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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Hint of Lime Cookies

Some very exciting news: tomorrow is my last day at my internship! On Monday, I will head back to class (until September… no summer vacation for me!) and I am so excited. However, this will mean that I’ll have a lot more to do and lot less time for herbivoress. 😦 BUT do not worry. I still plan to do my regular five posts a week and I just got a beautiful new camera for motivation!

I have to order a charger, but once that’s all squared away, expect some mediocre photos while I figure this puppy out!

But on to more important things….

Hint of Lime Sugar Cookies

makes 50 sugar cookies

Ingredients:

4 C Flour

1 1/4 C Earth Balance

1 C Sugar

1 Flax “Egg”

1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

Juice & Zest of 1 Lime

1 tsp. Baking Powder

1/4 C Warm Water

To make your flax egg, mix 1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed and 3 Tbsp. of warm water in a small bowl and mix well with a fork. Set it aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the sugar and Earth Balance, until smooth.

Once smooth, add flax egg, vanilla, and lime juice & zest and beat well. Very slowly, add the flour and baking powder. The mixture will become extremely dry, but continue to mix until completely combined. Once mixed, slowly pour a small stream of the warm water while continuing to mix the dough. You may not need to use the entire 1/4 cup of water– add slowly, taking breaks to let the water combine with the dough. Once the dough becomes a (still slightly dry) mass, remove it from your mixing bowl, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.

Preheat your oven to 350.

Flour a flat surface and a rolling pin and place chilled dough onto the surface. Separate the dough into four equal chunks and, one chunk at a time, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into desired shape.

Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes. If you want a soft, chewy cookie, remove at 8 minutes. If you want a crisp cookie, bake for 9 to 10 minutes.

These cookies are to die for.

They’re perfect in consistency and have just the right amount of lime.

Once the cookies cool, dust them with powdered sugar, and enjoy.

3-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse

I usually whip up the chocolate layer from this when I need quick chocolate mousse, but I was out of tofu and craving chocolate, so I had to think on my feet!

3-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse

Ingredients:

-2 Avocados

-1/4 C Powdered Sugar

1/4 C Cocoa Powder

It’s pretty simple from here: pit and peel the avocados, toss all the ingredients in the food processor, and blend until smooth.

Feel free to adjust the sugar and cocoa to your liking! If you want a sweeter pudding, you may want to add a teaspoon of vanilla, too!

To pull it all together, layer with a strawberry-banana smoothie…

YUM.