Remember the Soy Milk Machine I bought a while back? Well, not only is it providing me with uber cheap non-dairy milk here in China, it’s also providing me with loads of Okara! So much so, that I’m pretty sure I have the stuff coming out of my ears. And by that I mean tupperware. Yeah, not pretty.
“What even is Okara?” you might be asking. Okara is the soy bean pulp leftover from making Homemade Soy Milk (or in my case, using a Soy Milk Machine). It’s full of protein, low in fat and makes some delicious vegan “crab cakes“. OH, and it also makes some delicious Vegan Okara (Soy Milk Pulp) Brownies! Which is perfect for this month’s Recipe Redux theme:
A New Ingredient for the New Year
Pick a new ingredient that you’ve been wanting to try… and cook or bake up a new recipe in the new year. Are you curious about nutritional yeast, fish sauce, matcha, teff – or maybe even ugli fruit? Show us how you’re cooking with something new (to you!) in 2016.
At first when I started making Homemade Soy Milk I would just throw away the okara, thinking that I would never use it. Later I realized that it was a great ingredient to use in both savory and sweet dishes and I really shouldn’t be throwing it away. Not too long later, these Vegan Okara Brownies were born and I’m in love! No oil is involved. They’re sweetened with coconut sugar. And whole grains are the base. Speckled throughout with dairy-free chocolate chips, these Vegan Okara Brownies are the perfect healthy dessert, or snack!
Yeah, I’d try to get your hands on some okara so you can make these ASAP.
- 1 cup light whole wheat flour
- ¾ cup coconut sugar
- ¼ cup cacao powder
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup okara
- ¾ cup non-dairy milk*
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup dairy free chocolate chips
- Preheat your oven to 350F/180C. Grease an 8x8 baking dish and set it aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, cacao powder, baking powder and salt.
- Add in the wet ingredients and depending on how wet your okara is, more milk if needed.
- Fold in the dairy-free chocolate chips.
- Pour the batter into your prepared baking dish and bake for 18-25 minutes, again depending on the wetness of your okara and your desired doneness.
- Remove the brownies from the oven and let them cool. Slice and serve!