Friday, December 31, 2010

The Super Chocolate Vegan Hootenanny! Episode I : Super Sized Brownie Bites

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These were made with liners but read the recipe because we suggest another route.
This recipe started as a German chocolate cake but as the batter came together I just kinda knew this would be a perfect vegan brownie recipe.

Now we've talked before about the notorious brownie floods that every vegan community knows all too well in the vegan cream cheese brownie pie*. I'll also admit that before we made these, we also had a favorite brownie recipe but this one is better. These brownies are chewy without being gummy. They are chocolaty without being chalky or bitter. They are rich without landing on your stomach like a brick. They are also the perfect introduction for The Shannons Super Vegan Chocolate Hootenanny we have planned this weekend.

Yes! If you like chocolate as much as we do - you are in for a treat! If you are one of those folks going vegan in 2011 - this will be a great way to show you that you can be vegan and never see it as a sacrifice. And if you are one of those folks who are planning to lose weight, don't worry we have some very healthy, fat free and shocking remarkable knock-you-on-a-smaller-ass dishes coming up too.

Until then let's eat some vegan brownies that just may make you look at the world differently. You know the deal... Mass Hysteria.

Brownie Bites 
  • 4 ozs Baking Chocolate 
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 2 1/4 Cups Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 1 Cup Margarine (softened)
  • 4 Tablespoons Applesauce
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 Cup Soy Milk 
  • 1 Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Baking Spray

Heat oven to 350. Spray a regular sized cupcake pan with Baking Spray for the super-sized Brownie Bites. Use a mini cupcake pan if you are going for an actual bite-sized brownie.

In a saucepan, heat Baking Chocolate, 1/2 Teaspoon Sugar and Water on a medium heat until the chocolate is melted. Then remove from heat and whisk until smooth.

In a small bowl, mix Soy Milk and Apple Cider Vinegar. Let sit for around a minute.

In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients with a hand held mixer adding Soy Milk Mix and Melted Chocolate last. You want to blend the Mix for around 5 minutes until it is smooth and creamy. You will be tempted to give up when the Margarine is just little clumps but don't. It will become a smooth and prefect batter that you will fall on one knee and pledge to spend the rest of your life with... if you are patient.

Using an ice cream scoop, fill the sprayed cups about 1/2 full. Be careful and don't over fill - they'll bake over and not get those perfect little caps on them. Bake them for around 15-20 minutes. Pull them out when you stick them with a toothpick and remove it cleanly.

*Just a reminder folks - That Brownie Pie is SUPER rich. You may want to try it out with this recipe as the Brownie.

PS - If you were wondering what we are doing tonight - we got some of these outfits are planning on doing a little bit of this.We are skipping the bars this year. Have a Happy New Years! See you in 2011!

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