So it has been a minute since my last post but life has been crazy busy in fact so much that I was supposed to have this post up YESTERDAY but time got away from me as it always does, every single day. I’ve almost come to the conclusion that I need to stop “planning” posts and just do it when I can. I can say, I’ll have it up on a particular day but when you work basically a 9-5 job and then come home and do laundry and what housework you can plus, cook dinner, and possibly have some time to spend with your husband, or do a little creative bliss, its nearly impossible to have the time let alone the energy to write a long drawn out blog post stating the very obvious of ones life events when in reality I can’t even remember most days what I had for breakfast that day, so any recollection of my day would probably be boring to the average reader. So we shall skip the formalities of a typical blog post and cut to the chase and just give you the recipe (the very thing you are waiting for, right?) and add a few little photos to wet your appetite. Savvy?
Next time or another time I will share some fun facts about me, possibly or just simply share a funny story as I often am found doing.
In a world where everything is something, why vegan? Well, sometimes its just nice to have and try something new. And lately I have found vegan homemade goodies are often a yummy winner. I mean, hey, it won my boss and most of my current co-workers over. One of my Keto loving co-workers asks specifically if I will create a Keto delish, anything in the not so distant future, so right there, is something I can definitely dish out since I am a Keto loving soul, myself.
Vegan Pecan Pie Brownies
For the Brownies:
4 Tbsp ground flax
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup vegan butter (I used earth balance), melted
1 cup organic cane sugar
1 cup organic light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (Hershey’s of course)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
Make your flax egg with the water and the ground flax, set aside. Preheat the oven to 350* and line a 7×11 pan or an 8×8 pan with parchment paper (if you don’t have this, aluminum foil will work as well).
Melt the vegan butter and add the sugars, add the flax egg, and vanilla. Sift the flour and the cocoa powder, the salt and baking powder stir until all together and well combined preferably with a wooden spoon.
Add to the pan. Spread evenly.
For the Pecan pie (topping)
3 1/2 tbsp of vegan butter
1/2 cup organic light brown sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp corn starch
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup silken tofu
1 – 1 1/2 cups of whole or pieces of roasted pecans (see notes) want 15% off on our own TN Valley Pecan Co. pecans? Scroll to the very bottom to receive the discount code to add to your order at checkout. And please use it multiple times and share it with your friends and family so they can get some too!)
Vegan whipped cream (optional)
Combine all the ingredients in one bowl using a hand mixer and adding with a wooden spoon or spatula the pecans last. Stir together well. The tofu may make everything look a little spotty but don’t worry once baked in the oven, that look will go away.
Add the pecan liquid to the top of the brownie and place the pan in the preheated oven. Bake for 45 minutes. check to make sure the pecans are ok. If still a little runny in the middle, bake for another 10-15 minutes. The middle will be jiggly slightly when its done and the sides will be bubbly and gooey.
Take out of the oven to cool. And this is where it gets a little tricky. Your first notion is to want to dig in while it is hot. If you don’t want it to set up well, go ahead, no one is watching. But if you are taking it to a party you will want to plan a day ahead to make this, because you will need to refrigerate it to let it set up completely. And then you can eat it cold or reheat. Both ways are yummy.
Toasting the pecans is a great way for those oils to come gushing out and create that yummy earthy flavor that pecans are so amazing at providing all on their own. To roast those pecans, measure out the pecans you need plus a little extra for snacking, if you are using TVPC’s pecans, then, trust me you will want to try them out toasted. After the oven has preheated before you start on the Pecan pie part, add your pecans to a sheet pan and place in the oven for 8-10 minutes depending on your oven, and how hot it gets. I find mine gets pretty hot fast so 8 minutes was plenty of time. You won’t want to skip this step because it really brings out the yummyness of the pecans and pecans have a very high oil content for a nut, so no need to add oil to the pan when baking these golden beauties.
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