have a nice nutty and cocoa taste that isn’t too sweet.
Corner 4 – Raspberry Pecan Chocolate Bars
from RecylaBelle – Blogger, creator of crafts, and lover of food for different diets.
These looked and smelled so good fresh out of the oven. They were quite tasty too.
The nice thing about this bar are its layers. There’s a nice pressed crust on the bottom, sweet raspberry preserves in the middle, and a drizzle of chocolate and crumbly crust on top.
I didn’t have any dark chocolate so I used up my vegan chocolate chips.
The crust, raspberries and chocolate all worked deliciously together.
And the winner is . . .
It was a close call, truly. I almost picked a different winner. I’d like to make them all again. Especially the zucchini brownies, which did not get a fair shake do to my poor abilities to comprehend directions. Try them all please, but all said and done, the one I liked the most: