Guest Blogger: Rubber Cowgirl (Saving the World One Bite at a Time) – Bon Bon Brownies

7 May

Welcome back Rachael – the Rubber Cowgirl! In her previous posts for VBU! she shared a recipe for Enchillasagna with Cauliricotta and trip to Traverse City, Michigan. Please get your tastebuds ready for this delicious recipe for Bon Bon Brownies! Please join Rachel on Twitter, and of course her blog. Please, welcome back Rachel!

Sometimes I dream of warm chocolate brownies with coconut ice cream dripping down the sides and a cherry on top…a decadent, delectable dessert that just happens to be vegan and gluten-free…and so I invented the Bon Bon Brownie. Rejoice!

Looking for the perfect vegan brownie recipe? Look no farther.


2 T ground flaxseed
3 T water

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup coconut oil
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup strong coffee

1 1/2 cups gluten-free, all-purpose flour
1/2 cup rice flour
1/2 cup cacao powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup dried cherries


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Whisk flaxmeal and water together in a measuring cup and set aside.
  3. Cream the sugar and the coconut oil together in a small bowl. Add the vanilla, coffee, and flaxmeal mixture, then whisk well.
  4. Sift the flour, cacao powder, salt and baking soda into a big bowl and stir together. Add the wet ingredients and stir to combine. Add the cherries and stir again.
  5. Spoon or pour batter into silicone doughnut molds. Bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Let cool then remove from doughnut mold. Flip upside down and fill the center with a scoop of Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss and top with a cherry to serve.

Makes 12 brownies.


  • If you don’t have doughnut molds, that’s okay. You can use a lightly oiled 8×8 inch baking dish or a pie plate or a springform pan or custard cups…whatever you have. Baking time might be different for different dishes, so keep an eye on them. If you were distracted and forgot to set a timer, when your whole house suddenly begins to smell like brownies, run to the oven!
  • Coconut oil is awesome. It’s a liquid when warm and a solid when chilled. It’s sweeter and buttery-er than butter, and it’s not all hydrogenated like margarine. Coconut oil is also an excellent moisturizer for skin and hair. If you hear a crazy meowing sound when you open a jar of coconut oil, let kitty have a little. Coconut oil is good for feline coats, too!
  • Go ahead and sub dried coconut or chopped nuts or chocolate chips in for the cherries. These brownies are just a little on the fudgy side of cakey; if you like super-dense brownies, use less coffee.


277 calories each (without ice cream)
7.7g fat
6g saturated fat
52g carbohydrates
2.4g fiber
27g sugar
2.7g protein


3 Responses to “Guest Blogger: Rubber Cowgirl (Saving the World One Bite at a Time) – Bon Bon Brownies”

  1. Nicole Leigh May 7, 2013 at 9:54 am #

    I grew up in Elk Rapids, Michigan! What a small world!

  2. The Savvy Sister May 7, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    I will most 4 sure try these (you had me at Bon Bon).
    A word to those who see the saturated fat content and think this is unhealthy:
    many studies have been done on fats and health specifically heart disease and eating saturated fat as a risk factor for heart disease HOWEVER the studies done looked at animal saturated fat and to my knowledge (someone correct me please if I’m wrong) there have never been any studies looking at plant-based saturated fat and risk of chronic illness. in fact, the evidence is very strong that a plant-based diet protects against a whole host of chronic diseases including cancer (which is why I am vegan)
    I know I’m preaching to the choir here…..

    Sorry I felt compelled to comment… being a cardiac nurse, I use coconut oil and I always get this question “How can you eat that it’s all saturated fat!”
    I then have to go on explain the health benefits of eating plant-based etc…..

    Great recipe Thanks!

  3. An Unrefined Vegan May 8, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    These are lovely! What a great idea to use the doughnut pans! Ditto above – making these.

    PS LOVE coconut oil…anything coconut, really.

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