Summer vacation may be coming to an end, but I don’t think I’m ready to say goodbye to my favorite season. I still haven’t gone swimming enough times, or eaten enough watermelon, or soaked up enough sunshine. To be honest, I really haven’t done much at all this summer, at least compared to previous years. The past three months have just flown by! There are, however, a few moments from summer 2018 that really stood out for me. First of all, I got to spend the entire week of my sixteenth birthday at my favorite place ever, Disney World! It was a magical experience and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Second of all, I brought my best cousin on an overnight trip to Niagara Falls, New York, where we spent two days sightseeing and eating some incredible vegan food. We also watched a gorgeous fireworks display from our hotel’s rooftop terrace, which was definitely a memorable experience. So, overall I’d say that this was a successful summer for me!
The one thing I really would have liked to do this summer is go camping. Although I’m not exactly an outdoorsy type of gal, I do enjoy roughing it in the woods every once in a while, especially when there’s a campfire involved! Actually, if I really think about it, I’d be fine with skipping the actual camping part as long as I got to toast some marshmallows and tell ghost stories around a campfire. Who likes sleeping in a tent anyways? Everyone’s just in it for the s’mores.
Since no summer is complete without s’mores, I decided to end my summer vacation by making my own version of them at home, in the form of s’more brownies! Although the Jet-puffed marshmallows, Honey Maid graham crackers, and Hershey’s chocolate bars usually used to make s’mores are not vegan, it’s fairly easy to find their plant-based counterparts. I recommend Nabisco Grahams (found at Target), Dandie’s marshmallows (from Whole Foods), and Enjoy Life semi-sweet chocolate chunks (available at many locations). These three ingredients helped make summer 2018 a better experience for me, and after making these brownies, I can finally say that my summer is complete. Don’t let your summer end without trying out this campfire-inspired treat!
Vegan S'more Brownies
S'mores are delicious, but they usually require a campfire. With s'more brownies, you can enjoy the combination of graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows anytime! This fun spin on a classic dessert will give you that cozy campfire feeling without any of the bugs or tents.
- 6 sheets vegan graham crackers such as Nabisco Grahams
- 3 tbsp ground flaxmeal + 1/2 cup water
- 3/4 cup vegan butter such as Earth Balance sticks
- 1 cup + 2 tbsp granulated or natural cane sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/8 tsp baking powder
- 3/8 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup + 2 tbsp all purpose flour
- 2/3 cup vegan chocolate chunks such as Enjoy Life semi-sweet mega chunks
- 1 cup vegan mini marshmallows such as Dandie’s
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line the bottom and sides of a 9” square baking pan with two overlapping pieces of parchment paper.
Break graham crackers in half to make squares and line the bottom of the pan with about 9 squares, or 4 1/2 full sheets.
Stir together the flaxseed meal and water and set aside for 5 minutes.
Place butter in a large bowl and melt in the microwave.
Add the flax egg mixture, sugar, vanilla, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder and whisk to combine.
Add flour and mix just until incorporated, then fold in 1/2 cup of the chocolate chunks.
Use a spatula to evenly spread the brownie batter over the graham crackers in the prepared baking pan. Bake for about 35 minutes, or until the brownies spring back lightly to the touch.
Allow the brownies to cool for 30 minutes.
Once the brownies have cooled, preheat the broiler on low.
Arrange the marshmallows and remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chunks over the brownies and place under the broiler for 2-3 minutes, or until the marshmallows are golden brown and melty.
Remove brownies from the oven and break the remaining 1 1/2 sheets of graham crackers into pieces and sprinkle on top.
Use the parchment paper to lift the brownies out of the pan and slice into squares.