Virtual Vegan Potluck: Frozen Brownies

The time has finally come… the most anticipated virtual vegan event of the year is here: The Virtual Vegan Potluck. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, click here to find out more, but be sure to come back to check out my recipe for frozen brownies, the perfect summer treat!

For those of you who are visiting my little piece of the internet for the first time, thanks for checking out Herbivoress! My name is Siri and I’m a student, organizational enthusiast, math nerd, and (most importantly) a vegan. I’m extremely honored and excited to be a part of this potluck and I hope you make and enjoy my recipe!  For a little more info about me, check out my About page, and feel free to head over to my Recipes page for tons of vegan recipes.

Now onto the main event…

 I was first introduced to the idea of frozen brownies about four years ago by my boyfriend, Mark. They’re a favorite of his and as soon as it gets warm out, his mom always stocks the freezer with them. One problem though: they’re not vegan. So now that Mark and I are happy healthy vegans, I knew that I would have to veganize these yummy (yet slightly unhealthy 😉 ) treats.

Mark will be returning from a four month trip abroad TOMORROW, so I knew that it was fate that I make these brownies to surprise him and to supply readers with an amazing summer dessert! They aren’t technically brownies– they’re actually more like a cake when not frozen, covered in delicious silky chocolate frosting that melds in perfectly with the cake beneath it! So without further ado…

For the Cake:

  • 1 C Earth Balance
  • 1 C Water
  • 1/4 C Cocoa Powder
  • 2 C All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 C Turbinado Sugar or Evaporated Cane Juice
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 C Tofutti Better than Sour Cream

For the Frosting:

  • 1/2 C Earth Balance
  • 1/4 C + 2 Tbsp Vanilla or Original Almondmilk
  • 3 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 3+3/4 C Powedered Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees (about 175 degrees Celsius) & grease a 9×9 inch baking pan. In a large saucepan, melt the Earth Balance. Add in the water & stir in the cocoa powder, and bring this mixture to a boil. Remove it from the stove, and in a separate bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, & salt. Add this to the cocoa powder mixture and mix well. Add in the Better Than Sour Cream & stir until dissolved and all ingredients are well combined. Pour into your greased baking pan and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Meanwhile, make your frosting*…

While your cake is baking in the oven, rinse your saucepan & put it back on the stovetop. Melt the Earth Balance and add in the almondmilk & cocoa powder once melted. Bring this mixture to a boil and then remove from the heat. Whisk in the powdered sugar & vanilla extract and continue to mix until no lumps remain.

Once your cake is done, remove it from the oven and pour the warm frosting over the cake. Let cool completely. Once cooled, place the pan in the freezer for about half an hour. Remove the pan from the freezer, and cut the cake into bars.

Place your brownies onto wax paper, cover with another layer of wax paper, and then wrap in tin foil.

Return them to the freezer and leave them for at least an additional 4 hours, overnight if possible.

Store them as is in the freezer and whenever you crave a cold treat, just grab one and enjoy!

*Note: You will want to wait about 10 minutes after you put your cake in the oven to start the frosting.

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Now go enjoy the rest of the recipes in this gigantic potluck!

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A Few of my Favorites

I know I’ve been awful at posting lately… but I really, really want to make it up to you! And on Saturday, you will have an INCREDIBLE (if I do say so myself) dessert recipe for the Virtual Vegan Potluck. But for now, I wanted to put together a few of my favorite recipes from the blog so far! (Click the pictures to see the recipes!)

1. Simple Tofu “Recovery” Breakfast Sandwich : A delicious, savory sandwich perfect for those rough mornings!

2. Gingersnap Breakfast BarsLasting energy from a gingery sweet breakfast bar!

3. Tomato Nut-Cheese SpreadA welcome substitute for those fancy cheese plates- delicious served with avocado!

4. GuacamoleOne of my absolute favorite snacks! Leave the avocado a little chunky for the perfect guac!

5. White Bean HummusNo chick peas here! An unexpected twist on a vegan staple.

6. No Knead Fruit & Nut BreadCrunchy, doughy, and just a little sweet… yum!

7. Irish Potato CandiesNative to the Philadelphia area, these yummy candies rolled in cinnamon should be enjoyed year-round!

8. Lime Sugar CookiesCrispy, sweet, and zesty cookies for when you want something a little unexpected!

9. And last but DEFINITELY not least, my favorite recipe thus far…. Chocolate Peanut Butter Oreo PieNo explanation necessary.

Some Exciting Stuff

First of all, my best friend will be home in ONE WEEK. Somehow, I made it (almost) four months without Mark, and I can’t believe that it’s finally over!

But more importantly…

If any of you have been checking out various blogs lately, you’ve probably heard about this thing called the Virtual Vegan Potluck. It’s a BIG DEAL and is being hosted by Annie over at An Unrefined Vegan. She has gotten together almost SEVENTY food bloggers (vegan and not) from all over the world to participate in this potluck. I’m super excited to be a part of the potluck, and look out for a delicious dessert (along with seventy other courses) this Saturday!

I’ve been making a huge mess in my kitchen all morning, so you know it’s going to be something special! Have a wonderful week!