Eat to the Beat: Not-Pot Brownies & Willie Nelson

October 24th, 2012 1:17 pm by Kelly Garbato

 

The song: “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground” by Willie Nelson (lyrics)

The foodstuff: Not-Pot (it’s Thyme, yo!) Chocolate Chip Brownies (recipe below)

The connection: Weed. Pot. Dope. Grass. Ganja. THC. Cannabis. Skunk. Hash. Mary Jane. Chris Christie. Mexican Lung Confetti.

 

Liberal activist. Long-haired hippie. Lovable stoner. Country rock legend. What can you say about Willie Nelson other than FUCK YEAH!? (Or, perhaps more to the point, I wish he’d adopt one of my parents so I could have the coolest grandfather of all time?) Nothing, that’s what. He’s Willie Fucking Nelson!

 

Not-Pot Brownies (b-0021)

With denim, cuz that’s how Willie rolls.
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When I think of Willie – in the context of food, that is – the first thing to come to mind is a big, fat pot brownie. Or a space cake. Or maybe a hash cookie. Basically all the foods with the drugs. (As it turns out, there’s quite a few of ’em!) So in Willie’s honor, I’d like to share with you a batch of Chocolate Chip Brownies. But they’ll have to be Not-Pot Brownies, seeing as my state doesn’t have a medical marijuana law (boo!).

While oregano is the usual hilarious prop stand-in for pot, I chose thyme since it goes well with chocolate. That’s what a chef told me, anyway, when I accidentally put thyme on my chocolate coconut milk ice cream and posted the evidence for its comedic value.

 

Chocolate Sprinkles vs. Thyme (0001)

Exhibit A in my case against Edward & Sons.
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(Not my fault! I was going for the chocolate sprinkles and grabbed the thyme by accident, on accounta Edward & Sons puts their sprinkles in these ridiculous little cellophane packages and I needed a container to store them after they were opened because the bag isn’t resealable and so I used an old spice container that’s identical to the thyme and you do the math! Like I said not my fault! Okay, maybe 20%. But that’s all I’ll concede!)

And she was totes right. These brownies are pretty damned tasty. I started with my old stand-by brownie recipe (anyone remember this from last MoFo’s Iron Chef? Bueller?) and added some ground thyme to taste – as well as dried thyme to garnish. That easy! I imagine that baking with pot is a little tougher, but probably you don’t care because POT. Everything is rainbows and unicorn farts.

This brownie recipe is a little on the cakey side, so if you prefer your brownies chewy or fudgey or whatnot, just add a teaspoon of ground thyme to your own favorite version for the same effect.

As far as the tunes go, any Willie Nelson song is a fine choice because WILLIE NELSON. In keeping with my unofficial, not-quite-a-theme, mini-Supernatural-theme-within-a-theme, I’m going with “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground,” tearfully dedicated to Cas and Dean.

 


 

THEIR LOVE IS LEGENDARY!

 

Not-Pot (it’s Thyme, yo!) Chocolate Chip Brownies

Ingredients

1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup nondairy milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup unbleached white flour
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground thyme
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
dried thyme to garnish

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8×8″ glass pan.

2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the wet ingredients: oil, maple syrup, nondairy milk, and vanilla extract. Using a wire whisk, beat until well blended.

3. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, cocoa powder, sugar, ground thyme, baking powder, and salt. Mix well.

4. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients using a spatula. Mix in the chocolate chips.

5. Scoop the batter into the baking pan and spread it out evenly. Sprinkle with dried thyme to garnish (about 1/4 teaspoon, but be your own decider person!). Bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 35 minutes.

 

Brownie Blizzard (0012)

When life gives you extra brownies, make a brownie blizzard.
Soy creamer + vanilla ice cream + 2 brownies = heaven.
And a sugar rush of epic magnitude.
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veganmofo 2012
Eat to the Beat

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4 Responses to “Eat to the Beat: Not-Pot Brownies & Willie Nelson”

  1. Shannon (Vegan Burnout) Says:

    I will probably never spike my brownies with herbs of any variety, but I love how hard you ship Cas & Dean. ♥

  2. peace Says:

    Try using actual “Not Pot” next time. It’s sold in headshops under names such as Spice and K2, among others. And unlike Thyme, it actually does get you high!

  3. Carbs & Rec: Insanely Good Messy Brownie Bites » V for Vegan: easyVegan.info Says:

    […] won’t lie: for a second or two (or sixty), I was super-tempted to recycle my not-pot brownies (of VeganMoFo 2012 fame) for this post. I mean, they’re kind of perfect, right? The thyme […]

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