Chocolate and alcohol – two words that seem to be synonymous with Christmas, these days. A bit of extra chocolate, an extra drink after dinner or a hot mulled wine on the weekend… it’s a wonderful time of year for indulgences. And that’s where these vegan Baileys brownies come in: an indulgent, perfect combination of chocolate and alcohol in one delectable snack.
I have a new toy in the kitchen which makes making Bailey’s brownies so easy it should probably be criminal – a fancy new stand mixer! It replaces an old Kenwood one my grandma gave me when she found it in a wardrobe, unused and unloved. My new one is so much lighter I thought it was a toy at first! Isn’t it pretty? It’s made by a brand called VonShef and I couldn’t resist the simplicity of the black finish – since I’ll be moving house next year, and who knows what the kitchen will be like, I figured black was a safe bet. But like seriously: you can mix your own brownies in minutes!
Vegan Baileys, where have you been?!
I admit lamenting the removal of Baileys from my
diet life when going vegan. It was my favourite drink to enjoy during the winter especially, curled up on the sofa watching a movie. Or, for a real treat, after dinner at a restaurant instead of a dessert.
When I first heard that Bailey’s were going to release a vegan version of their iconic drink, I was hoping it’d come out in time for my wedding. I wasn’t so lucky in that regard. And still after that, last year, I made my vegan Baileys brownies with homemade Baileys. How o you make your own? Basically combine coconut milk, vanilla extract, a touch of cocoa and plenty of Jack Daniels…
This year? The time has finally arrived! Proper Baileys! I’ve already told my mum I’m bringing what little is left over at Christmas so she can do a proper taste comparison as well. She likes the stuff even more than I do. If I can get hold of some more (it’s a bit tricky to find) I’ll take a batch of these beauties over too.
Let’s talk Brownies
No, no the precursor to Guides and the successor of Rainbows, but the chocolatey treat pictured right here. As I’ve mentioned many times, there are a few different types of Brownie: these are of the cake-y variety, so I think are perfect served slightly warm with a little dairy free cream poured over the top (or a lot, up to you!), or they can also be enjoyed as-is with a cup of coffee. That’s how I usually end up eating them, to be honest. Like, every day, after work.
Vegan Baileys Brownies
Luci Rebecca, Made by Luci
- Prep: 10 minutes
- Cook: 30 minutes
- Total: 40 minutes
- Yield 16 squares
- Serves 1 square
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseed + 6 tbsp water
- 320g (~1 cup) plain flour
- 350g (~2 cups) sugar (light brown, if you have it)
- 60g (~1/2 cup) unsweetened cocoa
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 bicarbonate of soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 45g / 4 tbsp vegetable margarine
- 45g / 4 tbsp vegetable fat
- 50g (1/2) cup dairy free dark chocolate
- 240ml (1 cup) Baileys Almande
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 175°C, line a baking dish with baking parchment and spray with a little oil.
- In a medium bowl, add the ground flaxseed, water and mashed banana. Mix together, then set aside.
- Melt the dark chocolate, margarine and vegetable fat together either in short bursts in a microwave stirring in between, or in a saucepan over a low heat stirring frequently. Once melted, set it aside to cool a little.
- Meanwhile, in the flaxseed bowl, add the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Mix well.
- Add the vanilla extract and 'Baileys' to the melted chocolate mixture, give it a stir until it's all mixed together.
- Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir quickly just until it is combined. Don't over mix, so we're talking seconds here.
- Pour the mixture into your lined baking tray and place in the centre of the preheated oven. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. I've found mine take between 25-35 minutes.
Want your own stand mixer? They have them on Amazon, I checked!