Fudgy Vegan Chocolate Slice
Soft, luscious fudgy vegan chocolate slice that will make your heart skip a beat!!! It's really important to bake these on the middle rack of your oven for about 25 minutes as this brings out the best texture and flavour. BB xxx
3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons golden flax meal
1 ¾ cups almond meal
¼ teaspoon baking soda
7 tablespoons cacao powder
4 ounces organic semi-sweet chocolate, chopped into ¼ inch pieces
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
¼ cup boiling water
1 ½ cups organic sugar
6 tablespoons vegan butter
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
½ cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
The Bondi Baker Method
Step 1- Prepare the flaxmeal by whisking the flax and water together. Then set aside for ten minutes and grease a 8 x 8 pan with coconut oil.
Step 2- In another bowl, whisk together the almond meal and baking powder and set aside.
Step 3- In yet another bowl (yikes!) add the cacao powder, semi-sweet chocolate and espresso powder. Add the boiling water and using a spoon, mix in the ingredients into a paste, making sure that all of the chocolate pieces are melted. Add the sugar, vegan butter, vanilla extract, flax meal mixture from Step 1 into the chocolate mixture and mix with an electric mixer until smooth. Stir in the walnuts if you're using them. Using a spoon, mix in the flour until well combined. The mixture will become extremely thick and you may need to use your hands to mix. Refrain from mixing this dough with an electric mixer at this point; this will overwork the dough and activate too much gluten, negatively affecting the texture of the brownies.
Step 4- Transfer the batter to the baking dish. You may need to use your fingers or a spatula to press the thick dough into place. Bake for 25 minutes on your oven's middle rack. Transfer the baking dish to a wire cooling rack and allow it to cool for about an hour, before slicing into pieces.