Recipe: Project Monster Vegan Brownies

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Project Monster is the brain child of my friend Julie Robinson. It’s an educational kids book that offered eye catching art and super loveable characters. There is nothing that reminds me of being a kid more than brownies so for the good folks at Project Monster here is my vegan brownie recipe. The use of applesauce as a binding agent in the brownies is key but I also like to throw in some curveballs even with something as easy as brownies, cayenne pepper for some heat and a topping of sea salt for a crunchy salty/sweet flavour profile. You can check out the book and even purchase it at www.projectmonster.ca or better yet…you can come to The Mudpuppy Gallery in Amherstburg, Ontario this saturday June 22nd from 2-4pm and purchase a signed copy of the book. You can also come buy original paintings of all the Project Monster characters from the gallery. So come and support a local artist/author, see some great art and buy the book before you can get it anywhere else.

Ingredients: 

1 Cup Applesauce

1/2 cup sugar (raw)

1 tsp vanilla

3/4 cup unbleached flour

1/3 cup cocoa powder

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1/3 cup pecans (rough chopped)

1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips

2 tbs sea salt (coarse)

Directions: 

Preheat your oven to 350 and ready an oiled 8×8 pyrex baking dish. You will need two mixing bowls. In the first bowl add your applesauce, sugar, vanilla and whisk together. In the second bowl add your flour, baking soda, cocoa powder, baking powder, cinnamon, and cayenne, whisking those all together as well. Then slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients while whisking them all together. Then while whisking add your pecans and chocolate chips. Once the mixture is uniform pour the batter into 8×8 and evenly distribute the batter across the baking dish. Sprinkle the coarse salt on top of the brownies this will provide a salty crunchy top for the brownies, you also don’t need to use all the sea salt suggested just as much as you want or think you need. Then pop the baking dish into the oven for 25 minutes, at that point use a tooth pick to check the doneness of the middle of the brownies. If they need more time return to oven. When finished let the brownies cool completely before cutting.