I come from a long line of strong, hard-working, and amazing people. You know that stereotypical "Irish Catholic" family? The ones that have 11 kids, are always in each others' business, and love to make snarky comments about one another? Yeah...I come from one of those, and it's perfect in every way.
I've been fortunate enough to have all four of my grandparents with me my entire life, and they have taught me the values of love and hard work. They have always been there for me and are the best people I know. So, even though I have roots in other parts of the world, I always use St. Patrick's Day to take a moment to thank my parents and grandparents (and great/ great-great grandparents) for everything that they've done so that I could have the opportunities that I have today.
So...these brownies are an ode to all of my ancestors, who have instilled in me the values of love, family, cooking, and curiosity. For that, I am forever grateful. ❤
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup Guinness (sub Southern Tier Choklat Stout for vegans)
3/4 cup vegetable or canola oil (+ a little more for greasing)
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbsp. ground flax + 3 tbsp. water
1 tbsp. vegan buttery spread
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 baker's chocolate squares
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Makes about 16 brownies.
Total Cook Time: 35 minutes.
Instructions:1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, add the flour, white sugar. brown sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Sift together.
3. Next, add the vegetable oil, vanilla extract, and Guinness. Stir together for a few seconds. Mix together the 2 tbsp. ground flax with the 3 tbsp of water, and pour it into the bowl. Add the butterry spread, and stir until well-combined. Do not over stir.
4. The mixture should be very thick. Line a 13 x 9 inch baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Grease with about a teaspoon of vegetable oil.
5. Pour the brownie batter into the pan and spread it out evenly. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
6. A few minutes before the brownies are done, melt the baker's chocolate in a saucepan. Once the brownies have cooled for a few minutes, add the melted chocolate and nuts to the top of the brownies.
NOTE***: I guess Guinness isn't vegan, but you can substitute Southern Tier Choklat Stout for the Guinness, it's vegan friendly, chocolatey, and super delicious. It's also preapproved by me. :)