Vegan chocolate and prune brownies

makes 12
60 minutes

Ingredients

  • 175g of vegan spread
  • 125g of self-raising flour
  • 225g of caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp of flax seeds, mixed with 9 tbsp water (making 3 flax eggs)
  • 100g of dark chocolate
  • 4 tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 100g of dark chocolate chips
  • 7 prunes, finely chopped
  • 1 pinch of salt

Method

1
Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Line a square brownie pan
2
Melt the dairy free margarine with the chocolate and sugar in bowl set over a pan of simmering water – do not allow the bowl to touch the water, or the chocolate will seize. One melted, set aside
3
Sift the flour, cocoa powder and salt into a large bowl
4
Beat the flax eggs into the chocolate mixture. Gradually fold the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture, then fold in the prunes and chocolate chips
5
Pour the mixture into the brownie tin, smooth the surface and bake in the oven for 25 minutes for a more fudgey brownie, or 30–32 minutes for a more cake-like texture. Use a skewer to test after 25 minutes, there shouldn’t be too much mixture clinging to it when removed. The brownies will set a little more while cooling