The Blaster Brownie is so amazing you’ll want to add it to your CV under extracurricular skills. Its sheer taste will blow your mind so hard you should keep a post-it around to remember your own name after eating it. It is the king of party desserts, and an utmost finisher of veganism reluctance.
For this recipe you’ll need a food processor, a buffed up blender or a pair of well-trained arms.
200g of seedless dates soaked in hot water for at least 1 hour before using - trust me, this is the game changer of the recipe.
½ cup agave or maple syrup
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
¾ cup cocoa powder with no added sugar*
1 ½ tbsp vanilla extract
A pinch of salt**
2 flax eggs***
¾ cup of hazelnut
* If a bit of a bitter taste is a no no for you, cut the amount of cocoa powder to ½ cup or check some excellent ideas for fillings at the end of the recipe.
** Put together your thumb, index and middle fingers, grab a bit of salt with the tip of the fingers and put it in a separate container. That's a pinch. You are welcome.
*** 2 flax egg = 2 tbsp of chia seeds or grounded flax seeds + 6 tbsp of warm water whisked together let it aside for 10 min before use.
Pre-heat the oven to 180° and put all ingredients in front of you before starting. It makes things easier and you’ll feel like a pro seeing everything tactically positioned.
Line the bottom and sides of a tray - 20x20 if square or 26cm if round - with baking paper or grease it with coconut oil.
Drain the dates and grind them in the food processor until they become a paste. Add to a mixing bowl the paste, agave and coconut oil. Mix vigorously with a whisk or spoon for around 3 minutes or until you have something looking like caramel.
Slowly add the cocoa powder to the batter mixture, mixing until it becomes shiny and soft like a velvet blankie. Add vanilla and salt.
Mix in the 2 flax eggs. Make sure to scrape the sides, you do not want to waste a drop! Add the hazelnuts and mix everything.
Spread the batter in the tray evenly, using the back of a spoon to level out the height.
Bake for 15 to 20 min at 180°C.
Get the tray out of the oven and go for a walk, brush the cat, knit a sock, recite the Lion King’s lines but do not cut this piece of art until it is completely cold!
PS: Hazelnuts are, in my opinion, the best match to chocolate, but if you rather almonds, walnuts or pistachios, go for it! And if you can’t pick which to use, add a bit of each and surprise yourself at each bite.
To take the Blaster Brownie to a Megazord level of greatness, you could add chocolate drops made with vegan milk. Dried citrus fruits are also fantastic. And if you’re feeling inventive try adding a tablespoon of cinnamon to the mixture.