Author Notes: If someone told me that a brownie without butter, oil, and eggs could be delicious, I would never have believed them. I am a vegan and have a huge sweet tooth, so I wanted to learn how to bake vegan desserts. Since silken tofu is a great replacement for many non-vegan ingredients required in baking, I started experimenting. The first time I attempted these brownies, I was not satisfied, but the second time was a success: These brownies are rich, chewy, and so very chocolatey, as all brownies should be. I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I and my friends do! —Eleni
Food52 Review: This recipe was selected as something to serve for a college student picnic since one of the students was vegan. Because of rain, we adjourned to a local pizza restaurant, but I made them the brownies for class. No one guessed the secret ingredient (tofu!) and the feedback was extremely positive. I would make these again if hosting a vegan. They are super simple to assemble, although it took some time to combine wet with dry. I found them difficult to cut and turned to my pizza cutter. —trvlnsandy
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
cups dark brown sugar
grams silken tofu
tablespoons maple syrup
tablespoon vanilla extract
cup plus 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
teaspoons baking powder
teaspoon sea salt
grams small and large semisweet chocolate chunks
- Preheat oven to 180° C/350° F. Line a (25- by 20- centimeter/10- by 8-inch) baking pan with parchment paper. [Editor’s note: 8- by 8-inch also works.] Then grease the edges of the pan with vegetable oil.
- In a large food processor, add the sugar and silken tofu. Blend until it’s lump free. Then add the vanilla and maple syrup and blend.
- In a separate bowl mix the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Combine the two mixtures by combining the dry ingredients into the food processor.
- Place half the mixture in the cooking pan. Sprinkle the chocolate chunks to cover the surface. Then pour the rest of the mixture on top.
- Bake for about 20 to 30 minutes, until the sides of the brownie start to pull away from the pan and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with little crumbs on it.
- Allow to cool completely before cutting. To store, place the pieces in an airtight container.
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