Zsu Dever’s “Everyday Vegan Eats” – Fudge Brownies with Caramel Sauce

This giveaway is now closed.  Thanks for all the entries!

I recently received a copy of a wonderful new Vegan resource cookbook for review.

 Everyday Vegan Eats: Family Favorites from My Kitchen to Yours”  by Zsu Dever.

I call it a resource book because it is like an encyclopedia for Vegan cooking and baking.  Zsu really takes us through all the aspects of Vegan food prep and beyond with everything from sweet to savory, menu planning to getting your pantry ready to eat a plant based diet.  She’s broken down the basics like recipes for broths, sauces, cheese, dressings, tomato sauces.  Everything is organized in the book for a great kitchen to cook in.

Zsu Dever's "Everyday Vegan Eats" - Fudge Brownies with Caramel Sauce

Soft Pretzels, Mushroom Stroganoff, a Deli Reuben, step by step instructions for Bacon Tofu,  Soups, Everyday Main dishes, Casseroles and  of course, desserts….  this book has  it all.  

Zsu Dever's "Everyday Vegan Eats" - Fudge Brownies with Caramel Sauce Zsu even has a reference section for the Vegan kitchen with menu planning, basic ingredients to keep on hand, nutrition and cooking techniques.

Before you get your hands on her new book, Zsu’s website, Zsu’s Vegan Pantry will give you a good idea of just how talented she is in creating beautifully well written recipes and vegan living ideas.  She has a great knack in communicating complicated steps in simple, well designed ways for even the most novice of cooks.  

 Zsu Dever's "Everyday Vegan Eats" - Fudge Brownies with Caramel Sauce

 “Everyday Vegan Eats: Family Favorites from My Kitchen to Yours” is available now for pre-order at Amazon.com.

Zsu Dever's "Everyday Vegan Eats" - Fudge Brownies with Caramel Sauce

Today Zsu has asked me to highlight one of her desserts from Everyday Vegan Eats: Family Favorites from My Kitchen to Yours” 

Fudge Brownies with a non-dairy caramel sauce topping.

Zsu Dever's "Everyday Vegan Eats" - Fudge Brownies with Caramel Sauce

Zsu Dever's "Everyday Vegan Eats" - Fudge Brownies with Caramel Sauce

The batter for these luxurious brownies is thick and fudgy like the name suggests.  And the optional caramel drizzle – just the right touch. 


Zsu Dever's "Everyday Vegan Eats" - Fudge Brownies with Caramel SauceZsu Dever's "Everyday Vegan Eats" - Fudge Brownies with Caramel Sauce I did a few tweeks in my batter for these fudgy beauties, only because of my own frugality in the kitchen, ie:  it’s what I had on hand.  I used a dark chocolate cocoa powder instead of plain and I used date sugar instead of white organic.  The brownies themselves are not overly sweet but the chocolate chips and caramel pump up the sweet for a great balance of flavor.  I also used a 7 X 5 inch pan instead of the 8 X 8  suggested in her recipe.  I baked them in a convection toaster oven at 300 degrees to adjust for the thinner batter in my pan and they came out just perfectly at 30 minutes cook time.

Zsu Dever's "Everyday Vegan Eats" - Fudge Brownies with Caramel Sauce

 Zsu has shared with all of us the recipe for her Vegan Fudge Brownies to sneak a peak at all the wonderful ideas in her book.  Plus she has offered one of my readers a chance to win a copy of her new book.  

Thanks Zsu ♥

Vegan Fudge Brownies with Caramel Sauce
These rich and decadent brownies are easy to prepare but make sure not to over - or under-cook them. Some crumbs should still be clinging to the test toothpick when the brownies are ready.
  1. 2/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  2. 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  3. 1/2 teaspoon double-acting baking powder
  4. 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  5. 1/3 cup (2 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  6. 1/4 cup grapeseed or sunflower oil
  7. 2 tablespoons mashed ripe banana
  8. 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  9. 2/3 cup natural sugar
  10. 1/3 cup plain unsweetened vegan milk
  11. 1 tablespoon flax seed meal
  12. 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
  13. 1/3 cup finely chopped toasted nuts (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line the bottom of an 8-inch square baking dish with a long strip of parchment paper, folding the paper as needed. The paper should hang out of the top of the pan; when the brownies are baked you then lift up on the two opposite edges of the paper to cleanly remove the brownie from the pan. Alternatively, generously oil the pan and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, and baking powder. Stir in the salt and set aside. Melt the chocolate chips and oil in a small bowl in the microwave in 30-second intervals until soft. Alternatively, melt the chips and oil in a double boiler. Stir the chips and oil until combined.
  3. Using a blender or electric hand mixer, blend the melted chips and oil, banana, vanilla, sugar, milk, and flax meal until combined. Stir the flour mixture into the wet mixture. Fold in the chocolate chips, if using. Transfer the batter to the prepared baking pan. Sprinkle with the nuts, if using.
  4. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the pan comes out with a few moist crumbs attached but no wet batter, 20 to 45 minutes, depending on the kind of pan you use. Glass baking dishes need longer baking time. If your toothpick comes out completely dry, the brownie has over-baked, but is still tasty. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Remove the brownies by pulling up on the parchment paper overhang. Cut into squares.
  5. For the caramel sauce, you'll just need to pick up a copy of Zsu's book for yourself now. Please do, it's a wonderful resource for every cook.
  1. From Everyday Vegan Eats by Zsu Dever. ©2014 Zsu Dever. Used by permission from Vegan Heritage Press.


I don’t need to describe these fudgy brownies any more……….you can just see with your own eyes how they’ll taste once you make them.

Zsu Dever's "Everyday Vegan Eats" - Fudge Brownies with Caramel Sauce


Would you like to win a copy of Zsu’s Everyday Vegan Eats: Family Favorites from My Kitchen to Yours” for yourself?  Of course you would.  It’s fabulous!

Just leave a comment below on why you think you need this wonderful book for yourself.

For extra entries you can do any of the following, or all:

Follow Canned-Time.com on Facebook

Follow Zsu’s Vegan Pantry on Facebook

Follow Canned Time on Twitter

Follow Canned Time on Pinterest

Follow Canned-Time via e-mail by clicking the tab in the bottom right corner of this page.

6 total entries possible.

Please leave a seperate comment for each entry option letting me know each one.

Each of your comment(s) will count as 1 entry for the giveaway.   1 winner will be chosen at random.  U. S. residents only please.

Contest ends May 20th, 2014.

 Zsu Dever's "Everyday Vegan Eats" - Fudge Brownies with Caramel Sauce

 Everyday Vegan Eats: Family Favorites from My Kitchen to Yours

by Zsu Dever

published by

Vegan Heritage Press
P.O. Box 628
Woodstock, VA 22664-0628

  Thanks for visiting!  For more Canned-Time.com,  follow me on Facebook,  Twitter,  or Pinterest, subscribe via Email.

Don't be selfish...share ♥Share on FacebookPin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Email this to someonePrint this page

116 thoughts on “Zsu Dever’s “Everyday Vegan Eats” – Fudge Brownies with Caramel Sauce

  1. M Calhoun

    The brownies look delectable…..nice to see a vegan dessert recipe without dates. Your description of the cookbook clarified something for me. Around four weeks ago we fundamentally changed our eating habits by deciding on a vegan diet. We are surprised that we do not miss eating meat or animal based products at all! But the kitchen is chaos…and the time spent on food prep and ‘do I have this ingredient’, etc. Never dreamed transition would mean more than just changing a few pantry items. Sounds like somebody has written a ‘go to’ resource for beginners.

  2. charj

    Everything I’ve made from Zsu’s blog has turned out great.I’m looking forward to the resource section just as much as the recipes.

  3. Cathe Olson

    I am continually on a search for a really good vegan brownie recipe so I am definitely going to try this one. The pictures look like they are really moist and fudgy which is how I like them.

    I’d love to get the book and check out more of her recipes.

  4. Brandy

    I would really enjoy this cookbook as I have been trying to transition into eating vegan. I already live a lifestyle against animal testing and animal cruelty. I would really like this book to help me make recipes to persuade my friends and family to eat vegan. I know that they would love these vegan recipes enough to not eat meat.

  5. Pingback: New Giveaways! Wednesday, May 14 | Vegan Perks

  6. thepeacepatch

    I need this book of deliciousness because my most best friend has a BIG bday coming up and I would lovelovelove to make these and more sweet treats for the celebration! Many thanks! 🙂

  7. Tamara

    I want the cookbook just for the picture of brownies! But everything I’ve tried from Zsu’s blog has been great – I know the cookbook will be awesome.

  8. Pingback: Everyday Vegan Eats: Recipe + Giveaway! - Robin Robertson — Robin Robertson

  9. Beth

    Wow, those brownies look amazing!! I’d love to win Zsu’s new cookbook — I love her blog, and I’ve been in a little bit of a cooking rut lately so her book would definitely provide so much-needed inspiration in the kitchen. 🙂

  10. gigiveganvilleGiGi

    I have had the good fortune of testing Zzu’s delicious recipes for the book. Just swung by to see your mouthwatering pics, Angela. I like that you tweeked the recipe for what you had on hand. Caramel and Chocolate for the win!!
    I already have a copy and will be joining the blog tour soon 🙂

  11. Anne

    Hi, I did Pinterest, fb, and joined the other followers plus I LOVE your recipe for non-dairy caramel sauce. I bought some at Nooch in Denver. Can’t wait to try making my own. Thanks for the chance. 🙂

  12. Lizzie

    The first post I saw about this book was a review with about six recipes. ALL of them had me drooling – and I’m super picky. I knew that it had to go at the top of the wish list!

  13. mynanamaree

    These brownies look awesome! I’m always on the lookout for good vegan recipes and would be thrilled to be the lucky winner of this cookbook! Thanks for the chance! 😀

    my nana maree @ yahoo . com

  14. Jennifer

    Oh my goodness! I’ve been a fan of Zsu’s for a while now! Following on Facebook and Instagram. Also following Canned Time on Facebook now 🙂 I would LOVE to win this book because I’m always amazed at all of the wonderful photos and foods Zsu posts and I wish I could make them! I think this would be the perfect companion vegan cookbook 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Facebook Iconfacebook like buttonTwitter Icontwitter follow button
%d bloggers like this: