These are not good for you. Not even a little bit.
Just wanted to get that one out of the way.
There’s a common misconception that anything vegan or gluten-free is also healthy, and it’s simply not the case. (Tequila is vegan and gluten-free.) So I made these brownies for educational purposes to put an end to the confusion. Not because I wanted to eat half the pan. Not at all.
Vegan Gluten-Free Toasted Coconut Frosted Brownies
THESE BROWNIES ARE THE GREATEST. The brownie recipe is my standby favorite from VegNews (banana chip brownies), but I’ve taken some liberties with it. (You should make their original while you’re at it. Brownies for days.) The frosting is my attempt to get rid of mountains of shredded coconut in my cupboard before I move. Mission almost accomplished.
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup vegan margarine
- 1.5 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Mix together sugar, coconut oil, milk and vanilla extract
- In a separate bowl, whisk together remaining dry ingredients
- Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix to combine
- Grease an 8×8-in pan (or line with parchment paper, spread out batter, and bake for 20 minutes
- After baking, place in refrigerator to cool
- While brownies are baking, make frosting
- Warm a dry skillet over medium heat
- Add coconut and cook until lightly browned, stirring frequently to avoid burning
- Remove coconut from heat to cool completely
- In a stand mixer, cream margarine until fluffy
- Slowly add powdered sugar half a cup at a time until incorporated
- Mix in vanilla extract (and optional coconut extract)
- Fold cooled coconut into frosting
- Top cooled brownies with frosting
- Store in refrigerator
These are the best thing that has ever happened to me so I’m taking them straight to my yoga class to burden someone else because nothing good can come of this.