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Harissa Brownies {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

I mean, if there’s one thing I love, it’s mixing the savoury with the sweet. It’s fun to put ingredients in a dessert that you’d think have no right being there, and yet turn out to taste so good.

A few months ago, I stumbled across this vegan, gluten-free, four-ingredient brownie recipe. The four ingredients were: cooked sweet potatoes, maple syrup, nut butter and cocoa. I tried it, adding a few key ingredients, and it was…. good. Okay. Not amazing.

So I started to play with the recipe a little. I’d originally used peanut butter, because that’s what I had, but I wondered what a different kind of nut butter would bring to the party. What if I used pumpkin instead of sweet potato? What if I mixed in some different flavours? The end result? Harissa Brownies!

Harissa Brownies

So now the brownies are no longer just four ingredients, but they are still vegan and gluten-free!

This particular version took on a distinctly middle-eastern flair with the addition of tahini and harissa.

Harissa is a new discovery for me in just the last couple of years. It’s a spicy paste made from roasted peppers, and it’s used a lot in Persian cuisine. You can buy it in a tube from your local Persian market (if you’re in Vancouver, go to the Persia Foods, they have several locations around town). Tahini is also heavily used in middle-eastern food, so you can pick some of that up there, while you’re at it. Tahini is just nut butter or paste made from sesame seeds (so less chance someone will be allergic–bonus).

The only downside of this recipe is because it lacks flour and eggs, it is a pretty wet batter, and it takes a full hour to bake properly. But this is, hands-down, the best vegan, gluten-free brownie recipe I’ve tried (and I’ve tried a lot and been really, really disappointed every time).

I cooked my sweet potato by cutting it into 4 pieces and dropping it into the Instant Pot on top of the trivet with a bit of water in the bottom for 10 minutes, but honestly, just toss and extra one in the next time you’re cooking sweet potatoes for dinner. And use it make dessert.

The end result is something akin to Mexican hot chocolate, or a Mole; chocolate, sweet and spice. If you don’t like spice or can’t find the harissa, just leave it out.

Harissa Brownies

  • 1 cup cooked, mashed sweet potatoes (or try with canned pumpkin); about one medium sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp harissa paste
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Method:

  1. Add the sweet potatoes to a large bowl and mash them well. I have also used a ricer or a food mill to ensure the silkiest quality, but mashing them with a fork is fine, too. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well until combined.
  2. Line a 7″ square pan with parchment, and scrape the batter into it.
  3. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 60 minutes.

Vegan Raspberry Meringues #aquafaba

Obsession. It’s more than just a Calvin Klein fragrance.

I just have one of those brains that latches onto something and won’t let go. So when I get obsessed with something… I go down that rabbit hole, big time.

Lately, it’s been natural food colourings. First, it was the Butterfly Pea Tea. Then it was the beet powder. Today, it’s raspberries.

You can make a raspberry powder in a similar way to making the beet powder: dehydrate and then grind. In this case, I skipped the juicing step, and just loaded the berries into my dehydrator. You could do this similarly with strawberries, but just cut them into slices first.

Want more Aquafaba recipes? Check out my new cookbook: Aquafabulous!: 100+ Egg-Free Vegan Recipes Using Aquafaba (Bean Water)

Once you have the powder, you can use it to impart raspberry flavour to all kinds of things: brownies were the first thing that sprang to mind, but I also wanted to see if could make a Vegan Raspberry Meringues using aquafaba. And to make it extra pretty, I wanted to try making it a swirl. Turns out, it works great, and how pretty are these?

egan Raspberry meringues

Vegan Raspberry Meringues

Recipe adapted from my cookbook: Aquafabulous!: 100+ Egg-Free Vegan Recipes Using Aquafaba)

Ingredients: 

  • 1/3 cup aquafaba
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 tsp xanthium gum
  • 1 tbsp raspberry powder

Method: 

 

 

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