Rocky Road Brownies (Vegan)

Happy 4th of July!
Rocky Road Brownies are Dandy!
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Another kind of Brownie. 🙂  People seem to like my Brownie with Salted Caramel recipe so I’m sharing another kind of brownie for you guys. This recipe is more cake-like but holds up the toppings well. I prepared this in an 11×7 brownie pan to make these so the brownies will fluff up. If you use a different pan size just watch your timing. I say this because I make this brownie recipe also without the toppings in a larger pan and it bakes for 30 minutes. However, the Rocky Road way needs to bake a little longer (maybe it’s the chocolate chip topping). I made these for work today, someone in the office decided we should all bring some food in since we’re all blessed to be working the day before a holiday [please feel the sarcasm]. So I made these and my always coveted Carrot Cake…oh I made Peanut Butter Balls too. Can you tell I like to cook/bake yet? This recipe uses Dandies Vegan Marshmallows – and people thought vegans couldn’t eat marshmallows ever again… I love this particular brownie recipe with them because the brownie base is not over sweet so it can use the added toppings. Dandies are dandy – Cruelty-Free, Non-GMO, Gelatin-Free and Gluten-Free. Enjoy!
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Ingredients:
2 cups All-Purpose Flour
2 cups White Sugar
½ cup Cocoa Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Water
½ cup Canola Oil
¼ Cup Earth Balance, melted (optional)
¾ cup Applesauce
1 teaspoon Vanilla
½ Cup Chocolate Chips (I use Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet)
Toppings:
7 Dandies (Vegan Marshmallows)
1/3 Cup Walnuts, chopped
1/3 Cup Chopped Sandwich Cookies (like an Oreo), chopped/crushed

(The earth balance is optional here, I’ve made them with and without, I like it with the E.B. because it adds a little buttery touch)

Directions:
-Preheat Oven 350 degrees F. Prepare 7×11 Brownie Pan (Earth Balance/Flour or vegan cooking spray if you prefer.
-Combine all dry ingredients – whisk together. Now ditch the whisk (as I always say) and incorporate wet ingredients mix with a spoon until combined. (At this point if you’re not making Rocky Road – you can just add chocolate chips into the batter directly). For Rocky Road – add chocolate chips on top.
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-Bake at 350-degrees for 40 minutes – checking for doneness after 30 minutes with a toothpick (toothpick should come out clean – in the center avoid a spot near a chocolate chip to not confuse the test).
                                                             Brownies!!!
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-Chop Dandies into quarters and then those pieces in half. Shoot for bite-size pieces.
(Tip: Wipe the knife blade with additional Canola oil –since it’s already out – so the blade cuts clean thru…it can get a bit sticky).
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-Add crushed Sandwich cookies, walnuts and top with Dandies and bake for an additional 10 minutes ‘marshmallows’ should just get that golden color a bit. Enjoy!
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Rocky Road Brownies

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Credit: https://veganrescue.com/

Ingredients:
2 cups All-Purpose Flour
2 cups White Sugar
½ cup Cocoa Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Water
½ cup Canola Oil
¼ Cup Earth Balance, melted (optional)
¾ cup Applesauce
1 teaspoon Vanilla
½ Cup Chocolate Chips (I use Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet)
Toppings:
7 Dandies (Vegan Marshmallows)
1/3 Cup Walnuts, chopped
1/3 Cup Chopped Sandwich Cookies (like an Oreo), chopped/crushed

(The earth balance is optional here, I’ve made them with and without, I like it with the E.B. because it adds a little buttery touch)

Directions:
-Preheat Oven 350 degrees F. Prepare 7×11 Brownie Pan (Earth Balance/Flour or vegan cooking spray if you prefer.
-Combine all dry ingredients – whisk together. Now ditch the whisk and incorporate wet ingredients mix with a spoon until combined. (At this point if you’re not making Rocky Road – you can just add chocolate chips into the batter directly). For Rocky Road – add chocolate chips on top.
-Bake at 350-degrees for 40 minutes – checking for doneness after 30 minutes with a toothpick (toothpick should come out clean – in the center avoid a spot near a chocolate chip to not confuse the test).
-Chop Dandies into quarters and then those pieces in half. Shoot for bite-size pieces.
(Tip: Wipe the knife blade with additional Canola oil –since it’s already out – so the blade cuts clean thru…it can get a bit sticky).
-Add crushed Sandwich cookies, Walnuts and top with Dandies and bake for an additional 10 minutes ‘marshmallows’ should just get that golden color a bit. Enjoy!

Homemade Pizza Sauce – Vegan Pizza with Daiya Cheese!

Homemade Pizza Sauce – Vegan Pizza with Daiya Cheese!

(Sauce: Enough for 2 Pizzas) – Vegan, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Gluten-Free
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Who doesn’t love yummy pizza?! I love making pizza at home it is definitely the preferred kind – homemade pizza. It is one of the most kid-friendly foods I know. Making pizza at home gives me an opportunity to use my kitchen gadgets too! I make my Pizza Dough in my bread maker and then bake up the pizza in my pizza maker. My family knows how much I enjoy cooking so typically my gifts (Birthday, Christmas etc.) include kitchen gadgets. I’ve included a recipe here for my pizza sauce. The Pizza made today, pictured, includes: Homemade Pizza Dough & Sauce, Fresh Broccoli, Chopped Spinach and Daiya Cheese. I also season the pizza after adding the toppings with Italian Seasoning and Salt/Pepper. Enjoy!

Homemade Pizza Sauce

  • Servings: Sauce for 2 Pizza
  • Difficulty: easy
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Credit: VeganRescue.com
Ingredients: 

3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 White Onion, chopped
2 Garlic Cloves, chopped
¼ Tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
½ Tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
2 Cups Crushed Tomatoes
2 Tbsp Sugar
½ Tbsp Italian Seasoning
2 Tbsp Tomato Paste
Salt to taste, if needed
Handful of Fresh Basil

Directions:
-Heat Olive oil in sauté pan and add onions. Sauté until translucent about 3-5 minutes.
-Add Crushed Red Pepper flakes and Garlic and heat through for another minute. Add Tomato Paste / Crushed tomatoes and remaining seasoning then heat to bubble. Reduce and simmer for about 10-15 minutes.
-Stir in chopped Fresh Basil in the end before adding to pizza. Enjoy!