Disclaimer: I was gifted a copy of Sam Turnbull’s Fuss Free Vegan in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I love baking, especially around the holidays. However, I generally do not bake a lot, and I don’t post many baking recipes here. Cooking is so much more intuitive and flexible, and at this stage of my life with a business and a baby, easier.
You guys have to make these brownies. As soon as I got a copy of Sam Turbull’s new cookbook, Fuss Free Vegan, in the mail, I knew I was in trouble. There were so many delicious recipes I wanted to try. The lettuce wraps are a light and hearty, protein packed lunch for busy mamas. The peanut noodles will please everyone. And the vegan cheeses are divine. And made from REAL food. Every recipe in this book is so simple, with few ingredients (that you actually know and understand and can find in your regular grocery store), and packed with flavor. There is a recipe for every staple, something sure to please everyone in your house, even the plant-based skeptics. Many of these recipes do call for all-purpose flour and white sugar, which is not something I recommend or use myself. However, I swapped my go-to gluten-free flour blend and coconut sugar 1:1 on every recipe I tried, including these brownies, and had great results. So whichever flour or sugar combination you choose to go with, you really cannot go wrong with these recipes. Also, from prep, to cooking, to cleanup, I spent less than 30 minutes with minimal dishes. Some recipes had a longer cook time, but I was able to sit back and relax (or more likely, move on to another urgent task) until it was time to eat.
Back to the brownies.
After making a handful of recipes, it came down to two. Blueberry bliss muffins. Or fudgy chocolate brownies. I’m a sucker for a good muffin, especially in the morning with a cup of coffee on cold mornings. But once I tried these brownies, I was sold. So was the husband.
I really didn’t think this recipe was going to work. Usually vegan recipes have some sort of vegan alternative for the eggs and butter used in traditional preparation of baked goods. Sam doesn’t do that. And somehow there is magic that brings these brownies to life. They fluff up in the oven, and settle down into a gooey, rich piece of heaven once they cool. The trick is to follow the instructions for letting them cool. Don’t skip this step because you want brownies now! Trust me. The waiting is worth it.
- 1 cup vegan chocolate chips
- ½ cup vegan butter
- 1 cup white sugar
- ½ cup non-dairy milk (such as soy or almond)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease an 8x8-inch baking pan.
- In a small saucepan, melt together the chocolate chips and butter, making sure to remove the saucepan from the heat just as it’s finished melting to ensure you don’t burn the chocolate.
- Pour the melted chocolate into a mixing bowl. Add the sugar,non-dairy milk, and vanilla and mix well. Now add the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt and mix until combined. Finally, add the walnuts (if using).
- Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 30–35 minutes, until the brownies are pulling away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs on it. Let the brownies cool and set overnight. This is the key to perfect gooey brownies.
- To store, let the brownies cool completely, then cover with foil or plastic wrap and keep at room temperature for the best texture. For longer storage put in an airtight container and store in the fridge.
Excerpted from Fuss Free Vegan: 101 Everyday Comfort Food Favorites, Veganized. Copyright © 2017 Samantha Turnbull. Published by Appetite by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.
Sam blogs over at It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken, and if you love this recipe, you want to make sure to check out her other delicious fuss free meals. You can also grab a copy of her cookbook (affiliate link) and make easy fuss free vegan meals every day of the week!