The Blaster Brownie
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.