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Thursday, December 8, 2011

LOW-FAT VEGAN S'MORE BROWNIES FOR NATIONAL BROWNIE DAY!

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For National Brownie Day, I'm re-posting an updated version of this recipe that I developed for my now defunct Vegan Feast Newsletter several years ago.
BRYANNA'S S'MORE BROWNIES
Servings: 16 (It's possible to make these GF-- see notes in recipe)
These are to die for, except you don't have to! Dark vegan brownies, baked on a graham cracker crust, with a luscious vegan marshmallow crème on top-- inspired by the old Girl Scout camp dessert.

INGREDIENTS
Graham Cracker Crust:
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs (See Cooking Tips below, including ideas for GF)
1 Tbs organic unbleached sugar
3 Tbs melted vegan butter (try my homemade palm-oil-free Buttah)
Brownie layer:
3 Tbs Earth Balance vegan butter (try my homemade palm-oil-free Buttah) OR 3 T. oil (this works just fine!)
3 Tbs water
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup organic cocoa powder, unsweetened (I use Cocoa Camino fair trade brand)
1 Tbs espresso powder, or instant coffee or coffee substitute granules
1/4 cup water
1 Tbs flax seeds
1 Tbs Ener-G or Orgran No-Egg egg replacer powder
1/2 cup regular whole wheat or unbleached flour (NOT pastry flour) (OR use a GF flour mix)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Topping:
1 cup (approximately) Suzanne's Ricemellow Creme (see where to buy and alternative products above in Cooking Tips)
NOTE: You can  try using my homemade "Marshie Fluff" if you like, but I haven't tried broiling it yet-- I just spread it on top like an icing.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

To make the Graham Cracker Crust: Mix the crust ingredients and press in the bottom of a greased 8-inch square cake pan. Bake for 6-8 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool on a cake rack.

To make the Brownie Layer:
In a small saucepan, melt the vegan butter and 3 T. water gently over medium heat, OR melt it in a medium microwave-proof bowl in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir in the sugar until dissolved, then stir in the cocoa, vanilla and coffee powder. Set aside.

IF YOU USE OIL INSTEAD OF VEGAN BUTTER, skip the melting step. Just mix the oil with 3 T. HOT water and stir in the sugar, then the cocoa, etc. (I use a whisk for the cocoa).

Place the 1/4 c. water, flaxseeds and egg replacer in a blender. Blend on high for several minutes, until the mixture is "gloppy" like slightly beaten egg whites, with little brown flecks of flax skin throughout. Fold this into the cocoa mixture.

In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the cocoa mixture and stir briefly.

To bake the brownies:
Spread on the brownie batter top of the baked graham cracker crust. Bake for about 15 minutes. You may have to experiment with timing, according to your oven (try to use an oven thermometer to check the temperature, which can vary even in new ovens), and according to how fudgey you like the brownies.

Topping the Brownies:
Spread the brownies with the Ricemellow Crème while they're still hot-- and don't be tempted to spread on too much. It's very sweet and gooey and a little goes a long way! Use just enough so that the brownie layer is covered.

Place the pan 4 inches under the broiler and WATCHING CAREFULLY, broil until it bubbles up and browns. This takes very little time!

Cool on a rack, then cut into 16 squares. Serve at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts
Nutrition (per serving): 154.0 calories; 29% calories from fat; 5.2g total fat; 0.0mg cholesterol; 107.4mg sodium; 130.6mg potassium; 26.8g carbohydrates; 1.7g fiber; 18.8g sugar; 25.1g net carbs; 1.5g protein; 3.2 points.

Cooking Tips
Instead of the Ricemellow Creme, you could  place vegan marshmallows ( this brand or this one) on top of the brownies, broil as instructed.

VEGAN GRAHAM CRACKERS (without palm oil or high-fructose corn syrup):
Some bulk graham cracker crumbs are vegan-- check the label on the bin (if it's visible) or ask your grocer to let you see the original bag. The following are vegan:

Health Valley makes 3 kinds of vegan graham crackers (they contain soy):
Original Amaranth Bran Graham Crackers 
and one that's gluten-free and vegan:  
Original Rice Bran Graham Crackers

Another option would be to make crumbs out of animal crackers:
Barbara's Bakery Snackanimals Animal Cookies (organic, whole grain, palm-oil-free, HF-corn syrup-free, but they do contain soy lecithin)
Kirkland Organic Animal Crackers [Costco brand] (I'm told that they are vegan, but I can't find an ingrdient list)
Trader Joe's Organic Animal Crackers
365 Organic Animal Cookies [Whole Foods brand]


There are numerous vegan (and vegan, GF) graham cracker recipes on the 'Net, if you are into making your own.


Happy National Brownie Day!

2 comments:

eValerie said...

Kinnikinnick S'moreables are gluten-free graham crackers with no egg, dairy, or honey.

Here's a link to their website; the S'moreables are about the fourth item on the page:
http://consumer.kinnikinnick.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/products.home/productcategoryid/12

Bryanna Clark Grogan said...

Thanks, Valerie-- but they do contain honey, according to their ingredient list. Too bad!