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Mighty Chewy Brownies

What I love about Hot Damn and Hell Yeah: Recipes for Hungry Banditos (besides the fact it’s actually two cookbooks in one) is that it’s a book full of vegan comfort food with recipes that use simple, affordable ingredients. The recipe that follows is based on one from this book, “Mighty Chewy Brownies” with a couple very small modifications. These brownies are chewy in the middle and just a little bit crispy and flaky on top, and so incredibly chocolatey and sweet.

Mighty Chewy Brownies

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Keyword: Vegan


  • 3/4 cup margarine
  • 1 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare an 8x8" pan by greasing an X into the bottom with margarine, lightly greasing around the edges, and then lining the pan (or at least the bottom of it) with parchment paper.
  • In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt the margarine, stirring occasionally. [Update: You can also melt the margarine in the microwave - takes about a minute - we just didn't have one.]
  • Meanwhile, whisk together the ground flaxseed and water in a small bowl with a fork.
  • When the margarine is melted, beat in the sugar for a minute or two. Then beat in the flaxeeed and water mixture and the vanilla until combined.
  • Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Stir dry mixture into wet in 2-3 batches to avoid clumps.
  • Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan, using a spatula or bowl scraper to smooth out the top, and bake for 30-40 minutes. They are done when a toothpick stuck in the middle comes out clean. Be careful not to overbake.


Optional Frosting:
Add a thin frosting by beating together:
1 cup icing sugar
3 tbsp cocoa powder
3 tbsp margarine
3 tbsp soy milk
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
Make sure the brownies are almost completely cool before spreading the frosting on top.

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