It’s no secret that I love cake. Since becoming vegan, I still love cake, though, my cake choices are greatly reduced. That doesn’t stop me pinning lovely cake images on Pinterest or keeping an eye out for easy vegan cakes. They have to be easy and quick. I’m not looking to build my skill set for a GBBO entry next year. I couldn’t think of anything worse. I want instant gratification – don’t make me wait for my cake! So when I came across this image on Pinterest when I searched for vegan brownies, a quick glance at the ingredients meant that I could make these without having to go and buy more ingredients. I could make these easily and be eating them very soon.

Vegan brownies

I made two batches of these brownies. I followed the recipe exactly for the first test batch, with the exception of cooking time, due to the fact that our oven is temperamental and often undercooks things. I added an extra five minutes cooking time, then covered the tin in foil, turned the oven off, but left them in the oven for another five minutes. They were fine. In fact, they were better than some vegan brownies that I paid good money for. Even better than the taste was the fact that they take 10 minutes to make. Yep. You go from raw ingredients to going in the oven in ten quick minutes. The second batch I made was for book group on Tuesday. I was up against it time wise, as I was late coming home from school and had no other pudding option. So naturally I decided to mix things up a bit and swap the vegetable oil for olive oil. What could go wrong? Well, the batter tasted like eating a load of olives, that’s what! So I added an extra tablespoon of cocoa powder and bunged it all in the oven with my fingers firmly crossed. I cooked it for the same length of time as the first batch, let it cool for a bit before tasting. They were delicious! I couldn’t believe it! The extra cocoa was a winner and they were much more gooey than my first batch. They were slightly overcooked on the outside, but as long as they didn’t taste like olives, I didn’t really care! I’ll definitely make these again as they’re so easy and delicious.

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