If all vegan food tastes like this, I am sold.

I have made this sacrifice for us all.  I have made some vegan brownies.  Vegan peanut butter marshmallow brownies, to be precise.

I did not create this recipe.  I initially found it on the Chicago Vegan Foods blog when I was looking for vegan marshmallows; but I understand that the original recipe came from the Suburban Vegan blog.

Although I received several tweets and a recipe from my mama telling me how to make my own vegan marshmallows, I decided that I needed to take this one slowly.  So I bought some Dandies Vegan Marshmallows.  And then I think I died a little bit inside.  Remember that thing I said about sharing vegan recipes and things with each other?  Seriously, these vegan marshmallows taste more delicious, more light, more heavenly than any non-vegan marshmallows I have ever eaten.  In fact, even if I never become vegan, I will still use these marshmallows exclusively.  Divine.  Ok, now for the recipe:

The Recipe:


– 1 stick Earth Balance vegan butter/margerine

– 2/3 + 1/4 cup sugar

– 2 tsp. vanilla

– 1 Tbsp. egg replacer

– 3 Tbsp. water

– 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

– 1 cup flour

– 1/4 cup cocoa powder

– 2 tsp. baking powder

– 1 tsp. baking soda

– 1/4 tsp. salt

– 1 cup Dandies marshmallows

– 1/3 cup peanut butter

– 4-6 Tbsp. almond milk

Preheat oven to 350 F.  In a medium saucepan, melt butter.  Remove from heat, stir in 2/3 cup of sugar and vanilla.  Whisk egg replacer in measuring cup with water, then add to butter mixture.  Mix in applesauce.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients.  Stir in 1 cup of Dandies and pour into a parchment-covered 8×8 baking pan.  In the same saucepan, melt peanut butter and 1/4 cup of sugar, adding 1 Tbsp. of almond milk at a time until smooth.  Scoop the peanut butter mixture on top of the brownies and swirl it around.

Bake for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.  (Just don’t poke a marshmallow because you won’t get an accurate read on “clean.”)  Remove from oven and place on rack to cool.

The Assessment:  The flavor is amazing.  These brownies are moist, and gooey, and make me feel like I am doing something extremely naughty.  These are all qualities I search for in a brownie.  However, I wonder if I could have done without the peanut butter.  It didn’t disturb me flavor-wise, but I think they made the brownies fall and flatten more than I would like.  So when I cut the first piece out, it didn’t come out in a cute little brownie square; just several cute little brownie fork-fulls.  I think that means I need to cut a second piece out.  Standby…

Yes the second piece.  Also delicious.  I’ve decided that yes, I will remake these brownies another day without the peanut butter.  I also think that this version of the brownie would be amazing crumbled up on top of a bowl of ice cream.  Mmmmmm mmmm!

All in all, a victory for the vegans.  One point, guys.