There is no better comfort food than a brownie. Oozy and delicious, they hit the spot every single time. New Kings Coffee founder, Jason, has struggled to find the perfect brownie since going vegan. Vegan brownies are often dry and crumbly, lacking the gooey texture we love from these delicious treats.
Over lockdown, his daughter found this vegan brownie recipe that is unlike anything he’d tried before! Perfectly gooey and moist, it’s everything a non-vegan brownie is and more.
For this recipe we use the contents of a New Kings Coffee bag. You could use any one of our bags you prefer, but we recommend the medium roast for its nutty and toffee notes. The coffee isn’t the star of the dish, but it supports the chocolate in making these brownies uber rich and delicious. No need to brew the coffee, gently tear open the coffee bag at the top and use the contents as instructed in the recipe. The bag can be added to your food waste bin. All our coffee bags are made of biodegradable Bioweb, a corn starch by product, and can be disposed of in as sustainable a way as possible. On top of this, it requires significantly less energy in the production process of the coffee bags than traditional cellulose products. It even has a neutral taste so that you only get the purest flavour from our coffee bags.
There are a couple of more unusual ingredients in this recipe. Flaxseed being the principal eye-catcher. Flaxseed is a common addition in a lot of vegan baking. It serves to replace eggs which are definitely not vegan. Eggs are the binding agent that keeps all the ingredients together in traditional baking. Flaxseeds in water take on a glue-like consistency and replace the need for eggs. In some other recipes they can also be used as substitutes for oil.
One big thing to check in this recipe is that your dark chocolate is actually vegan. Most dark chocolate is pure cocoa but some of the cheaper brands will add milk or whey protein (which is milk derived) in order to cut costs. Make sure your chocolate clearly states that it is vegan.
This is of course a vegan recipe, but you may simply be after a delicious brownie made with our coffee. There are a couple of substitutions here to make this non-vegan. You can swap the flaxseed and water for 2 whole eggs and the vegan butter for regular butter. If you are looking for a recipe that is simply dairy-free, just substitute the flaxseed and water for two whole eggs and leave the butter vegan.
We believe coffee is the right choice for someone living a vegan lifestyle. Sustainability is a big focus here at New Kings Coffee. Our packaging is 100% recyclable, and our products are organic, Fairtrade and, of course, vegan. We have partnered with Grounds for Health who are a women’s health charity that focuses on coffee-growing communities. They provide screening, treatment and training to support cervical cancer patients in coffee growing regions. A portion of our profits is donated to them every year. This recipe makes about 12 servings (although it will be hard not to eat them all in one sitting). Prep time is about 15-20 minutes and they bake for 40 minutes. It’s a super easy recipe and would be perfect to do with the kids! The brownies can be stored for up to three days in an airtight container (again, we’ll be impressed if it lasts that long).
THE ULTIMATE VEGAN BROWNIE
2 tbsp flaxseed, ground
6 tbsp water (for the flaxseeds)
200g dark chocolate, roughly crushed or broken up
Contents of a New Kings Coffee bag, we recommend our medium roast but you are welcome to use any of our bags
80 vegan butter (such as margarine or olive spread), also a little extra for greasing
60ml water (for the chocolate mixture)
125g self-raising flour
70g almonds, ground
50g cocoa powder
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
250g golden caster sugar
1½ tsp vanilla essence
1. Preheat the oven to 170C, 150C for a fan oven or gas mark 3½
2. Use the extra butter to grease inside a 20cm square tin and then line with baking paper.
3. Combine the ground flaxseed with the 6 tbsp water in a small bowl and set aside for a minimum of five minutes.
4. In a medium saucepan, melt 120g of the 200g of dark chocolate, the content of the New Kings Coffee bag, the vegan butter and 60mls of water on a low heat. Watch very carefully and stir constantly to make sure the chocolate doesn’t burn. After it has melted, allow the mixture to cool slightly.
5. Mix the flour, ground almonds, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl. Ensure there are no lumps.
6. Use a hand whisk to mix the sugar into the melted chocolate and beat well until very smooth and glossy. All the sugar must be well dissolved.
7. Stir the flaxseed mixture, vanilla essence and remaining chocolate into the glossy chocolate. Then add the flour mixture and mix in well.
8. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin.
9. Bake for 35-45 minutes until a skewer comes out clean with moist crumbs.
10. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely while still in the tin. Cut into squares.
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