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Blog Wars! – The Vegan Brownie Cook-Off

vegan brownie cook off What would the holidays be without sweets? Children would scream and throw tantrums. Grown men would weep openly in the streets. Holiday cheer would be nonexistent. In short, it would not be fun.

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!

Corner 1- Healthied up Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

from Vedged Out – Vegan, runner, green smoothie drinker, and delicious food blogger.

vegan oatmeal chocolate chip bars

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).

Fudgy Zucchini Brownies

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:

Winner of the Vegan Brownie Cook-Off

Raspberry Pecan Chocolate Bars – Winner of the Vegan Brownie Cook-Off

15 Comments

  1. What a fun (and tasty) experiment! I’m glad that the zucchini brownies came out alright for you, even despite the water. All four look pretty fantastic!

  2. Haha! Awesome!!! Thanks for including my Cookie Bars! Try these next round: http://vedgedout.com/recipes/cookies-and-bars/brookie-grasshopper-squares/

    Brookie Grasshopper Squares….. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  3. Omg….that last macro picture of the raspberry pecan chocolate bar melting between your fingers is making me salivate like a 2 month-old toddler! they all look delicious! Adding to favorites! Thanks!

  4. What a great idea. How fun! And tasty. mmmmm.

  5. I read this while munching on peanut m&ms – perhaps not as tasty, but easier to prepare.

  6. Thank you for including my recipe, I’m flattered that you liked them so much.

  7. I am not vegan but I’ll eat anything if someone tells me it has sugar in it and tastes good. I am a fan of a local bakery and recently purchased a hunk of chocolate cake. The owner smiled and said ‘You’re going to like that” and I was immediately nervous. She said it with that ‘I got you forever now’ slightly maniacal smile. Seeing my concerned face she said ‘It’s vegan, but you’ll never know it!” No sooner than I was thinking “no way I won’t notice, crazy lady” she offered up a sample bite. Yeaeeeaahhh…she had me.. She had me… She knows my first name now.

  8. Jeff, I’m not a Vegan but I’m looking for ways to eat better over all. Those oatmeal bars look like something even I could make. They all look delicious.
    Happy New Year.
    Andy

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