Makes 18 brownies
When I owned my vegan bakery, I used to make a brownie that was so rich and full of fat that if you put one on a paper towel, it would soak right through. Parents were scared to give a whole brownie to their kids for fear of what might happen. This version is much healthier than that one but still a treat.
1 1/2 cups spelt flour
2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons ground flax seed
6 tablespoons water
3/4 cup pure maple syrup
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
1/2 cup finely chopped, lightly toasted walnuts
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the spelt flour, baking powder, sea salt, and cocoa powder.
- In a blender, puree the flax seed and water. Transfer to another mixing bowl. Add the maple syrup, applesauce, and vanilla extract.
- Add the flour mixture to the maple syrup mixture, along with the chocolate chips and walnuts, and gently fold everything together.
- Spoon the batter into a nonstick 9×13-inch baking pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool to room temperature before cutting.