Happy Earth Day, friends!
I’m teaming up with some of my favorite food bloggers to bring you yummy recipes inspired by Earth Day. If you’re seeing this post later and it isn’t earth day anymore… don’t worry, you can eat environmentally-friendly recipes all year long (haha!). They aren’t just for one day per year!
Today, I have a delicious brownie recipe to share, and it just happens to be vegan. No weird ingredients or substitutions, just a simple recipe that everyone can enjoy. Trust me when I say that no one will even realize these brownies are vegan unless you tell them!
I don’t eat a vegan or even vegetarian diet 100% of the time, but I am make an effort eat animal products less often. Eating less meat is one of the best things we can do for the environment on an individual basis. That doesn’t mean you have to give up burgers completely, but switch things up occasionally and choose vegetarian and vegan options instead.
After all, there’s some really tasty options out there. If you haven’t tried the Impossible burger yet… y’all need to do that! They are in several restaurants, such as Red Robin, where I tried it last week. You guys, if I hadn’t ordered it myself, I wouldn’t have known that I was eating a meat substitute. It does not taste like a veggie burger or even have the slightly weird texture of a “Beyond Meat” burger. Both Jeffrey and I agreed that it tasted almost exactly like a beef patty. (And he is way pickier than I am!)
But enough about the Impossible Burger… you are here for a brownie recipe!
Brownies are one of the easiest desserts to veganify (new word, it is totally a thing now) because many brownie recipes naturally do not include dairy products. So it’s just those pesky eggs you have to take out.
Now, eggs in a baked good do not really add to the flavor. Instead, they serve as a binding agent to prevent your desserts from falling apart. So without the eggs, this brownie recipe is a little crumbly. Because of this, definitely make sure you do not overbake. Even 30-60 seconds too long in the oven is bad, because these brownies need to be on the fudgy side in order to hold together.
Do not insert a toothpick to check if these brownies are ready to come out of the oven. Instead, go by sight and touch. The brownies should not be shiny on top, and instead have a firm crust. If it still looks wet in the middle, it’s not done. When you lightly touch the top, it should feel somewhat solid, not super wiggly like it is custard.
Here’s the printable recipe, and scroll down for a full list of all the other #EarthDayRecipes being posted today! You’ll find both vegetarian and vegan options, as well as options that include meat in a more sustainable way. Enjoy!
Easy Vegan Brownies
No weird ingredients in this one! This vegan brownie recipe uses ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 2/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup vegetable oil or melted coconut oil
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Sift together the dry ingredients.
Add the wet ingredients and mix until combined well. There should be no lumps.
Spread into a greased 9x13 baking pan and bake for around 27 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Start checking at 25 minutes and be careful not to allow the brownies to overbake. The top should have a nice crust with no wet spots, and it should not wobble like custard when lightly touched.
Allow the brownies to cool in the pan completely before cutting to serve.
Because this recipe has no eggs, it is prone to crumbling if overbaked. You want the brownies to be on the fudgy side so they hold together better.
Use a high-quality dutch processed cocoa powder for these brownies to give them a rich taste. The better the cocoa powder, the better the brownies.
You can add miniature chocolate chips to the mix for an extra punch of chocolate flavor. If you want to ensure these brownies are vegan, make sure the chocolate you use is made with vegan products.
More yummy Earth Day recipes:
- BBQ Grilled Shrimp by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Blackened Salmon Tacos with Mango Salsa by The Beard and The Baker
- Curried Root Vegetable Casserole by The Flexitarian
- Easy Vegan Brownies by Triple Chocolate Kitchen
- Homemade Vegetable Broth by Simple and Savory
- Kali Dal – Beluga Lentils by Sneha’s Recipe
- Lemon Garlic Orzo with Roasted Vegetables by Join Us, Pull up a Chair
- Quick Pickled Vegetables by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Sourdough Bread Salad by Home Sweet Homestead
- Vegan Deviled Eggs by Palatable Pastime
Here are some other vegan recipes from Triple Chocolate Kitchen that we love!
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