I'll let you in on a little secret: I'm ridiculously excited about the latest 'Jurassic Park' movie coming out this weekend.
Pretty much all I have been talking to people about over the past few days is Chris Pratt, man-eating raptors, and how much the franchise makes me long for the days of Jeff Goldblum's epic transition lens swag.
You know what I mean. This swag:
So, to bring my weird obsession over to the Vegan Vingle community, I have decided to share with you this recipe for the most adorable brownie cake pops I have ever seen - Fork&Beans' Volcano Brownie Bites.
These cake pops are perfect for children's birthday parties and other youth events. (They're also perfect for me and any other dinosaur-obsessed kids trapped in grown-up bodies.)
Serve them as is or top them with some badass toy dinosaurs!
(Party City, for example, sells the ones pictured in bulk for about $3/dozen.)
Volcanic Brownie Bites
(Inspired By Fork&Beans)
MAKES 8 - 12 CAKE POPS
For The Brownie Bites -
3/4 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3 tablespoons boiling water
2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup nondairy chocolate chips (I use Ghiradelli brand, but Enjoy Life is also popular.)
For The Lava -
1/4 cup nondairy white chocolate, melted (These might be tricky to find at a natural food store. I recommend ordering some online or following Chocolate Covered Katie's cashew-based white chocolate chip recipe.)
Sugar sand for lava color
8 - 12 popsicle sticks
1) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2) Whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Separately mix together the oil, water, and applesauce. Mix into the flour mix with a wooden spoon until a thick batter has formed. Fold in the chocolate chips.
3) Scoop up the batter and spoon into brownie pops silicone pan until each cavity is almost full. Bake 13 - 15 minutes or until set. Allow to cool for a couple minutes inside until cool to touch.
4) Place a lollipop stick inside the brownie bite.
5) Pour the melted nondairy white chocolate over the tops of the brownies to recreate lava. Coat with sugar sand for color. Top with plastic dinosaurs, if you're nasty.