Searching online for vegan slutty brownies brought me to this picture from Word Vomit Wednesday that perfectly sums up the feeling you get from these brownies.
Yep, that's about the response I got from everyone who ate these. And then there's always the wonderfully guilty pleasure we vegans have of informing people the incredibly decadent mouthgasm they just had was vegan! (And then you get to explain, yes, Oreos are vegan.) I've noticed lately this isn't such a surprise anymore for a lot of people, but that's a topic for another day.
Since it's October and since I've always had a slight obsession with Halloween Oreos, these are Halloween slutty brownies. It's the only appropriate way to use Halloween and slutty in the same sentence. (We'll save the tirade about degrading costume options for women and girls for another time. Or maybe tomorrow.) These can also be palm oil-free if you use the Whole Foods 365 brand chocolate sandwich cookies instead of Oreos. Last time I checked, the filling was made with canola oil instead of palm. Also, these delicious treats use no Earth Balance and are pantry friendly!
Vegan slutty brownies
Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9x13 baking dish.
Make one recipe of Isa's chocolate chip cookies and plop the dough into your pan. I dyed half of my dough orange, but it ended up not being too visible. If you don't have tapioca flour, I think it would be ok to use cornstarch in this recipe.
Spread it out and add a layer of Oreos. I didn't have quite enough for an even layer because I ate a few. (Oops.) 24 should have been enough for my 9x13 pan. Feel free to break the Oreos in half to fit though.
Next make the brownie layer. This recipe is based on the Sweet Pea Bakery brownie recipe published in VegNews a few years back. (FYI, this is the only brownie recipe I ever use and it is simply THE best. Double it if you are just making brownies.)
1 cup all purpose flour
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup brewed coffee (I just use instant coffee crystals mixed in water since I don't ever make coffee.)
1 tablespoon flax seed meal
2 tablespoons water
1/2 cup canola oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup chocolate chips
Mix flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt together. Add coffee, flax, water, oil and vanilla and mix. Stir in chocolate chips. (If you think the chocolate chips will be a little over the top, you can leave them out and I won't hold it against you.)
Pour over Oreo layer.
Smooth it out so all of the Oreos are covered.
Bake your slutty brownies for 25-35 minutes. It's ok if they're slightly underdone...it will just add to the gooey sexiness, but I baked mine for a full 35 minutes, until the top had that signature brownie crust and they were still soft (and perfect) in the middle. Cool for at least 2 hours. (I know! Torture!) Slice into squares as small or as large as you dare. I'm rarely a small slicer, but these are so incredibly rich, I do recommend little pieces!
I am also going to end each post with a picture that reminds me why I'm vegan.
Up next: Halloween nanaimo bars