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Jalapeno Brownies

What you need: 

2/3 cup vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup margarine, like spectrum spread OR, for a lower-fat version, use prune
puree or applesauce in the equivalent amount
Ener-G Egg Replacer equivalent of 4 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
5 large jalapeno peppers, minced
6 to 8 Thai chilies, minced (omit for a less spicy brownie)
3/4 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped (optional-- I'm not nuts about walnuts. ha. HOWEVER,
chocolate chips can replace the nuts. Small pieces of candied ginger are good in this,
too, and add extra heat! The Ginger People make a great product called ginger chips.)

What you do: 

This recipe is for those who like their sweets on the spicy side!
Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly oil a 9x13-inch pan.
Melt marg. (if using) and chocolate chips together in a double boiler. If you are not using vegan margarine, melt the chips in a bowl in the microwave in 20 second bursts-- BE CAREFUL NOT TO BURN THEM!! Set aside to cool.
In a large bowl, mix the egg replacer with the salt. Add the vegan sugar and vanilla and beat until well blended. Add the chocolate-butter mixture and stir until just combined.
Add the flour and cocoa powder and mix until almost blended. Fold in the jalapenos, chilies and nuts or whatever else you're using.
Transfer batter to the prepared pan and bake until the top forms a cracked crust and the inside looks slightly moist, 30 to 35 minutes. Allow to cool, then
Cut into squares and dust with vegan powdered sugar if you like, or frost them with your favorite vegan frosting, or just leave them be!

Preparation Time: 
50 min
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
12
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

mmmMMM!!! i can't wiat to make these. i often put crushed dried chillis and fresh ground black pepper in my hot chocolate and chocolate cakes. so yummy. i haven't used jalapeno 'cause i just haven't had them around...so thanks for in the inspiration!  :)

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:D

I just made these because i had some leftover jalapenos and they are wonderful.  i was a bit wimpy and only used 2 jalapenos instead of five, but it still gave it just the right kick!  thanks for the recipe!

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Well, I did try this with candied ginger and it was interesting.  I only used two jalapenoes and less than one cup of sugar, but it turned out ok.  The only thing I don't like is the smell of jalapenoes in the cooked brownies.  I don't think I'll make these again but curiosity made me try them at least once.

Oh, and the brownies are on the dry side.  Maybe 1/2-cup of soymilk should be added?

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I think the only reason people are put off by something is because it is slightly different. I also think many of us do this. You know you can make frosting (for a cake) with avocados as the base? All you have to do is break down the properties of foods (avocado= fat, tofu can = moisture and protein, making it a great egg substitute)
It is difficult (especially if you do not cook often) not to lump ingredients into flavour categories. Chocolate is not sweet by itself, though in the US we almost always use it as such. Cinnamon is another thing growing up that I thought was sweet. Howe'ver now I use it as one of the spices in my black beans.
Being vegetarian opens up new flavours and options for you (many non vegetarians view vegetarianism as restrictive)
I am sorry this is not a review of the recipe. I cannot handle spicy food or I would try it. I have tried a spicy chocolate piece and liked it. It wasn't that spicy though.

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