Serve these scrumptious plant-based brownies plain or topped with a generous dollop of vegan whipped “cream.” Either way, they are absolutely yummy!

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ABOUT THE RECIPE:

Here’s the ultimate WOW brownie! This delicious brownie recipe, uses tasty tahini to replace the eggs and the result is a rich, chocolate indulgence that will earn raves from the entire family.

MAKES 8 TO 10 SERVINGS

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INGREDIENTS:

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to coat pan
1½ cups gluten-free, quick cooking rolled oats (see note)
1⁄3 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup (lightly packed) dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup nondairy milk, plus more as needed
1⁄3 cup (creamy) sesame tahini
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup vegan chocolate chips (55% to 70% cacao)

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INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Generously coat an 8-inch square rimmed baking pan with olive oil.

Put the oats into a blender (or food processor) and process into coarse flour. Transfer the oat flour to a large bowl. Add the cocoa powder, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and stir with a dry whisk to combine.

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Put the nondairy milk, ¼ cup oil, tahini, and vanilla extract into a medium bowl and briskly stir until very smooth.

Add the nondairy milk mixture to the flour mixture and stir with a large spoon until incorporated. If the batter seems dry, add an additional tablespoon of nondairy milk. (The batter should be thick, almost like cookie dough.) Fold in the chocolate chips. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan.

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Bake for 30 minutes. Decrease the heat to 325 degrees F and bake for an additional 8 to
10 minutes, until the top is almost firm and edges are golden brown. Put the pan on a wire rack. Let cool for 1 hour before slicing and serving. (Brownies will be crumbly while warm.)

For a festive plating, mix several tablespoons of seedless raspberry or strawberry preserves (or jam) with a bit of water. Using a small spoon, “swirl” the berry sauce over the bottom of a pretty dessert plate (see photo). Place the brownie on top of the berry sauce and top with a dollop of “Maple Tofu Whip” (recipe below) and a sprig of mint. So delicious!!!

Tightly wrapped and stored in the refrigerator, leftover brownies will keep for 3 days.

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MAPLE TOFU WHIP
Makes 4 servings

6 to 7 ounces soft regular or silken tofu, drained
2 tablespoons plain or vanilla dairy-free milk, plus more as needed
2 tablespoons maple syrup or date syrup
1⁄8 teaspoon vanilla extract

Put all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until smooth and creamy. Add more dairy-free milk as needed to achieve desired constistency. Transfer to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, until well chilled. Serve cold. Stored in a covered container in the refrigerator, the topping will keep for 2 to 3 days.

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NOTE: It you are cooking gluten-free be certain to purchase certified gluten-free oats. Otherwise you can use any variety of quick cooking rolled oats that you prefer.

Ingredients

Directions

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ABOUT THE RECIPE:

Here’s the ultimate WOW brownie! This delicious brownie recipe, uses tasty tahini to replace the eggs and the result is a rich, chocolate indulgence that will earn raves from the entire family.

MAKES 8 TO 10 SERVINGS

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INGREDIENTS:

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to coat pan
1½ cups gluten-free, quick cooking rolled oats (see note)
1⁄3 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup (lightly packed) dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup nondairy milk, plus more as needed
1⁄3 cup (creamy) sesame tahini
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup vegan chocolate chips (55% to 70% cacao)

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INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Generously coat an 8-inch square rimmed baking pan with olive oil.

Put the oats into a blender (or food processor) and process into coarse flour. Transfer the oat flour to a large bowl. Add the cocoa powder, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and stir with a dry whisk to combine.

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Put the nondairy milk, ¼ cup oil, tahini, and vanilla extract into a medium bowl and briskly stir until very smooth.

Add the nondairy milk mixture to the flour mixture and stir with a large spoon until incorporated. If the batter seems dry, add an additional tablespoon of nondairy milk. (The batter should be thick, almost like cookie dough.) Fold in the chocolate chips. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan.

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Bake for 30 minutes. Decrease the heat to 325 degrees F and bake for an additional 8 to
10 minutes, until the top is almost firm and edges are golden brown. Put the pan on a wire rack. Let cool for 1 hour before slicing and serving. (Brownies will be crumbly while warm.)

For a festive plating, mix several tablespoons of seedless raspberry or strawberry preserves (or jam) with a bit of water. Using a small spoon, “swirl” the berry sauce over the bottom of a pretty dessert plate (see photo). Place the brownie on top of the berry sauce and top with a dollop of “Maple Tofu Whip” (recipe below) and a sprig of mint. So delicious!!!

Tightly wrapped and stored in the refrigerator, leftover brownies will keep for 3 days.

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MAPLE TOFU WHIP
Makes 4 servings

6 to 7 ounces soft regular or silken tofu, drained
2 tablespoons plain or vanilla dairy-free milk, plus more as needed
2 tablespoons maple syrup or date syrup
1⁄8 teaspoon vanilla extract

Put all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until smooth and creamy. Add more dairy-free milk as needed to achieve desired constistency. Transfer to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, until well chilled. Serve cold. Stored in a covered container in the refrigerator, the topping will keep for 2 to 3 days.

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NOTE: It you are cooking gluten-free be certain to purchase certified gluten-free oats. Otherwise you can use any variety of quick cooking rolled oats that you prefer.

Incredible Chocolate Brownies

Recipe from Chef Laura Theodore’s cookbook: JAZZY VEGETARIAN: Lively VEGAN Cuisine That’s Easy and Delicious, 10th Anniversary Edition. Learn more about this wonderful book HERE.

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