I made Jamie Oliver’s Vegan Brownies last weekend. To be honest I was nervous. They were to be my first vegan cake. No eggs? Yikes! I was expecting a gloopy lump of slightly weird tasting stodge. However, I was very pleasantly surprised – these were pretty good!
They had nice simple ingredients all of which I actually had in the fridge or store cupboard. They were easy to make and follow. I’m surprised they are only rated as 4/5 stars as I thought they were better than that indicated.
The mixture turned out brownie-like and the nuts on top were a great idea.
I over-baked them a little bit because I forgot to set the oven timer but they still turned out really great. They are on the cakier side of brownies and they do go a bit more stodgy as they store. They had a slight crust but it wasn’t obvious mainly because of the nuts over the top.
So how do these rank in my perfect vegan brownie quest?
- Caki-ness = 7.5
- Gooiness = 6 (need to check whether that’s because I cooked them a little too long)
- Crispy top = ?
- Chocolate flavour = 7
- Sweetness = 8
- Ease of baking = 9
- Ingredient complexity = 9
- Overall taste = 7.5 to begin with, dropping to 7 after a day
I would definitely make these again, next time reducing the cooking time a little and perhaps leaving the nuts off to find out if we find that crispy top. They are super easy to make and the ingredients are great too. They work really well if you heat them up in the microwave as it relaxes them a little – and who doesn’t love a warm brownie. Overall I would say these are a great baseline recipe and you won’t be disappointed.