Double Chocolate Brownies with Matcha Frosting
When it comes to sweets, chocolate is my number one love hands down. Fruity desserts are fine, but nothing satisfies my sweet tooth like chocolate always does. I once went to a chocolate factory when visiting family in Switzerland and at the end of the tour my dad told me, "As much chocolate as you can hold, you can have". Imagine saying that to a three year old. You can only imagine how giddy and overjoyed I was.
And now, my sweet tooth is back with an extremely powerful vengeance.
It's been a while since I've shared a real dessert recipe. The last one was my 4 Ingredient Coconut Caramel Sauce which is perfect for baking or dipping pretzel sticks into. Before that, it was my Lemon Drop Cream Pie made especially for Pi Day (3.14), my own take on a lemon merengue that is quick to make and a good dinner party option.
These brownies are special, though - not in that kind of way [haha]. Everyone loves brownies already, so I thought why not jazz up a universal favorite.
After lots of brainstorming (and staring aimlessly into my cabinets for inspiration), I decided on matcha frosting. I recently received Coconut Cloud's Green Tea Coconut Cream Matcha Latte mix (read my review here) and fell in love. I wanted to find a way to incorporate the powder into a baking recipe and finally found one it would work perfectly for!
The double chocolate in this recipe comes from the addition of chocolate chips to the already cocao (not cocoa) packed batter. Nothing's better than taking a bite into a moist brownie to discover delicious, melted chocolate inside.
I chose to use cacao instead of cocoa for two reasons. First, I try to use the purest ingredients I can in my cooking. Yes, I know, vegan cream cheese is not necessarily "pure" nor is the vegan butter, but there's only so much control I have in vegan baking! Secondly, I find cacao powder to be richer and less sweet compared to the refined cocoa powder most people use in baking. In some cases, it's almost too sweet for me, believe it or not.
If you want to use something "purer" than the vegan butter, you can use coconut oil instead. However, keep in mind this will make the brownies even richer than they already are. I did not test this recipe with
Although I heartily proclaimed my love for chocolate, I do have two fruit based desserts that are another easy dinner party recipe. My 4 Ingredient Cinnamon Pear Tart is a delicious, simple recipe that has the benefit of a premade crust. Slice your pears, place them in the pie dish, bake it, and you're done! If you want something with a little crunch and a hint sweetness, my Raspberry Oat Crisp is perfect for a buffet style meal and you probably have most of the ingredients in your fridge already!
After my roommate and friend, Sam, ate almost half of the first batch I knew these brownies were a hit. They're extremely easy to make and only require one bowl!
- 4 tbsp vegan butter or coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp ground flax meal+6 tbsp cold water)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup cacao powder
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup vegan dark chocolate chips
- 3 tbsp vegan cream cheese
- 1 tbsp Coconut Cloud Green Tea Matcha Mix (or any other matcha powder)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp white sugar
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 3x5 baking pan with parchment paper.
- Prepare your flax egg by combining 2 tbsp of ground flax meal with 6 tbsp of cold water. Gently stir and place in the fridge.
- While the flax egg cools, melt 4 tbsp of vegan butter or coconut oil in a small sauce pan over low heat - especially if you are using Earth Balance as it has an extremely low burning point.
- In a medium mixing bowl, add the flour, brown sugar, cacao powder, flax eggs, vanilla extract, salt, and melted butter, folding the mixture together with a spatula.
- Once fully combined, pour the batter into parchment paper lined baking pan. Place the pan in the oven and cook for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, remove the brownies from the oven. To test them being fully cooked, stick a knife in the middle and slowly remove it. If there is no batter sticking to the knife, they are done cooking - don't confuse the batter with the melted chocolate chips, though!
- Allow the brownies to cool at least 15 minutes before frosting them. While the brownies cool, combine the cream cheese, vanilla extract, matcha powder, and sugar in small dish. Whisk together with a fork until smooth and creamy.
- Once the brownies are cooled, apply a generous layer of the matcha frosting, cut into squares, and enjoy!