I think I may be turning into a Vegan.
It all started with the chocolate cravings… I just wanted chocolate so bad…. and Brian wanted me to have chocolate pretty bad too. Yesterday he was all tough… He even told my mom to not give into me! Today Brian’s resolve was wavering a bit too… perhaps the incessant howling …. mine… about chocolate was having an effect? Before long Brian was beside me at the computer googling for a recipe with chocolate… without eggs or flour. I figured I could use the Almond Milk to replace any milk. And I can’t use just any chocolate… but I can use cocoa powder. (I remember Mom used to let me have semi-sweet chocolate chips when I was a kid, but now they have milk in the ingredients list.) Who would have thought it would be so hard?
To replace the eggs we found we could use bananas or applesauce. I’m not a fan of using strange chemicals as replacements…. I’m trying to go clean (I know I can’t go totally chemical free, but I’m aiming for chemical free-er).
1 egg – 1/4 cup applesauce PLUS 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
OR flaxmeal (Make flaxmeal by grinding flaxseed in a blender until it has the consistency of cornmeal.) Use two tablespoons flaxmeal plus 1/8 teaspoon baking powder plus 3 tablespoons water for each egg called for in recipe.
OR bananas – Substitute 1/2 of a mashed ripe banana plus 1/4 teaspoon baking powder for each egg.
Now we just needed a recipe that didn’t need flour. I know there are recipes that use black beans…. and different kinds of flour…. I’m just not desperate enough to go to beans…. and I’m willing to try the different kinds of flour, but I just don’t have them in the house at the moment.
You know how your Google searches get better the longer you search? I started out with “Chocolate” and then added “Flour-less” and then I noticed I kept getting Vegan recipes… Umm…. Google? I’m not Vegan. I love cows… to eat. Then again… Looking back at what I’ve been eating lately… OMG! I’m turning Vegan! (Actually, I”m probably more of a Pescatarian – basically a vegetarian that still eats seafood…. I don’t like pork, I like steak, but not super fond of hamburger, can’t have turkey or chicken….. but I’m more vegan since I can’t have the eggs or milk… does that make me a Pescan?)
We found this recipe for Flourless Fudge Brownies and thought we’d give it a shot and try out our egg alterations.
Our first attempt came out really oily and wouldn’t solidify… Brian was ready to pitch it and give up… until I started sniffling… Not cute, or anything… sorta desperate… with wide blinkie eyes. “Yeah, sure… I’ll try another batch. No problem!” And so we made a few more adjustments and into the oven batch number two went.
It wouldn’t solidify either…. I’m guessing it really needed eggs. *sigh*
Brian tried to perk me up with Starburst…. so not chocolate.
Chocolate cravings continue.