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Butternut & Brownies…

September 26, 2008

Not together, but that probably wouldn’t be so bad.  My life has been super busy & school starts next week, so my posting will probably be more sporadic.  And the lighting will get worse as we progress into the dreariest of grey days here in rainy Portland.

Inspired by this post & the fact that I’d had a butternut squash in my apartment for what seemed like years, I made some roasted butternut fries.  I’m not really a fan of fat-free things so I tossed the planks in a tablespoon of olive oil before placing them on the parchment-lined cookie sheet.  After baking for about 45 minutes in a 450*F oven (turning them halfway through), they were done.  I think that the ones that had a bit of color on them were tastier, though they were less visually appealing.  Overall, I enjoyed them, but nothing beats a potato in my opinion.  I sprinkled them with Cajun seasoning & served them with a blob of BBQ sauce & Vegenaise.

Before baking…

And after…

Onto the brownies!  Since I am sugar-free, I don’t really crave sweets as much as I did before, but it’s always nice to have a little somethin’-somthin’ every once in awhile.  And they’re fun to give to people you love, but don’t want to give diabetes to.  The recipe is one I’ve tweaked over the years.  It’s pretty open to switching things up.  I haven’t tried it with agave yet, but it would probably work out well.  Next time I will try these with coconut oil, which can only make foods more orgasmic!

Sugar-free Vegan Fudge Brownies

  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup light oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1 cup walnuts

Preheat oven to 350*F.  Line an 8 X 8-inch pan with parchment paper, then grease & flour it (you wouldn’t want these fudgy things to stick!).  Set aside.  In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder & salt.  Whisk together the maple syrup, oil, vanilla & espresso powder until combined.  Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ones & gently stir just until combined.  Fold in the walnuts & spread into the prepared pan.  Bake for 20-25 minutes.  Chill until firm.

I baked mine for 20 minutes & they are super rich & fudgy.  I keep them in the fridge because they are firmer that way.  If you over-bake these, they’ll still be good, but will be cake-like.  If that’s what you prefer, you can bake them for about 30 minutes.

26 Comments leave one →
  1. September 26, 2008 7:03 pm

    I LOVE butternut squash fries! That reminds me that I haven’t made any in like a year so now I know what I have to do this weekend!!

  2. September 26, 2008 7:29 pm

    That brownie. Sugarless yet so sinful. Need I say more?

    *wipes drool off keyboard*

  3. September 26, 2008 7:57 pm

    Love the idea of butternut “fries”! I’ve done this w/ sweet potato (and it’s yummy), but the butternut sounds like a new form of “delish”! And that brownie. . . looks just heavenly.

  4. September 26, 2008 10:15 pm

    Virginia—Cool! I’m glad to serve as your official butternut reminder-person.

    ovenhaven—I hope you didn’t short out your keyboard! :o)

    Ricki—Oh, sweet potato fries are nummy. They look about the same too!

  5. September 27, 2008 12:09 am

    Those fries look so good! I also like sweet tater fries as well. Thanks for the brownie recipe – a much lower sugar option!

  6. September 27, 2008 2:20 am

    These brownies look so moist!I will have to try them…Did you also noticed the walnut-heart on the last brownie picture of your blog?Seriously its so cute!!

  7. September 27, 2008 6:04 am

    Mmmm, those brownies look perfect!

  8. September 27, 2008 7:22 am

    i know what you mean about not craving sweets as much once you give up sugar. but those brownies look like the perfect treat for those times when you just need a little indulgence. 🙂

  9. Courtney permalink
    September 27, 2008 3:16 pm

    Your fries look perfect! Yum–I will have to try that soon!

    Those brownies look super fudgy and delicious!


  10. September 27, 2008 4:19 pm

    I love the butternut fry idea! I normally just make soup out of the squashes I buy.

  11. September 27, 2008 4:45 pm

    I want those fries! I’ve never thought to use butternut squash instead of sweet potato 🙂 Enjoy your last week of freedom, haha! I still haven’t decided if I’m going to take a class or not… I usually decide on my lunch break the first Monday of classes. I am such a procrastinator! Have you been to Food for Thought Cafe? It can be hit or miss, but there are lots of vegan options and prices are good.

  12. Jennifer permalink
    September 27, 2008 6:50 pm

    I think those fries look incredible! Your brownies don’t look too shabby, either! Have fun at school next week!

  13. September 27, 2008 7:33 pm

    Those brownies look more like fudge if you ask me, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that either. 😉

  14. September 27, 2008 11:03 pm

    mmm those fries look so good! i haven’t had butternut squash fries before but i have had sweet potato fries… and sometimes i like them more than regular fries. you should try the if you haven’t!

  15. September 27, 2008 11:42 pm

    shellyfish—You’re welcome!

    Veggie Wedgie—Ha ha. Yeah, I noticed the little walnut heart, but had recently blogged about a heart I found in my sushi. I thought people would think I’m a bit bonkers for pointing out food hearts all the time. :o) But they’re seriously awesome! You have a good eye.


    miss v—Yeah, there must be some chemical explanation for it, but I’m just thankful for whatever it is!

    Courtney—They’re definitely fudgy. :o)

    Jes—I almost made soup, but was feeling particularly lazy that day, heh.

    Chelsea—And I thought I was a procrastinator! I actually work at FFT. Believe me, I know that the place can be hit or miss. Or miss or miss! I’m the vegan baker there, but don’t make the food. :o)

    Jennifer—Thanks, I’ll try!

    BitterSweet—I am definitely guilty of (purposely) under-baking brownies! What can I say?

    Jaime—Oh yeah, I’ve had sweet potato fries. They’re luscious. But there’s just something about the regular ones that I love.

  16. September 28, 2008 2:10 am


  17. September 28, 2008 8:15 am

    I’m always a little disappointed when I try to make fries with something other than potatoes, because I expect them to taste like potato ones, and I agree with you, nothing beats potato…

  18. Heather permalink
    September 28, 2008 11:33 am

    I have to make those fries! I be my 2 year old would love them as much as I would!

  19. September 29, 2008 7:05 pm

    Both the brownies and the butternut planks look unbelievably good. I’d particularly like to try out the butternut fries which sound like a really cool idea.

  20. October 1, 2008 8:39 am

    those look so deliciously fudgey!!!

  21. October 1, 2008 4:54 pm

    I love fries, and I love butternut squash…yet I’ve never had butternut squash fries..I must remedy this.

    Those brownies look SOOO amazing. Words can’t capture it.

  22. Celine permalink
    October 2, 2008 1:58 am

    brownies!!! my one true love.

  23. October 2, 2008 8:31 pm

    CRIKEY!!!!!!!!! those pix are driving me out of my mind. i wish i could cook like you. you always make food look so scrumptious and appetizing….i love it! wow.

  24. October 3, 2008 11:48 am

    those brownies looking amazing!

  25. October 7, 2008 11:56 am

    Sanja—Me too! Time for another batch…

    Heather—Cool! I think kids would really like them.

    Vaishali—Thank you. I hope you give them a try.

    Liz—They were probably as fudgy as brownies can be!

    Carrie—They were quite tasty! I hope you like ’em. Thank you for the brownie love!

    Celine—Me too. I can’t imagine life without them.

    quarrygirl—Thank you so much. I’m blushing over here!

    Sal—Thank ya!


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