Dark Chocolate S’mores Brownies

I just got home yesterday from a lovely week of camping with the family. It’s really amazing what a road trip, a change of scenery (forest!), and some campfire time can do! Even with the lack of sleep over the past week and a few too many treats, I’ve come back feeling really energized and eager to get some things done I’ve been putting off.

Anyway, all those nights sitting around the campfire watching my family enjoying s’mores (while I happily sipped my tea and munched on Oreos or dark chocolate), reminded me of this recipe for Dark Chocolate S’mores Brownies that I made a few months ago. I’ve never really liked marshmallows or s’mores but when I received a bag of Dandies in a package from the Canadian Vegan Food Swap, I was curious to try out some recipes with them, and this is one of the things I came up with.

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With a few tweaks, I used this Dark Chocolate Brownie recipe as the base for my brownies. I knew the addition of chocolate chips, marshmallows, and cookies would mean a lot of sugar, so I wanted to start with a brownie base that was on the healthier side. These ones are quite low in sugar for a brownie, use whole grain flour, and are oil free. Even if you don’t wish to make S’mores Brownies (though really, why wouldn’t you?) I’d still recommend trying this brownie recipe.

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Dark Chocolate S’mores Brownies
1 tbsp ground chia seeds (or ground flax)
1/4 cup warm water
1/2 cup Sucanat (or organic brown sugar)
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup unsweetened nondairy milk
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 cups cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
1 cup vegan marshmallows (I used Dandies)
1/2 cup crushed vegan graham crackers or ginger snaps

Preheat your oven to 375°F and lightly grease a 9’x13′ pan.
In a small dish combine the ground chia with the warm water and set aside.
In a large bowl whisk together the sugar, applesauce, milk, vanilla, and vinegar.
In a separate bowl stir together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and sea salt.
Whisk the chia mixture into the wet ingredients.
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet, then stir in the chocolate chips.
Pour about 3/4 of the batter into your prepared pan.
Spread the marshmallows out over the top of the batter, then sprinkle on the crushed cookies.
Drop the remaining batter on top of the cookies and marshmallows, one teaspoon at a time.
Place in oven and bake for 16-20 minutes. Cut the brownies into squares before they are fully cool, otherwise it will be difficult to cut through the marshmallow. I cut mine into 18 pieces.

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These brownies are best enjoyed warm, so that the chocolate chips and the marshmallows are a bit gooey. Enjoy!

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These Dark Chocolate S’mores Brownies were a huge hit. The brownies are super chocolatey, dense, and moist, without being too sweet and the toppings sent them over the top. I had a hard time not eating the whole tray in about 2 days, and when I shared with Jem (just so I wouldn’t eat them all) she loved them. Apparently she had “a brownie experience”!

I’ve shared this post with Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays (6/11/13).

You May Also Enjoy:
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Frosted Blueberry Cake, Wheat-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies, Chocolate Almond Chia Pudding

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October Vegan Food Swap Reveal

Vegan MoFo 2012 Post #18

For this month’s Canadian Vegan Food Swap (hosted by Meshell of Meshell In Your City) I was paired up to send a package to Katie from Not Just Granola and to receive a package from Chris at And Mommy Makes 3. This was actually the second time that Chris and I were paired up like this. She also sent me a great package of goodies for July’s Food Swap.

This month I received the following:

Raw Aura Sprouted Teriyaki Almonds: I tried some of these right away, as I was in need of a snack. They are really good! The teriyaki is just the right blend of sweet and savoury!

Dandies Classic Vanilla Air-Puffed Marshmallows: I’ve never been a huge marshmallow fan, but I do love rice crispy treats, so I’ll probably be making some of those. I am looking forward to seeing how these compare to standard marshmallows.
Update: These were pretty good in hot cocoa, and fantastic in my Dark Chocolate S’mores Brownies! I don’t think I’ll ever want marshmallows on their own, but in baked goods they can be pretty awesome.

Blue Monkey Coconut Chips: These are completely new to me and I’m very intrigued my them. I’m loving all things coconut, so I’m sure I will enjoy these.
Update:
I just tried these coconut chips and they are awesome! Crunchy and sweet and totally addictive!

Hot Huck’s Lean Veggie Ground: This TVP-based product is also totally new to me and I’ve actually never tried TVP (textured vegetable protein) before. I’m already dreaming of making taco filling with this!

All in all this was another great food swap experience. Thanks again Chris for all the great stuff!

September 2012 Canadian Vegan Food Swap

After skipping August, I participated in the Canadian Vegan Food Swap this month for the second time. I sent a package to Jenn (Diary of A Flaneuse) and received one from Lauren from Sweat Potato Pies.

Lauren sent me a great mix of vegan goodies, all wrapped in zebra print tissue paper and accompanied by a super cute note detailing what was in my package.

I absolutely love that tissue paper! Can’t wait to wrap someone else’s gift in it!

In my package:

Suzanne’s Ricemellow Creme. I have never been a huge fan of marshmallows so I haven’t yet tried any kind of vegan marshmallow product. I do love rice crispy treats though, and am looking forward to making some healthier vegan ones (maybe with some Nature’s Path brown rice crisps, kamut puffs, or millet puffs)! Update: you can read my review here

Teopia Pomegranate Green Loose Tea. I LOVE this little orange tin! So cute! I’ve actually tried this tea at a friend’s house and I really enjoyed it. I love all kinds of tea and I already use loose leaf tea so I have the strainer things for it. I also make a lot of iced teas using fruity herbal teas (instead of drinking juice) and this one will be perfect for that!

Pamela’s Ginger Cookies With Almonds. I’m already half-way through this box of cookies! I don’t normally buy cookies, but these are a great treat. They soft and chewy, with little crunches of almond and have quite a strong ginger flavour. I always thought I didn’t really like the taste of ginger, but it seems to be really growing on me lately, especially when it’s accompanied by sweetness. Also, these are the first gluten-free cookies I’ve ever tried, and I honestly wouldn’t have known the difference if it wasn’t written on the box.

Amazing Grass Chocolate GreenSuperFood Powder. I have looked at the Amazing Grass products before, but never bought any. I love smoothies and use Vega products and hemp protein powder regularly. I haven’t used this one yet but am really looking forward to it!

Prana Amandine Maple Almonds. I’m munching on these as I write this post and they are really good! Crunchy, sweet, and a bit salty. They are maybe a bit too sweet for my tastes, but I’ve got some nice strong black tea made to balance that out.

Cocoa Camino Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar. I must have forgot to take a photo of this one, but you can see it in the photo of all my goodies. I absolutely love these and buy them (a little too) regularly! Can’t go wrong with another one! They are like a natural vegan Reese’s (only better)! Mild dark chocolate filled with natural peanut butter! The almond butter ones are awesome too!

Look at all those yummy vegan goodies!

Lauren put together a great package for me! I feel so spoiled!
THANK YOU LAUREN for making this another lovely food swap experience!

July’s Vegan Food Swap Reveal

This month I participated in the Canadian Vegan Food Swap. It is hosted by Meshell at Meshell In Your City.

I sent a box of goodies to Sarina at Earthgiven and received a package from Chris at And Mommy Makes 3.

I got some great vegan snacks in my package from Chris, all of which were new to me.

 

Raw Aura Gone Bananas Fruit Leather. Apparently this is a new product, and it is completely new to me. I’ve never tried raw fruit leather before but I really enjoy this. It is very chewy, fruity, with a pretty strong ginger flavour. I’ve been snacking on it all week!

 

Cocoa Kissed Savi Seeds. These only lasted about 2 minutes after I opened my package of treats. I’ve seen these around but hadn’t tried them yet. I really loved them! You can’t really go wrong with the combination of nuts (these are actually seeds but they taste more like a nut) and chocolate.

 

For the Love of Food Pumpkin Cheeks After GLOW. This stuff is totally addictive! It is crunchy, salty, and has a bit of spiciness that sneaks up on you. Very tasty! And also completely new to me.

 

Giddy Yoyo Organic Raw Ginger Chocolate Bar. More chocolate! This cute little chocolate bar was really good! I’ve never had chocolate with ginger in it or raw chocolate before, and I really enjoyed the combination!

Overall, I’d say this was a very successful food swap experience. I really enjoyed putting together a package for Sarina and it is always fun getting things in the mail (especially when its a mystery as to what they are)! I will not be able to participate in the food swap for August, but hopefully will be doing this again in September.

Vegan Food Swap

I just discovered the Vegan Food Swap! I had seen a few posts mentioning a U.S. version, but didn’t realize that there is also a Canadian version (that I signed up for right away). I love sharing my vegan finds: I’m excited already and I haven’t even received my confirmation email yet!

So what is it? Basically, you sign up, get assigned a person and send them a package of vegan goodies (totalling around $20), and you receive a package from someone else. Then at the end of the month everyone shares what they received. You get to put together a cute little package, give someone a gift, and receive a package full of surprise goodies!

Here is the Canadian version over at Meshell In Your City

and here is the U.S. version over on The Verdant Life.

Happy swapping!