Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Brownies - soy free

     I decided this week to make my recipe with no soy and to try a brownie recipe that I've been messing around with for a while now.  I have been adjusting it forever because it always turns into cake, so frustrating!  I started pulling out all the ingredients only to find my husband had used the end of the sugar on his cereal.  No worries I thought to myself and started looking through the pantry.  Jackpot!  There it was on the third shelf shoved behind all the flours and oats.  What is it I'm talking about? Brown Rice Syrup!  Why hadn't I thought of this before!  You see, liquid sweeteners like brown rice syrup and corn syrup tend to make traditional  recipes a bit soupy. Since the problem I've been having with the brownies is that they are too cakey maybe this will work.  These brownies are not as sweet as traditional brownies because liquid sweeteners are not as sweet as granulated sugar.  If they are too bitter for you, just add more syrup next time.  These are also free of soy, in addition to my norms.

1/3 c. canola oil
1 1/3 c. brown rice syrup
2 Tbsp. flax meal mixed with 6 Tbsp. water (let sit 2 minutes)
2 c. flour
1/3 c. cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking powder
1 c. chocolate chips (enjoy life)

Preheat your oven to 350*F and grease a 9x13 baking dish.  In a bowl combine the flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder.  Add in the canola oil, brown rice syrup, and flax meal.  Stir until everything is combined and incorporate the chocolate chips.  Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.  
     I pulled these out of the oven and handed one to my husband.  He took a long look at me before he decided to take a bite (he's been my guinea pig for too long)  I asked "cake or brownies" and the answer "Brownies"  Finally!  We all dug in and they were good, but I have to tell you, the longer they sit on the counter the better they get.  I also noticed when looking through other vegan brownies online that these have much less sugar and oil.  I do have a very rich recipe that I've been messing around with that's soon to come, in case you don't like these.  Happy Baking!