Vegan Recipes

Okara, the thick paste left over from making soymilk and tofu, is a great ingredient for lovely cakey vegan brownies or blondies. Here are three variations on one recipe.

Okara Brownies

based on the recipe by Colcinare con Cuore

Preheat oven to 350˚. Line an 8" square pan with parchment paper, or grease well with coconut oil and lightly flour. My oven is a little hot so I raise the rack in the oven and after 30 minutes turn down the heat to 325˚. If the top gets too dark I cover it with a cookie sheet.

In a big bowl

1/2 cup warm water 
1 tablespoon chia seeds 
1 cup okara
1/2 cup oil 
Generous 1/2 c of melted vegan dark chocolate
1 tablespoon vinegar 
1 teaspoon vanilla

Whisk together water & chia seeds, then whisk a little from time to time. Takes about 15 minutes to gel. Whisk in the rest of the wet ingredients after chia mixture gels. It doesn't seem to gel if you add the other ingredients before.

In a medium bowl

1 cup flour
heaping Tbsp sifted cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
generous 1/2 cup coconut flakes

Whisk together dry ingredients.

Mix dry ingredients into wet. It will be a thick dough. Only mix until well combined and do not overstir as this will toughen the batter. Spoon into pan and bake in preheated oven for 50 minutes. 
When the squares first come out of the oven they will seem slightly undercooked but will firm up as they cool. Pretty dusted with icing sugar. This recipe freezes well. 


Cardamom Blondies

1 cup flour
2/3 cup sugar 
seeds of 10 cardamom pods - crushed with mortar and pestle 
(or 1-2 teaspoons of ground cardamom, but freshly ground smells sensational)

Lemon Blondies

1 cup flour
1/2 c of lemon juice and grated peel of 1 lemon plus water to make 3/4 cup  
Mix chia seeds with water before adding lemon juice or they may not gel 
1 c sugar
3/4 cup ground almonds (or 1/2 cup coconut)
omit vanilla and vinegar

You definitely need to line the pan with parchment paper for this variation as it seems to burn on the bottom if you don't.

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