Hey everyone! I’m pretty into this week’s post because it’s territory that I’m getting my toes wet into; I’m trying out a vegan brownie recipe that tasted pretty awesome to me and seemed more than good enough to put on the blog. I hope you all like it!
**p.s. I’m trying out my new camera so be patient with me until I get used to it picture wise**
Behind the Scenes (BTS): this recipe was achieved completely by accident, but it was a good accident; I wanted to make banana and peanut butter brownies for the blog just because I love bananas and I love peanut butter and I figured the other 540 banana and peanut butter recipes on this blog just weren’t enough. When I made this recipe the first time it turned out a little (that’s putting it mildly) too moist and that made Tatiana sad; I mean how could something so good come out like something my grandpa, who’s on his last tooth by the way, even call too chewy? Well I knew instantly it was because bananas are crazy moist; one of the downsides to banana, like strawberries, is the moisture content, so when I decided to adjust the recipe I opted to make it vegan using the peanut butter as a substitute for the eggs and the banana as a substitute for the butter and it turned out pretty awesome if I do say so myself!
Adjustments: I know when it comes to brownies there’s the cake-y territory and the fudgy territory, this brownie is in the cake-y territory, if you’re a fudgy type of person just add extra (about 1/4 c. to 1/2 c.)/(75 g to 150g) mashed banana to the recipe. I like this cake-y texture though because it really sticks to the ribs.
When it comes to vegan territory it’s not too farfetched for me, I’ve had friends that are vegan and my brother is vegan, like super vegan, like he drinks homemade, just made 5 seconds before he drank it, carrot juice every morning so I know how to adjust basic vegan needs thankfully, but that still didn’t make this process any easier. The second time I made it, it was hard as a rock, because it needed more banana, but it still rose a little more than I wanted it to, that’s because banana is also an awesome substitute leavening agent and when I added the baking powder with the banana it made it rise more than I wanted it to, so I took out the baking soda and added more banana and it gave it a better texture, crispness and height. I was pretty satisfied after round 2, round 3 was simply assurance and I was assured.
Alterations: I’m not going to lie to you and pretend like I know a ton of possible alterations for this recipe. I do know if you’re not vegan and you don’t like peanut butter then just add two eggs to the recipe and omit the peanut butter, if you like peanut butter and don’t like banana (to some people it makes them gag, me too actually when I eat it raw) then simply omit the banana and add 1/2 c. (115 g) of cooled melted butter. Anything else I’m kinda taped out, but if you are a vegan and know of any other alterations then put it down in the comments.
Helpful Hints & Suggestions: Elbow grease is a necessity for this recipe, because it starts out so dense and thick you really have to mix it for the moisture in the bananas to loosen up the dry ingredients, peanut butter itself is thick so that S.O.B is no help in that area either.
Also you might notice when you look at the recipe below (all recipes from now on will be downloadable and all you have to do is click the link to see it on all devices) you’ll see in the Materials Needed it ask for a 6×2 square baking pan, I found this at Michael’s and Wal-Mart for less than $10 USD ($6.99 USD at Wal-Mart) so they should be easy to find and if you can’t find it or you don’t feel like looking for it then simply double the recipe and use your average square baking pan or you can make them mini in muffins tins.
Ta-Ta-For-Now: Well that’s all on my end. This recipe really did turn out quite awesome and tasty to boot, I don’t plan on going vegan any time soon (this lady needs a cheeseburger or she’d have no friends) but it’s still a nice turn from the ordinary and nowadays with all these dietary restrictions you sometimes need to accommodate that one person who doesn’t eat chickpeas unless it’s been peed on by caterpillars. So enjoy the recipe until the next post!
Downloadable Recipe below (click link):