Chai Brownies

These babies are so good they don’t even need an introduction. Fudgy chewy brownies with a bonus chai tea flavor topped with a simple white icing. The same mentor and close friend who made me the hummus I recently posted about also used to make me these chai brownies. Now that we’re living nearly 500 miles away from each other, I’ve been trying to recreate her chai brownies, and I finally did it today! I used the recipe for “fudgy brownies” in Dreena Burton’s Vive le Vegan!, replacing the nondairy milk in the recipe with really strong chai tea. The results are simply scrumptious.

Well, that was kind of an introduction. Oh well. Just go make ’em!

Chai Brownies — recipe adapted from the “fudgy brownies” in Vive le Vegan!

For the brownies:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup more all-purpose flour or whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 cup + 1 tbsp. unrefined sugar
  • 1/3 cup ground chocolate chips (grind in a food processor)
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt (a little generous)
  • 1 tbsp. arrowroot powder
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. double-strength chai tea
  • 3 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

For the icing:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2-1 tbsp. water (add 1/2 tbsp. first and add more if needed)
  • a few drops of vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and lightly oil an 8″ x 8″ baking pan.
  2. In a bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. Mix in sugar, ground chocolate chips and salt.
  3. In a separate small bowl, combine arrowroot with two tbsp. of chai tea. Add remaining tea and other wet ingredients and stir until well combined. Add wet ingredients to dry. Transfer to baking pan and smooth evenly.
  4. Bake for 23-25 minutes. Let cool in the pan. Meanwhile, prepare icing by mixing all ingredients in a small bowl. Once cooled, spread the icing evenly over the brownies. Cut into squares. These taste best after having some time to set in the fridge.

Here is a picture of my cousin, Allison, enjoying a chai brownie or two earlier today. She was definitely a fan.

Yield: 9 squares

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