Plant-based diet versus animal-based diet: easy vegan brownie to help you becoming vegan

Sometimes people may be confused by the difference between a vegan and a vegetarian diet because both of them are wrongly simplified as a diet without meat. That is true in the vegetarian diet case, but veganism isn’t just about the meat, is about the exploration of the animals, so it includes milk, eggs and honey as well. The vegan diet is the one that excludes everything that comes from animals — and the vegan diet comes accompanied by the lifestyle, so the restrictions apply to clothing and cosmetics too, for example. The vegan diet is also called by plant-based and that defines very clearly and literally the essence of the diet.

There are a lot of reasons to implement a vegan diet, the most obvious one is the cruelty that the meat and milk industry provides to animals. The more inhumane the treatment and ways are, the more lucrative the industry is, so a lot of beings have to go through a lot of suffering to maintain the carnist way. And with that comes the environmental matters. The farm livestock is responsible for the same amount of greenhouse gas effect as all the gas liberated by cars, planes, trains and ships on the planet. Besides that, there is a huge consumption of water and grains to sustain those animals, the investment doesn’t compensate the final product: if we invested the same amount of grain to feed people, we would have a lot less people starving.

There is an urge to rethink our habits and the plant-based diet is one of the most expressive and exponential tendencies. It’s really significant to learn more about it and implement it in our cooking repertoire. And other than that, food brings people together so being able to prepare menus that embrace various lifestyles and include all people.

Vegan brownies

12 servings

Wet ingredients:

100 grams of chopped vegan chocolate (I used
⅛ cup of coconut oil

¼ cup of almond milk (you may substitute it for any other plant based milk)

¾ cup of brown sugar

3 tablespoons of white sugar

The wet ingredients

Dry ingredients:

1 cup of all purpose flour

3 tablespoons of cocoa powder

½ teaspoons of yeast

A pinch of salt

The dry ingredients

Chopped peanuts (optional, you may choose another kind of nut)

*Egg substitute:

3 teaspoons of water (15g)

1 ½ teaspoons of flaxseed (7g)

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius
  • Anoint a 20x8cm pan with coconut oil and all purpose flour (you may use parchment paper)
  • In a pan melt the chocolate with the coconut oil, the sugars and the milk on low heat.
  • Turn off the heat, add the egg substitute and mix it.
  • On a bow, whisk the flour, the cocoa, the yeast and the salt.
  • Mix the dry ingredients on the pan with the heat off.
After mixing all the ingredients, it should look like these
  • Put the mixture on the anointed pan, decorate it with the peanuts and put it in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Let it cool for 4 hours before taking it off the pan.

This recipe was very simple and easy. It is a great example of how vegan diet could be accessible and there are alternatives that do not involve expensive products or complex processes. The ingredients were all easy to find, the only important thing to remember is to check if your chocolate is really vegan. It is very interesting to learn different ways to get to the right texture or flavour and experimenting with plant-based substitutes is a great opportunity to learn more about the food properties and how they interact with the preparations.

This easy and delicious recipe is my go-to vegan dessert, it’s good to embrace the various options and to be able to prepare something tasteful to vegan friends!

Bibliography

Petre, A. (2016, 09 23). 6 Science-Based Health Benefits of Eating Vegan. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vegan-diet-benefits

Putka, S. (2021, 01 26). Is Milk Bad for You? Here’s What the Science Says. Discover. https://www.discovermagazine.com/health/is-milk-bad-for-you-heres-what-the-science-says

University of Oxford. (2016, 03 22). Veggie-based diets could save 8 million lives by 2050 and cut global warming. University of Oxford. https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2016-03-22-veggie-based-diets-could-save-8-million-lives-2050-and-cut-global-warming

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