Flo McQuibban shares a brownie recipe to keep you warm in the coming winter chill, as well as why you should go vegan with this old favourite. 


 

Recently popularised by a certain TV show (Game of Thrones), the phrase ‘Winter is coming’ is very relevant to St Andreans — especially in the autumn. To help you cope with the upcoming chill, here’s a cosy vegan brownie recipe.

Health factor: It is no secret that a vegan brownie is healthier than a normal brownie, but does it taste any good? The answer is a fervent yes. Although ‘vegan brownie’ may sound bland or unappetizing to some, I have learned that nothing beats this recipe.

Ethical factor: Since no animal products are in this recipe, this brownie is the perfect guilt-free impromptu dessert.

Money factor: Let’s face it, although you could spend half an hour checking and comparing prices in Tesco’s and Sainsbury’s, it’s much easier to shop with the knowledge that these brownies use less (and cheaper) ingredients than standard brownies do.

Downside: Your brownies will be flatter (unsurprisingly).

Normal brownies (left) and vegan brownies (right)

 

Flo’s Vegan Brownies (inspired by the BBC)

Ingredients:

  • 175 g self-raising flower
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 160 g caster sugar
  • 4 tbsp sunflower oil + 1 tbsp for greasing
  • 240 ml sweetened soy milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Optional (for the chocolate lovers):

  • 4 tbsp of cocoa powder instead of 2
  • 200 g dark chocolate (dairy-free)

 

Method:

  1. Heat oven to 180°C.
  2. Grease and flour a square cake tin.
  3. In a bowl, sift the flour, salt, cocoa powder, and sugar together. Mix.
  4. Add the oil, soy milk, and vanilla extract. Mix carefully until completely combined.
  5. If you’re using the dark chocolate, break it up into small pieces and add them to the mixture. Alternatively, melt the chocolate pieces in a bowl over a small pot of simmering water (on medium heat) or microwave it in 10-second blasts. With either method, make sure to keep stirring the chocolate, as chocolate hold its shape when it melts.
  6. Pour mixture into tin.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes.
  8. Leave to cool, then enjoy!

 

TIPS: Get good quality cocoa powder, use the actual vanilla bean instead of liquid extract (1 bean for 1 tsp), and check any optional decorations for animal products!

 

Flo McQuibban

 

Photos by Flo McQuibban