There are a few foods that I actually do miss since becoming vegan-- canolis, egg salad, and brownies are on the top of the list. There are definitely vegan editions of each, but to me, they have not lived up to the originals. The brownie is the one that bothers me the most. I went through a phase in college where I baked brownies on a weekly basis. Ghiradelli brownies with extra chocolate chips. So fudgey. Vegan brownies are really not fudgey. They are cakey. I've tried baking banana brownies, peanut butter brownies, pumpkin brownies, brownies with black beans-- you name it. I've also sampled brownies at various vegan establishments. As you can tell, I've been very committed to this endeavor.
Here are my top three brownies:
1. Peanut Butter Ganache Brownie from Wildflour Bakery in Providence.
A layer of peanut butter, a layer of dark chocolate ganache. So very rich - and not cakey.
2. Pumpkin Pie Brownies from the Post Punk Kitchen.
These are a favorite for Thanksgiving dessert.
3. This recipe for peanut butter chocolate brownies.
I randomly found this one last week. It's super easy, and even gluten free. The results are a-maz-ing -- quite rich and nothing like cake, since there's no flour at all.
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