Vegan Valentine’s Day Brownies


Sometimes you think to yourself: “oh, I should make brownies” and sometimes you think: “I should try making them vegan and without any added sugar”.

And sometimes you think: “I surely don’t need a recipe?!”…

… Just me? Oh, well. That’s at least what I did yesterday evening when I got home from work. I have to admit, even though I kind of set myself up for disaster… It didn’t turn out that bad! Well, sure, it didn’t have the most brownie-cake-like texture. Sure, it could’ve been sweeter, and sure, it was mostly just a baked gooey mix of mashed banana and dates. But at least it was fudgy, chocolaty – and I actually liked it quite a bit.

I’m not really selling this recipe, am I? Try it! Yay! Valentine’s Day! Woho! Chocolate! Brownie! Vegan!

No, but seriously..  It was completely improvised, but I actually liked how it turned out, for realsies.

2 banana, the more ripe the better

~7 soft dates (if you use dried, then maybe soak them for a little while, just to make it a bit easier..)

1 cup flour

2-3 tablespoons of cocoa powder (unsweetened if you want)

1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

4-6 tablespoons of “milk” (non-dairy, I used coconut milk I think)

~40 grams of dairy-free butter (I’m sure oil works as well)

Mash together the bananas and the dates until smooth (try to remove the skin on the dates for an even smoother batter). Mix the dry ingredients and add the banana-date-mash. Blend, it will be quite dry but keep stirring. Then add the milk to loosen the batter. Melt the butter and add it too. Pour (or spoon, rather) it in to a pan and cook in an oven, preheated to 175 degrees Celsius, for about 15 minutes (I actually have no idea for how long, I suggest checking on it until it is starting to feel and look somewhat cakey on top and a skewer comes out fairly clean). Voila! Add some heart sprinkles if you want. 

Something I think would be great in this brownie is nuts! Try adding some chopped nuts, I’m sure it’s great. I wanted to keep the recipe nut-free, but now I want to try making it again with some add-ins such as nuts and chocolate chips.

Oh, and Happy Valentine’s Day!
~J (yet another baking recipe by me… I know…)


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