Brownies – mostly vegan!!

One of our little students has so many food allergies, she’s inspired me to find recipes she can eat so that she can eventually participate again in our food-based school activities.

It took a while for me to realize she would do fine with just about anything vegan, and so I entered a new-to-me world of baking and cooking. The following was my first ever attempt, and we all inhaled the results. Try it, because it’s ridiculously easy. I don’t know where the original recipe came from, but I will happily post credits when I find them.

Note: Pure vegan this is not, as I later learned that the average sugar isn’t vegan, and I think I remember reading somewhere that something is added to flour as well. Amazing what you learn when you start paying attention to what you eat. Adjust accordingly.

You will need:
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup pure cocoa
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup soy milk or water
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Optional: 1/4 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).

Mix the dry ingredients together.
In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients, then add this mixture to the dry ingredients.
Stir everything until well mixed.
Pour into a square- or rectangular-shaped pan and bake for 25-30 minutes. Bake a bit longer if you prefer firmer brownies.
Let cool for about 15 minutes before cutting into squares. (My first batch was so happily gooey, cutting squares was not an option: those brownies were scooped out with a spoon and devoured.)

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