Vegan Gluten Free Double Chocolate Brownies74
My profound apologies for feedburner's transfer meltdown that has resulted in email diarrhoea spewing many repetitive email feed outs, that I fear have not been as palatable the fifth time around as they were the first! This is a food blogger's nightmare! Those of you who have patiently clicked through would have noticed that this malfunction is due to my redesign launch. I can only liken this transfer experience (one year in the making) to a baby getting her first tooth -- a little painful as the tooth breaks through the skin, but then so satisfying when you realise what you can now sink those teeth into!
Well I have a lot to chomp down on at the moment, and even more to digest. I just hope I haven't bitten off more than I can chew! But if you can just bite your tongues for right now and bear with me over the next month or so; as I add more features, more information, and a lot more fun. I hope you will share in this new pie, that is even sweeter than before: a new How To section, Cooking Glossary, Piggy Glossary, Piggy Favourites, and Piggy Store. But the piece de resistance is the new Piggy Converter, located to the side of every recipe that with one click of the button converts metric to imperial; cups to spoons; and everything in between. A little piece of piggy magic! I am really excited about the new design and would appreciate any feedback (good and bad) that you have. Please be patient with me as I add all of the new content that I have been writing for the past year, and iron out the glitches that go along with such a major overhaul. Oh! the life of a food blogger!
As much as I loved wordpress, Max, my web designer, convinced me to switch to the expression engine platform in order to allow for the customization that the little pig in me craved. I knew exactly how I wanted this piggy world to look, and handed Max a twenty page design manifesto. At first he resisted my already existing piggy fetish theme; but then jumped on board with a perfectionistic enthusiasm that has me now affectionately referring to him as my "partner in piggy crime". His design genius and creativity have made the piggy ideas look even better in this new design. I am so grateful to him. From our first meeting back in March, I knew he was the right design pig for me, and I hope our creative partnership will endure through my next projects! Thanks Max! You are pigtastic!
I am really happy with the new expression engine software. However, some of my previous piggy plug-ins did not share my enthusiasm for change. They did not find the new design as palatable as I did and developed unfortunate "new design" allergies, causing some sections to have seizures. The most unfortunate glitch was that I lost all of my post comments in the transfer. So if you see most of the older posts without comments - this is why. But I am excited about all of the new comments that will hopefully come my way! Hint hint.....
The other post traumatic stress wig out, which I am choosing, in my new-found piggy zen state to politely call, "email subscription disorder" gives a whole new meaning to the name "feed BURNER". However, a quick google search has shown feedburner "crapping itself" is quite common with transfers. The good news is that this separation anxiety only lasts a couple of weeks. Once its sensitive little stomach digests the new food on the table, it finds it quite tantalising and joins the party. It seems that a tasty new post seems to do the trick. We can only hope! So today for my first redesign post (which should rectify the problem) I have decided to bribe you AND feedburner with the most valuable piggy currency I have -- guilt free chocolate. I hopes you will all jump into new-look piggy world with as much enthusiasm as we had creating it!
For this is not just guilt free chocolate. It is double guilt free allergy free chocolate! And not just double chocolate; but double gluten free chocolate brownies. But wait! It gets better. Would you believe these vegan chocolate brownies are allergy friendly? Yes! For those of you looking for allergy free recipes, gluten and dairy free recipes, nut free recipes, soy free recipes and sugar free recipes, these vegan chocolate brownies are gluten free, dairy free, egg free, nut free AND soy free. The response when I say that to people is "What the hell is in them"? "What holds them together"? My simple answer to both questions is "piggilicious magic"! No seriously, this vegan recipe is very simple. It is just mashed bananas, mashed apples, dates, vegan chocolate chips, cocoa, vanilla, agave, buckwheat flour and rice flour. In other words, a list of delicious natural ingredients that are safe for most people. You could almost eat them raw. I am so excited to make these yummy allergy free treats for my gorgeous little niece (who suffers from multiple food allergies) when I fly back to Australia in a few weeks.
Another reason I am choosing this allergy free gluten free vegan recipe for my first expression engine post is in honour of Ashley -- one of my favourite readers. This lovely piggy lives in Springfield, Missouri; and although we have yet to meet, we have bonded over our shared love of chocolate and healthy gluten free vegetarian recipes through many emotive emails. With both of us being patients of Dr Carter's; and lovers of whole foods and natural flavourings and sweeteners, we have celebrated the allergy free vegan chocoholic experience. Ashley sent me a pumpkin chocolate brownie recipe last week and asked if I could modify it to make it gluten free. The original recipe contained mashed pumpkin and honey. I wasn't really a fan of this combination after my first-round trial. My friends Kris and Emily were with me in the kitchen, and we all agreed that they had a bitter aftertaste and not enough sweetness for a "post-worthy" self respecting brownie. As a conscientious food blogger, I decided to wipe the slate clean and go down a different road. I created a whole other vegan blend, and hit the allergy free jackpot!
These vegan chocolate brownies are sweet and chocolatey, with a moist texture that is divine. Best of all, they are super easy! I just threw everything in my Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer and baked! In under half an hour you will be in double chocolate piggilicious heaven.
Welcome to the new world order where there are gluten free chocolate brownies for all! More vegan chocolate next week……
Vegan Gluten Free Double Chocolate Brownies
- 2/3 cup (about 2 small 6 inch) mashed banana
- 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 cup chopped pitted dates
- 1 cup raw agave nectar
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup 73% cocoa dark vegan chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup 73% cocoa dark vegan chocolate chips for topping
- 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
- 1/2 cup brown rice flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp gluten free baking powder
- 1 tsp xanthan
- 1/4 tsp Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt
- Preheat oven to 180 C / 350 F.
- Lightly grease a square 8-by-8-inch baking pan.
- Sift together the cocoa powder, flours, baking powder, xanthan and salt into the bowl of your stand mixer (or use a mixing bowl and an electric beater or spoon)
- Gently heat on a low flame one cup of the chocolate chips and agave until just melted and then stir in vanilla.
- Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients and mix gently until well combined.
- Mix together mashed banana and apple sauce. Fold in this mixture into the chocolate batter.
- Fold in chopped dates.
- Spoon mixture into pan and spread evenly.
- Bake for 20 minutes and then sprinkle the extra 1/2 cup chocolate chips over the mix.
- Place back in the oven for another 15-20 minutes.
- The brownies are done when an inserted skewer comes out clean. Let cool at room temperature before serving.
Serves 8 - 12
Piggy Cooking Tips
Neatly cutting brownies and slices
Cutting the perfect square pieces of brownies and slices and getting them to look perfect without breaks and crumbs can be challenging. A quick easy way to “slice slices” is to use a plastic knife that glides through and doesn’t collect the crumbs.