Chocolate. Who does not love it?! Chocolate can always make me happy!
We all know this isn't only because of its delicious taste.
Chocolate affects your brain, so it can have emotional and physical benefits!
Chocolate contains a variety of chemicals some of which make us feel good. Actually it contains an amino acid from which dopamine is derived. Dopamine makes us feel happy and content, theobromine which give a boost of energie along with calming effect, and caffeine which stimulates allertness. Chocolate may also boost serotonin levels that help us to feel relaxed.
Let’s face it, it also tastes really good and that alone can make us feel good at least temporarily.
For my first vegan birthday I made these brownies from Vegetus, a Dutch vegan food blogger, and you can consider this a review.
I will admit I did not mind tasting this recipe 'for the good cause'.
The recipe for these brownies is very easy and calls or only 7 ingredients.
So I made these brownies and I was in love! I have not tasted brownies as delicious as these in my entire life! My friends and family loved them as well, and a year later on my birthday I treated my colleagues and almost all of them wanted the recipe and 3 of them made these brownies within a month!
150 g (3/4 cup) sugar
60 ml (1/4 cup) plantbased oil (fe. olive, sunflower, flaxseed or rice oil.)
120 ml (1/2 cup) plantbased milk
1 tsp vanilla extract (or 1/2 sachet vanilla sugar)
160 g pure chocolate
80 g (2/3 cup) flour
2 tbsp cacao powder
Heat oven to 180 degrees and cover the cake tin with a baking sheet.
Add the sugar, oil, plantbased milk and vanilla to a large bowl and mix it together until the sugar has dissolved in the mixture. Then break the chocolate into pieces, heat in a bain-marie and mix thoroughly with the sugar mixture, flour and cacao powder. Try to do this quick so the chocolate does not harden.
Pour the dough in the cake tin and bake for about 20 minutes (depends on your stove.)
The brownie is ready when crispy on the sides, but still very smooth (this will prevent it from dehydrating and will make the brownies fudgy.)
Let the brownie cool down by setting it aside, covered with a kitchen towel or aluminium foil.
They turn out the best when you wait until the next day (But I am not that naive.. Nobody's got time for that?!)
I like to cut them into 12-16 pieces, but you are free to make that choice for yourself. Just like you can choose to keep them for yourself to optimally benefit from all of the dopamine theobromine, caffein and serotonin. Or you share these happy making cubes with your friends and family, which is scientific proven to make you happy as well.
Nevertheless, enjoy your batch of brownies :)
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